The Public Architects (PA) Committee promotes excellence in public architecture and enhances the role of the public architect as an essential element in the planning, design, construction, and management of public facilities. Join us!
The Public Architects knowledge community has more than 4,900+ members and I've been wondering about who you are, why you follow this discussion forum, and what are your major challenges today. So here is my quick answer - I would love to hear yours!
WHO: I am a public architect in service to a public university (MA) campus of 13.8M GSF. I've done every kind of work at multiple scales - studies, designs, renovations, new buildings, LEED strategy, master plans, etc..
WHAT: AIR & EGRESS. I am working on reconfiguring 8,000 sf of the floor in a historic brutalist library building and trying to compartmentalize an open office space with tight constrains between the vertical core/air, the periphery/air and allow for privacy, egress and accessible restrooms. And then the SWING SPACE to allow the work to happen.
I'd love to hear from you. What are you working on?
WHO: Career federal architect, last 20+ years at Headquarters, US Army Corps of Engineers. Currently responsible for portfolio of $300 million of master planning, facilities standards, and military construction validation.
WHY: To keep in touch with trends and concerns within public sector practice.
WHAT: DATA GOVERNANCE and COLLABORATION. I am working with our R&D labs to create a digital platform for installation master planning, merging multiple facility databases and GIS that will become a single window to make real-time, data driven decisions on installation resilience, climate change, energy and water efficiency, and stationing of troop units between installations. On collaboration, getting our 12 planning support centers to work in collaboration versus competition. Our clients are national and international in scope, requiring collaboration among all to assure consistency in the quality of projects and products.
Ed, I am really glad you brought up the issue of data governance and collaboration - knowledge management is such a challenge when it comes to developing data/content and maintaining it in a meaningful way so that it can spur collaboration. GIS tools can definitely help! I would love to see some graphic examples of what you are doing and how metrics facilitate making decisions. Thank you for your reply.