Big Fat Disclaimer: This is a gigantic collection of notes originally taken in preparation for the CSE and organized around the Test Plan outline provided by CAB, by someone who had not yet taken the exam at the time of writing. Any possible resemblance to any actual exam answers is purely coincidental and most likely due to the focused nature of the test. It is intended to be shared with others who are preparing for the exam for assistance in organizing thoughts and focused study. This document is intended to be edited and added to as a continually improving source of material for exam study. If this is somehow unacceptable by CAB, please do not hesitate to delete this file from the ftp site. However it doesn’t contain anything that isn’t available in various study guides, seminar materials, and reference books (which require a significant investment, whereas this file is made freely available by the author(s))
NOTE TO POTENTIAL EDITORS/COAUTHORS: Please feel free to update, add to, or correct any errors in this document and re-post to the ftp site (please make a note of the revision date below and check back for updates). It is far from complete. Try to follow the outline format for organization’s sake. Most importantly, however, keep this file available as a resource by NOT using it as some method of illegally transferring known exam content. Please keep in mind the section of the Business and Professions code that prohibit divulging exam questions or the acceptance of exam questions that have been illegally obtained. (Business & Professions Code Division 1, Section 123). Just fill this sucker up with all kinds of information relating to the test plan topics in as brief a format as possible. Any information that doesn’t fit in the categories (such as summaries of the suggested materials) add to the “additional notes” section at the end or post in a separate file on the ftp site.
posted 9/3/05 (change this date as revisions are made)
ORGANIZATION OF ARCHITECTURAL PRACTICE
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION Establish an internal organizational structure for project delivery
Considerations in establishing a project team
Combination of skills
Small enough to convene and communicate
Mutual understanding of roles
Types: Structural, MEP, Civil, Land, Acoustic, Daylighting, Value-Eng, Elevator, Door Hardware, Curtainwall, Cost Est., Access, AV, Cleanroom, Graphic Des., Historic, Security, etc., etc. etc.
Choose them based on complimentary skills, prior relationships, chemistry, client preference, etc.
They are specialists. If you do not have the expertise necessary to provide the standard of care, hire a consultant
Can be under subcontract with architect or client can have multiple prime contracts
Delegation of tasks
Identify team members most capable (and available)
Adherence to general company policy
Be consistent with company policies
Follow labor laws
Employee Handbook - employees salary, benefits, length of employment (at will or contract), your right to job reviews, company discipline procedures, vacation and holiday terms, etc. Keep it general and include a disclaimer that it is not a binding contract