WE28 - Practice Paradigms: Models That Test Traditional Practice

Wednesday, November 28 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM « Back

Abstract Text:

This session examines the external forces that are reshaping the scale, specialization and composition of design practice. It also highlights the internal aspects of the design and planning professions that are under pressure to evolve, grow or are likely to remain stable.
Practice Paradigms brings together two architects and an urban planner/urban designer to discuss the rapidly evolving trends with design practice. Emerging business models are moving away from conventional design practice and towards convergence and transdisciplinarity. These trends are empowered by creativity, collaboration and enhanced communication as a result of technology.

Challenges to the traditional design firm are coming from many directions. On the one hand, consolidation continues to take place with large corporate conglomerates actively seeking to acquire small and mid-size firms that specialize. At the same time, an entrepreneurial ethic has cultivated niche firms and virtual practices that can compete, in teams, on the global stage. New technology and project delivery models are increasing competition and blurring the boundaries between traditional practice silos.

Learning Objectives:

Examine external forces that are reshaping the scale, specialization and composition of the traditional design practice

Highlight internal aspects of the design professions that are under pressure to evolve, grow or are likely to remain stable

Identify trends in collaboration and design innovation as a result of technology and new models of working across disciplinary boundaries

Identify emerging business models that are challenging the nature of traditional design practice in their scale, focus and interdisciplinarity


Credits:

AIA Credit Hours:
1.5 LU


Education Tracks: Culture and Practice

Event Type: Workshops > Session


 
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