Professional Concerns courses

APEC 4100 Professional Concerns I: The Context Of Practice
Professional Concerns I: The Context Of Practice
An overview of professional concerns through examination of the history of the profession and the activities, services, markets, clients, and organization of professional firms. Issues relating to project management, marketing, and the economic base of architectural practice, as well as ethical issues confronting individual practitioners and the profession at large.
credit hours: 3

APEC 4200 Professional Concerns II: Advanced Project Management: (BIM) Building Information Modeling and Architectural Programming
Professional Concerns II: Advanced Project Management: (BIM) Building Information Modeling and Architectural Programming
Issues of practice management, including topics in building programming, project management and the management of information systems and software related to building such as BIM or Building Information Modeling. This approach to design process documentation and development of construction documents is currently the main focus of most of the developers of CAD systems for the profession. The principal idea behind the use of BIM based systems is the embedding of relevant information in parametric modeling systems. This allows the designer to track aspects of the design process ranging from fabrication and manufacturing information to physical properties to related spec data to detailing requirements to cost estimating.
Co-requisites: DSGN 302.
credit hours: 3

APEC 4910 Architectural Branding
Architectural Branding
This seminar intends to analyze current trends in marketing and design through studying current media sources related to marketing, branding, advertising, culture and global consumerism, in order to gain a better understanding of the role of marketing in our everyday lives, and the active role that brands play in our society - iconic vs. themed, authentic vs. simulated. Branding extends far beyond products to incorporate individual identity, personal and shared experiences, and the contemporary urban landscape. Products, communications, and environments speak to and influence lifestyles and identity. Marketing professionals, designers and architects infuse products and their spatial extensions with value. They connect with the consumer through strategies that utilize research, analysis, design and communication tools.
credit hours: 3

APEC 6100 Ethics, Efficacy and Architecture in the Globalized Economy
Ethics, Efficacy and Architecture in the Globalized Economy
The course is an interdisciplinary seminar, deliberately crossing the boundaries among theory, professional practice and pedagogical studies, and considering the significance for architecture of issues in economics, sociology, criminology, political science, and intellectual history. This broad scope is essential in addressing paradigms of value and action as they constitute ethical (or counter-ethical) models within architectural practice, education and criticism in an increasing globalized economy and professional context. We will examine the political economy of the relations between practitioners and critics, between publications and public relations, intellectual ethics and democratic practices.
credit hours: 3

APEC 6110 Studies in Contemporary Practice
Studies in Contemporary Practice
Taking a moderate, albeit speculative approach, this course focuses on the manifold internal and external contexts that inform architectural practice and education. These include the history and development of the profession and education practices, the role of technology, the impact of litigation and contemporary culture; economic ˜drivers' and wealth creation; management practices; the social underpinnings of architectural education and practice; and the various criteria pursuant to the mantle of ˜professional practitioner.' The course concludes with a significant case studies component, where those firms that exhibit a particular ˜typology' of practice are analyzed in light of the issues addressed over the course of the term.
credit hours: 3

APEC 6200 Legal Concerns of Architecture
Legal Concerns of Architecture
The legal aspects of architectural practice, including the rights and obligation of architects, their professional engineering consultants, owners, contractors, subcontractors, material men and suppliers, to one another and to third persons. The course includes specific topics such as professional registration, professional liability insurance, contract information, conditions of construction contracts, claims normally encountered and methods of dispute resolutions, lien rights and copyrights.
Notes: The general subject matter of this course forms part of state licensing examinations and is essential for practicing architects.
credit hours: 3

APEC 6300 Architects and Social Engagement
Architects and Social Engagement
A critical perspective is presented in relation to theories, goals, strategies, and skills needed to successfully develop criteria upon which buildings are planned, designed, evaluated, and modified across their life. Topics covered include the assessment of occupant and organizational needs, ethical concerns in architecture, imperatives for social engagement, the influence of culture and society, methods for involving clients and other constituencies in the development of performance criteria, the determination of square foot requirements, and conceptual narratives. Other topics covered include site and master planning, design guidelines, trade offs, pre-manufactured FEMA housing for disaster victims, post-occupancy evaluation (POE), strategic planning, sustainable design as it relates to social accountability in architecture, and the stewardship of the built environment as a finite resource.
credit hours: 3

APFC 4910 Architectural Branding
Architectural Branding
This seminar intends to analyze current trends in marketing and design through studying current media sources related to marketing, branding, advertising, culture and global consumerism, in order to gain a better understanding of the role of marketing in our everyday lives, and the active role that brands play in our society - iconic vs. themed, authentic vs.simulated. Branding extends far beyond products to incorporate individual identity, personal and shared experiences, and the contemporary urban landscape. Products, communications, and environments speak to and influence lifestyles and identity. Marketing professionals, designers and architects infuse products and their spatial extensions with value. They connect with the consumer through strategies that utilize research, analysis, design and communication tools.
credit hours: 3