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The AIA Technology in Architectural Practice Knowledge Community (TAP) serves as a resource for AIA members, the profession, and the public in the deployment of computer technology in the practice of architecture. TAP leaders monitor the development of computer technology and its impact on architecture practice and the entire building life cycle, including design, construction, facility management, and retirement or reuse.


AIA TAP Forum Year-end wrap up

  • 1.  AIA TAP Forum Year-end wrap up

    Posted 11-22-2022 11:56 AM
    Hello everyone,
    As the AIA TAP's newest council member for 2022-26, I would like to begin to wrap the year up with a recap and succinct set of plans to kick us off for next year. I will then hand off Forum responsibilities to our newest member: an announcement coming in January 2023.

    Our interaction and engagement was a little down this year (thread count). While we had some of the highest engagement on a few posts in a couple of years, overall we could increase the activity level. Surprisingly, our viewership has also increased, which is always welcome. As the forum chair, that falls on me and hope to have a few more posts before the year concludes. Thank you to everyone who participates in the discussion forum. We hope to increase engagement for next year as part of our outreach objectives. That leads me to a question: Why do you all engage in the forum? Is it easy, are there any difficulties in the way that keep you from posting?

    Conference support:
    You may have noticed our committee being rather active this year. This was an effort by us to promote AIA TAP visibility and make others aware of the BCC conference we host, and also the 3 - $5000 innovation grants we give away each year.
    Whether it was attendance by Joel M. at NOMA - Nashville earlier this year, or Brad P. and Nick C. making announcements about AIA TAP at Tech+ 2022 in NYC or myself speaking virtually as an AIA TAP educational sponsor for Chicago Innovate Tech in October, you can count on us to continue to improve our engagement with the broader community.

    2023 and beyond.
    AIA Small Firm Exchange:
    We sat in for this meeting last month and it's really given us some direction as to what additional resources small firms need. That being said, it was only a group of about 30 that attended and we want to hear more from everyone.
    One big takeaway is there isn't a one-stop resource for small firms to find out different types of practice management tools, from 3D tools to visualization tools. In other words, if someone wanted to start a firm, what technology resources would they need?
    This is something we've tasked ourselves with developing and keeping updated. Our committee is putting together an outreach program that includes digital interviews, technology usage research stats, and an information graphics panel. Once again, we'll need everyone's input to shape and mold this along the way.

    Conference support and involvement:
    Just like this year, we would love to participate in any conference event and provide outreach assistance. It is starting to feel like there is finally some more awareness of how technology is impacting the profession. It's beginning to take shape and wanted you all to know that you are having an impact. I'm hopeful we'll be able to share just what an impact you're having very shortly with a big announcement for 2023!


    Ryan Cameron AIA
    CMBA Architects
    Des Moines IA
    2023 RUDC Symposium