Project Management

Architectural management falls into two distinct parts, office management and project management. Office management provides an overall framework within which individual projects are commissioned, designed and completed. Both parts have the same objectives but are typically addressed by separate management systems. Office management involves the allocation and financing of resources, principally premises, trained staff and computer systems, and on establishing and charging appropriate fees for the services rendered. Project management focuses on timescales, developing a design from initial concept to working drawings, and managing the construction process. The essence of architectural management is to ensure that work on a project is cost effective, to achieve a balance between profitability and design quality.