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Rising to meet architecture’s new skills challenges

18 May 2012

AIA 2012 Annual Convention, Washington, DC

Carole Wedge, President, Shepley Bulfinch
Harvey M. Bernstein, VP, Industry Insights and Alliances, McGraw-Hill Construction
Peter Templeton, President, Green Building Certification Institute
Maria Vargas, Director, Better Buildings Challenge and Senior Program Advisor, US Department of Energy

How can the architecture profession develop and deliver the skills that are now required by evolving technologies, design approaches and practices?

This is a central question addressed by Carole Wedge and fellow panelists in “Bridging today’s needs and tomorrow’s construction workforce” at the AIA Annual Convention.

While emerging technologies and practices such as BIM and integrated design demand new proficiencies, the rise of green building has had a singular impact in the profession in terms of design philosophy and the expertise required for sustainable building performance. The combination of all these influences has created the need to complement the traits traditionally sought at all levels in the profession with skills that are new and very different.

The panel will discuss how architecture firms can identify current and near-term workforce challenges; respond as individual architects and in terms of firm-wide continuing education policies; and develop strategies based on best practices of architects and experts in professional education. Panelists will present market research on the role of ‘green’ jobs in design and construction and strategies for individual and firm success.