The Practice Management Knowledge Community (PMKC) identifies and develops information on the business of architecture for use by the profession to maintain and improve the quality of the professional and business environment. The PMKC initiates programs, provides content and serves as a resource to other knowledge communities, and acts as experts on AIA Institute programs and policies that pertain to a wide variety of business practices and trends.
The PMKC focuses on: Business practices and trends; Human resources management; Integrated practice and delivery methods; Knowledge / Innovation management; Marketing and business development; Leadership development; Financial management; Global practices; Operations management; Ownership transitions; Project management; Quality management; Risk management; Strategic alliances; Strategic planning; Student and emerging professional development.
The PMKC is also dedicated to developing new, more effective means of discovering, gathering, organizing and disseminating practice management knowledge among architects and their strategic partners.
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Advancing the Practice of Architecture
The Practice Management Knowledge Community’s mission is to discover, generate, organize, and share insights, resources, and tools that enable architects to practice more effectively.
To serve as the essential resource for advancing the practice of architecture.
Donald Simpson, AIA
KPS Group, Inc.
Rena Klein, FAIA
RM Klein Consulting
Jason Pierce, AIA
St. Louis, MO
David Barkin, AIA
Practice Management Digest
The AIA Practice Management Knowledge Community official electronic newsletter is the Practice Management Digest. See the Tips for Authors if you are interested in contributing content. Searching for past issues? Go to the archives page.
AIA a/e ProNet David W. Lakamp Scholarship - 2013 Recipients Announced
This scholarship was initiated in 1990 by a/e ProNet, a group of insurance professionals providing risk management services to architects and engineers. In 1999, the scholarship was renamed for David W. Lakamp. Mr. Lakamp was a founder of a/e ProNet and a trusted advisor to the profession. He left behind a legacy of professionalism and integrity that set new standards in the field of insurance services. Two students, who best demonstrate strong interest in practice management, received a $2,500 award.
Visit the ProNet webpage to learn more about this years recipients.
Read the 2013 Scholar Case Studies:
Josh Gerloff - University of North Carolina and Mark Manczyk - University of Kentucky
Practice Management Webinar Series
The Best Practices webinars are a series of web-based seminars sponsored by the Practice Management Knowledge Community. Nationally recognized experts conduct a 90 minute webinars tailored to firm owners. The series focuses on topics such as client relations, tax deductions and conflict management. View the 2012 schedule and archived webinars on the PM Webinar Resources page.
AIA Supplemental Architectural Services
Each supplemental architectural service in this series includes bullet points on knowledge and skills, why clients need the deliverables, associated tasks, and the AIA Contract Document that can be used in conjunction with the service. This information is available through an essay and companion introductory presentation. The resources are formatted as publications (PDF) and presentations (PPT).
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This session will outline the history of the Lean enterprise and will review case studies on numerous construction projects. The workshop will describe how to utilize such tools as A3 planning, set-based design, target cost design, Kanban, kaizen blitzes, and value stream mapping to reinvigorate your practice and to create a more competitive and exciting firm. View Video.
What Are the AIA Best Practices?
AIA Best Practices represent the collective wisdom of AIA members and related professionals. As a group, they are:
Project Finance for Principals and Project Managers
The Business Case for Diversity: Policies, Practices, and Tools for Creating a Successful Workplace
The Firm of the Future: Big-Picture Trends Shaping the Future of Design Firms
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Left to Right: David Barkin, AIA; Rena Klein, FAIA; Jason Pearce, AIA; Scott Kuehn, AIA and Donald Simpson, AIA
Per your request, here is the critical wording the SOP for signature authority, and location of Attachment A:
Roles and Responsibilities
Signature authority obligating the...
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