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Leading the Team: An Architects Guide to Design Management
See the chapters and introductory pages of Leading the Team
Publisher: RIBA Publishing
Date Published: Jun 2011
Stock Code: 74336
Total votes: 19
Effective design management presents a challenge and an opportunity for architects. How are they to manage increasingly-complex teams of consultants as well as increasingly-iterative design processes, while still maximising creativity? This clear guide sets out simple, practical processes which do exactly that.
Introducing the ‘Eight Essential Design Management Tools’, it is packed with simple, practical ways that the design process can be planned, organised, and managed, including tactics and ‘soft skills’ for team-leaders, advice on cost, risk, and procurement, as well as the key considerations for reconciling a complexiterative design programme against the RIBA Plan of Work.
This short book will help students to senior architects looking to improve how their design teams harness efficient, switched on management skills to design high-quality buildings on time and on budget.
This handy pocket book brings together a wealth of useful information that architects need on a daily basis - on site or in the studio. The book...
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Geoff Wilkinson, columnist for Architects Journal
While there are many books devoted to architectural design and practice management, there are very few that focus on the management of the process of architectural design. This new book by Dale Sinclair sets out to address that issue and give Architects the confidence that they have the skills necessary to manage projects successfully.
The lead consultant role was traditionally performed by the Architect, but new procurement routes, increased numbers of consultants, and shorter project timescales have seen the Architect lose out on this role (and the fees it can generate) to a new breed of 'project managers'.
The book starts out by addressing the various roles of the parties, team structures and risk management. These chapters are well arranged and key terms are clearly highlighted and explained within the text. For example the author goes to some length to explain the difference between co-ordinate and co-ordination, and how this can be achieved at each of the key RIBA design stages. The book gives a useful (and realistic) guide to collaborative working, the obstacles and potential solutions such as BIM.
Overall the book achieves what it sets out to, in a short, concise and easy to read format that should appeal to everyone from a part 3 student to a seasoned Architect . Those looking for a weighty research tome will be disappointed, but those who want to pick up hints and tips that they can easily apply to improve their design management skills won’t be. 8/10
Geoff Wilkinson, Managing Director of Wilkinson Construction Consultants and columnist for Architects Journal
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