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Managing Your Digital Practice with New AIA Contract Documents




Podcast: 2007/6/26 - 13:13

Presenters: Robert E. Middlebrooks, AIA & Steven F. Weiss, FAIA.

Moderator: Markku Allison, AIA



Steve Weiss - Steve Weiss is principal of Weiss Architects, LLC, an architecture, planning and design firm in Chicago. Founded in 1998, Weiss Architects is well known for its mixed-use residential, retail and recreational architecture and for its urban design work, providing thoughtful and inventive design solutions to a variety of clients in the private and public sectors.

With over thirty-five years of experience, Steve has provided leadership for over one thousand successful projects of virtually every type and scale. He has extensive national experience and has been licensed in twenty-two states. His work includes award winning multi-family, retail, commercial, recreational and institutional projects. He is nationally recognized for both his architectural work and for his work in coordinating the construction industry through the American Institute of Architects National Contract Documents Program.

Steve Weiss received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from IIT in 1973. He worked at Booth/Nagle/Hartray & Associates and Booth/Hansen Associates from 1972 to 1983, rising to Senior Associate. From 1983 to 1998 he was a principal of Solomon Cordwell Buenz & Associates, leaving to form Weiss Architects, LLC. He has served as President of AIA/Chicago and as Chair of the National AIA Documents Committee as well as Host Co-Chair of the 1993 AIA Convention / World Congress of Architects. He serves as a construction dispute arbitrator under the American Arbitration Association as well as an expert defending architects in litigation.

Robert E. Middlebrooks
- Robert E. Middlebrooks is a principal with Clark Nexsen, celebrating his 25th anniversary with the firm. He has served as principal, project manager and lead architect on numerous municipal, industrial, commercial, educational, health-care, recreational and governmental projects in the United States, Europe, Iceland, Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean.

An active member of the American Institute of Architects since 1983, the 1999 Past President of the Virginia Society of the AIA, and the Past President of AIA Hampton Roads Chapter, which are both local components of the national organization. In 2001, he was elected as the Regional Director for the Region of the Virginias, representing Virginia and West Virginia on the National Board of Directors for the American Institute of Architects in Washington, D.C. Currently a retired Board Member and Richard Upjohn Fellow, and continuing to serve on many national committees, including the National’s AIA Contract Documents Committee. He is currently pursuing a fellowship in the AIA.

He continues to be active in the Architectural Profession’s pursuit of innovative Project Delivery methods and the advancement of Technology. Recognized by his local AIA chapter in 2006 with an Honor award for distinguished achievement, he also served on Autodesk ISD and BSD Executive Councils, and on the National Institute of Building Science’s National CAD Standards (NCS 4.0) and the Building Information Modeling Coordination Task Group.

A Chesapeake, Virginia native and resident, he graduated Great Bridge High School in 1977 and Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1982. He is a licensed architect in the states of Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, Georgia, Ohio, and Florida, as well as certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).

Clark Nexsen is a full-service architectural, engineering and interior design firm headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia with branch offices in Alexandria, Virginia; Roanoke, Virginia; Raleigh, North Carolina and Charlotte, North Carolina.

The 21st century architect will be utilizing more technology based, real time design and project management tools. The digital age allows for the rapid dissemination of information, including project correspondence and other documents such as the Architect’s Instruments of Service. This ease of dissemination, and the potential for easy document alteration, has lead to concerns about protection of intellectual property rights and liability for the subsequent misuse of transmitted data.

To address those concerns, in April 2007, the AIA published two new contract documents, C106™– 2007, Digital Data Licensing Agreement, and E201™– 2007, Digital Data Protocol Exhibit. It’s becoming increasingly important for those in the design and construction industries to protect themselves when transmitting data in a digital environment and maintaining control over its future use. Whether working in 2D, 3D, or 4D, fully integrating BIM or just testing the waters, this podcast previews these documents and describes how to use these new project management tools.

In this piece, Middlebrooks and Weiss analyze the rationale behind the need for flexible, yet binding, digital practice agreements, identify ways digital practice documents can manage the expectations of project participants, and explore how to use a digital practice exhibit and keep it current throughout the project cycle. They also mention the next step – the development of similar protocols dealing with integrated practices and global alliances.

For more information on these and other documents, please visit the AIA Contract Documents Page.



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