Getting the best out of: The Design Team


This course provides an overview of the key members of the Design team, their roles and responsibilities, the main stages in the design process and how the project manager can manage them successfully to get the best designs from the budget and minimise problems with planning. One of the speakers is an experienced architect giving delegates the opportunity to ask all those questions they’ve always wanted to.

Target Audience

This course is suitable for Development and Regeneration staff  within Registered Providers and others with responsibility for managing architects, engineers and other members of the design team.

Entry or Pre-course Requirements

This course is designed to follow on from Getting the best from: the Consultant Team. It is preferable, although not essential, that delegates should either have attended that course or have an equivalent level of knowledge of briefing and managing consultants.

It is helpful if delegates have a good understanding of professional project management tools and techniques, such as provided by Introductory Certificate in Project Management.

It is helpful if delegates are familiar with Part B of  Standards and Quality in Development: a good practice guide (second edition, 2008) published by the National Housing Federation.

Recommended Reading

Delegates will receive a comprehensive handout with this course.

Related Courses

Getting the best out of: The Consultant Team

Introductory Certificate in Project Management

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Course Plan

This course covers the following subject areas:

  • Welcome;
  • Who are the design team?
  • Design responsibilities under different procurement routes;
  • Managing the interfaces: who designs the drainage?
  • Developing designs: the RIBA Plan of Work;
  • Design management: the client’s role;
  • Pitfalls & remedies.


Intensive interactive classroom-based learning with exercises


Andrew Drury & Alex Ely


1 day


CPD accreditation can be obtained for this course if required.


On completion of this course you will be provided with an HATC certificate.


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Course Details

We are in the process of publishing all course details on our website. In the mean time please contact us for further information.

Conditions Of Application

All prospective students must read the following conditions before submitting the application form.

  1. Once a student is accepted onto the course, fees are not refundable in part or in total unless the course is cancelled by HATC in which case a full refund will be provided.
  2. HATC reserves the right to make minor change lecture times, venue or other arrangements but will advise students in advance of the course date.
  3. The course fee includes the examination fee for one attempt at the APM IC exam. If the student wishes to re-take the exam there will be an additional charge. Such charges will be reasonable, and will be set on the basis of HATC’s cost-recovery only.
  4. The above conditions will be subject to interpretation in English law courts.