2010 Position Statement Sunset Review

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Position Statement #26: Project Delivery

The AIA issues Public Policies and Position Statements as statements of belief to policy-makers, the public, and the construction industry on issues of public policy affecting the membership, the profession of architecture, or The American Institute of Architects.

In keeping with the procedures dictated by section 9.234 of the AIA Rules of the Board,

The following Position Statement is available for comment:

26. Project Delivery
This Position Statement is being submitted to leadership, members, and key stakeholder groups for consideration and comment. Upon conclusion of the public comment period staff will develop a discussion draft of all submitted comments. The Board Advocacy Committee will review the comments prior to submission to the Board for consideration and final passage during the December 2010 Board meeting.

Below is the current Position Statement language, proposed Position Statement revisions, and a comment form.

If you would like to offer comment on please complete all of the requested information on the form and submit it no later than Friday, November 12, 2010.

Current statement:

26. Project Delivery
The AIA believes that every project delivery process must address the quality, cost-effectiveness, and sustainability of our built environment. This can best be affected through industry-wide adoption of an integrated approach to project delivery methodologies characterized by early involvement of owners, designers, constructors, fabricators and end user/operators in an environment of effective collaboration and open information sharing. The AIA also believes that an architect is well qualified to serve as a leader on integrated project delivery teams. The AIA further believes that evolving project delivery processes require integration of education and practice in design and construction, both within and across disciplines.

Proposed Statement:
26. Project Delivery The AIA believes that project delivery processes must enhance the quality, cost-effectiveness, and sustainability of our built environment. This can best be achieved through industry-wide adoption of integrated approaches to project delivery characterized by early and regular involvement of owners, architects, constructors, fabricators and end user/operators in an environment of effective collaboration, mutually defined goals and open information sharing.


Integrated delivery processes deliver benefits to all stakeholders. For example, the efficiency and enhanced early project knowledge provided by integrated delivery processes allow owners to focus on positively transforming their enterprise through design; constructors to focus on enhanced construction techniques resulting in improved project quality and financial performance; and architects more time for design exploration, reduced documentation time, and improved cost control and budget management. Other stakeholders realize similar benefits. The end result is stronger, earlier and more accurate understanding of outcomes, improved cost control and budget management, and less litigation, ultimately enhancing a team's ability to elevate the quality of the built environment. To embrace, master and influence emerging methods of collaborative project delivery and to seize the new business and cultural opportunities it offers to the profession and to the industry, the AIA will collaborate with other construction industry stakeholders as well as act through its Board committees, Knowledge Communities, Task Forces, Working Groups and related activities to:

  • Collaborate with industry leaders to facilitate dialogue, share knowledge, and accelerate the rate of change for all those seeking to improve the industry's project delivery practices;
  • Communicate the benefits of collaborative approaches to public sector clients and promote changes to improve government design and construction procurement practices to allow early team formation and information sharing;
  • Promote the role of the architect as the appropriate responsible entity to lead the design process and to manage design aspects of the project such as aesthetics, function, costs, schedules, life cycle and sustainability issues;
  • Promote the benefits of developing a virtual model of a project using available technologies, built with interaction and input from an integrated and collaborative team of project stakeholders - owners, architects, contractors, engineers, other consulting design professionals, subcontractors, vendors and fabricators.
  • Develop and promote the integration of collaboration techniques and technology into curricula for education of architects and architectural students to enhance their design and team collaborative skills;
  • Engage the legal profession and insurance professions in the preparation of industry contracts that support the integration of collaborative models and technologies;
  • Promote documentation of measurable outcomes resulting from implemented integrated delivery approaches to industry stakeholders;
  • Provide industry with objective evaluation and comparison between project delivery methodologies to facilitate informed decisions about optimum methodologies and business models.
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