The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning

AIA Center for Integrated Practice

AIA Center for Integrated Practice

Integration and Education
By Ryan E. Smith, Director Integrated Technology in Architecture Center (ITAC)
University of Utah, Salt Lake City

Shift Happens. Necessarily, the 21st century architect is being introduced to a paradigm shift in the way buildings are designed, built and maintained that differs from early Renaissance master builders and the more recent 20th century singular architect hero (i.e. Howard Roark) Emergent digital technologies, such as BIM, and delivery techniques, such as IPD, are suggesting a much more integrated collaborative delivery that builds upon the individual expertise of key players in a building project. By integrating the process of building design, delivery and management, the AEC industry has the opportunity to redefine the relationships between conception and production with the architect as a key collaborator or facilitator of a building process that oscillates between stakeholders.

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