This book is a practical guide for students or those already running or thinking of running a small practice on how to set up and run a small architectural practice and how to run multiple small projects efficiently. It is split into three distinct sections: Part 1 begins with the practicalities of setting up a small architectural business; Part 2 goes into detail on how to run your small practice, including valuable advice on business planning and cash flow; and Part 3 follows with guidance on running multiple small projects. Structured around the RIBA Plan of Work, this section has plenty of examples of the kinds of projects - both domestic and non-domestic - that the small practice might take on, and finishing with 10 illustrated case studies of domestic and commercial projects from £50,000–£750,000.
Part 1: Setting up the practice. Context. What is a 'small architectural practice'? Small Practice Projects. The Value of Experience & Contacts before setting up a practice. Setting Up. Setting up a new Practice. Stage 1 - Questions, Conversations and Research. Stage 2 - Getting first thoughts and decisions down on paper. Stage 3 - Making arrangements more specific and setting up. Stage 4 - Ready to trade. Closing your Business, Retirement, Insolvency, Emergency Plan & Insolvency. Alternative Company Structures. RIBA Chartered Practice Accreditation, Specialization. Part 2: Practice Management. Financial Management. Office Management. People Management. Part 3: Project Management. RIBA Plan of Work 2013. 10 case studies. Further Reading. Web Resources. Awards for Small Projects. Codes. Legislation.