Spring 2022

ARC 327R (00775) ARI 350R (00390) ARC 386M (01035) 


The project is the basic defining element of architectural, engineering, interiors, and planning practice. It is through the process of managing projects that design concepts are translated into reality. This course addresses the management and leadership of design projects, including buildings, interiors, engineering, planning, and other types of projects.
This course is valuable to students of architecture, interior design, architectural engineering, landscape architecture, civil, structural, mechanical and electrical building engineering, planning, and students of real estate and business administration who want to learn more about the process of managing and delivering projects.


This course provides students with a solid introduction to project management including: project start up; scoping, budgeting, and scheduling; financial management and control of projects; owner and client relationships; establishing and negotiating professional fees; project revenue recognition, earned value management, and percent complete determination; an overview of traditional and newer alternate project delivery approaches, including design-bid-build, design-build, bridging, fast-track, and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD); introduction to Gantt charts, critical path scheduling and other scheduling techniques; team building; coalescing owner-designer-contractor relationships; professional services delivery; project risks and mitigation; life cycle costing analysis; project close-out, commissioning, post-occupancy services; and other project management topics.
Students meet and hear from guest speakers from architecture, real estate development, engineering, planning, and interior design firms. These speakers provide a current perspective on the state of the design, engineering and construction industry. Some students have subsequently joined guest speakers’ firms.
Richard W. Jennings, FAIA has more than 35 years of professional experience leading design firms and managing the design and construction of large-scale commercial projects. Dr. Jennings is an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin and former lecturer at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He is also a senior consultant with a New York investment banking firm specializing in advisory services to the AEC industry. A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, he is licensed to practice architecture in multiple states, holds the NCARB certificate, and is a member of the Project Management Institute, and the American Planning Association. He holds a Doctor of Design (DDes) and Master of Design Studies (MDes) with Distinction in project management and real estate from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He also holds Master of Architecture (MArch), Master of Business Administration (MBA), and Bachelor of Science degrees.