Sponsored content by Jack Sadler from Part3 Construction Administration (CA) is often the most neglected phase of a building project. It may come years after the initial design, but CA is what brings projects to life. It deserves attention and you’ve worked too hard to drop the ball this late in the game. CA can […]
The 8th A.R.E. Division: Practical Construction Experience
I come from a family of auto mechanics and contractors, so repair and construction are in my blood. Before I was registered as a New York State architect, I worked as a carpenter and mason during summers and school breaks. As a child, I would hear my carpenter uncle speak negatively about architects and I […]
BIM and Integrated Design: Strategies for Architectural Practice
For a long time in my office, BIM was something out there that wasn’t acted upon. We sat on nineteen seats of Revit for nearly two years, stored away in a closet unused – shelfware. Waiting for the right opportunity. Becoming obsolete. Doing no one any good. Taking up valuable storage space. Not earning its […]
Architects Can Learn Much from Other Industries
What can we learn from other industries to make the traditional architectural and construction processes better? Hospitals are filled with checklists and other systems to make sure that every step of a procedure is done correctly. NASCAR racing teams also use checklists and directives from multiple layers of team members, each with their own specialty. […]
The Process of Architecture?
At Fivecat Studio, our process of delivering architectural services includes a very highly developed set of construction documents. Every possible decision is made. Every product is specified. Every fixture is scheduled, ready for purchasing. Our intent is to obtain very competitive bids from general contractors, minimize change orders and reduce construction time by eliminating delays […]
Jonathan Segal, A Documentary Film
Created for the Mix 9 architecture show on exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art La Jolla, a documentary by Breadtruck Films about architect/developer Jonathan Segal FAIA and a new way to build sustainable cities.
Architect As Construction Manager
From AIA Soloso: Small firms and their clients can benefit from offering construction management services. Architects develop a new revenue source, make decisions more quickly during construction, and may potentially mitigate risks in the long run. Clients have a single point of contact throughout the project and potentially reduce delays, project completion time, and nontangible […]
Icon Custom Masonry
Annmarie’s brother James moved from New York to Charlotte, NC about a decade ago. Since then he has built his company from a dump truck and some labor to one of the top custom masonry contracting companies south of the Mason-Dixon Line. This month’s Southern Accents magazine features the Homestead Preserve in Hot Springs, Virginia. […]
Apple.com has a profile of Thomas A. Heinz, AIA, the architect commissioned to reverse-engineer and complete a Frank Lloyd Wright house being built on Petra Island at Lake Mahopac, New York. The article is mainly focused on Heinz’s use of Archicad and Apple computers. It describes the process he used to develop the design […]