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The course offers an engaging introduction to the business of architecture with a focus on setting up and running a design-centered practice. The delivery format consist of five key lessons offered in three consecutive days.
Venue - TBA
OAA Architects, LTOAA, OAAAS: $945 + HST
OAA Intern: $756 + HST
Non-Member: $1134 + HST
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Learning Hours: 18
Architectural Practice in a Contemporary Context
The context of architectural practice is changing. New project delivery methods, new industry players and disruptive business models are altering the landscape in which architects deliver design services. Architects are no longer as close to the centre of project decision-making as they once were, with the rise of paraprofessionals and the shifting priorities of clients. This session will provide the participant with a contemporary view of the social, commercial, sectoral and environmental contexts in which to make decisions about starting an architectural practice.
Mandatory Requirements – Architectural Practice in Ontario and Canada
There are mandatory requirements for operating an architectural practice in Ontario and Canada. This session will address those requirements that are specific to architectural practice. The next session will explore those mandatory requirements common to all businesses. The two main topics of this session are the regulation of architectural practices by their respective provincial associations and the requirements to maintain insurance.
Mandatory Requirements – Business Structures in Ontario and Canada
Speaker: Elaine Pantel, CPA, CGA
Operating a business in Canadian requires compliance with federal, provincial and in some cases municipal legislation, regulations, and bylaws. This session will examine the options available to a firm in terms of legal structures, and review the various taxes that may apply to a firm including income tax and GST/HST.
Practice Management: Brand Marketing
Practice Management: Operational Systems – Finance
Speaker: Basima Roshan, MBA, CPA
The effective financial management of a firm relies on establishing a financial system and applying discipline to manage financial resources. This session will help you develop an understanding of the relationships between income and expenses and being cognizant that much of the income of a firm must be set aside for expenses.
4D - Practice Management: IT
Speaker: Yew-Thong Leong, B.Tech.(Arch.), B.Arch., OAA, FRAIC
There are many factors associated with the selection of technology-based systems that support both practice operations and project management. Other elements to consider includes the stability and service requirements of Information Management Systems, client-server verses cloud-based systems, backup systems, as well as design and production tools.
Project Management: Project Marketing and Fees
Project systems include those activities of a practice that are based on the life cycle of projects. Unlike ongoing practice operating systems, such as financial management, project systems are temporary in that they come to an end and have a defined, unique outcome. Project systems include project planning, project execution, project control and project closer. Being a project-based industry, by far the majority of a firm’s resources are invested in project activities. The two project activities to be discussed in this lesson are project related marketing, including responding to RFPs, and estimating project resources and analyzing market forces to develop an appropriate and competitive fee.
Project Management: Project Planning
Project Management: Client Agreements
Speaker: Michael Miller, B.Arch., OAA, FRAIC
From the standpoint of practice and project risk management, establishing a system for quickly developing agreements and planning projects sets a solid foundation for firm growth and sustainability.