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    Erie Community College
  Feb 17, 2018
Spring 2018 Catalog

AR 265 - Architectural Practices

Credit Hours: 3

This course explores the development of architectural process from project inception to its realization. Topics include office organization, contractor and owner management of projects, construction-cost analysis, organization and preparation of construction documents, review of related legal papers and standardized forms, alternative patterns of construction management relations. Emerging patterns of architectural practice will be identified.

Course Outcomes
Upon completion of this course the student should be able to:

  • identify terminology used in architectural project and practice management;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the architect's responsibility to the public and the client as determined by registration law, applicable building codes and ordinances, professional service contracts and accessibility laws;
  • apply fundamentals of building costs as they relate to the entire life cycle of a building;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the techniques and skills architects use to work collaboratively in the building design and construction process;
  • explain the ethical issues involved in the formation of professional judgment regarding social, political and cultural issues in architectural practice; and
  • investigate and identify cost-effective and efficient construction solutions, and communicate those solutions through the development of specifications.


Prerequisites: AR 240, AR 250, AR 285
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