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A'19 potential topics.

  • 1.  A'19 potential topics.

    Posted 03-14-2018 17:51

    Hi everyone! What CCA topics would you attend a session on during the 2019 Conference on Architecture?

    We're trying to get a head start on submissions for the A'19, making sure there are sessions that cover items of interest to CCA members. For example, in 2017 we held a full-day workshop covering the CA issues for small / emerging practices. We've held other workshops in the past that covered BIM and contract administration, including building the connection between design and construction and how architects lead the process.

    • What topics would you want to learn more about?
    • If you're a firm leader, what CCA topic would you want your employees to go to?
    • Would you attend a full-day workshop on Wednesday, or would a shorter session during the Conference itself be more useful?
    • Is there a topic that you are an expert in, and that you would be interested in helping us develop and/or present?
    • Are you planning to submit your own CCA-related session that we should let the group know about?

    Let us know! As part of the CCA advisory group, We would really like to get your feedback/assistance as we develop our submissions for A'19.


    Yu-Ngok Lo
    2018 Chair, Construction Contract Administration KC

    Emma Tucker
    Manage, Knowledge Communities

    Yu-Ngok Lo AIA
    YNL Architects
    Culver City CA
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  • 2.  RE: A'19 potential topics.

    Posted 03-15-2018 17:23
    We have also partnered with project delivery on design build.
    Perhaps we should look at delivery methodologies & our changing role.

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    Burton Roslyn, FAIA, FARA, DBIA, Architect
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  • 3.  RE: A'19 potential topics.

    Posted 03-22-2018 14:16
    ​I agree

    Hassan Nagendra AIA
    CSI New Orleans
    New Orleans LA

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  • 4.  RE: A'19 potential topics.

    Posted 03-23-2018 22:48
    I agree
    Rebecca Trail
    (310) 291-4419

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  • 5.  RE: A'19 potential topics.

    Posted 03-23-2018 20:19

    This would be my leading topic for Conference:

    • Contractors continue to escalate demands from Architects to provide out-of-scope documentation during the CA phase.
    • The Contractor's use of BIM modelling has become a tool which the Contractor uses to demand more and more from the Architect, trying to get the Architect to coordinate the Contractor's work.
    • Contractors are demanding that the Architect provide revised document sheets in lieu of Sketch responses to RFIs. This is a departure from the traditional responsibility of the Contractor to maintain an accurate record set of the project by  incorporating document revisions.

    James McLane AIA
    Senior Project Manager
    Steinberg Hart
    South Pasadena CA

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  • 6.  RE: A'19 potential topics.

    Posted 03-26-2018 10:54
    Thank you all for the comments!!!

    Yu-Ngok Lo AIA, CDT, LEED AP
    YNL Architects

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  • 7.  RE: A'19 potential topics.

    Posted 03-26-2018 23:15
    Sounds like whining. Having been on both ends of this argument there are two sides to these conversations- the first side is from contractors that cannot interpret details in documents that are clearly there in the contract documents but the contractor fails to see them (or more often read in the specifications). The other side is architectural details that are unclear or simply unconstructable. What needs to happen is a better partnership between architect and contractor rather than an adversarial relationship as is the case in most public or government work. The contractor is trying to increase his/her already underbid margins by change orders and that puts the architect on the defensive. The architect is also hampered by inexperienced graduates with no actual construction experience in a market that is difficult to find experienced help.

    Work with each other - that’s the answer.

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  • 8.  RE: A'19 potential topics.

    Posted 03-28-2018 08:37
    Sounds about right regarding adversarial relationship where each party is looking at the bottom line. It gets more difficult when the owner is also the contractor. Traditional construction administration by architects need to be changed.

    Casey K. Sien, NCARB

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  • 9.  RE: A'19 potential topics.

    Posted 03-28-2018 18:52

    In general contracting (GC) and construction management (CM) delivery systems, the structure of the AIA owner-architect and owner-contractor agreements and general conditions, by their very purpose, create an adversarial relationship between architect and contractor. The architect is required to (a) approve of the contractor's finished work and incremental pay requests (b) make recommendations on requests for change orders (c) respond promptly and orderly to the contractor's requests for information (RFI) and (d) review shop drawings. The owner is the final beneficiary of the completed project and is thus responsible for all costs of design and construction. If there is a significant benefit for the owner to require building information modeling as part of the construction documents, it is the owner's responsibility to pay the costs of delivering additional expensive clarifying changes to the contractor in the BIM format. The architect must negotiate this issue with the owner during contract negotiations, not later when all the decision makers have left the table.  The owner will then be motivated to tell the contractor when their requests are wasteful. 


    There will always be negotiations between the owner and the architect about who should pay the costs for errors and omissions including related BIM changes. This, too, should be resolved during contract negotiations


    Although I am not an advocate of design-build delivery systems, because no-one is left to guard the hen house, that is the alternative to the traditional adversarial contracting relationship. 


    Architects and contractors have to strive to establish a collaborative relationship in traditional general contracting and construction management arrangements. It is not a good beginning to start  with mistrust, suspicion of the contractor's motives  and name calling under one's breath. You can read more about collaboration between architect and contractor on the AIA Knowledge Net at this link:



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