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Building Science and Performance

 

Bioclimatic Design *

Designing a building that is in harmony with the natural features and resources surrounding the site, taking advantage of free available renewable resources, e.g., using sunlight through passive solar, and reducing the impact on energy demand for heating and cooling by appropriate orientation, lay out and compact shape of the building.

Building Envelope

All components of a building that enclose conditioned space, and separate the inside from the outside.

Codes & Standards *

Sets of rules that specify the minimum acceptable level of safety for constructed objects such as buildings and nonbuilding structures, the main purpose of which is the protection of the public health, safety and general welfare as they relate to the construction and occupancy of buildings and structures.

Failure and Remediation

Identification of inadequacies of building components to meet minimum required expectations, usually impacting health, safety and welfare, and exploration of solutions to right the problems.

Extreme Conditions and Disasters

Disasters, natural disasters, wars, hostile environments, earthquakes.

High-Rise Buildings *

Tall, continuously habitable buildings of many storeys, usually designed for residential, office and commercial use.

Lifecycle and Evaluation *

The view of a building over the course of its entire life, taking into account the design, installation, commissioning, operation and decommissioning phases.

     

Design and Design Services

 

Acoustics

 

The science of the generation, propagation, transmission, reproduction, reception, measurement and effects of sound and of the phenomenon of hearing.

ADA/Universal Design *

Ideas and concepts meant to produce buildings, products and environments that are inherently accessible to both people without disabilities and people with disabilities, specifically codified in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, updated in 2010.

Color/Color Theory

A body of practical guidance to color mixing and the visual impacts of specific color combinations

Community Design Participation

An approach to design attempting to actively involve all stakeholders (e.g. employees, partners, customers, citizens, end users) in the design process in order to help ensure the product designed meets their needs and is usable.

Design and Construction Documents/Systems

Drawings, plans, spefications, and other documents associated with a construction project, and the programs and methods by which they are generated , arranged, and assembled.

Design Process

The series of steps by which a plan develops for the construction of an object or a system.

Design Services

The various functions of an architectural design firm, ranging from project planning and existing building assessment to planning for hazardous material remediation.

Engineering

The discipline, art and profession of acquiring and applying scientific, mathematical, economic, social, and practical knowledge to design and build structures, machines, devices, systems, materials and processes that safely realize solutions to the needs of society.

History of Design

The history of design periods, processes, or specific works.

Modular and Prefabricated Components *

Components used in a system that subdivides the whole into smaller parts (modules), produced in a shop as opposed to in the field, that can be independently created and then used in different systems to drive multiple functionalities.

Planning and Programming

The process of recording and weighing the functional and space needs of a client, and working them into an appropriate design solution for a project.

Technology

The usage and knowledge of tools, techniques, crafts, systems or methods of organization.

     

Legal

   

ADA/Universal Design

Ideas and concepts meant to produce buildings, products and environments that are inherently accessible to both people without disabilities and people with disabilities, specifically codified in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, updated in 2010.

Codes & Standards *

Sets of rules that specify the minimum acceptable level of safety for constructed objects such as buildings and nonbuilding structures, the main purpose of which is the protection of the public health, safety and general welfare as they relate to the construction and occupancy of buildings and structures.

Contracts *

Agreements in writing, entered into voluntarily by two or more parties, with the intention of creating a legal obligation.

Ethics

 

The ability to decide what is right, proper, decent and safe.

Regulation/Legislation

Legislation is a directive placed by a government or governing body on either an industry, a section of community or placed on people of a country which must be complied with in order to remain within the legal boundaries of that particular country, community or industry. A regulation refers to a specific requirement that can take on various forms, such as industry specific regulation or regulations that are much broader in scope.


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Risk Management *

The identification, assessment, and prioritization of risks or liabilities, followed by coordinated and economical application of resources to minimize, monitor, and control the probability and/or impact of unfortunate events or to maximize the realization of opportunities.

     
     
     
     

Materials & Methods

 

Procurement and Contracting Requirements

Requirements addressing the acquisition and securing of goods or services.

General Requirements

The title of division 1 of the AIA's uniform system for construction specifications, data filing, and cost accounting

Existing Conditions

The current state of a building, building area, site, or other element of the built environment, before any alterations are made.

Concrete

 

A composite stonelike material formed by mising an aggregate (such as stones of irregular shape or crushed rock) with cement (which acts as the binding material) and water, then allowing the mixture to dry and harden

Masonry

 

Construction using masonry units of such materials as clay, shale, glass, gymsum, or stone set in mortar; this term includes concrete masonry but excludes reinforced concrete.

Metals

 

One of a category of electropositive elements that are typically ductile and malleble with high tensile strength, such as steel, iron, copper, etc.

Wood, Plastics, and Composites

Natural materials that come from trees and are workable, synthetic organic solids organic solids that are moldable, or any combination of the two into a single material.

Thermal and Moisture Protection

Roofing, insulation, and any other component or system that helps maintain a dry and controlled interior environment.

Openings

 

An open space affording passage or view, such as a door or window.

Finishes

 

A completing , concluding, or perfecting part, material, or element; generally the last treatment or coating of a surface.

Specialties

 

A special product or installation that requires someone with special skill for installation, such as a bus lift, folding partition, grease separator in a commercial kitchen, etc.

Equipment

An article or set of articles or physical resources serving to equip a person or thing to carry out a particular task or function.

Furnishings

Any interior element of a building that contributes to the décor or proper funcion and convenience of the activities that take place within, but is not an integral part of the construction, such as tables, chairs, portable lighting, etc.

Special Construction

Any item that requires special skill or knowledge to install, or is particular to a specific building type, such as a bus wash system, fire suppression system, or a stage rigging system.

Conveying Equipment

Systems and components of systems generally consisting of air and liquid handling equipment, such as ducts and pipes, and heating and cooling terminal devices, including mixing boxes and baseboard heating units, fans and pumps, valves, dampers, and controllers.

Fire Suppression

The process of controlling and/or extinguishing fires for the purpose of protecting people from injury, death, and/or property loss, and the systems related thereto.

Plumbing

 

The pipes, fixtures, and other apparatus of a water, gas, or sewage system.

Heating Ventilating & Air Conditioning

Maintenance of good indoor air quality through adequate ventilation with filtration in order to provide thermal comfort.

Integrated Automation

Coordination of electronic safety and security systems throughout a building.

Electrical

 

The wiring, switches, circuitry and other apparatus of a building's electircal system.

     
     
     

Project Management

 

Project Management

The planning, organizing, securing, and managing of resources to see a project through from the initial design phases to the completion of construction.

Project Delivery Methods

Systems used by an agency or owner for organizing and financing design, construction, operations, and maintenance services for a structure or facility by entering into legal agreements with one or more entities or parties.

Contracts *

Agreements in writing, entered into voluntarily by two or more parties, with the intention of creating a legal obligation.

     

Project Types

 

Athletic and Recreation Facilities

Facilities whose primary function is to house sporting and other athletic activities, such as field houses, stadia, and gymnasia.

Design for Aging

Providing effective solutions to improve the way of life for aging individuals, using gerontological knowledge and design research methods in order to obtain better insight into these individuals' preferences and requirements.

Educational Facilities

Facilities whose primary function is to house learning activities, such as schools, learning centers, higher education classroom buildings, etc.

Entertainment Facilities

Facilities whose primary function is to house entertainment activities and events, such as movie and performance theatres.

Health Facilities

Facilities whose primary function is to house the practice of medicine or healthcare, such as hospitals, doctor's offices, nursing facilities, ambulance stations, etc.

High-Rise Buildings *

Tall, continuously habitable buildings of many storeys, usually designed for residential, office and commercial use.

Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse

Historic preservation is an endeavor that seeks to preserve, conserve and protect buildings, objects, landscapes or other artifacts of historical significance. Adaptive reuse refers to the process of reusing an old site or building for a purpose other than which it was built or designed for.

Hospitality Facilities: Hotels, Restaurants, Resorts

Facilities whose primary function is lodging, dining, and recreation.

Housing—Single-Family

A single-family (home, house, or dwelling) means that the building is usually occupied by just one household or family, and consists of just one dwelling unit or suite.

Housing—Multi-Family

A classification of housing where multiple separate housing units for residential (i.e. non-commercial) inhabitants are contained within one building or several buildings within one complex, such as an apartment building.

Industrial Facilities

Facilities, such as factories or other production plants, where laborers manufacture goods or supervise machines processing one product into another.

Interior Architecture

Architecture pertaining to the design and detailing of the interior of a building or structure.

Justice Facilities

Facilities housing various aspects of the justice system or the legal process, such as court houses, correctional facilities, jails, detention centers, etc.

Landscapes/Open Spaces/Parks/Playgrounds

Any outdoor space that is part of the built environment (i.e. has been touched by the design process in some way), and serves a recreational or relaxational purpose.

Libraries

 

Facilities housing an organized collection of books, other printed materials, and in some cases special materials such as manuscripts, films and other sources of electronic or virtual information.

Military Facilities

Facilities directly owned and operated by or for the military or one of its branches, which shelter military equipment and personnel, along with the facilitation of training and operations.

Municipal/Public Buildings

Facilities owned by the government or local jurisdiction, in which the daily functions of administration and public life take place, such as a city or town hall.

Museums

 

Institutions that care for a collection of artifacts and other objects of scientific, artistic, cultural, or historical importance and makes them available for public viewing through exhibits that may be permanent or temporary.

Office Buildings

Facilities, generally commercial in nature, containing spaces mainly designed to be used for offices.

Regional/Urban Design & Planning

Regional design and planning is the efficient placement of land use activities, infrastructure, and settlement growth across a larger area of land than an individual city or town. Urban design and planning is more specific, as it deals with the particular issues of city planning.

Religious Facilities

Facilities whost primary function is to house communal and personal worship, prayer, and related activities, such as churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, etc.

Retail Facilities

Places of business for retailing goods, such as stores, mercantile establishments, sales, outlets, etc.

Scientific Facilities

Facilities that provide controlled conditions in which scientific research, experiments, and measurement may be performed, such as laboratories.

Transportation Facilities

Facilities housing the drop-off or pick-up of transit passengers, or the storage, repair, and dispatch of transportation vehicles.

Communications

Facilities housing media or related activities pertaining to private or public communication, such as television studios, radio towers, etc.

Electronic Safety and Security

Electrified or computer systems that provide protection to a building or premises by use of cameras, scanning, electrified hardware, etc.

Earthwork

 

Any operation involving the excavation of a site or construction of site systems, such as grading and drainage.

Exterior Improvements

Any improvement or upgrade made to the exterior of an existing building.

Utilities

 

Systems that service a building, such as water lines, sanitary systems, and electrical service.

Transportation

The process of moving passengers from a point of departure to a point of arrival.

Waterway and Marine

Of or pertaining to the sea; pertaining to navigation or shipping; nautical; naval; maritime.

Process Integration

A holistic approach to design which emphasizes the unity of the process and considers the interactions between different unit operations (such as mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) from the outset, rather than optimising them separately.

Material Processing and Handling Equipment

Any number of types of equipment used in the processing of materials either in the field or in a controlled environment. Some examples include conveyors, cranes and hoists, lifts, earth moving equipment, etc.

Process Heating, Cooling, and Drying Equipment

Industrial equipment use for heating, drying, or cooling, such as ovens, baking furnaces, melting furnaces, etc.

Process Gas and Liquid Handling, Purification and Storage Equipment

Equipment for the handling, purification, and storage of gases and liquids that may pose a health and safety risk, such as pumps, compressors, blowers, filters, etc.

Pollution Control Equipment

Equipment for the purpose of preventing or mitigating the effects of environmental pollution, such as gas, waste, and water filters, and noise pollution barriers and controls.

Industry-Specific Manufacturing Equipment

Specialty equipment that is made for a function particular to a given industry, such as food processing equipment, computer manufacturing equipment, food manufacturing equipment, etc.

     
     

Practice

   

Alternative Careers

Careers relating to the field of architecture that are not traditional design roles, such as teaching, writing, code enforcement, etc.

Collaboration/Team Building/Partnerships

The working together between disciplines, trades, professions, or organizations, within or outside of the building and design industry, toward a common goal.

Diversity

 

The promotion of multiple backgrounds and ethnicities with the goal of attaining social and ecomonic wellbeing.

Economic Trends and Market Research

The study of the current status of the economy and markets in the context of what has happened previously.

Financial Management

Management of the fiscal matters of a company or organization.

Human Resources Management

Management of the human capital and talents of a company or organization, with direct responsibility for personnel matters.

International Practice

The practice of architecture on a global scale, either on site or remotely.

Internship/Licensure

Internship is the process by which one moves from graduate to experienced practitioner, with licensure as the final step in becoming an architect. The typical process is called the Intern Development Program (IDP).

Marketing and Client Relations

Topics pertaining to the advertising and publicity of offered goods and services, and the maintenance of communication and good relationships with those who have procured those goods and services.

Mentoring/Training

A facet of the Intern Development Program (IDP) wherein the intern selects a licensed architect to guide and encourage the intern's process on the path to licensure.

Ownership Transition

The process by which a firm, company, or organization moves from working under a departing owner to working under a new owner.

Practice Management

Management of the various aspects of maintaining an architecture practice, from project management to business and financial management.

Risk Management *

The identification, assessment, and prioritization of risks or liabilities, followed by coordinated and economical application of resources to minimize, monitor, and control the probability and/or impact of unfortunate events or to maximize the realization of opportunities.

Starting a Firm

Anything dealing with the pursuit and establishment of a new design firm or related business.

Strategic Planning

Calculated planning for ongoing and future economic conditions of a firm or organization, in terms of finance, marketing, and business decisions.

     
     

Sustainable Design

 

Planning: High Density & Low Carbon Community Planning & Design

Design that focuses on communities in which all of the needs of the inhabitants are located in close proximity to provide for a walkable community without a heavy reliance on fossil fuels.

IPD: Integrated Project Delivery - Tools & Resources

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 and motivates collaboration throughout the design and construction process, tying stakeholder success to project success.

Site: Sustainable Site Assessments & Land  Use

Surveying a site and planning for development based upon a long-range understanding of the impact of design decisions on future generations.

Water: Water Use Reduction and Reuse

Designing and planning plumbing systems so that less water is needed, and to incorporate the reuse of harvested rainwater or grey water.

Energy: Energy Conservation & Efficiency

Designing and planning electrical systems so that they have higher performance standards while consuming less energy.

Environmental Quality: Human Health, Comfort & Indoor Environmental Quality

Issues concerning the design and maintenance of indoor environments for clean air free of pollutants and other particles that have an adverse impact on health and wellbeing.

Materials: Building Material Environmental Impacts & Conservation Strategies

Consideration of the effect of material choices on natural resources, as well as taking into account possible reuses for existing materials already found in the built environment.

Green Building Policies: Codes, Standards & Rating systems

Any official system of measurement of sustainable or high performance design, such as the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), the LEED rating system, etc.

Contract Documents: High Performance Project Delivery Methods & Contract/Scope Modifications

Holistic design and delivery methods in which all stakeholders are involved and all building systems are coordinated from the very beginning of the design process.

Occupant Use & Building Operations: Designing for Sustainable Operations, Maintenance & Occupant Education

The practice of design and education of a high performance building's occupants so that the building will be properly understood and maintained throughout its lifecycle.

AEC Communications: Team Building, Knowledge Sharing & Leadership Tools

Transparent collaboration between all the players in the architecture, engineering, and contracting teams, in conjunction with the owner.

     
     

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