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Architecture, Environment & Housing Architecture

Certificate for Module (Architecture Practice and Building Contract Administration)

Course Code

Study mode
Start Date
To be advised
36 hours
Course Fee
3762 0071
2214 1870
How to Apply


The programme aims to introduce to students aspects of the general practice of architecture and building contract administration.

Programme Details

Intended Learning Outcomes of the Programme 
On completion of the programme, students should be able to
  1. Comprehensively summarize the structure of the building industry in Hong Kong;
  2. Describe in detail the architects’ normal services and the conditions of engagement by the employer;
  3. Apply the professional conduct required by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects and the Architects Registration Board to daily dealings;
  4. Identify and distinguish the relationship, duties and liability of all contractual parties in a building contract;
  5. Critically evaluate the different types of building contracts used in Hong Kong in terms of their construction time, first cost, maintenance and running cost;
  6. Discuss the different types of contract disputes resolution and indicate the situation when they should be used.
Mid-term Examination (1 hour)
Final Examination (2 hours)
Upon successful completion of the programme,  students will be awarded the Certificate for Module (Architecture Practice and Building Contract Administration) within the HKU system through HKU SPACE.
36 hours

Class Details






The Hong Kong Building Industry

  • Structure of the building industry
  • Building industry’s professionals
  • Specialized trades associated with the building industry


Architects’ Normal Services

  • Conditions of engagement
  • Scale of professional charges
  • Stages A to F
  • Pre-contract procedures
  • Post-contract procedures


Professional Conduct

  • HKIA requirements
  • ARB HK requirements
  • Architectural competitions requirements


Building Contract

  • Principle of law
  • Building contracts for public and private practices
  • Agreement and Forms of Contract for use in Hong Kong; lump sum with and without quantities, remeasurement, as-built, design and built
  • Contract for A&A works
  • Relationship, duties and liability of contractual parties


Contract Finances

  • Different types of building contracts in construction time; first cost and maintenance and running cost


Contract Disputes Resolution

  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Litigation


Application Fee

HK$150 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$6,480

Entry Requirements

Applicants shall have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in architecture or related fields.


Application Form Download Application Form

Enrolment Method
Payment Method
1. Cash, EPS, WeChat Pay Or Alipay

Course fees can be paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay or Alipay at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque Or Bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title(s) for application and the applicant’s name.. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres, specifying  “Course Application” on the envelope.  HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/Mastercard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or Mastercard, including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE Mastercard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4. Online Payment

Online application / enrolment is offered for most open admission courses (course enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes. Application fees and course fees of these programmes/courses can be settled by using "PPS by Internet" (not available via mobile phones), VISA or Mastercard. In addition to the aforesaid online payment channels, continuing students of award-bearing programmes, if their programmes offer online service, may also pay their course fees by Online WeChat Pay, Online Alipay and Faster Payment System (FPS). Please refer to Enrolment Methods - Online Enrolment  for details.


  • If the programme/course is starting within five working days, application by post is not recommended to avoid any delays. Applicants are advised to enrol in person at HKU SPACE Enrolement Centres and avoid making cheque payment under this circustance.
  • Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay, Alipay, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder's credit card account.
  • In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme team for details.
  • Fees and places on courses cannot be transferrable from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  • Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be repsonsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  • For payment certification, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to "HKU SPACE" to any of our enrolment centres.