7 iPad Apps for Architects and General Contractors: National Architect Week, Day 5

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During National Architect Week, we wanted to take a look at how digital technology is helping the industry go paperless. Although still in its infancy, tablets and compatible applications for the day-to-day work of architects and contractors, are growing.

Ryan Sutton-Gee, CEO of PlanGrid, noted in this TechCrunch article that the tablet is basically the first computer that is truly usable in the field. As a result apps are already starting to be rapidly adopted allowing construction companies to:

  • Say goodbye to blueprints
  • Improve analytics to manage team efficiency in the field
  • Improve communication between the construction team and architect

 

Below are 7 iPad apps useful for both architects and general contractors interested in transitioning to a paperless workflow.

  • AutoCAD© WS – View and edit DWG files wherever you are on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android smartphone or tablet with a powerful set of mobile design tools.
  • Bentley Navigator for the iPad – Gives a 360-degree view of 3-D design models. Using iPad’s motion sensors and touch screens, you will not only get panoramic views but also get object properties. For example, you can determine the thickness of the pipe, or its paint color, or the pressure rating.
  • PlanGrid – Store, view, manage and share your blueprints on the iPad.
  • Procore for iPhone and iPad – Includes a punch list tool, photos and daily log.
  • TOTAL for iPad (formerly DaVinci) – The first field app for appraisers on the iPad. Filling out onsite inspection forms is done with a few taps of your finger, and every data gathering screen is completely customizable to fit individual workflow.
  • Construction Punchlist for iPad – Stores plans on the iPad, annotates plans with the touch of a finger, and automatically generates site visit reports and emails reports on the fly.
  • OnSite PlanRoom for iPad – Review and share plans and construction documents, all from the convenience of your iPad.

 

    Do you have any favorite apps that help you do your job as an architect or contractor? 

    DESIGN CONNECTS – Don’t forget to visit the AIA website for more information about how you can participate in National Architecture Week .

7 Video Interviews with Famous Architects: National Architecture Week, Day 4

Architecture is one of those creative industries where the work not only speaks for itself, it is long-standing and long-lasting – making it imperative that the architect connect his/her designs capably with the environment as well as for the people it is designed. For National Architecture Week we have chosen a few architects we believe more than accomplish this these challenges. If you too are inspired by the works of these fascinating talents, you are sure to enjoy the up-close and personal interviews below.

Frank Lloyd Wright

In this documentary, Wright talks about life, culture, and organic architecture (1962)

“I’ve been accused of saying “I” was the greatest architect in the world and if I had said so, I don’t think it would be very arrogant because I don’t believe there are many, if any. For 500 years what we call architecture has been phony in the sense that it was not innate it was not organic. It didn’t have the character of nature. A building should be natural appropriate to the the time. Appropriate to the place.” – Frank Lloyd Wright


 

I.M. Pei

At 92, Chinese-American I. M. Pei, was named The 2010 Royal Gold Medallist. This 10 minute film is an edited version of the 35 minute film shown in lieu of a traditional lecture at his request. It features a personal interview and examples of his work over five decades.

“I have always been fascinated by the West.” – I. M. Pei


 

Le Corbusier

Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, better known as Le Corbusier, was famous for being one of the pioneers of what is now called modern architecture. A student of modern high design he was dedicated to providing better living conditions for the residents of crowded cities.

 

Zaha Hadid

The first woman to win the Pritzker Prize for Architecture in its 26 year history, Zaha Hadid defined a radically new approach to architecture by creating buildings with multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry to evoke the chaos of modern life.

In this interview with Maison & Objet in 2008 after being named the erhielt sie den Titel “Designer of The Year,” Hadid discusses the concept of a creating a fluid world in the sense that there is no boundary for people to move from space to another.

 

Renzo Piano

Piano, an Italian Pritzker Prize-winning architect describes the building site as a magical place where the art of construction takes place and reminds us that building architecture lasts a long time.

An architect is always connected to the past and he is always connected to the future. You need the past because you need the memory, but you need invention as well. I’m very grateful for tradition, but at the same time, I hate tradition. –Renzo Piano


 

Frank Gehry

A living legend, Frank Gehry has forged his own language of architecture, creating astonishing buildings all over the world, such as the Guggenheim in Bilbao, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, and Manhattan’s new IAC building.

For me, every day is a new thing. I approach each project with a new insecurity, almost like the first project I ever did, and I get the sweats, I go in and start working, I’m not sure where I’m going.” – Frank Gehry

Jacques Herzog

Interviewed by The New York Times Jacques Herzog of Herzog and de Meuron discusses the concept of instincts within architecture and ponders whether repetition is considered evil.

Work that strikes me makes me aware of the place or the landscape and then it makes me aware of myself. – Jaques Herzog

Click here to see view Herzog’s interview.
 
These are just a few of our favorites. You can find more interesting interviews with architects here. Who are your favorite architects?

DESIGN CONNECTS – Don’t forget to visit the AIA website for more information about how you can participate in National Architecture Week .

 

Architects: Are You Using Twitter to Build Your Practice?

You can’t go very far or very long these days without seeing or hearing some reference to Twitter. It’s one of the most talked about social media platforms and it’s consistently listed among the top three essential social media sites for marketing.

Australian architectural photographer, Nic Granleese, sums it up this way.

 “ Twitter is like a big telephone directory of people who want to share your projects with the world. That’s incredibly powerful if you know how to use it.”

So, how are architects using Twitter?

A recent survey was conducted among architects by Pauley Creative, a digital marketing agency who specializes in the construction industry and is located in the UK. Although not necessarily representative of all architects around the world, the 117 participants provided some great insight into how architects both utilize and feel about the effectiveness of Twitter.

To follow are a few key highlights from the survey, but be sure to check out the Infographic below for more information.

  •  65% of the Architects surveyed had been using Twitter for over a year
  • 86% of Architects use Twitter to keep up with the latest industry news and 79% use it to network with industry peers.
  • When asked ‘Who do you follow?’ most selected Other Architects (82%), Practices (77%) and Publications (75%).
  • 95% of Architects find Twitter useful primarily to share information as well as keep up with the latest news.
  • 99% of Architects surveyed stated that they would provide a recommendation if asked.

 

The most telling aspect of these findings is that those architects who do use Twitter, see value. In the world of marketing, Twitter is still considered to be in it’s infancy. And among architects, even more so.

If you’re considering opening a Twitter account or would like to take your social media marketing to the next level to grow your firm, the AIA’s “10 Tips for Using Twitter to Support Your Practice” is a must read!

So, does your company or firm use Twitter, or do you know someone who does? Please, take a moment to tell us in the comments below.

 

 

 

US Map Shows Mandatory Continuing Education for Architects In All 50 States

 

Although there is no national license per the NCARB, architects can be individually licensed in each state of the United States. Architects are licensed separately under different laws, and must apply for a license in each jurisdiction.

If you are licensed in multiple states, you are well aware that continuing education dates and requirements also vary in every state. Be sure to check out this great US map on the AIA site. It makes it easy to keep up with your MCE licensing requirements at a glance. By simply rolling over each state it shows the following information for every state, if applicable:

  • The name of the licensing agency for each state
  • The total number of hours required annually
  • Detailed breakdown of hours required
  • Renewal cycle
  • Renewal deadline
  • Clickable link to each state’s agency website