As a licensed architect with a specialty in construction management, I have been directly exposed to the many perspectives of a single problem through 15 years of professional experience :
PROJECT DELIVERY TEAMS ARE NOT EFFICIENTLY PERFORMING.
In the industry, it is commonly recognized that there is an approximate 30% capital loss at the project level, and that this is largely -if not wholly- due to the project team's inability to perform; issues of miscommunications and task redundancies are at the very foundation of the problem.
Some insist that the problem can be resolved with the method of delivery, thus they analyze, re-analyze, and re-imagine the contract structures.
Others insist that the problem could be resolved if we had better software and data management systems (i.e. Building Information Modeling -BIM).
BUT, WHAT IF THE PROBLEM IS MUCH MORE BASIC ?
WHAT IF IT STARTS MUCH EARLIER THAN IN PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE ?
Since 2010, I have been working my way backward into the educational setting being the underlying cause and creator of this inability to efficiently perform.
Through my doctoral research, and to be published in my applied dissertation, I am analyzing programs of study in architecture, engineering, and construction management, as well as the students enrolled in and graduating from these programs.
In addition to cognition and learning styles, program impact, and student outcomes, I will be projecting market effect and exploring legal context.
This is a solely quantitative study.
TABITHA PONTE, AIA