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Architectural Peer Review Value

  • 1.  Architectural Peer Review Value

    Posted 5 days ago
    I recently posted the below linked article titled on LinkedIn.

    I have worked on many large and complex commercial and institutional projects over my 35 year career and remain surprised at how few include peer review. I wonder whether other AIA PM community members have seen peer review used on their projects, and whether you see growth in this practice?

    Ronald C. Weston, AIA, LEED AP
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  • 2.  RE: Architectural Peer Review Value

    Posted 2 days ago
    Ronald, thanks for posting. While I have seen peer review, seldom would be overstating its prevalence (and when it occurs, it is usually a stand-in for a governmental agency who didn't have time to do their job, not an added valuable input). No, I have seen no growth here. YES! We need it!  What is going on with not having this on every major project - not just in terms of budget but also tiny or medium jobs that are highly visible? I see so many advantages including maybe, just maybe, better architecture; better tighter construction documents & even an actual reduction in E&O due to another set of technical eyes; and even newer or smaller firms having the opportunity - as reviewers - to engage with clients or projects they wouldn't otherwise get (we need every tool we can find to fight against the agglomerating tendencies of big business in architecture).

    So how do we make this happen?  What are some tangible steps AIA or we individually can take?  I have often suggested to prospective clients that they hire me for a review - at whatever budget they can afford to which I would scale my service - of another architect's work and they love the idea but don't act on it because they don't have to (and it is hypothetically possible that their prime architect is behind schedule so they don't have time for a review).  So, thanks for prompting my thoughts on this issue - what I have just done since I believe in taking action individually before waiting for the system to change itself is I reached out to another architect I respect and asked him if he would be willing to do a pro-bono design review on an upcoming project that is more public & more visible than average; he said he'd be happy to. I encourage y'all to do the same?

    Any ideas of what else can we do, folks? Does anyone think this is a waste of time, or a great idea?

    Scott Knudson, AIA
    Knu Design LLC

    Scott Knudson AIA
    Knu Design, LLC
    Boyds MD

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