CPD Course #2: Beyond Design.. How to be an Architect

This course is for architects who want to learn more about business-related aspects of architecture, beyond the basics of designing great buildings.

Interviewees share invaluable experience on how to start your own firm, deal with developers, insights into arbitration cases, heritage projects, and using water conservation as potential commercial levers.

This course is accredited by the PIA and features 5 truly inspirational interviews!

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Introductory Video

Anneke explains what this course is about:

Course Overview

Most of what we discuss here are the skills an employer doesn’t usually share with their architect employees. The course consists of five diverse lessons:

Lesson 1 deals with how to start an architecture business. Even if your company has existed for some time – you will want to watch this one. It is a superb inspirational interview with two young architects who are cultivating a successful business. Just watch the preview video below – it is an incredible piece of content!

In lessons 2,3, and 4, we discuss providing services to developers, being experts or arbitrators and working on heritage buildings. Everyone knows the hourly rates for these types of work can be very appealing! The insights gained from these interviews can help you decide whether or not these are services you may want to offer, or, if you already offer them, there are bound to be tactics and tricks you have not thought of yet.

Lesson 5 is one of those rare inspirational interviews where you walk away believing you can change world. And you can! It's about designing sustainable water systems, making a difference in water conservation, and at the same time gaining a commercial edge for yourself and your clients.

"I thought I Knew what the outcomes of all these interviews would be – I was wrong, there was so much I didn’t even know I didn’t know! I hope you enjoy these as much as I did." - Anneke Schriek

Course Lessons:

This course consists of 5 interviews

  1. How to Start my own Architecture Business
  2. What Developers want from Architects
  3. How to be an Expert in Arbitration or Litigation
  4. How to work on a Heritage Project
  5. How to design Sustainable Water Systems

Who this CPD Course is for

  • Architects who want to start their own business, or only recently started one.
  • Architects who want to learn a more about the business side of architecture
  • Architects who are interested to learn about rare yet important skills such as dealing with heritage projects, arbitration cases, and using intelligent water management systems to achieve commercial success.
  • In general, these interviews are all very inspirational, and would spur even the most seasoned architect to become an even #betterarchitect

What you get

CPD Points

1.0 (One Full CAT 1 Point)

Accredited By

Pretoria Institute for Architecture (PIA) - a member of SAIA
Pretoria Institute for Architecture (PIA)

Format

Expert interviews

Number of Lessons

5

Total Duration

9 Hours (7 hours video time, excluding worksheets and actions)

Validity

1 Year

Access

Desktop / Mobile

** Bonus Content: We also compiled a comprehensive set of worksheets that you can use to cement the tips and tactics discussed in the interviews into your personal skillset.

Lesson 1: How to Start an Architecture Business

Lesson 1: How to Start an Architecture Business

Thinking about starting your own architecture business?

Recently started a new company?

This lesson is for you!

Preview

About this Lesson

Everything you wish someone told you before you started your own architectural business. We spell out what you need to do, step-by-step.

We learn from a young partnership, who built up a very successful and lucrative architectural firm in the past two years (no, the economy was not on their side). They did not have deep pockets supporting them when they first started, they figured it out and now they are sharing their experience with you!

So, if you are ready to make the leap and put yourself out there, to start your own business, or if you need to touch base and check that you have the right things in place in your young business – you will enjoy this interview.

This lesson is for you if

  • You want to start your own business
  • You have a startup
  • You want to know what it takes to succeed
  • You want to refresh your existing practice

Topics we discuss:

Organization

  • Partnership set-up
  • Monthly directors’ meetings
  • Office space
  • Office culture
  • How to appoint employees
  • Be prepared for employees to leave
  • How to outsource work (auditors, attorneys, brand specialists)
  • SACAP
  • Professional Insurance

Business

  • How to get your first clients
  • Asking for deposits from clients
  • How to fund the transition (from employee to entrepreneur)
  • Projects that cost you money
  • Professional fees
  • Getting backing from a senior architect
  • It takes at least two years to succeed
  • The hard days
  • Is having “your own business” for you or not?
  • Estimated big changes in the industry in the next five years

Marketing

  • Corporate branding
  • Your Website

What you get

Duration

2.5 Hours

Updated

July 2020

Type

Expert Interview

Access

1 year

Access

Access on mobile / desktop

**Bonus Content: You also get a printable PDF worksheet you can refer back to in the future. Every time you think you might be wasting time when building your business – you will be able to benefit from the lessons already learned by others!

Instructors

In this lesson, Anneke Schriek interviews Ben Kunz and Walter Raubenheimer, the founders of Kunz Raubenheimer Architects.

 

Anneke Schriek

Anneke Schriek

Anneke is a Professional Registered Architect whose passion has always been to improve architecture as a service.

She is drawn to finding ways we can make architecture more accessible, and she strives to educate architects and students on how to achieve it. She inspires architects to be #betterarchitects.

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Kunz Raubenheimer Architects

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Ben and Walter winning PIA awards

Ben Kunz Ben Kunz

Experienced professional architect and director of Kunz Raubenheimer Architects. Skilled in Conceptual Design, Mixed-use, Revit, Master Planning, and Design Research with experience in high density residential developments, senior living estates and commercial architecture.

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Walter Raubenheimer

Walter Raubenheimer

Walter was the Corobrik student of the year in 2014 – I don’t have to elaborate on his design abilities. /he started off his career at Holm Jordaan before starting his own business and subsequently forming Kunz Raubenheimer.

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Lesson 2: What Developers want from Architects

Lesson 2: What Developers want from Architects

Before offering your architectural services to developers, first understand how they think and what they need – then decide if you are up for it or not.

Preview

About this Lesson

Architects either desperately want to work for developers or they specifically stay away. Most architects don’t know what they will be signing up for.

In this interview you will learn to understand the mind of the developer, what they need from architects, and what's important to them. This knowledge will arm you to present a compelling pitch when you next have a chance to work with a developer.

We cover many topic architects are are usually too shy to ask a developer:

  • How do developers decide on an architect?
  • Does the size of your company matter?
  • Project Managers or not?
  • Things architects do wrong in meetings
  • Risk work – the good, bad and ugly parts


Actionable skills you will learn:

  • How to prove your track record, and pitfalls to avoid
  • How to identify the ‘key person’ in your office that deals with developers
  • How to plan your contributions in meetings upfront.
  • How to deal with risk-work

After watching the interview you can make an informed decision about what your parameters would be in working for developers.

Who this lesson is for

  • Architects interested in knowing what it's like to work with large developers.
  • Architects already working with large developers. This is a rare opportunity to understand what developers really want from you!

Topics we discuss:

  • Communicating your experience
  • Showing your capacity
  • Getting the figures right
  • Identifying the ‘key person’
  • Prioritising skills development
  • Meeting conduct
  • Selling yourself
  • Risk work
  • What not to do

What you get

Duration

85 minutes

Updated

July 2020

Type

Expert Interview

Access

End July 2021

Access

Access on mobile / desktop


Instructors

In this lesson, Anneke Schriek interviews Gerrit van den Berg, Atterbury Property's head of development in the Western Cape.

Anneke Schriek

Anneke Schriek

Anneke is a Professional Registered Architect whose passion has always been to improve architecture as a service.

She is drawn to finding ways we can make architecture more accessible, and she strives to educate architects and students on how to achieve it. She inspires architects to be #betterarchitects.

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Gerrit van den Berg - Head of Atterbury Property - Western Cape Gerrit van den Berg

Head of Developments for Atterbury in the Western Cape.

Gerrit joined Atterbury in 2006 and established the company’s Western Cape office over the past five years. His big projects include the Richmond Park Development and the new Mediclinic in Stellenbosch.



Atterbury Properties

Atterbury is one of South Africa's largest real estate development, investment and management companies. They develop mixed-use, commercial, retail and industrial properties.

Here are some of Atterbury's current developments

Gerrit van den Berg - Head of Atterbury Property - Western Cape

Gerrit at the opening of a Richmond Corner - Cape Town (July 2020).

Gerrit talking about Atterbury in the Cape

Lesson 3: How to be an Expert in an Arbitration Case

Lesson 3: How to be an Expert in an Arbitration Case

In this interview, we cover the critical things you need to know before you can consider being an ‘expert’ or ‘arbitrator’ in an Arbitration Case.

This video will be immensely valuable to architects who find themselves involved in a project that 'went South' and they wish to steer it to a favourable conclusion.

Preview

About this Course

An interview where we ask the questions we were too ashamed to ask until now:

  • How much can you earn from being an expert or arbitrator?
  • Do I need additional training?
  • How does it actually work? Like the actual process?
  • What should be in an “expert report”?
  • What is a statement of claim?
  • Am I too young to start doing it?
  • Where should I start to become an expert or arbitrator?

After watching this interview you will know it is a ‘hell-yeah’ or a ‘good-heavens-no’ for you to get involved in the world of ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION.

And if you secretly have no idea what arbitrations are about and you hope you will never find out, this interview will make it far less scary!



What you'll Learn:

  • Is additional formal training required?
  • Where can you get training?
  • The costs of additional training
  • What to expect of arbitration proceedings
  • What is the role of the lawyer?
  • What is a Statement of Claim?
  • What should be in a Statement of Claim?
  • Who compiles what documents?
  • What the architect’s role is in the proceedings?
  • Everything about a Statement of Defence.
  • Including or excluding a big legal team
  • Cross examination – how to prepare for it
  • Difference between an ‘expert witness’ and a witness of fact.
  • How does payments work?
  • How much one can expect to earn.
  • What personality types should consider offering this service?
  • Where to find clients?

Who this lesson is for

  • Anyone who considers being an expert in an arbitration case.
  • Architects who are not sure what the process of arbitration entails.

What you get

Duration

50 minutes

Updated

July 2020

Type

Expert Interview

Access

1 year

Access

Access on mobile / desktop


Instructors

In this lesson, Anneke Schriek interviews Engela White, a professional Architect who has specialized training relevant to arbitration and regularly serves as an Expert and Arbitrator in legal cases and dispute resolution.

Anneke Schriek

Anneke Schriek

Anneke is a Professional Registered Architect whose passion has always been to improve architecture as a service.

She is drawn to finding ways we can make architecture more accessible, and she strives to educate architects and students on how to achieve it. She inspires architects to be #betterarchitects.

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Engela White

Engela White

Engela White has expanded her knowledge and experience in the administration of the building contract by furthering her education in alternative dispute resolution.

This was done by obtaining a formal qualification as arbitrator from the Association of Arbitrators of South Africa, an organisation offering a concentration of expertise in the legal and construction.

In addition, Engela completed the Association of Arbitrators’ course work on Construction Law and as a fellow of the Association, she facilitates alternative dispute resolution on a case by case basis in the form of arbitrations and adjudications.

The in-depth knowledge gained during the 5 year study period into Contract and Construction Law, enabled Engela to have acted as a subject expert in several legal disputes. Her subjects of expertise involve the Law of Building and Engineering Contracts and the National Heritage Resources Act.

Engela on LinkedIn | Wiewarchitects.com


Wiew Architects

In addition to basic architectural services, Wiew Architects specialize in Heritage Consultancy Services, Arbitration, Construction Law Services, and Contract Administration

 

Lesson 4: How to work on a Heritage Project

Lesson 4: How to work on a Heritage Project

An interview with a seasoned architectural heritage consultant on the intricacies of working on heritage projects.

The insight she shares could save you many days of effort and doubt, as you would gain an understanding of the rules, difficulties, and risks involved if you ever have the opportunity to work on a heritage project.

Preview

About this Lesson

No-one is appointing you to make changes to a National Monument, but the next house you will be working on might just be older than 60 years... Buildings with heritage status come with a host of additional rules, but can be very fulfilling if you know how to go about it. This interview teaches you some of the tricks that might mean the difference between success and failure.

Some of the topics include:

  • An explanation of the application process
  • What should be included in a heritage report
  • How to offer this as one of your architectural services.
  • Is it for everyone or do you need a certain personality type?
  • How much can you expect to get paid for this type of work?
  • The Heritage Resources Act
This interview hopes to lower the barrier to entry for you into heritage architecture. We ask all the questions you are too polite to ask and get the straight answers for it. You will no longer feel like an imposter when it comes to heritage architecture. At least, you will know what you don’t know ;-)

Topics we discuss:

  • Further qualification you might need
  • Why you should always be heritage conscious
  • The Heritage Resources Act
  • How to know when a project is a ‘heritage project’
  • Where to start with heritage work
  • How to know what changes will be allowed on heritage a building
  • The different classes of heritage
  • What is a ‘heritage consultant’
  • The procedures of applying for approvals
  • How to compile a Heritage Report
  • How to do a Heritage Impact Assessment
  • How to manage community comments and objections
  • How long approvals are valid
  • A list of items often overlooked
  • The life-span of heritage projects
  • How much you can expect to earn from doing this kind work
  • Where to start if you want to offer this as a service
  • Where to find clients
  • How to market your service
  • The ‘downs-side’ of heritage work

Who this lesson is for

  • Architects who has never done work on a heritage building
  • Architects looking to expand their offering as an architectural service
  • Architects who are curious about the process of working on heritage buildings

What you get

Duration

1 hour

Updated

July 2020

Type

Expert Interview

Access

1 year

Access

Access on mobile / desktop


Instructors

In this lesson, Anneke Schriek interviews Engela White, an expert in heritage projects, particularly in the legalities one must navigate when dealing with buildings with heritage status.

Anneke Schriek

Anneke Schriek

Anneke is a Professional Registered Architect whose passion has always been to improve architecture as a service.

She is drawn to finding ways we can make architecture more accessible, and she strives to educate architects and students on how to achieve it. She inspires architects to be #betterarchitects.

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Engela White

Engela White

Engela is known for her vast knowledge and experience in Heritage services in the built environment. She currently serves as a heritage consultant by dealing with heritage applications on behalf of clients.

As Heritage consultant, Engela's impressive project list include names like Walter Sisulu Square, Joburg Art Gallery and Jeppe Station. Engela has also done a lot of work on theatres, amongst others the State Theatre Precint.

Clients come in the form of government, project managers, developers, private home owners and professional colleagues. Her subjects of expertise involve aspects of the National Heritage Resources Act.

In addition to being a professional architect, Engela holds a research Masters Degree from the University of Pretoria on the Historic Urban Landscape Approach. She also completed a lesson on Heritage Resources Management at the University of Cape Town during 2019.

Engela on LinkedIn | Wiewarchitects.com


Wiew Architects

In addition to basic architectural services, Wiew Architects specialize in Heritage Consultancy Services, Arbitration, Construction Law Services, and Contract Administration
Lesson 5: How to Design Sustainably with Water

Lesson 5: How to Design Sustainably with Water

How to easily and significantly reduce the water consumption of a building, without detracting from the consumer experience.

By lowering required water consumption, you can make a building asset more cost effective and therefore more valuable.

We also discuss clever ways in which you can use tax money to implement these savings, earn BBEEE points in the process, and how to utilize the #SURPLUSWATER2025 initiative to increase the value of a building.

Preview

About this Lesson

Architects are often the only people responsible for the design of the water consumption of buildings. We should therefore be very cognisant of what the long term implications are of our decisions regarding water system designs.

In this video we take you through the details of an elaborate water system design of a four storey building – you will actually be able to design similar systems for your future projects after understanding this one.

After watching this video you will:

  1. Have a more comprehensive understanding of how water consumption in buildings actually work.
  2. Be able to confidently advise on how systems can be implemented to reduce the water consumption of any building (existing and new).
  3. Know what 20% of things must be done, to all buildings, to achieve 80% of water savings – we’re not only giving a checklist, you will understand the concept.
  4. Have a list of things you should do to make sure your next building consumes water responsibly.


Topics we discuss:

  • A real example of a complex water system
  • What the #SurplusWater2025 movement is about
  • Practical things architects can do to save water long-term
  • All about monitoring water consumption
  • The possibility of living off the water-grid
  • Water saving flush mechanisms
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Where to start when addressing water consumption in buildings

Who this lesson is for

Architects who want to:

  • Add value to their designs by ensuring efficient water system designs
  • Actually save water on a large scale
  • Learn more about the design of water systems in buildings

What you get

Duration

100 minutes

Updated

July 2020

Type

Expert Interview

Access

1 year

Access

Access on mobile / desktop


Instructors

In this lesson, Anneke Schriek interviews Gerrie Brink, the founder of Aquaffection and the visionary behind #SURPLUSWATER2025.

Anneke Schriek

Anneke Schriek

Anneke is a Professional Registered Architect whose passion has always been to improve architecture as a service.

She is drawn to finding ways we can make architecture more accessible, and she strives to educate architects and students on how to achieve it. She inspires architects to be #betterarchitects.

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Gerrie Brink Gerrie Brink

Gerrie is a qualified Mining Engineer, with extensive experience in management, planning, production and projects obtained during his employment at Sasol, BHP Billiton and South32.

Vision orientated, action driven, and armed with an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch Business School made him jump at the opportunity to pursue a career change, to help establish change and make a difference in South Africa.

Gerrie founded AQUAffection as the vehicle to enable his dream of making South Africa a country with a surplus of water by 2025.

He has the ability to see the long term big picture combined with the practical skills necessary for immediate implementation, thus effectively transforming good ideas into workable solutions. With a collaborative and hands-on approach, he believes in co-operation along with educating, and equipping people to establish long term change for a better future.

Qualifications:
• BEng (Mining Engineering), University of Pretoria
• Mine Managers Certificate of Competence (MMCC), Department of Mineral Resources
• MBA, University of Stellenbosch Business School

Gerrie on LinkedIn | Aquaffection.com

 

 

Aquaffection SurplusWater2025

Aquaffection believes that by fundamentally changing our relationship with water and recognizing it as the most precious live-giving resource, it is within our collective power to turn things around and achieve surplus water, in South Africa, by 2025.

Their mission is to play their part to make this bold goal a reality. They do so by helping South Africans understand, manage and conserve water consumption.

 

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