Designer-Led Design-Build 

A/E-Led Integrated Project Delivery (.pdf - 465 KB)
This webinar clears away the confusion surrounding IPD and explains the essence of how and why it works. Click here for a full recording (slides and audio) of the presentation — a new window will open. Click the title above for the slides only.

Advantages of Integrated Project Delivery (.pdf - 80 KB)
This presentation provides a fairly comprehensive list of the advantages of integrated project delivery for the owner, architect and contractor.

Architect-led Design-Build: Return of the Master Builder
This presentation given at the American Institute of Architects 2007 Convention, instructs architects on:

  • Creating and establishing a feasible, profitable, and personally rewarding business structure, reverting to the architect's traditional role of master builder
  • Bifurcating design-build practices into separate design and construction companies that reduce overall liabilities to less than what architects presently incur in traditional practice
  • Structuring and organizing an effective design-build team with contractors to perform the construction for your projects using your newly developed design-build capacity to market and sell your services more effectively

    Architect-led Design-Build: A Practical Business Plan
    (Paper)
    This article outlines the benefits of using an architect-led design-build business model. The presentation instructs architects on how to structure their businesses to contract directly with owners as the prime member of a design-build team, subcontracting the actual construction to a general contractor teammate. (From The American Institute of Architects 2007 Convention)

    Architect-led Design-Build: A Practical Business Plan
    (Podcast)
    Part One (.mp3 - 26.6 MB)
    Part Two (.mp3 - 17.1 MB)
    This podcast outlines the benefits of using an architect-led design-build business model. The presentation instructs architects on how to structure their businesses to contract directly with owners as the prime member of a design-build team, subcontracting the actual construction to a general contractor teammate. (From The American Institute of Architects 2007 Convention)

    Architect-led Design-Build: A Practical Business Plan
    (.pdf - 107 KB)
    This page includes the written description of the Podcast. (From The American Institute of Architects 2007 Convention)

Architect-led Design-Build: Return of the Master Builder
This presentation was given at the The American Institute of Architects 2006 Convention and Design Exposition.

Design-Build Options for Public Projects
This presentation accompanied a video lecture, sponsored by a Michigan engineering firm, that I gave simultaneously to several Michigan municipalities on the subject of how design-build methods of project delivery would solve or prevent many of the problems with public construction about which municipal officials complain. It also describes a variation of designer-led design-build which complies with most jurisdictions' public procurement laws.

A New Solution for Public Construction Projects: Sequential Designer-Led Design-Build
A groundbreaking article recommending use of designer-led design-build in the public sector, which includes a 50-state survey of public procurement laws impacting design-build.

A Blueprint for Designer-Led Design-Build
An article/editorial solicited by Engineering News Record describing in general terms the need for designer-led design-build and how to implement it.

Designer-Led Design-Build: Overview
This article provides a good overview of the designer-led design-build process.

Designer-Led Design-Build: Advantages, Risks and Limitations
This is an article for architects and engineers who are considering adopting a business plan which would allow them to lead design-build teams with a general contractor as their 100% subcontractor for construction. The article discusses the advantages and disadvantages of such a delivery system from the A/E's standpoint and concludes that there are significant reasons to adopt such an approach in appropriate circumstances.

Designer-Led Design-Build: Overcoming the Obstacles
An article for Dateline, the newsletter published by the Design-Build Institute of America, that focuses on the commonly perceived problems with and obstacles to designer-led design build and how to overcome them.

Designer-Led Design-Build: Frequently Asked Questions
This article is a typical frequently asked questions list focusing on designer-led design-build where the architect or engineer teams with a general contractor.

Engineer-Led Design-Build: A Practical Business Plan for Engineers to Lead Design-Build Teams
This was an article submitted for a monograph series published by The American Consulting Engineers Council which describes a business plan for engineers to lead design-build teams.

Speak Out — Design-Build Provides an Opportunity for Architects to Return to the Status of Master Builders
This is an article/editorial published in the "Dialogue" section of Architectural Record in which I advocate that architects embrace design-build methods of project delivery as the leader of the design-build team.

Build What You Design: A New/Old Approach to Architecture and Construction
This presentation accompanied a lecture that I gave at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture on March 10, 2004, which discussed the pro's and con's of design-build project delivery methods with the architect as the prime member of the design-build team and a general contractor as its 100% subcontractor for construction. It also discusses a step-by-step approach for an architect to develop design-build capacity and to transition into design-build from a project that is initially being performed in a traditional manner.