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It is an honor to serve as the Chair of the AIA Project Delivery Knowledge Community (PDKC) for 2019, leading a Knowledge Community of about 10,000 members on developing and sharing knowledge around all forms of project delivery.  I want to give special acknowledgment to the 2019 AIA President William Bates, FAIA, for his leadership and support of the Project Delivery Knowledge Community Leadership Group. I give memorable recognition to the extraordinary leadership of our former Chair, Robert Bostwick, FAIA, and the contributions of the members of the PDKC Leadership Group who bring their energy and distinct talents to our work and their knowledge of the real-world ...
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Dear Project Delivery Knowledge Community (PDKC) members, Although we’re already into March, I want to wish you all the very best for 2017! I am pleased to serve as the new Chair of the PDKC Advisory Group (AG), and I want to thank Lisa Lamkin, FAIA, for her great leadership last year. She worked hard to energize and expand our AG, to improve our website with an updated appearance and more helpful content, and to raise the awareness of our KC at the AIA Conference on Architecture. Over the recent weeks our AG has already been strategizing for 2017 and beyond. We have some exciting initiatives to create more value to the KC members. Here are just a ...
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On Thursday, November 3rd, I will be giving a presentation with my partner, Pam Neckar, at the Texas Society of Architects' convention in San Antonio. We will illustrate processes and techniques that architects can use to build a cohesive, commitment-based team, measure its performance, and motivate it to succeed. (See below.) As part of our continued research on effective methods and tools for building high-performing project teams, I would welcome any thoughts and experiences from members of the Knowledge Community on the topic of effective team integration. As we continue to develop this topic of architect-led team development, I would appreciate any references ...
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Maximizing Success on Integrated Projects Everyone wants their project to succeed. Intuitively, having a collaborative and integrated team should make the process easier and smoother. However, as hard as we may try there can be impediments to successfully building the type of high performance integrated team that can deliver a project on time, on budget and with quality and scope expectations satisfied. The architecture, engineering and construction industry (AEC) is often criticized for its fragmented approach to project delivery. Traditional procurement and contracting methods tend to isolate designers from contractors, limiting opportunities for collaboration. ...
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COMMUNICATION, COLLABORATION, COMMITMENT No matter what the delivery method – I believe no project can succeed without these essential foundations. Too often collaboration is thwarted by traditionally adversarial relationship structures, is dismissed as weakness rather than strength, or is seen as something that takes more luck than skill. Successful teams know better! Found in the AIA National bookstore is very useful resource for leaders wanting to dive deeper into the how and why of successful collaboration - DESIGNING RELATIONSHIPS The Art of Collaboration in Architecture by Andrew Pressman, FAIA Critique by Lisa Lamkin, AIA This slim ...
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All species of alternative project delivery have radically changed the working environment of architects. Just name one variety: design-build (DB), engineer-procure-construct (EPC), integrated project delivery (IPD), alliance contracting, or public-private partnership (P3) projects. Plus hybrids of each. By some counts there are 30 varieties of design-build, alone. Any of these contracting methodologies will most likely subscribe to additional process improvement techniques, whether lean design and construction principles (Lean) derived from the Toyota automobile manufacturing business or Six Sigma™ principles adopted from Motorola’s manufacturing business, ...
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Sixteen years ago we merged a 46 person architecture firm with an 87 year old construction firm. The goal was to create an integrated firm that would allow us to 'revolutionize the industry and change our future'. Overall this merger has been a success. The CEO of the company is now a 40 year old architect, and we have grown to over 150 architects in six offices. More importantly, after 16 years most of the original architectural leadership team is still with the company. At the time of the merger we felt like pioneers, and there were issues we never fully anticipated. I have talked to several firms that are thinking about a similar merger, and I ...
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Before the election of Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2010, late budgets, large deficits, unemployment, political scandal and a public perception of widespread dysfunction paved the way for a powerful mandate to rattle the status quo. New York State’s inability to undertake transformational public construction projects was quickly adopted into the dysfunction narrative put forth by Governor Cuomo when he entered office. In an effort to turn “dysfunction” into “construction”, the governor pushed the passage of the Infrastructure Investment Act, which gave certain State agencies and public authorities the ability to use design-build. While the Legislature ...
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As I sat lodged in my club chair across the desk from one of best friends and an up and coming financial advisor - who's work hours and commitment to client satisfaction often resemble those of our own - I couldn't keep my gaze from the miniature bull that lined the forward facing edge of his desk. Small and static, yet somehow intimidating; it exudes a sense of optimism, aggressiveness and confidence. It's a common find in the world of investment advisors, a seven thousand pound version of it is even appropriately placed in front of the Standard Oil Building in Battery Park. It's message is one of a of a proactive attitude. It is exactly the opposite ...
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Even traditional project delivery methods have room for alternatives. Take mOrphosis, for example. Aleksander Tamm-Seitz, the project designer for the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, splits his time between the job-site in Dallas, Texas, and the office in Los Angeles, California. Most design firms would leave Construction Administration up to a local architect-of-record. Morphosis, however, operates as a full-service design firm and an architect-of-record in its own right. The project was awarded to mOrphosis through the typical RFQ and interview process. After selection, mOrphosis engaged a local architect, at the request of the owner, as a consultant ...
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Why is it that whenever I ask a licensed architect why he or she is doing something a certain way, the answer is usually “because that’s how it’s always been done”? The fact of the matter is that most contemporary architecture-related business practices have only been around for about fifty years. It was not until architects began touting the "professional" nature of practice in the 1950s that we began to disconnect ourselves from the services we provide. Up until 1957—the infamous year when the AIA Trust began advocating Professional Liability Insurance—architects were the ultimate controller of the building process. We were master builders. We had our ...
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Next month the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design will become effective. What does that mean to us as designers, building owners and builders? What happens in States that don't use the ADA as their accessibility guidelines? What happens to existing facilities? For new construction and alterations beginning on or after March 15, 2012, a covered public or private entity must comply with the 2010 Standards for new construction and alterations. If construction or alterations start before March 15, 2012, you have a choice of following the 1991 or 2010 Standards. If construction or alteration might not start before ...
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This blog was written by Marcela Abadi Rhoads, AIA RAS author of The ADA Companion Guide published by John Wiley & Sons. She is a registered accessibility specialist in Texas and can be contacted via email at marhoads@abadiaccess.com SUMMARY OF CHANGES: These are exerpts from the Department of Justice Fact Sheets The Department of Justice (the Department) has amended its regulation implementing title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which applies to public accommodations (private businesses that fall within one of twelve categories established by the statute) and commercial facilities. The ADA requires the Department to ...
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