There hasn't been a period in our industry's history where management of one's particular discipline wasn't a core skill for every successful architect, planner, consultant, contractor, or project owner. The contribution of the construction industry in our economy and its role in promoting growth is undisputed. The same stands true for the need to raise standards and improve the construction industry's operating efficiency: projects need to be delivered on time, within budget, and at a high quality standard to bring the needed benefit to the environment and society at large. Resource and budgetary constraints, together with innovation in software and technology, demonstrate even more the need for a broader, holistic, effective, and efficient administration and leadership of projects. The need for a comprehensive approach to the management of the project across all phases through a timely Integrated Project Management approach is now more essential than ever.
In this three-day program, participants gain an understanding of the basic and more advanced issues, tools, and concepts of an Integrated Project Management approach. Examples are drawn from public and private projects--both at the small, medium, and large scale, at the individual building, and at the mixed-use community development level--both from local and international contexts.
Key topics include the typical project life cycle and its key stages; the various project delivery methods and how to decide which one suits your needs; how to define and manage roles and responsibilities of all entities involved in a project; and effective delivery of all project stages, including feasibility, project implementation plan and strategy, selection of consultants and contractors, the RFP process, responsibilities for pre- and post-schematic phases of design, shop drawings, total project scheduling and budgeting, subcontractor involvement in the design process, value engineering, handling of the general contractor, construction administration, BIM implications and responsibilities, environmental issues, and management of risk and uncertainty.
The program is intended for architects, landscape architects, planners, engineers, contractors, facility managers, project managers, and building owners and developers. Instructors explore these issues through lectures, in-depth case studies of real projects, and skill-building simulations.
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Master key project management principles;
Manage the project life cycle and key project delivery methods (IPD, LEAN, Design Build);
Realize alignment of roles and responsibilities for all players;
Collaborate effectively through in-class workshops and interactive simulations;
Achieve total project scheduling and budgeting;
Establish solid foundations and select high-performing teams (pre-qualification, RFP, comparison matrix);
Motivate teams on concept, strategies, tools, and project implementation;
Direct team and sub-team management and leadership;
Recognize risks and uncertainties and master their effective management process.
Andreas Georgoulias, Anthony Mason
Harvard University Graduate School of Design