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This panel discussion, representing the perspectives of both architects and contractors, will explore the challenges and opportunities of collaboration by engaging in a transparent conversation about issues commonly experienced through the design and construction process. Panelists will begin by describing their own respective roles and their perception of the other. The course will cover milestones throughout the typical design and construction phases where both parties interact and/or should interact, including design,pre-bid, bidding, scope review, and construction. Construction will be further explored with areas of interest for both parties, such as schedule, scope changes, and responsibilities. Both architects and contractors will present their perspectives and then expand the discussion with solutions, suggestions, resolutions, alternative approaches, and/or compromises.
Execution without design or design without execution falls short of what could have been! Simply put, we need each other and should want to help each other succeed. The discussion will encourage participants to rise above the challenges that divide us, while encouraging empathy towards our respective professions, reinforcing that architecture is the result of both design and execution, and suggesting improved collaborative processes.