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AIA, AISC Publish Design Collaboration Paper

Monday, September 21, 2020

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The American Institute of Architects and the American Institute of Steel Construction recently joint-issued a paper titled, "Design Collaboration on Construction Projects: Delegated Design, Design Assist and Informal Involvement – What Does it all Mean?"

According to the AISC, the idea for the paper was born out of noticing the commonly used terms “design assist” and “delegated design” and the differences in meanings to different people.

Therefore, the goal of the paper is “to describe the roles and responsibilities of project participants in these design collaboration scenarios and offer definitions and guidelines that design professionals and the construction industry can adopt for their use.”

"It's all about clear and consistent expectations," said Babette Freund, executive vice president of Dave Steel Company, Inc., and member of the AISC Code of Standard Practice committee. "This document will help everyone understand and distinguish informal involvement, design assist involvement and delegation of design work."

The paper is in two parts: Part 1 focuses on the three collaborative techniques (informal involvement, design assist and delegated design) and Part 2, which will be published at a later date, will specifically address design assist related to structural steel.

Part 1 was written with contributions from the AIA's Documents and Risk Management Committees and AISC's Committee on the Code of Standard Practice.

"When you work with others to create anything, be it a paper like this or the design of a building, you get the benefit of shared expertise," said Ken Cobleigh, managing director of AIA Contract Documents. "We certainly learned a great deal from the representatives of AISC about these issues, and we hope the entire industry can benefit from the results of our collective work."


Tagged categories: American Institute of Architects; American Institute of Architects (AIA); American Institute of Steel Construction; American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC); Color + Design; Design; NA; North America

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