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Architecture Professional Practice Resources

This is a selective annotated guide to resources on the professional practice of architecture and design, including history of the profession, registration, exam details, licensing, business management, ethics and other materials of interest to the practicing architect or designer. For additional assistance, consult the Environmental Design Library reference staff, 210 Wurster Hall.

GENERAL RESEARCH
Or, find selected resources for

ARCHITECTS
History of the Profession
Examination & Licensing
Salaries
Ethics & Professional Conduct
Jobs & Continuing Education
FIRMS
Business Practice & Management
Marketing & Public Relations
Portfolios & Presentations
Competitions & Prizes
PRACTICE
Project Management
Codes and Legal Guides
Cost Data
Drawing Details & Standards
Handbooks
Building Materials / Product Literature

Content reviewed: October 2009. Compiled by Susan Koskinen; updated by David Eifler.

General Research Books | Articles | Guides | Gateways | Associations / Organizations | Directories

BOOKS
Search library catalogs for books, videos, dissertations and journal holdings and call numbers.

Use SEARCH TERMS or SUBJECT HEADINGS such as the ones below in OskiCat or Melvyl to find books and in the periodical indexes to find articles.

Architects--Licenses
Architects--Professional ethics
Architects--Salaries
Architectural Design
Architectural firms--Directories
Architectural Practice--History
Architectural practice-- Management
Architectural Services Marketing
Architecture competitions
Architecture examinations
Architecture Designs and Plans
 --Presentation Drawings
 --Working Drawings
Architecture--Moral and ethical aspects
Architecture--United States--Examinations
Architecture--Vocational guidance

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ARTICLES
Use periodical indexes to find articles in journals, magazines, newspapers, government documents, conference proceedings, and other sources. Journal articles frequently include illustrations and plans. Some databases offer full text, others are citation only which can be used to look for the printed copy. Use  for journal call numbers or a link to the article full text. For off-campus access to The Library's online resources see Connecting from Off Campus and the UC Berkeley Library Proxy Server Service.

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ASSOCIATIONS / ORGANIZATIONS often publish guidelines, newsletters, conferences, continuing education and more.

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DIRECTORIES list facts, firms, areas of specialization, organizations and more.

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Selected Resources For Architects History of the profession | Examination & Licensing | Salaries | Ethics & Professional Conduct | Jobs

HISTORY OF THE PROFESSION

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EXAMINATION & LICENSING

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SALARIES

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ETHICS & PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
JOBS - for work in firms, rather than project commissions

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Selected Resources For Firms Business Practice & Management | Marketing & Public Relations | Portfolios & Presentations | Competitions & Prizes

BUSINESS PRACTICE & MANAGEMENT
Use for publications that define and provide guidelines to the business of architecture. Use the library catalogs and indexes to find more titles.

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MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS

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PORTFOLIOS, MODELS & PRESENTATIONS

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COMPETITIONS & PRIZES
For more resources search under: Architecture--Competitions or Architecture--Awards.

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Selected Resources For Practice Project management | Codes & Legal guides | Cost Data | Drawing Details & Standards | Handbooks | Materials

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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CODES & LEGAL GUIDES

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COST DATA
Cost estimates are critical for project development and management. Cost data resources will provide city indexes, materials costs, productivity rates and overhead.
DRAWING DETAILS & STANDARDS
The following links provide titles for books on drawing, details, CAD & standards.

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HANDBOOKS & MANUALS
A list of key handbooks especially useful for the practice of architecture.

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BUILDING MATERIALS, PRODUCT LITERATURE, SPECIFICATIONS

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