GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2013

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Courses taught by Richard Jennings

07415: Project Delivery (PRO 0741500)

Lecture - 4 credits
Monday 3:00 - 6:00   Gund 124

Richard Jennings

Course Description

Major changes are underway in the design and construction industry. Advances in technology, increased owner-user expectations, and new approaches to project delivery are affecting every aspect of the way projects are commissioned, negotiated, and delivered. The past is no longer prologue. New approaches to project delivery will be required to deliver future innovative design concepts. Students should have an understanding of the fundamental, underlying principles of translating design concepts from virtual exemplification into physical reality, rather than reiteration of techniques that may be used in today’s design and construction environment.

This course covers the latest theory and practices of managing and delivering design projects, including understanding the role of the designer in project delivery; coalescing owner, designer, constructor and fabricator relationships; achieving leading-edge and innovative design solutions and fabrications; exploiting technologies such as Building Information Modeling (BIM) to improve the design-fabrication interface; project start up; project scoping, scheduling and budgeting; financial aspects of projects; traditional and collaborative design and construction delivery processes, including design-build, bridging, fast-track, CM-Advisor, CM@Risk, and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD); communication among the owner-designer-constructor-fabricator team; project risks and mitigation; introduction to the concepts of earned value, design services during construction, project close-out, commissioning, post-occupancy evaluation, and other project delivery topics. Designed for students of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, as well as MDesS students in the Real Estate and the Built Environment programs, and others who desire to increase their knowledge of project management and delivery. The course is comprised of lectures, role-playing exercises, case studies and team assignments. Expert guest speakers will address specific topics. This course complements other professional practice, real estate, and project-oriented courses at the GSD.

Assigned readings and short written assignments on relevant topics. Activities will include team projects and role-playing exercises. There will be a midterm and final paper or project in lieu of examinations.

Student evaluations will be based on class attendance, preparation and participation (20%), written assignments (25%), the midterm paper (25%), and the final paper (30%).

Texts and Readings
Integrated Project Delivery: A Guide, American Institute of Architects and the AIA California Council. [Will be distributed as a PDF handout.] Selected readings from Refabricating Architecture by Keiran and Timberlake, Fabricating Architecture: Selected Readings by Robert Corser, and other relevant literature. In addition, The Project Management Institute’s Body of Knowledge (PMI BOK) will be discussed; [Will be distributed as a PDF handout.] Selected readings from The Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice, 14th Edition, American Institute of Architects, and Integrated Practice in Architecture by George Elvin will be assigned. [Both on reserve in Loeb Library.] Additional articles and readings will be provided in PDF format via the course website.

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07440: Leading the Design Firm (PRO 0744000)

Architecture, Landscape Architecture
Lecture - 4 credits
Tuesday 8:30 - 11:30   Gund 109

Brian Kenet, Richard Jennings

Course Description

This course introduces students to the business side of the design industry. It highlights the ways in which a design firm is a business like any other but with unique cultural, strategic, and financial characteristics. The course covers leadership and management of design firms and includes topics such as starting and leading a new design firm; marketing, promotion; management and leadership; organization and staffing; finance and economics; the life cycle of design firms including ownership transition, succession planning, and mergers and acquisitions.

The course addresses the unique leadership challenges of design firms through the combined lenses of professionals holding leadership positions in the industry and relevant academic theories, through which students gain an in-depth understanding of design firm leadership. This course is vital for Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Planning, MDesS, and other students desiring to understand how design firms are started, led and managed.

The course is comprised of lectures, written assignments, and real-world cases and examples. Expert guest speakers address specific topics. This course fulfills the professional practice elective requirement for MArch and MLA students and complements other practice-related courses offered at the GSD.

Grades will be based on attendance and class participation (20%), individual written assignments (25%), the midterm paper (25%), and the final paper or project (30%). There is no required textbook for the course. Readings will be assigned from The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice, 14th Edition, published by the American Institute of Architects on reserve in Loeb Library for this course. Additional articles and readings will be provided in digital format via the course website.

Courseware site (Canvas)

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