Architectural Practice - ARCH5550

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 6 15 (7.5) Peter Wislocki checkmark-circle


This module engages students with the professional practice of architecture. Assignments will review and analyse a design project from the perspective of professional practice. A series of lecture and seminars introduce students to the subjects of professional ethics, planning and building law, practice management, and building information modelling (BIM).


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 24 hours
Private Study Hours: 126 hours
Total Hours: 150 hours

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Professional Practice Report (100%)

Reassessment methods

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Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Chappell, David. (2003), Understanding JCT standard building Contracts. London: Spon.
Eastman, Chuck et al. (2011). BIM Handbook: a Guide to Building Information Modelling for Owners, Managers, Designers, Engineers and Contractors (2nd Edition). London: Wiley.
Green, Ronald. (2001). The Architect's Guide to Running a Job. London: Architectural Press.
Harper, Roger. (1997). A Student's Guide to the First Year in an Architect's Office. RIBA: London.
Marsh, SB and Soulsby, J. (1989). Business Law, Wallingford: MacGraw.
Speaight, Anthony. (2010). The Architect’s Legal Handbook (9th edition). London: Architectural Press.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:

1 Knowledge of current planning policy and development control legislation, including social, environmental and economic aspects, and the relevance of these to design
2 Understanding of the nature of professionalism and the duties and responsibilities of architects to clients, building users, constructors, co-professionals and the wider
3 The skills to critically examine the financial factors implied in varying building types, constructional systems, and specification choices, and the impact of these on
architectural design.
4 The skills to understand the cost control mechanisms which operate during the development of a project.
5 Knowledge of the fundamental legal, professional and statutory responsibilities of the architect, and the organizations, regulations and procedures involved in the
negotiation and approval of architectural designs, including land law, development control, building regulations and health and safety legislation.
6 Knowledge of the professional inter-relationships of individuals and organizations involved in procuring and delivering architectural projects, and how these are defined
through contractual and organizational structures.
7 Knowledge of the basic management theories and business principles related to running both an architect's practice and architectural projects, recognizing current and
emerging trends in the construction industry.
8 An understanding of the role of the architect within the design team and construction industry, recognising the importance of current methods and trends in the
construction of the built environment.
9 An understanding of the potential impact of building projects on existing and proposed communities.
10 Knowledge of the context of the architect and the construction industry, and the professional qualities needed for decision making in complex and unpredictable

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:

1 The ability to identify individual learning needs and understand the personal responsibility required for further professional education.
2 The ability to generate and manage digital information and to present this information clearly and effectively.
3 An understanding of the context of the world of work, its contractual relationships and governing legislation.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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