An Inside Look at the New IDP: Practice Management
On June 29, the Intern Development Program (IDP) will be updated to reflect six broad areas of architectural practice—and renamed the Architectural Experience Program (AXP). The following
is a breakdown of the Practice Management portion of AXP, including real-world examples of opportunities that count toward the AXP.
What is Practice Management?
Practice Management is where aspiring architects will gain competency in running an architecture firm. This is your chance to learn the ins and outs of managing a business—marketing the firm’s capabilities, securing new projects, working with clients, and sustaining a positive and professional culture, for example.
Practice Management Tasks (Required Hours: 160)
Upon finishing AXP, you should be able to competently perform the following tasks:
■ Adhere to ethical standards and codes of professional conduct
■ Develop professional and leadership skills within firm
■ Comply with laws and regulations governing the practice of architecture
■ Prepare proposals for services in response to client requirements
■ Prepare final procurement and contract documents
■ Participate in community activities that may provide opportunities or design of facilities that
reflect community needs
■ Understand implications of project delivery technologies
■ Develop procedures for responding to contractor requests (Requests for Information)
■ Participate in professional development activities that offer exchanges with other design profes
■ Understand implications of policies and procedures to ensure supervision of design work by ■ Establish procedures for documenting project decisions
■ Maintain positive work environment within firm that facilitates cooperation, teamwork, and
■ Develop procedures for responding to changes in project scope
■ Develop and maintain effective and productive relationships with clients.
■ Establish procedures to process documentation during contract administration
Are you having trouble gaining Practice Management experience? Reference the above tasks when meetingwith your supervisor, and make a plan to complete AXP.
During my first internship, I had the opportunity to develop some promotional materials that showcased the firm’s projects. The flyers were given to potential clients and were also featured in a local magazine! This type of experience would fall under the task, “prepare marketing documents that accurately communicate firm’s experience and capabilities.” Do you help manage your firm’s website or social media accounts? You might be able to earn a few hours in Practice Management.
Some of the tasks in this area can be tough to tackle early in your career—for instance, you might not “develop procedures for responding to changes in project scope” at your first job. That’s why it’s important to have regular conversations with your supervisor to ensure you’re exposed to a variety of tasks. Sometimes, you just might have to get creative. To “understand [the] implications of project delivery technologies,” you could outline the firm’s project delivery methods, and set up a meeting with your supervisor to learn why the firm chose each of the methods
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