How would an AEC firm start planning for the future? This was a question that one of my consulting clients, a mid-sized engineering company, asked me a few years ago. What I suggested was a scenario process.
Call for Portfolios: May 15-June 13, 2013 Van Alen Institute is pleased to announce the launch of Ground/Work, an international architecture competition seeking innovative designs for a new street-level venue to house the Institute’s work space and public programs. Since 1982, the Institute has occupied the sixth floor of its building at 30 West 22nd […]
I often tease my audiences they should get of the construction industry. Of course, I’m not suggesting they stop building things, because that’s what they do, but that’s not the business they are in. Face it, construction work is perceived by many clients as a commodity, therefore they buy it based on price.
An IT strategy has a lot more ground to cover than in the 1980s when I started out in architectural design. Back then the questions revolved around CAD and basic office applications. Now information technology is an enabler for new ways of working, collaborating, and communicating. Information is the most valuable building block in today’s […]
Many AEC firms don’t think about information technology in strategic terms. They see IT as an everyday necessity or a cost—not something that needs strategic attention. However, the technologies that the companies use and the way they use them affect productivity, employee satisfaction, client and partner collaboration, and profitability. Planning IT strategically is not a […]