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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction to the law and the management of an architectural practice
    • Establishing a practice and assessing the costs
    • Managing a business and managing a workplace
    • Marketing architectural services and client / architect relations
    • SWOT analyses and quality management
    • Financial management and estimating a fee
    • Legal systems and employment law
    • Business structures
    • Common law, tort and promises
    • Elements of construction contracts
    • Dispute resolution in construction contracts
    • Property, agency, business and statutory law
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials
      • Online Assessment
      • Audio-Video streaming

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. evaluate options related to legal and contractual issues relevant to contemporary professional practice in the discipline.
  2. assess the management and marketing practices in a range of industry settings
  3. construct a business plan that considers management and marketing in architectural practice.
  • Assignment 1 - Presentation (40%)
  • Assignment 2 - Reflection (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Portfolio (30%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

The law, contracts and agreements as they relate to the practice of architecture, conditions of engagement, professional fees, management of commissions and an understanding of the principles of successful management in architectural offices and organisations including financial management, risks, marketing, workplace relations and quality assurance. This subject also incorporates a fieldwork component.

Please Note: If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

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