The Bilbao Guggenhein Museum: Topics in Project Management

The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao has had an unprecedented impact not only on the city of Bilbao but also on the value of design and the public\’s perception of architecture worldwide. This seminar focuses on the \’other\’ elements, hidden in the team of people and organizations that make good architecture possible and allow architects to reach their potential. The seminar introduces fundamentals of project management as related to project delivery, owner relations, cost estimating, budget control, and scheduling. The conception, design and construction of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao constitutes the basis for discussion, with a focus on process, leadership, management and technology. The seminar is based on a case studies approach, with cases from other projects complementing the museum\’s case, to provide a basis for understanding the complex process of architectural works.An early lottery will be held to determine course enrollment. A prerequisite for the course is admission in the MDesS program; preference will be given to those in the Real Estate and Project Management area of study, particularly those focusing on Project Management. Results of the lottery are binding. Those students selected in this lottery will be allowed two choices in the regular course lottery. Note: there is a $300 cost (not including meals and incidentals) to students for travel associated with this seminar.