Webinar: Small Firm Strategies for Construction Contract Administration in the time of COVID-19

When:  Jul 16, 2020 from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM (ET)

Small Firm Strategies for Construction Contract Administration in the time of COVID-19

July 16, 2020, 3:30pm Eastern/12:30pm Pacific

1.5 LU HSW


This webinar is sponsored by Construction Contract Administration (CCA), an AIA knowledge community.



In the time of the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting additional governmental and business restrictions for conducting in-person activities to support construction, the architecture profession is working to resolve the support of work that many jurisdictions have deemed “essential” while keeping staff safe. This panel invites representatives of small firms, from around the country to discuss the challenges being encountered in the industry, their perspectives on how firms are rising to the challenge, and where the industry may be impacted in both the short- and long-term.


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After participating in this webinar attendees will:

  1. Identify current challenges related to restrictions to travel, site access, staff safety and compliance with local regulations, resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak.
  2. Discuss policies being implemented to overcome these challenges and fulfill contract requirements for Construction Phase Services.
  3. Identify Technology solutions, such as 3D cameras, Action Cameras (i.e.GoPro,) drones and other tools being deployed to maximize virtual observations of construction phase activities, limiting community spread of COVID-19.
  4. Discuss potential short-term and long-term shifts in the industry and Professional Practice that are driven by the challenges resulting from COVID-19.






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MODERATOR: Shannon Christensen, AIA
Associate Principal, Cushing Terrell

Shannon Christensen, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, is an Associate Principal at Cushing Terrell, a multi-disciplinary design firm with over 400 team members in 13 offices. Shannon joined Cushing Terrell’s Billings, Montana office in 2006 after receiving her Master of Architecture degree from Montana State University and became licensed in 2010. Shannon currently manages the 40-person Billings architectural team and leads Cushing Terrell's project management initiative. Shannon has served as AIA Montana Associate Director and the AIA Northwest and Pacific Region Young Architect Regional Director. She has been an Architect Licensing Advisor since 2009 and has volunteered on several committees and task forces for NCARB. She currently serves on the AIA Construction Contract Administration KC Advisory Group. Shannon received the AIA’s 2017 Young Architects Award and was featured as an AIAS 60th: Legacy Alumni. 

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Anna Torriani, AIA
Founding Partner, Pagnamenta Torriani Architects (APT ARCHITECTURE)

Anna Torriani, AIA, is a founding partner and design principal of Pagnamenta Torriani (APT ARCHITECTURE) a New York-based Atelier and international practice. Her expertise lies in the ability to analyze and synthesize each assignment. A strong advocate for design excellence in the public realm, she researches the geography, history, culture, interacts with the community and translates the findings into a concept in dialogue with the specific environment. Anna is leading the Byblos Library and Central Administration Complex and she is involved in all design aspects of the studio.

Anna pursues her understanding of public space having been nominated by Ban-Ki-Moon to serve on the Advisory Board for the United Nations Capital Master Plan, and as co-chair of the Public Architecture Committee of the NYC AIA Chapter with Michael Plottel, FAIA. Anna has presented at the AIANY Center of Architecture, as well as internationally in 2020 at the Schusev State Museum of Architecture in Moscow, at Shaping the City Forum at the 2018 Architecture Venice Biennale, in Lausanne for the Bibliothèque Information Suisse and in Atlanta for the ALA, among other venues. She is registered in New York State, in Switzerland and is a graduate of the ETH-Zürich.

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Nicole Hilton, AIA
Partner | Design Architect, Cole Hil 

A native of Austin, Texas, Nicole Hilton, AIA, NOMA, is the founding Partner and Design Architect of Cole Hil. Mrs. Hilton is a talented designer and Architect. Her complex experience in diverse, prominent architecture projects fuels the firm’s ability to provide high quality services for our Partners. An alumnus of Louisiana State University, she is honored to be recognized as the first African American female graduate of the LSU School of Architecture to become a licensed architect.

In addition to her architectural design expertise, Mrs. Hilton advocates for diversity and inclusion within the design profession and design excellence. She is currently on the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Georgia 2016 Board and an active member of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) Atlanta Chapter. She enjoys giving back what she has learned by becoming a mentor through the AIA/ NOMA mentorship program and periodically participates in the Kennesaw State University, Georgia Institute of Technology and Louisiana State University architecture school design reviews.

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Sophia Sparklin, AIA
Principal, Spark Architecture

Sophia Sparklin founded Spark Architecture in 2012. Located Downtown Great Falls, Montana, Sophia loves bringing her “crazy European Ideas” to projects while also being deeply involved in the community. While she holds Architecture Degrees from Germany and Arizona State, licenses in AZ and MT, as well as LEED, WELL, and NCARB accreditations Sophia recognizes Architecture as a team sport. Sophia is on a quest to build teams who can collectively integrate health, sustainability, and beauty into each project. With that goal she is currently re-organizing the firm into a B-Corp (Public Benefit Corporation), and actively growing Spark’s diverse team of local, national, and international collaborators.

Sophia continues to be highly engaged in the AIA. She has been a board member of AIA Montana for seven years, and currently serves as Immediate Past President. She just completed her position as Advisor for the Center for Practice at AIA National, is currently Co-Chair for the Northwestern and Pacific Region Firm Awards. Before moving to Montana, Sophia designed Community, Rec and Athletic Centers on six Arizona College Campuses as an architect with Architekton. Sophia’s Arizona work received numerous awards, including the Arizona Masonry Award, The Metal Building Award, and the IIDA Interior Space Award. Her Master’s Thesis “Stress and Studios” won the Environmental Design and Research Association’s Student Paper Award. Her findings of continued stress having negative effects on performance and creativity have been the driving motivation of building a firm that can prove it.

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Stephen Carroll, AIA
President, Randin and Carroll Architects Inc.

Stephen Carroll has forty-three years of experience in architecture and planning. He is co-founder of Rardin and Carroll Architects, which provides architectural and planning services for civic, religious, and non-profit organizations, since 1980. Rardin and Carroll provides services in the Southeast and Mid-West regions. Stephen is responsible for the design studio, marketing and on key projects he provides Construction Administration and is the liaison to contractors on Design-Build projects. Stephen has served as the AIA Chattanooga and AIA Tennessee President, and has served on numerous AIA, civic and non-profit boards. He was presented the Leadership Award from AIA Tennessee.

Stephen is a graduate of Georgia Tech and studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. As principal in-charge of design, he has been responsible for the design of over 700 ministry related projects and 1200 total projects.



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