AIA KnowledgeNet Roundup

By Kathleen McCormick posted 05-20-2011 02:30 PM


ARCHISpeak: Where Talkitecture is (Re)Defined by You
Contributed by: Bill Worthen, AIA

We wanted to have a little fun. So we repurposed the glossary feature on AIA KnowledgeNet. Gone are the existing architectural terms -- why duplicate Wikipedia which has such high visibility to the public? (Note: We encourage all architects to edit existing architectural terms on Wikipedia.) The AIA KnowledgeNet glossary has evolved into a member driven database ‘dictionary’ of words created by architects that have evolved over time into its own form of language -- ARCHISpeak. Take a look and add a term to ARCHISpeak.


Social Media for Architects
Contributed by Linna (Jane) Fredrick, AIA

In this presentation through case studies on how some architects are using social media, we will cover identifying your objectives, developing your strategy, finding your audience, measuring your success, and generating content. Download the presentation with notes from the Small Firm Round Table Resource Library.


Meet Wanda Dalla Costa, Intl. Assoc. AIA

Wanda specializes in First Nations or Native American design. She is a member of the Saddle Lake First Nation in Alberta, Canada and completed her undergraduate studies in Native Studies. In response to the need for comprehensive community planning as part of economic development, Wanda recently added to her education, completing a Masters of Design Research in City Design, Planning and Policy. Join the Native American Design Community she created on AIA KnowledgeNet. View Her Profile.


Simulation Software
Contributed by Brian Skripac, Assoc. AIA

Does anybody happen to know of simulation software that would allow one to track how nurses and other clinical staff would move from nurse stations to patient rooms? We are looking for something that could animate the process and illustrate the value of different design options to might improve the team’s efficiency and reduce travel distance to treat patients.  See the suggestions other members made on the Technology in Architectural Practice Discussion Forum thread.


Volunteer for CAE Higher Education Subcommittee
Contributed by Bukky Akinsanmi

The AIA Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) created the Higher Education subcommittee, alongside several others, in 2009 and charged it with the responsibility to create, gather and disperse new knowledge regarding the design of learning environments in tertiary educational systems. We need more volunteers across the board - students, interns, licensed professionals, professors, and facility managers to help us continue the exciting work we have started. Read the 2010 report and volunteer.


Read the HRC Preservation Briefs and Earn AIA CE Credits
Contributed by the Historic Resources Committee

The Historic Resource Committee has arranged, in collaboration with the Historic Preservation Education Foundation for AIA Learning Units to be available through a series of quizzes based on the National Park Service Preservation Briefs. 

The Preservation Briefs are an ongoing series of publications by the U.S. National Park Service that provides guidance on preserving, rehabilitating, and restoring historic buildings. Read full text and download the briefs.


What really IS effective collaboration?
Contributed by
Alan Burcope, AIA, MBA, LEED AP

As I see it, there are three major problems in the prevailing project design/construction delivery models.  I refer to them as the three paradoxes of the AEC industry.  These are the problems.  What are the solutions?

  1. The Value Paradox - there is no reliable benchmark for value comparison in design/construction.
  2. The Cost Accountability Paradox - neither the A/E nor Contractor is accountable for cost.
  3. The Mutable Contract (Change Order) Paradox - there is no incentive to minimize change orders or provide fair market pricing.

Read the entire Practice Management Discussion Forum thread and share your perspective.


CAE Awards Recognize Transparency, Teachable Sustainability in School Architecture Contributed by Charles Linn, FAIA

There aren’t many places where spending a few extra dollars per square foot upfront can have a more positive, lasting influence than in school buildings. Most people spend a good portion of their formative lives in such places, and while the quality of one’s education can depend quite a lot on textbooks and teachers, poorly designed instructional environments can overshadow them.  Read AIArchitect article.