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1st Edition

Designing Relationships: The Art of Collaboration in Architecture

ISBN 9780415506281
Published March 19, 2014 by Routledge
120 Pages

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Book Description

In today’s dynamic practice environment, collaboration and teamwork skills are increasingly critical to the successful completion of building projects. Indeed, it is the careful nurturing of comradeship among complementary but distinctive egos that drives creativity underlying the hi-tech algorithms that help shape complex projects.

Designing Relationships: The Art of Collaboration in Architecture focuses on the skill set necessary to facilitate effective teamwork and collaboration among all stakeholders no matter what project delivery mode or technology is deployed. This book provides valuable guidance on how to design and construct buildings in a team context from inception to completion. It is the less tangible elements of collaboration and teamwork that provide the magic that transforms the most challenging projects into great works of architecture, and it is these more nuanced and subtle skills which the book brings to the fore. Showing examples of best and worst practice to illustrate the principles with real-life situations, this book presents the reader with an approach that is flexible and applicable to their everyday working life.

Table of Contents

Foreword  Preface  Acknowledgments  1. Introduction to Collaboration  1.1 Collaboration Defined  1.2 Rationale for Collaborating  1.3 General Axioms that Support Traditional Collaborative Dynamics  2.  Alternative Collaboration Models for Architecture  2.1 Managed Collaboration: A New Framework for the Design Process  2.2 Precedents for Managed Collaboration from other Disciplines  2.3 An Integrated Approach to Collaboration  3. Traditional Collaboration in Practice  3.1 Leading Collaborative Projects  3.2 The Art of being a Good Team Member  3.3 Firm Culture to Facilitate Collaboration  3.4 Advancing the Work  3.5 Overview of Traditional Collaborative Precedents  4. Collaboration and Technology  4.1 Building Information Modeling and Integrated Project Delivery  4.2 Design Thinking  4.3 BIM Workflows and Managed Collaboration  5. Snapshots of Effective and Ineffective Collaboration  5.1 Team Failures  5.2 Research as a Collaborative Tool  5.3 Strategies for Design Excellence on Large Projects  5.4 Views from a Crossover Career: Architecture to Construction  5.5 Morphosis’ Phare Tower: Lessons for Advanced Practice  Notes  Illustration Credits  Index

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Andrew Pressman, FAIA, an architect, Professor Emeritus at the University of New Mexico, and Lecturer at the University of Maryland, leads his own architectural firm in Washington, DC. He has written numerous critically acclaimed books and articles, and holds a Master’s degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.


Designing Relationships does a great service to the AEC industry by demystifying the techniques, mindsets, and strategies that together form the art of collaboration.

Renée Cheng, AIA, Professor, Head of the School of Architecture, University of Minnesota


Designing Relationships is a must-read for those who still believe architects can and should lead the collaborative process

Randall Deutsch, AIA, Associate Professor, University of Illinois


 Designing Relationships can help all architects meet the challenges of a more complex design and construction environment in the twenty-first century.  

Robert Ivy, FAIA, Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects