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Technology in Architectural Practice


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  • We’ve had questions come in from members about how to preserve records, especially concerning digital files. How does your firm preserve records? Do you have any recommendations? In addition: The Society of American Archivists’ Architectural...

  • Hi Daniel Thanks for your comments. In fact, software license terms can be critically important to a small firm, so I'm glad you mentioned it. In the 'great recession', when I finally had to let go of all of my small staff after going unpaid...

  • You should give a try to Vectorworks, I stated using it since it was MiniCad ('93) back then what caught me was the user friendliness and that architectural feel, which it holds true today in addition to all the 3d and BIM capabilities. ------------------------------...

  • Be sure and compare licensing of the packages you are considering. I know that Autodesk has recently changed their model and are 100 percent subscription based. So when your subscription is up your software will not function until you renew. Others...

  • I also use Revit for residential. Tried out Chief Architect for a couple of months-- found the initial visual output very alluring but as got into the project found it did not have the complexity to handle an addition and accessory structure with foundations...

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  • The following is an excerpt from my blog at deathofdrawing.com related to my new book The Death of Drawing: Architecture in the Age of Simulation published by Routledge. Among the professionals involved in the building industry,...

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  • Last year on the TAP, several members identified challenges in technical environments accessing and gathering information in concealed spaces, particularly above ceilings. The workflow we developed with the TAP members' input is highly relevant to...

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  • QUALITY CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS & SPECIFICATIONS Do you know how to put together a good set of construction documents? As a new practitioner, an emerging architect, intern architect, or recent graduate, you may have felt that someone was...

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  • Is BIM the tool and the method building designers have long avoided? The AIA TAP FASTER FORWARD conference 2011 presented the idea of BIM, the process, the intelligence, and the potential. In addition, I attended the Autodesk University last week...

  • Take a look at this article generated by LMN Architects, detailing their process for designing, fabricating, and simplifying a complicated panelized facade. http://lmnts.lmnarchitects.com/featured/mm-intro/