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The Committee on Design (COD) was founded to promote design excellence among members of the AIA, the broader design community, and the public at large, both nationally and internationally.

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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the AIA Committee on Design leadership voted to cancel the 2021 Denver conference and postpone the international conference to 2022. Next year's conference dates will be posted once available.

  • 1.  Standard of Practice

    Posted 01-23-2021 02:46 PM
    Dear Committee on Design Forum,

    I recently printed a draft copy of my research on style, here in Prescott, Arizona. The regional print house does not have screw binding, which brings up an important deficiency in Architectural practice across the nation: standard amenities in Architecture practice.

    While I can live without a screw bound document, the future of Architecture will benefit from a digital Architectural platform for contract and professional documentation. There are current cities, like Beverly Hills, that lead in paperless review; however, if Design & Architecture can coordinate a platform that collates Professional Practice, with correct order and resource, then, the Practice of Professional systems in America can correctly document Architectural practice. One primary example, is a by phase online database of scans, contracts, and deliverables; another example, the availability of professional monographs like ANSI A108 / A118 / A136.1, digitally recorded through quickbooks and automatically listed or uploaded in professional assets; an additional example, to feature all associate work in an online database for the event of legal review, providing protection to the caliber of work in Professional communities.

    There are a number of decent private platforms like Ajera, Newforma, and Microsoft, and, with an orderly examination of the future, we can produce the excellence that Architects and their associates are renowned for with advanced documentation assets.


    Seth Trotter
    Associate of the AIA
    Sole Proprietor
    Prescott AZ
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