2019 Project Management Series

AIA Seattle is proud to announce a new leadership and project management program, Getting it Done: The Business of Projects. Tailored to reflect the deep interdisciplinary collaboration that distinguishes architectural practice in our region, this four-part series will focus on project management and delivery from conception to completion, emphasizing the fundamentals of collaboration, communication, and client care every step of the way. In addition to convening national and local experts to present, this series will prioritize opportunities for peer to peer knowledge sharing and professional network building during and between each course. This new program for architects and AEC professionals aims to:

  • Educate the next generation of project managers and leaders to manage for excellence
  • Build a cohort of AEC professionals across the industry with a shared commitment to collaboration
  • Explore the unique management challenges associated with achieving very high performing buildings and responding to evolving project delivery methods
  • Promote understanding among disciplines in the industry, and build long-term relationships among our profession’s current and future leaders

We invite a cohort of up to 50 AEC professionals at a variety of project management experience levels to gain a competitive edge and build new relationships through this interactive, in-depth study of project management. Sponsored by Victor O. Schinnerer & Company, Inc., the CNA Insurance Companies, and The AIA Trust, providers of the AIA Trust Professional Liability Insurance Program, and session topics include: Project Delivery Methods + Contracts; Project Planning; Project Implementation; and Documentation + Construction.

Light breakfast, coffee, and lunch will be provided at all courses. 

Full Series Cost

Includes 6.5 LU per course (26 LUs total, 6.5 of which are HSW) + breakfast, lunch and light refreshments. Registration includes all four courses in the series; individual course registration is not available at this time. 

$1,000.00 AIA Member
$1,000.00 Government/Partners
$600.00 Associate AIA
$200.00 Student
$1,800.00 Non-Member


Course 1 | Project Delivery + Contracts
January 17, 2019 | 8:30AM – 5:00PM // Class Credit: 6.5 LUs
Location: Orcas Room, 38th Floor, 800 Fifth Ave, Seattle WA 98104

Course 2 | Project Planning
February 28, 2019 | 8:30AM – 5:00PM // Class Credit: 6.5 LUs
Location: Orcas Room, 38th Floor, 800 Fifth Ave, Seattle WA 98104

Course 3 | Project Implementation
March 28, 2019 | 8:30AM – 5:00PM // Class Credit: 6.5 LUs

Course 4 | Documentation + Construction
April 25, 2019 | 8:30AM – 5:00PM // Class Credit: 6.5 LUs|HSW

Registration for this series has been filled. 

Course Descriptions + Learning Objectives

Course 1 | Project Delivery + Contracts

Course 1 sets the stage for the project management series and its major recurring themes: collaboration, communication, and client relationships. Combining national and local expertise, Course 1 will provide both an overview of fundamentals and ample opportunity for small group discussions about real scenarios. Session topics include: project delivery methods, collaboration tools, fundamentals of contracts, and the future of project delivery and collaboration.

  1. Synthesize trends and best practices in project delivery methods
  2. Summarize the advantages and disadvantages of various delivery methods such as design build, design bid build, CM at Risk
  3. Understand the key provisions that a design professional agreement needs to help prevent a lawsuit and ensure successful project delivery
  4. Discuss how automation, virtual reality and collaborative economy will affect how projects get built in the future

Course 2 | Project Planning

So you’ve won the project, now what? Course 2 builds upon our foundational understanding of project delivery and contracts, and will focus on the processes, tools, and skills essential for launching successful projects. The course will invite a variety of AEC perspectives to topics including: project planning tools, project planning processes, and collaborative teaming. As with every course in the series, ample time will be dedicated to facilitated small group work.

  1. Discuss how to collaborate with consultants successfully
  2. Apply sound processes for establishing scope, staffing and scheduling, onboarding consultants, communicating, and managing costs
  3. Explore various tools that can be used to launch and deliver successful projects
  4. Summarize how to set, communicate, and maintain clear expectations and project goals to the team, consultants and client

Course 3 | Project Implementation

Course 3 explores how to manage design with an emphasis on profitability, fluency among project team consultants, and client relationships. How do we monitor and assure a successful project—both in terms of profitability and in terms of our core values—for all stakeholders? Sessions topics include: managing profitable projects, monitoring and integrating change, and client care, with added emphasis on consultant perspectives.

  1. Balance sound risk management, profitability, and design vision
  2. Summarize different approaches to managing profitable projects
  3. Monitor and integrate changes in projects with an understanding of all participants’ profitability goals
  4. Explain how contract negotiation and documentation strengthens relationships with clients and reduces professional liability claims

Course 4 | Documentation + Construction

Course 4 is all about construction documentation, from the fundamentals of use across project teams to the future of documentation. In light of everything we’ve learned about delivery, contracts, planning, and implementation, how do we think about collaboration and documentation moving forward? Course topics will include: contract administration and project closeout, specifications, and the future of document collaboration and utilization.

  1. Demonstrate how specifications relate to other construction documentation
  2. Employ methods to interpret specification language to achieve what is required in contracts
  3. Explore the potentials for future documentation collaboration and utilization across project teams
  4. Evaluate how cloud computation and connectivity provide the means to change deliverables into a medium of broader and deeper relationships with contractors and clients

Speakers + Panelists

James B. Atkins, FAIA Atkins Consulting Solutions | Jack Avery Jack Avery Construction Solutions| Melissa Balestri Applied Building Information | Chris Brumfield Brown & Brown Insurance | Jason Collins PCS Structural | Reeve Elliot Seneca Group | Dr. Cindy Frewen, FAIA | Bob Gillcrist Populous | Lana Gochenauer MacDonald-Miller | David Kunselman City of Seattle | Laura Lohman Seneca Group | Patreese Martin  Bohlin Cywinski Jackson | Allan Montpellier PAE | Tom Owens Mendel Owens | Salla Palos Microsoft | Jim Phillips Forma Construction | Jeremiah Powers NBBJ | David Richards FAIA Rossetti | Elizabeth Rinehart Walsh Construction Co. | Lavina Sadhwani Seneca Group | John R. Schwartz The Schwartz Company | Ted Sive Ted Sive Consulting | Jay Soroka Brown & Brown Insurance | Bill Strong Bill Strong Consulting | Jay Taylor Magnusson Klemencic Associates Shazi Tharian Schact Aslani | Stephen Van Dyck LMN Architects

More information coming soon! All speakers subject to change.

Click here for attendee resources

Special thanks to our Project Management Series Taskforce

Chris Brumfield | Brown & Brown Insurance
Reeve Elliott | Seneca Group
Anastasia Krasnoslobodteva | LMN Architects
Patreese Martin | Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Tom Owens | Mendel Owens
Jay Saroka | Brown & Brown Insurance
Ted Sive | Ted Sive Consulting (series moderator + facilitator)
Robert Smith | LMN Architects

Special thanks to our Project Management Series Sponsors

Project Management series sponsors

Registration or Credit Questions?
Contact Brigette Ruhland, Program and Project Coordinator at AIA Seattle

Program Questions?
Contact Cassie Blair, Professional Programs Manager at AIA Seattle

Sponsorship Questions?
Contact AIA Seattle Managing Director Kimber Leblicq

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