Project delivery An expected trend regarding project delivery, noted by Mark Zweig, founder of the AEC management consulting firm ZweigWhite, is that even though traditional design-bid-build is still the most dominant method—accounting for 60 percent of firm billings—it is slowly being superceded by other methods. It has declined 5 percent since 2002. While design-build receives much attention as the delivery method that will replace design-bid-build, it was construction-management-at-risk that made the greatest gains, increasing from 6.9 percent to 10 percent. Conventional construction-management accounts for 13.5 percent, and contractor-led design-build grabs about 9.6 percent. For the first time, architect-led design-build has been called out separately, and represented a scant 3.9 percent of all firm billings.
The idea that design-bid-build is being supplanted by other delivery methods has implications for development of specific skill sets for future architects and, therefore, for architectural education. This paradigm shift, according to David W. Hinson, AIA, chair of the architecture program at Auburn University, in Alabama, suggests that the construction phase will be just as collaborative as the design phases. “The importance of working in teams will extend dramatically deeper into the project timeline,” says Hinson. The art of collaborating and negotiating must be integrated into courses across the curriculum, including design studio, architectural technology, and professional practice.