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The AIA Project Delivery Knowledge Community (PD) promotes the architect’s leadership role in all project delivery methods by assembling and distributing knowledge and best practices for a variety of project delivery methods, e.g. design-build (DB), integrated project deliveries (IPD), and public-private partnerships (P3).

2023 Events

- PD Symposium 2023 - now available on-demand!
PD Forum at A'23 - plus other A'23 sessions on PD

2023 Project Delivery Symposium 

04-13-2023 05:40 PM

The Project Delivery Symposium 2023 is now available on-demand through AIAU! Click on the course title of interest to visit the AIAU page and add it to your cart. 

Did you already attend the live event or purchase any of the below courses? Login at, then go to My AIAU > My Courses to find it and watch the recording.


Acts of Creation – Balancing Total Cost of Ownership with Joy - 1.5 LUs HSW

What happens in planning and design impacts what happens in the facility life cycle and vice versa. Unfortunately, project life cycle factors are overlooked when the project team has a myopic attitude to capital planning only putting first cost front and center.  Brushing TCO aside during planning and design leads to costly waste and unintended consequences. Responsible Owners envisage the long-term impact of ROI on their bottom line and strive to minimize TCO within their business model. Accountable Architects strive to meet the Owner’s project requirements by providing solutions with considerations to "cradle to grave” and TCO assessments. The TCO is a crucial factor in calculating the ROI, for efficiency and for value creation.  A TCO strategy is an approach to delivering a sustainable project.

AI's Impact on Architecture - 1.5 LUs

Advances in AI are contributing to an immersion of new technology and automation, which is just breaching the threshold of architecture. This discussion will explore the breadth of opportunities AI provides. Our goal is to inform about AI trends, its current capabilities, where it’s going, new innovations, and what benefits we can gleam from using this technology. Michael Schroeder, SGA Partner/leader of its VDC discipline, will be joined by AI experts to discuss a future where A&D teams collaborate with AI to construct the buildings of tomorrow. It will draw those interested in opportunities AI creates as it branches into the AEC world. Just as AI impacted research, machine learning & driverless-vehicles, new innovations like Open Source Neural Networks & next-generation inventions will be discussed.

Creating Sustainable and Climate Resilient Communities – Supporting Our Nation - 1.5 LUs HSW

The United States Army is one of the largest landowners in the United States, encompassing 79 installations that cover over 5 million acres. The Biden Administration and the Secretary of Defense recognize climate change as the most serious threat to both military readiness as well as being a good steward of the lands under their care. The goal is to create a digital platform for military installations that integrates and displays site, facility, and utility data from numerous disparate sources. The result is to facilitate climate resilience planning, siting of facilities and infrastructure, and decrease energy and water use to meet new federal climate change mandates and improve the quality of life for military personnel, their families, and civilian employees. The Army Corps of Engineers is creating a digital planning platform (PLANNER) to facilitate siting of buildings and other facilities to be more sustainable, improve climate resilience, and integrate smart technologies to make Army installations "smart cities", as well as encompassing the surrounding communities. 

Sustainable, High-Performance Projects and Project Delivery Methods - 1 LU HSW

Owners, architects, engineers, constructors, and public policy advocates are demanding that projects incorporate sustainable design and construction practices. Residential and commercial building sectors are responsible for approximately 8 percent of carbon dioxide emissions globally and approximately 40 percent of energy consumption in the United States.  The presentation of the research looks at Project Delivery Strategies, including Design Bid Build, CM at Risk, and Design Build and how they impact our ability to achieve our goals for high performing buildings and lessening our impact on the environment.

Trends and Capital Strategies to Deliver the Future of Care - 1 LU

Healthcare institutions are rethinking capital planning strategies and the future of care, as a reaction from the COVID pandemic and continued financial strain.  These changes are expected to be permanent.  In a study of over 100 healthcare engineering professionals, the importance of community trends and agility/flexibility of spaces are priorities. The future of project delivery for healthcare spaces requires strategic alignment of health systems, real estate developers, design professionals, and builders. Chantily Malibago, Director of Healthcare Development with Mortenson, presents healthcare research and market trends on the impact of the built environment and project delivery.

Unpacking BIM Sharing Stigmas with Designers and Builders - 1 LU

In 2023, why is sharing a BIM still such a debated issue in project delivery? Certainly, the contractual silos of Design-Bid-Build play a role as compared to Design-Build, but if the efficiencies provide by BIM and VDC are so well documented, why are project teams so reluctant to share models without lengthy disclaimers that amount to nothing more than statements of “you can use it for reference, but you can’t rely any on it?” This session will provide insight from industry professionals about how construction technologies can be merged with project delivery to bridge the gap of the risk management (or avoidance) issues the industry faces, as well as share past challenges and successes of engaging VDC into early project conversations.

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