A Survival Guide and Checklists for Building Construction and Site Improvements as well as Tips on Architecture, Building Design, Construction and Project Management

For architectural practice and building design and construction industry, there are two kinds of people: those who know and those who don’t. The tips of building design and construction and project management have been kept to those who know until now.

Most of the existing books on Architectural Practice are too expensive, too complicated and too long to be practical and helpful. This book simplifies the process to make it easier to understand and uncover the tips of building design and construction and project management. It sets up a solid foundation and fundamental framework for this field. It covers every aspect of Architectural Practice in plain and concise language and introduces it to ordinary people. Through practical case studies, it demonstrates the efficient and proper ways to handle various issues and problems in architectural practice and building design and construction industry.

It is for ordinary people and aspiring young architects as well as seasoned professionals in Construction Industry. For ordinary people, it uncovers the tips of Building Construction; for aspiring architects, it works as a construction industry survival guide and a guidebook to shorten the process in mastering Architectural Practice and climbing up the professional ladder; for seasoned architects, it has many checklists to refresh their memory. It is an indispensable reference book to ordinary people, architectural students, interns, drafters, designers, seasoned architects, construction administrators, superintendents, construction managers, contractors and developers.

You will learn:

1. How to develop your business and work with your client.
2. The entire process of building design and construction, including programming, entitlement, schematic design, design development, construction documents, bidding and construction administration.
3. How to coordinate with governing agencies, including a county’s Health Department and a city’s Planning, Building, Fire and Public Works departments, etc.
4. How to coordinate with your consultants, including soils, civil, structural, electrical, mechanical and plumbing engineers and landscape architects, etc.
5. How to create and use your own check lists to do quality control of your construction documents.
6. How to use various logs (RFI log, submittal log and field visit log, etc.) and lists (contact list, document control list and distribution list, etc.) to organize and simplify your work.
7. How to respond to RFI, issue CCDs, review change orders and submittals, etc.
8. How to make your Architectural Practice a profitable and successful business.

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What Others Are Saying…
It is all here: a practical and straightforward guide, highly recommended!
The transition from Architectural School is difficult for most young professionals for a number of reasons, such as:
1. Architectural education is not compatible with architectural practice: what you learn in school is different from what is needed for your job.
2. You can read books to teach yourself about architectural practice. Some large architectural offices have a copy of the “The Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice (AHPP),” but it has too many pages (1028 pages), and is too complicated. It is comprehensive, and a lot of the information is good to know, but you rarely deal with it on a daily basis. When you do need some information and zoom in to look for it in a certain section, AHPP is not detailed enough, and it is not tailored to your needs.
Most offices will only have one set of AHPP for everyone to share since it is expensive (about $250 each). Nobody really have time to read it from cover to cover either: it simply has too many pages, and you do not have so much time to plough through it.
3. If you have questions regarding your project, you could ask more senior staffs in your firm, but you do not want to ask “stupid” questions and make yourself look like you do not know want you are doing. You do not want to ask too many questions to annoy others either. As a result, your professional growth will be delayed.
“Architectural Practice Simplified” is a great book. It covers a lot of information that you use daily in an architect’s office, it is concise and to the point, and covers just the right amount of information that you need to know to thrive in the construction industry.
For example, it covers entitlement, ALTA and CALTA survey, consultant coordination, governing agencies coordination, green buildings, marketing, the procedures of handling shop drawings and submittals, what to look for when you review shop drawings and submittals, what are the key elements in a contract between the architect and the owner, and a contract between the owner and the contractor, what to look for when you do a quality control of plans and specifications, sheet-by-sheet checklists for architectural plans and consultants’ plans, how to create or modify a specifications book, how to deal with contractor’s change order request, what are the key elements in the certificate of substantial completion, and collections, etc.
You probably lean more from this book about architectural practice than what you can learn in five years in an architectural school.
“Architectural Practice Simplified” works like a great mentor for young professionals, it is also very useful for experienced architects. It is a practical and straightforward guide. Highly recommended!
—Brad Chandler
Gang Chen hits it on the spot!
In a world of books that contain the words Architectural Practice, Gang Chen’s book stands apart. They say the time it takes for a person to decide if a technical book is good or not is a few minutes. Go to any page of this book and you will find something useful. When I made the transition from school to a full time job at an Architectural firm, every day was a nightmare since I would find a hundred things that I didn’t know. I wish I had this book at that point. This is a must read and must have for someone making this transition from education to real world practice. Architecture is not just about design but all also the numerous other processes which make it a whole. “Architectural Practice Simplified” makes you aware of those processes which you were not taught at school.

I could write a long essay about why you should buy this book, or I can summarize it one sentence. True to its title, this book does simplify the practice of Architecture into its most simple blocks! “Architectural Practice Simplified: A Survival Guide and Checklists for Building Construction and Site Improvements as well as Tips on Architecture, Building Design, Construction and Project Management.”

A Practical Guide:
It provides not only a transition from school to office, but it is also a complete and helpful checklist for day to day architectural practice. It is easy to understand, remember, and apply. Through it, you can understand how a project can be easily run. I found that much of the experience I gained from working in an architectural firm for a number of years is summarized and concisely presented here. Very practical, highly recommended.
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I really enjoyed reading it. The language is simple and coveys a lot. It is very useful for aspiring architects in the Industry. In short its a fabulous survival guide for all of us.
Thumbs up for the book.
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About the author
Gang Chen holds a Master Degree from School of Architecture, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, and a Bachelors Degree from the Department of Architecture, South China University of Technology. He has over 20 years of professional experience. Many of the projects he was in charge of, or participated in, have been published extensively in Architecture, Architectural Record, The Los Angeles Times and The Orange County Register, etc. He has worked on a variety of unusual projects, including well-known large-scale healthcare and hospitality projects with over one billion dollars in construction costs, award-winning school design, highly-acclaimed urban design and streetscape projects, multi-family housing and high-end custom homes, and regional and neighborhood shopping centers.
Gang Chen is a LEED AP BD+C and a licensed architect in California. He is also the internationally acclaimed author of other fascinating books, including: Architectural Practice Simplified, Planting Design Illustrated, and the LEED Exam Guides Series, which includes one guide book for each of the LEED exams.

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