The design and construction industries in the U.S. are experiencing significant changes in the relationship between their respective professionals and the delivery systems they employ to help clients realize successful projects. Through a variety of models, these formerly fragmented professions are now crafting new ways of working together – and exploiting new collaboration technologies - to create more efficient, economical and sustainable projects in the built environment. Historically, architecture and construction management students have been trained in separated academic environments that did not capitalize on opportunities to work collaboratively. The Master of Integrated Design & Construction Program at Auburn University is designed to prepare graduates for success in this new paradigm of integrated project delivery, and to prepare students who will be the professionals leading the future evolution of the design and construction industries.
The Master of Integrated Design & Construction Program at Auburn University seeks graduate students from the design, engineering and construction disciplines who will embrace teamwork, collaboration, and empathy between the differing roles and responsibilities of their counterparts. The program will foster an integrated delivery of projects in the built environment, leveraging the most current strategies in project development, risk analysis and digital tools.
What we are talking about is integrated delivery. We have to think about this as defining our purpose as an industry. In our academic settings we must reinvent how we are educating our students in [an] interdisciplinary format.
— David Mortenson, SVP,
Cranbrook Teachers Conference
The promise of Integrated Practice is vast - one can imagine having the power to control a wide range of information related to the project, full collaboration with a range of stakeholders, and virtual rehearsal of construction. There is an urgent and immediate need for architectural education to prepare future practitioners who will catalyze this change.
— Renee Cheng, AIA
The American Institute of Architects