Can you see yourself being an Equal Partner in Design?

Goodbye Architects. Hello Equal Partners in Design (EPD)

By Randy Deutsch AIA, LEED-AP

“Whatever they end up doing in their careers, architects originally go into architecture to design buildings.

Somewhere along the way – perhaps recognizing that other students or architects are more talented, or willing or able to sacrifice more – many would-be designers give up their dream to design buildings and instead opt to manage teams, schedules or budgets, document and detail other people’s buildings, or undertake any of a hundred other tasks required to get permit sets approved and buildings built.

Whatever first drew them to the profession, it is safe to say that they didn’t become an architect to be a designer among designers.

They became architects to design. Period.

Whether architecture students, architectural interns and emerging professionals realize it, this is what the profession and industry offers them today.

Founder and president of Nissan Design International, Jerry Hirshberg, in The Creative Priority: Driving Innovative Business in the Real World, describes a scene where, in a workplace safe for people to provide input and express their ideas, the receptionist – participating in a design review – provides the idea for the direction for their new line of automobiles.

That, in a nutshell, is the future of architecture.

To bridge the divide between design and construction, improve communication, better coordinate documents, and increase collaboration, firms have started to prepare for Integrated Project Delivery (IPD).”

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About the Author
Randy Deutsch AIA, LEED-AP is a building design architect immersed in the worlds of technology, creativity, design thinking and the way all types of architects utilize these tools and processes.

Source: http://architects2zebras.com/2013/11/28/goodbye-architects-hello-equal-partners-in-design-epd/

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A unique global learning experience

The (SMART)× (BUILT)× (CULTURE)× SeriesTM, or (SBC)× for short, offers a unique global learning experience and enables geographically dispersed teams to leverage intellectual capital from all over the globe. International firms can share lessons and ideas from office to office, region to region and globally. International teams, especially integrated teams, can learn seamlessly, on a cross disciplinary basis. Importantly, organizations with common goals can join forces as participants in the series to leverage best practices on actual projects.

Finally, marketing opportunities abound for participants in the series. Individuals connect globally with like minded advocates of BIM and IPD while demonstrating the practical value of collaboration to local and regional clients and teammates. Firms, organizations and individuals that leverage the series most effectively will do so in follow on meetings with key clients in their local communities. Creative stimulation of cross disciplinary synergy is common following presentations and workshops. Participants will establish themselves, and their colleagues, as thought leaders with keen insight into BIM and IPD, and will be positioned to lead BIM and IPD enabled projects in their regions.

(SMART)× (BUILT)× (CULTURE)× Series Announcement

Collaborative Construction has partnered with Global e Training (GeT) to announce the (SMART)× (BUILT)× (CULTURE)× Series. James L. Salmon of Collaborative Construction will present 24 live web based courses in 2014. Participants can attend live courses, engaging James in interactive Q&A sessions, or access archived courses via GeT’s interactive, online blended learning platform. Live roll outs begin in February for North America, March for Australia and April in Europe.

James will also author a book titled “Smart Built Culture” and advance copies of each chapter of the book will be made available to GeT users and the book will be published on the GeT platform.

Individuals, organizations and private firms are encouraged to participate, sponsor the series and host collaborative workshops in their local construction markets. Single events cost $24.99, package deals are available for $99.99, $149.99 and $199.99 and the entire Smart Built Culture Series is available to individuals for $499.99. Certification and continuing education credits are available to participants who successfully complete each course.

Organizations and private firms that leverage the series on the GeT platform enjoy access to an impressive array of analytical tools that enhance the learning experience for individuals and empower organizations and firms to know which members and or employees complete specific courses. Partnership rates range from $2,500 to $30,000 and partners receive exclusive access to participants in the live workshops.

The series offers a unique global learning experience and enables geographically dispersed teams to leverage intellectual capital from all over the globe. International firms can share lessons and ideas from office to office, region to region and globally. International teams, especially integrated teams, can learn seamlessly, on a cross disciplinary basis. Importantly, organizations with common goals can join forces as participants in the series to leverage best practices on actual projects.

Finally, marketing opportunities abound for participants in the series. Individuals connect globally with like minded advocates of BIM and IPD while demonstrating the practical value of collaboration to local and regional clients and teammates. Firms, organizations and individuals that leverage the series most effectively will do so in follow on meetings with key clients in their local communities. Creative stimulation of cross disciplinary synergy is common following presentations and workshops. Participants will establish themselves, and their colleagues, as thought leaders with keen insight into BIM and IPD, and will be positioned to lead BIM and IPD enabled projects in their regions.

Our Broke Built Culture

The built industry suffers from a broken culture.  Fragmented, adversarial and paranoid, that cutlure represents a significant barrier to the successful deployment of building information modeling (BIM) and integrated project delivery (IPD).

Deploying BIM and IPD in a broken culture masks rather than solves the built industry’s core problems.  Let’s collaborate and fix that broke built culture.  Let’s replace it with a smart built culture!

In 2014 Collaborative Construction will launch the (SMART)× (BUILT)× (CULTURE)× SeriesTM, or (SBC)× in 2014 plus live events hosted by sponsors around the globe.  Join us as a for short, which consists of twenty four (24) web-based presentations offered in 2014 plus live events hosted by sponsors around the globe.  Join us as a praticipant or sponsor today.

Modeled on Collaborative Construction’s highly successful IPD Round Table Series, and the subsequent Smart Game Changer Series, the (SBC)× Series offers advocates of BIM and IPD an opportunity to make a difference. Leveraging years of experience advocating BIM and IPD, Collaborative Construction has joined forces with an already impressive array of partners to take the series concept to a new level.