Architects as project leaders

To lead a project team it is not enough to be a good designer. Architects also need to demonstrate sophisticated management and motivational skills. 

This course aims to build the skills and confidence required to lead successfully, confidently and enjoyably.

Who this course is for

This course is a primer for all architects who are faced with the task of leading a project.

Course format

This course is run by Tom Taylor, one of the founding members of the highly influential 'designer-friendly' project management firm, Buro Four.

In this course, Tom will explore the working methodologies for successful project leadership, taking delegates through a step-by-step review of the role and responsibilities that are key to this position. 

This course is run over two days. In keeping with the Colander philosophy, both days are intensely practical, using an interactive workshop style with working exercises, case studies, discussions and activities. A printed, bound set of courses notes will be given to each delegate.

Delegate numbers are limited in order to maintain the interactive quality of the training.

Course content

All in-house courses can be tailored to meet the exact requirements of individual practices, suggested topics include :

  • The role of a project leader
  • Architectural appointments and Plans of Work
  • Assessing/allocating architectural fees
  • Organising architectural resources
  • Working with a design team
  • Leadership and management
  • Understanding and managing clients
  • Getting useful briefs
  • Budget assessments
  • Signing off techniques
  • Defining quality
  • Taking on, or picking up a new project
  • Problem solving
  • The practicalities of different locations
  • Completions and handovers
  • Dealing with unknown issues
  • The profile of a project leader


CPD Certificates are issued to all attendees.