New AIA President Addresses State Of Architecture Profession

Mar 08, 2011

Press Release: March 8, 2011 FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (March 8, 2011) — Architecture enhances people’s lives, and the emerging recognition of this effect is earning the profession newfound respect, says Clark Manus, the new president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), in the March 7 issue of The Zweig Letter. In a wide-ranging interview in the weekly management journal published by professional services firm ZweigWhite, Manus said that more than ever architects are seen as “problem solvers.” As such, he said he relishes the role of being part of increased dialogue and dynamic about the importance of design and the importance of what design can do. “The biggest importance is really being the voice and the face for the profession,” Manus, who is also CEO of Heller Manus Architects in San Francisco, told TZL. Manus brought up the fact that the economic crisis has impeded the ability of many projects to take hold, which is the main challenge facing the profession. He sees the continued evolution of Building Information Modeling and the growth of collaborative approaches such as Integrated Project Delivery as the biggest trends in design, which he believes will generate a “greater benefit in the delivery of projects.” The emergence of the International Green Construction Code, in which the AIA has been closely involved, also will shift the baseline for the design profession, he says. A model IGCC code is expected by the end of 2011. Climate change and how design professionals can help craft solutions to deal with the alterations already underway is another major trend he identified. “We’re really talking about building efficiencies,” he said. In the interview, Manus argued that architects need to enhance their value propositions to survive and thrive in the new economy. Concepts such as evidence-based design and lifecycle analysis will consequently become more common. “The fantasy of not having quantifiable data,” he said, “is a denier of good design.” ABOUT ZWEIGWHITE Twice named to the Inc. 500 list of best firms, ZweigWhite is the nation’s leader in enhancing business performance for architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting firms. The ZweigWhite team consists of experts in strategy, mergers and acquisitions, business valuation, ownership transition, human resources management, finance, marketing, market research, project management and project delivery methods who collectively produce a comprehensive suite of products and services, including advisory, consulting, newsletters, controlled-circulation magazines, industry reports, executive training, business conferences and more covering virtually every aspect of firm management. The firm is headquartered in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with additional offices in, Chicago, IL, Durham, NC, and Natick, MA. ZweigWhite is owned by investors Eli Global, BIA Digital Partners and MZ Ventures, with management including Mark Zweig and Ed Friedrichs. For more information, visit or call (479) 582-5700. ###

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