Approved Seminar Topics

The Louisiana State Board of Architectural Examiners will review and approve programs that have not been approved by the American Institute of Architecture for HSW continuing education credit topics to determine if the program will qualify for HSW credit in Louisiana.

The following topics are considered Health, Safety and Welfare subjects that the Board has deemed appropriate to safeguard the public and that are necessary for the proper evaluation, design, construction, and utilization of buildings and the built environment.


PRACTICE MANAGEMENT: Areas related to the management of architectural practice and the details of running a business.


Acceptable Topics

  • Applicable Laws and Regulations
  • Ethics
  • Insurance to Protect Owner and Public
  • Business Management

  • Risk Management
  • Information Management
  • Design for Community Needs
  • Supervisor Training

PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Areas related to the management of architectural projects through execution.


Acceptable Topics

  • Project Delivery Methods
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Pre-Design Services
  • Site and Soils Analysis
  • Consultant Management
  • Project Scheduling
  • Quality Control (QA/QC)
  • Economic Assessment
  • Value Engineering

PROGRAMMING & ANALYSIS: Areas related to the evaluation of project requirements, constraints, and opportunities.


Acceptable Topics

  • Land-Use Analysis
  • Programming
  • Site Selection
  • Historic Preservation
  • Adaptive Reuse
  • Codes, Regulations, and Standards
  • Natural Resources
  • Environmental Impact and Ecosystem Risk Assessment
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Resilience to Natural and Human Impacts
  • Life Safety
  • Feasibility Studies

PROJECT PLANNING & DESIGN: Areas related to the preliminary design of sites and buildings.


Acceptable Topics

  • Building Systems
  • Urban Planning
  • Master Planning
  • Building Design
  • Site Design
  • Safety and Security Measures
  • Impacts, Adaptation and Mitigation of a Changing Climate
  • Energy Efficiency and Positive Energy Design

  • Sustainability
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Ergonomics
  • Lighting
  • Acoustics
  • Accessibility
  • Construction Systems
  • Budget Development

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT & DOCUMENTATION: Areas related to the integration and documentation of building systems, material selection, and material assemblies into a project.


Acceptable Topics

  • Construction Documents
  • Materials and Assemblies
  • Fixtures, Furnishings & Equipment

CONSTRUCTION & EVALUATION: Areas related to construction contract administration and post-occupancy evaluation of projects.


Acceptable Topics

  • Construction Contract Administration
  • Bidding and Negotiation
  • Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE)
  • Building Commissioning