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POSTPONED - The Bridge – Architects Leading the Charge

How well do your clients understand the process of architecture? Are they delaying the project because they can’t make a decision? Are your subcontractors unsure of where they fit in? A process called The Bridge, designed to help you manage expectations by making it clear from the outset of a project who is responsible for meeting a specific deadline, when that deadline is, and the cost implications of delaying or not meeting it.

Depending on their level of experience, a client may have very little idea of what to expect from the design process. The Bridge has three components that can help bring them quickly up to speed:

  • The delivery package explains what the client will receive at the end of each phase of work. Is it a drawing? Is it a detailed set of specifications? That will all be described here.
  • The project program and budget component describes what you want to build and the resources available. This section needs to discuss the scope and budget of the project in clear terms, without any jargon.
  • The project timeline is a comprehensive calendar with key milestones and delivery dates–agreed to ahead of time, so everyone understands when a decision needs to be made, who makes that decision, and what the cost implications are of missing that target date.

All these elements are prepared at the beginning of the project, so the client knows what to expect and can make informed decisions in a timely manner. With fewer unknowns, The Bridge will empower you, the Architect, to save time, help guide the project more effectively, avoid value engineering, and help the project be more profitable. But how does one get started on what might look like a time-consuming effort?

Nick Corcoran, AIA of CallisonRTKL will present each of these documents in a way that will make your work easier, granting you control of the project.

Presented by: Nick Corcoran, AIA - CallisonRTKL


About the DAC Leadership Series:

The 2019 DAC Leadership Series seeks is  a new initiative that will guide participants through a multi-faceted examination of leadership within the architectural profession – starting with The Bridge, and followed by in-depth sessions on unconscious bias, industry trends, AI and the future of the profession, and non-traditional practice.


After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss common issues related to the design and build process, including lack of transparency and communication between stakeholders;
  • Explain the importance of managing client expectations while ensuring successful project execution;
  • Explore key components of the Bridge and how to use them in their practice; and
  • Examine how initiatives such as the Bridge offer new approaches to project management and how this can inform the future of architecture and design processes.