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Member Profile: Jack Herbert, AIA

Jack Herbert, AIA, DBIA, is a construction manager for Swinerton Builders who has both practiced architecture and worked as a general contractor and now assists owners in the design and construction of their projects. Jack’s objective is to provide the best design solutions within the limits of an owner’s budget constraints and in drawing on the combined strength of a collaborative team of owner, architect and contractor to accomplish this objective.

“I’ve really enjoyed projects where an Integrated Project Delivery approach draws on the strengths of all partners concurrently to achieve a higher level of design in a collaborative rather than adversarial process.”

Having been in the role of architect, contractor and owner Jack recognizes the experiences of all parties and understands what they each need to achieve success. Jack works to build consensus among the team and to challenge all parties to find ways to make their partners successful.

Jack studied architecture at the University of Illinois and at UC Berkeley and began his career as a design architect working at SOM in San Francisco.

“SOM was an amazing training ground with incredible projects, leadership and talent…..some of my best lifetime friendships were forged in the studio.”

After a few years Jack moved to a smaller firm with the intent to broaden his experience. He learned more about construction, including construction documents, at an entirely different level of intensity from that of the design studio.

“I was always trying to expand my experience across the design and construction industry, always trying to understand not only the complexities of the architectural profession but to understand the mindset of the owner and the contractor.”

After practicing architecture in both large and medium firms and running his own small firm, Jack decided to explore how he could contribute his experience somewhere else. Jack joined Swinerton in 2005 and moved to Swinerton Management & Construction in 2009 where he works as an owner’s representative and construction manager. There, Jack manages large higher-education and courthouse projects for public owners using IPD delivery methods including CMAR and design build.

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