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Integrated Practice | Integrated Project Delivery

What is Integrated Project Delivery?

IPD is a method of project delivery distinguished by a contractual arrangement among a minimum of owner, constructor and design professional that aligns business interests of all parties. IPD motivates collaboration throughout the design and construction process, tying stakeholder success to project success, and embodies the following contractual and behavioral principles:


Contractual Principles

    • Key Participants Bound Together as Equals

    • Shared Financial Risk and Reward Based on Project Outcome

    • Liability Waivers between Key Participants

    • Fiscal Transparency between Key Participants

    • Early Involvement of Key Participants

    • Jointly Developed Project Target Criteria

    • Collaborative Decision Making

Behavioral Principles

    • Mutual Respect and Trust

    • Willingness to Collaborate

    • Open Communication


The AIA Center for Integrated Practice is the leader in Integrated Practice resources

The Center for Integrated Practice (CIP) is an online clearinghouse that contains useful reports, relevant industry events, contractual information, podcasts and discussion forums. The purpose of the CIP is to help remove barriers to collaboration, serve as a collector and conductor of project delivery outcomes and research, and develop resources and tools for AIA members, the profession, and the public.


Integrated Practice related web sites

With the transformation of practice comes exciting changes in technology, collaborations and best practices. Effective collaboration with industry peers leads to amazing accomplishments.

Visit these Integrated Practice web sites to discover opportunities to lead industry transformation.


Integrated Practice is Sustainable Practice

A significant benefit of IPD is the opportunity to more clearly and comprehensively define and measure project outcomes. One key area for improvement is to set more aggressive goals for sustainability. Many architects have already incorporated energy efficient design principles into their work, and these efforts continue to expand within the profession—IPD will only enhance these trends. With the 2030 target for carbon-neutral buildings, the AIA seeks to dramatically increase the number of high-performance buildings constructed in the coming decades, and IPD will play a key role in that effort.

Visit the AIA Sustainability Resource Center for more information about AIA’s efforts in sustainability.

Documents to get you started on Integrated Practice





Integrated Project Delivery: A Guide (2007)


IPD Case Studies (2012)


AIA Contract Documents

Downloaded more than 35,000 times, IPD: A Guide begins with introductory material about the principles of IPD and points of consideration in a generic sense, moves through a study of implementation of IPD and culminates with discussion of application of general IPD principles within the specific framework of other common delivery methods.

Jointly developed by the AIA Center for Integrated Practice and the AIA-California Council.


The updated 2012 IPD Case Studies include survey analysis of 127 project team members and additional metrics for five of 12 comprehensive case studies, detailing collaborative impacts on design quality, cost efficiency and team communication.

Jointly developed by the AIA Center for Integrated Practice, AIA-Minnesota and the University of Minnesota School of Architecture.


Learn more about available contract documents supporting Integrated Project Delivery for all AECO parties.

Available documents include the AIA E202: Building Information Modeling Protocol Exhibit, an essential document for teams using BIM technology.


For additional documents, podcasts, articles, case studies and resources visit


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