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The mission of the AIA Design for Aging (DFA) Knowledge Community is to foster design innovation and disseminate knowledge necessary to enhance the built environment and quality of life for an aging society. This includes relevant research on characteristics, planning and costs associated with innovative design for aging. In addition, DFA provides outcome data on the value of these design solutions and environments.

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A Valuation of Architectural Services

  • 1.  A Valuation of Architectural Services

    Posted 07-14-2020 03:56 PM
    Please take a moment to complete the linked survey involving the ranking of architectural services.

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    Dear Colleagues,

    Literature reviews suggest that a misalignment of priorities between designers and clients, as well as a misunderstanding of the role of the architect has led to the gradual marginalization of the architect on today's design and construction team. To study this phenomenon, a research project will consider this matter from the standpoint of three separate interest groups; the client, the architect, and architectural academic instructors. The beginning stage of this study includes the linked pilot survey, which aims to establish a condensed list of architectural services for consideration in later stages.

    This phase of the study seeks to determine and rank the importance of architectural services listed in AIA Documents B101 and B132 as per professional opinion. Because you are a licensed architect who has demonstrated your skills and knowledge of the profession through practice, your insight is key to the success of this study. The questionnaire will also give participants the opportunity to add services they feel should be included on the list of services, and take away services they believe should be removed. Please take a moment to complete this survey. To participate, you must be a registered architect practicing in the United States.

    Please know that your participation in this study is voluntary, and participant confidentiality is a top priority with this research team. A decision not to participate will not result in any penalty. You are free to discontinue participation at any time. Within the survey is a consent form for your review. After reading the consent terms, if you choose to participate, please select "I Agree" under the consent statement. Thank you for your time and participation.

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    Bryan Waters AIA, LEED AP
    PhD Student, Texas A&M University College of Architecture


    Bryan Waters AIA