There is Building and There is Architecture: Opening the Black Box of Design

An LCI NorCal Event/Co-Sponsored by AIA East Bay

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
5-7 pm, networking reception to follow
Location: AIA East Bay Office, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland, CA  94612.
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Early Registration: LCI & AIA Members: $55.00; Non-Members: $75.00; Public Sector Owners Representatives: Free; Not-for-Profit Owners Representatives: Free; Academic: $30.00.

Regular Registration Begins May 6thLCI & AIA Members: $75.00; Non-Members: $95.00

Architects and contractors have historically had a challenging relationship. Evolving innovations in technology, lean processes, and owner demands for more value, pushes all participants to reset the OS for collaborative design delivery.  Both designers and the builders need to re-examine past processes and deeply held beliefs in order to reset the OS to improve design project delivery.

In this presentation, Bruce Cousins, AIA of SWORD Integrated Building Solutions will discuss the current state of a collaborative (partnering or design/build) approach between designers and builders and explore ways that he and others are working to improve the collaborative design process to address the needs of designers, builders and owners.

Bruce has been on both sides of design and construction throughout his career and would like to draw on the attendees’ experience by facilitating a discussion of the challenges faced in collaborative design efforts; ways that trust was established, designers were compensated, design solutions were generated and if any shared great practices can be gained from the collective experience of the audience.

Learning Objectives

1. Understanding that Lean is an operating system comprised of principles and tools
2. Understanding how the principles and tools are relevant to concurrent and collaborative design process in integrated project delivery
3. Understanding how a Integrated Design Management process using primary Lean management practices and tools, such as: BIM Execution Plan, Pull in Planning, Level of Development and Collocation in Big Room in project delivery and its role in improving collaborative or concurrent design practices Project Validation and Design Development Phases.

Recommended Reading
Creativity, Inc. Ed Catmull President of PIXAR Animation — Chapter
Scrum – The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time – Chapter 

Salad ChatChair Exercise – Plan how to design, manufacture and deliver a chair to a customer. 

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