The Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice

Business, legal, and technical trends in architecture are constantly changing. The Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice has offered firms the latest guidance on those trends since 1920.

The Fifteenth Edition of this indispensable guide features nearly two-thirds new content and covers all aspects of contemporary practice, including updated material on:

  • Small-firm practice, use of technologies such as BIM, and project delivery methods, such as IPD and architect-led design-build
  • Career development and licensure for emerging professionals and state-mandated continuing education for established architects
  • Business management topics, such as organizational development, marketing, finance, and human resources
  • Research as an integrated aspect of architectural practice, featuring such topics as evidence-based design and research in a small-firm context

The Fifteenth Edition of The Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice includes access to a website that contains samples of all AIA Contract Documents (in PDF format for Mac and PC computers). With comprehensive coverage of contemporary practices in architecture, as well as the latest developments and trends in the industry, The Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice continues to be the essential reference for every architect who must meet the challenges of today’s marketplace with insight and confidence.

Community Review

  • Overall this is an excellent book that every architect/designer should own, especially those studying for their ARE or working towards understanding how to operate the business side of practice. This book might be better described as ‘an MBA in Architecture’ reference book, no really, I mean that. Get your office to order this and have it on your shelf, it should really be a standard since we don’t do a good job of discussing the business of architecture within school and among our peers.
    Content (5/5) – This is a must have for ARE studying and general professional use. You’ll find yourself referencing this for a variety of things in everyday architectural practice and I believe it’s a must have.
    Organization (4/5) – The organization of the book is solid and the content follows the index well.
    **See Update Below** Contract Docs (5/5) – They give you a proprietary code to download PDFs of the AIA Contract documents to have for reference. This is very simple and arguably one of the most important parts of the book. Buying used makes the code unlikely to work so beware when shopping used to save $$, might not be worth it if the contract docs aren’t included.
    Layout/Ease of use (2/5) – Page layout is abysmal and difficult to use for long periods of time. The gutter is too narrow and makes reading close to the bind exceptionally difficult, especially on the pages in the middle of the book. The main text could be more narrow to make room for the gutter, Wiley, please change this on the next issue. To make this book more practical for daily professional use and read less like a text book, I would like to see a spiral bound version, otherwise the next one I get will be a PDF version.
    **UPDATE** – Disregard comment about Contract Documents, all of the AIA contracts are available from website for free. Pay close attention to which version of the contract when you download, otherwise, feel free to purchase this book used as the ‘online content’ can be obtained for free.
  • Comprehensive, and great on the shelf. For people taking the ARE, this is worth the investment, and you will want to keep it as a reference for years to come. I have a couple decades of experience, and I recently took it off the shelf to read the portions on project delivery. The IPD section is good, as well as the design-build essays. In fact, one of the nice features are these little essays written by practitioners. It’s almost like being able to call up a knowledgeable architect and chat on the phone for a couple minutes.
    AIA should really turn this book into a wiki. The fact that AIA is so far behind on the technology curve is a shame.
  • This is not about the content of this book but the way the deal between the publisher and amazon has been made. There is additional online content for this and it ebook says to contact the publisher for a code….well don’t wast your time because after waiting for 20 mins they told me that because its purchased through amazon there is nothing they can to to give me a code. So while amazon customer support is helpful and yet unresolved….if you do not want to end up in this situation buy the printed version or directly from Wiley as they generate the code.
  • If you plan to practice architecture and or pass the ARE…you need to purchase this book. Don’t expect cool pictures and all that stuff…this book is about the business of architecture. The downloads for the actual AIA documents worked perfectly!!!! I would recommend this book even though it is substantially pricey. Thanks.//Chuck
  • I have no complaints about the book, as I bought it as a necessary resource for studying for the ARE’s and for future use. However, when I received the book, one of the corners was dented (I don’t really care), and there was a huge sticker (probably 4″x6″) basically promoting the book I just bought. I tried to get the sticker off, only to be left with a sticky mess, and ended up discoloring the back trying to remove the glue residue (which is still there in some places). It just seems kind of dumb to slap a huge, hard to remove sticker on the back of an expensive, professional resource, especially given that it was purchased from the organization that publishes it.
  • This book is somewhat useful but it is obscenely overpriced. I am not going to go into detail, but I really feel it is doing the profession a disservice to have such “essential” materials for emerging professionals at such a high price point. I couldn’t find a local office or library that had this book. Is it useful? Sure. Is it worth the $220 I paid for it? NEVER.
  • A must have for any architect, designer, or intern studying for the ARE. This is one of the main recommended study guides for the ARE and it is full of information. The price is a little steep, but it’s a resource that can be used regularly, even when you’ve passed the ARE.

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