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The AIA Project Delivery Knowledge Community (PD) promotes the architect’s leadership role in all project delivery methods by assembling and distributing knowledge and best practices for a variety of project delivery methods, e.g. design-build (DB), integrated project deliveries (IPD), and public-private partnerships (P3).

2023 Events

- PD Symposium 2023 - now available on-demand!
PD Forum at A'23 - plus other A'23 sessions on PD

Project Delivery at A'23

By Emma Tucker posted 04-13-2023 03:46 PM


If you are coming to the AIA Conference on Architecture (A’23) this year (June 7-10 in San Francisco), there's an official PD knowledge community event plus many more great sessions to consider! 


PD's events

Friday: Project Delivery Open Forum

Within the ever evolving design and construction industry, the owner, architect, and builder find that traditional roles and relationships are transforming rapidly. What does this mean for project delivery systems, which are at the nexus of these transformational forces? In this critically important and timely forum, Project Delivery Advisory Group members will lead the way as you engage in an open discussion to share input and ideas for future programs and initiatives.

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Other sessions of interest


Progressive Design-Build: Delivering Peak Performance
WE209  |  10-11:30am  |  1.5 LUs/HSW

The role of the architect is at an inflection point in driving a building’s peak performance through design. No longer a sole visionary, an architect is now a key member of an integrated team delivering the most resilient solutions possible. The design-build delivery methodology coalesces an integrated team early, optimizing expertise needed to achieve high-performance goals. Join this session to investigate the overarching considerations within design-build delivery and learn the differences between traditionally delivered design-build and progressive design-build. Explore contractual differences and team structure, and how the early integration of trade partners can support delivery of high-performance buildings.

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Optimizing Team Collaboration
WE308  |  1-3:30pm  |  2.5 LUs

Well-managed collaboration is the cornerstone to successful projects, especially when Integrated Project Delivery, Multi-party Agreements, Design-Build, and BIM analysis are part of the project makeup. In this practicum, architects and project managers will gain new skills based on biological science and practical tools to build consensus in multi-disciplinary environments where competing objectives make clear choices difficult. Owner representatives can use these tools to foster collaboration and optimize the value they derive from consultants, builders, and the facilities they produce. Facilitators will present concepts, provide practical tools including checklists that can be taken away and reused in daily practice, and then concretize this knowledge through team decision making exercises in which participants will resolve complex issues through consensus.

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How Project Management Shapes Architecture Firm Success
EX109  |  3-4pm  |  1 LU

Project managers have always been critical to project delivery and client satisfaction at architecture firms. At last, more and more firm leaders are beginning to appreciate their vital role in contributing to growth and profitability. This session examines new approaches and best practices that architecture firms are leveraging to improve project management and tackle staff shortages, competing priorities, and other important challenges. For a fresh look at the role of project management in determining your firm's success, be sure to join us.

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Reduce Waste, Cost & Delivery Time With Modular Construction
LL504  |  3-4pm  |  1 LU/HSW

Rising construction costs and skilled labor shortages fuel demand to transform the construction industry and seek innovation in traditional delivery methods. Modular construction is an alternative delivery method that successfully drives construction efficiencies. It also addresses the demand to reduce construction time and improve coordination of trades. These factors, along with green construction’s goal of reducing construction site waste, have made modular construction a method of choice in today’s commercial construction. This session explores solutions for designing high-performance façades to support modular construction trends in commercial and multifamily segments. (LO #4: Choose options for leveraging collaborative design-build methods to deliver modular façades.) 

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Wastewater Treatment: Stewardship at the Center of the Salish Sea
TH203  |  4-5pm  |  1 LU/HSW

Often removed from public view, large-scale infrastructure projects provide opportunity for unparalleled impact in improving the health and habitat of our local, regional, and international communities. The Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant’s project definition phase employed an innovative approach to large-scale infrastructure planning, incorporating effluent treatment beyond regulatory requirements. This session will highlight how the client led a rigorous and integrative process with a diverse multidisciplinary team, resulting in tertiary treatment; a suite of ecological restoration projects for Iona Island and its foreshore; and elevated opportunities to develop partnerships within the community, province, and country. (LO #3: Use the Integrated Project Delivery method to better coalesce the technical requirements, architectural design, community partnership features, educational opportunities, and environmental stewardship of complex projects.)

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Building Stronger with Better Teaming
TH204  |  4-5pm  |  1 LU

Prime consultants and subconsultants don’t always work together as effectively as possible. Last-minute client demands, poor communication, and random assumptions complicate relationships. Beginning with guidelines that set clear expectations for each side of this teaming partnership can help everyone start and finish well. This session will establish working guidelines for teaming crafted by experts, informed by first-hand research from more than 300 design professionals, and written by attendees. Participants walk away with guidelines they can custom fit to their company and their unique teaming opportunities. Better teaming results in better design solutions.

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Sonrisa Downtown: Mass Timber Affordable Housing in Sacramento
LL907  |  1:30-2:30pm  |  1 LU

Sonrisa is the first project under Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-06-19 for Affordable Housing Development, which directs the development of affordable housing on excess State-owned sites and the pursuit of sustainable, innovative, and cost-effective construction methods. Sonrisa is a five-story Type IIIB building with 58 LIHTC-regulated affordable apartments, a majority of which are 270 square foot microunits. While there were many cost increases for implementing the novel CLT system, the immeasurable benefits of environmental sustainability paired with the exposed warm wood and significantly higher ceiling height made it an easy choice. Sonrisa is the first ground-up CLT project in Sacramento and was developed through a public-private partnership between the Capitol Area Community Development Corporation (CACDC) and CFY Development. 

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Achieving Design Excellence in Educational Design-Build Projects
FR113  |  2-3:30pm  |  1.5 LUs

Learn how the Los Angeles Unified School District and Los Angeles Community College District achieve architectural design excellence in their multi-billion-dollar modernization programs. Projects are awarded through a design-build competition that scores not only price and schedule but assigns significant points for inspiring design, thoughtful redevelopment of existing campuses, and sustainability goals. Through case studies, LAUSD and LACCD representatives, architects, and contractors will describe their approach, including collaborative competition phase workshops, and will present multimedia examples of successful projects.

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All in the Details: New Approach to Energy Code Compliance
FR121  |  2-3:30pm  |  1.5 LUs/HSW

Bridging the gap between complex energy regulations and the construction industry, this session leverages the potential of architectural details to communicate both the nuts and bolts of building while also elevating understanding throughout the many stakeholders involved in project delivery. The result is a win-win—more efficient project delivery for design professionals and increased building performance and code compliance. Hear the perspectives of a builder, an architect, and a building code consultant regarding the role of content and organization of construction documents in creating better outcomes for everyone, including the community at large.

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Transforming Existing Transit Infrastructure for the Next Generation
SA103  |  10-11am  |  1. LU/HSW

Located on Chicago’s South Side, the Chicago Transit Authority’s 95th/Dan Ryan Intermodal Terminal Station modernization and expansion was the agency’s largest infrastructure improvement project to date. The project reconnects South Side communities to Chicago and the larger region and serves as an example of how a team of designers, constructors, a transit agency client, and neighborhood stakeholders can collaborate to deliver places of enduring quality that transform existing transit infrastructure for the next generation. This session will discuss successful solutions employed in this complex, high-profile project and highlight challenges and solutions for transforming existing infrastructure through a collaborative design/build process.

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Reinventing Collaboration to Achieve Complex Mega-Projects
SA313  |  11:30am-12:30pm  |  1 LU

Large and complex projects increasingly require firms to team together to meet project goals. This allows for greater diversity in the sizes and types of firms that participate in these projects. Learn how two Chicago architects are collaborating to achieve multibillion-dollar projects with successful partnerships with multiple architecture and engineering firms. They’ll discuss project organization, the day-to-day process of working together, the resulting design solutions, and lessons learned. Projects covered will include an airport and a large commercial/mixed-use development.

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