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Fees: how to best calculate, negotiate and monitor
Talks and lectures

Fees: how to best calculate, negotiate and monitor

​Good design is the goal of most architects, but delivering projects on programme and to budget requires time and effort. An understanding of the different appointment scenarios is essential for providing a viable and competitive fee. This seminar will explain how to provide a professional service without losing money in the complex world of building procurement.

This seminar will explain how to put a fee proposal together, the basic principles of fee management, as well as providing guidance on how to monitor resources within the practice. The seminar will also elaborate on context of the RIBA appointment documents, and the importance of regular invoicing.

This comprehensive session will cover:

  • Different procurement routes and clients including traditional, D&B and Term commissions
  • Fee calculation; how to put an effective proposal together, and what to include
  • Negotiation; the different fee tendering scenarios and how to qualify the bid
  • Appointment; the context of the RIBA suite of appointment documents and how to deal with clients own bespoke documents
  • Resourcing and time management; how to monitor resources simply but effectively, and the use of digital and other resources
  • How to work out a charge out rate, calculation of overheads, including staff/fixed costs
  • Monitoring and managing the project fee, invoice points, using the RIBA plan of Work 2013

Using case studies and worked examples the speaker will explain how these techniques can be applied. There will be interactive sessions and opportunities for you to ask questions and share experiences.

Speaker: Stephen Brookhouse, University of Westminster
Stephen is Professor of Professional Practice in Architecture at the University of Westminster. He is course leader for Part 3 and leads postgraduate teaching in practice, management and law. A chartered architect with over 25 years' experience in practice, he lectures widely on the profession. His publications include the bestselling 'Part 3 Handbook' and 'Professional Studies in Architecture'. He is editor and contributor to a new series of books on practical skills for architects due for publication in 2017.

Core Curriculum topics:
1. External management
2. Internal management

Non-member - £106.80 (£89 + VAT)
Student member - £18 (£15 + VAT)
Member - £74.40 (£62 + VAT)

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