2nd Edition

Starting a Practice

ISBN 9781859465806
Published July 9, 2015 by RIBA Publishing
160 Pages

USD $59.95

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Book Description

The second edition of the popular Starting a Practice: A Plan of Work is a fully revised and updated guide to planning, setting up and running your architectural practice. Mapped to the RIBA Plan of Work 2013, it approaches starting a business as if it were a design project complete with briefing, sketch layouts and delivery.

Comprehensive, accessible and easy to use, Starting a Practice provides essential guidance on the many issues involved in establishing a successful business, including preparing a business plan, choosing the right company structure, seeking advice, monitoring finances, getting noticed and securing work; and much more.

The book is full of practical advice gained from the author’s 30 years in practice but is aimed at starting up now, in the second decade of the 21st century, with its particular challenges and opportunities. It is invaluable reading for Part 3 students, young practitioners and those considering starting up on their own or wanting to consolidate an existing business.

Table of Contents

1. Project Stage 0: Strategic Definition  2. Project Stage 1: Preparation and Brief  3. Project Stage 2: Outline Business Case  4. Project Stage 3: The Business Plan  5. Project Stage 4: Setting up the Business  6. Project Stage 5: Running the Business  7. Stage 6: Keeping Going  8. Project Stage 7: Evaluation and Looking Ahead 

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Simon Foxell is Principal of The Architects Practice. He has designed buildings across the UK including houses, schools and offices and in 1996 was awarded the prestigious Benedictus Prize by the Union of International Architects. In recent years he has worked with schools and local authorities, designing new facilities and advising on development programmes. He was lead design adviser to Birmingham City Council’s Transforming Education programme from 2007 to 2010.


"This newly revised, updated and expanded second edition of "Starting A Practice: A Plan Of Work" will prove to be quite invaluable and instructive reading for students, young practitioners and those considering starting up on their own or wanting to consolidate an existing business. "Starting A Practice: A Plan Of Work" is an important and highly recommended addition to professional, community, and academic library Business Studies instructional reference collections." - Paul T. Vogel, Midwest Book Review