This course critically examines the role of professional architectural practices in the development and direction of architectural design, production, and pedagogy. As its basis, the course comprises a survey of the architectural profession— its licensing and legal requirements, its adherence to the constraints of codes and budgets, and its place among competing professions and financial interests. Attention is placed on student’s understanding of registration law, building codes and regulations, professional service contracts, zoning and sub-division ordinances, environmental regulations, and other licensure concerns. Students gain an understanding of the architect’s administrative role and of issues relating to obtaining commissions, selecting and coordinating consultants, negotiating contracts, providing project management, and overseeing issues of egress, code compliance, and principles of life safety. They also develop the skills necessary to effectively communicate to clients and user groups. Trends such as globalization and outsourcing are analyzed in their capacity to substantially affect the practice of an architect. Students also receive the Emerging Professional’s Companion along with updated Intern Development Program (IDP) information.