AIA Taps Continuation of Sherwin-Williams Partnership

MONDAY, JUNE 14, 2021

The American Institute of Architects recently announced that it will be continuing its strategic partnership with The Sherwin-Williams Company, which began in 2018.

“Sherwin-Williams continues to be a strong supporter in helping AIA and its members demonstrate how great design benefits everyone,” said AIA Senior Vice President of Brand and Engagement, Kathy Compton. “When architects and building product manufacturers share their ideas and experiences, we make strides towards creating a better built environment for the future.”

AIA notes that the partnership aims to enhance support of architects in practice, to build the company’s knowledge base about the profession and to facilitate a greater understanding of architects and their preferences in using paints and coatings to support their designs.

“We are proud to further enhance our partnership with AIA and to work together to continue supporting professionals, as well as the next generation of architects,” said Brian Taylor, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Sherwin-Williams.

“From a focus on sustainability to a new endowment for the Architects Foundation, Sherwin-Williams is committed to the architect community and providing the right tools and services to help their visions become reality.”

Other AIA Partnerships

At the end of October, AIA announced a new strategic partnership with True Wind Capital to invest in AIA’s Contract Document Program. The association said the deal aims to drive innovation in the platform and better serve customers and members over the long-term.

True Wind Capital is a long-term growth-oriented private equity firm that focuses on investing in “high quality technology companies,” according to AIA.

True Wind Capital, in partnership with the AIA, will invest in the ACD platform and product suite to enhance value to members and customers. AIA will continue to play a significant role in the future and direction of ACD.

“AIA’s Contract Documents has had a storied legacy in the market for the last 132 years,” said AIA 2020 President Jane Frederick, FAIA.

“It has been a tried and true product that has defined the terms and relationships involved in design and construction projects. But like so much in our industry, it has advanced far beyond being a collection of 200 contracts and forms. We need to think of this as a digital service that requires sophisticated user-friendly technology. In True Wind Capital, AIA has found a partner with the full expertise and resources to invest in ACD’s long-term success.”

As part of the new strategic partnership, Chris Anderson has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of ACD. Anderson was the former CEO of Building Systems Design, a provider of specification software and content.

“I am honored to work alongside AIA to take ACD to the next level,” said Anderson. “AIA has a remarkable brand and reputation within the industry, and I look forward to building upon the successful legacy of the program and delivering further value to our ACD customers.”

Just before that, in September, AIA and the American Institute of Steel Construction 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 (AIA); Good Technical Practice; NA; North America; Partnerships; Sherwin-Williams

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