Nithya Caleb, the editor of The Construction Specifier, interviews independent specifications consultant Vivian E. Volz, RA, CSI, CCCS, AIA, LEED AP, about the delegated design and design assist processes.
Earlier this year, Nithya Caleb, the editor of The Construction Specifier, sat down with the magazine’s editorial advisor Ivette Bruns, CSI, CCS, senior associate with RATIO Architects, on the sidelines of CONSTRUCT, an AEC education program and expo. Here is an extract from the interview.
Building exteriors are becoming increasingly complex today. They take never-before-seen shapes and soar to new heights, pushing the aesthetic and technical limits of building materials. Interestingly enough, little to none of this rising architectural complexity could be attributed to lavish construction budgets or unbridled spending. So, who or what is to be credited with today’s increasingly challenging and innovative exterior architecture?
This article is published in two parts. The first part deals with identification of issues and concerns in communicating the need for design solutions during construction. The second part deals with different approaches to describing how to manage the deferred design process. Both articles draw attention to the “elephant” in the room and issues causing disruption and disagreements in executing this requirement.
Timing the office visit, telephone call, or e-mail to an architectural firm according to a project’s development stage is crucial, but providing the most relevant information for the stage and design professional involved is equally important.