Course Convener: Prof Christo Vosloo
In a conventional architectural practice designing great architecture is one thing. Once your design has been finalised you need to get it built.
This requires firstly the support of a structured, focused and well-managed architectural firm and the knowledge that will allow you to appoint a competent contractor and then the ability to supervise the construction process. With this in mind, Architectural Professional Practice aims at giving you the know-how that will allow you to start a practice that has the potential to survive and support you during your professional career.
The subject will provide you with the basic knowledge required to administer building contracts proficiently in order to avoid claims and to ensure that your design ends up as intended. We also look at measures which the architect can employ to protect her-or himself in the event that such claims do materialise.
In short, how to survive and prosper while producing great work. Architects are increasingly moving into the informal sector where they deal with communities and assist them to create a positive and enabling urban environment. With this in mind, this subject will furthermore provide you with the basic knowledge needed to facilitate projects in this realm.