Building Smarter: An Interview With Jerry Laiserin (22 May 2005)
One of the first things I discovered was that although architects do many cool things and are responsible for a lot of great stuff, the way of generating and handling all the information needed for designing buildings wasn't particularly efficient and wasn't entirely within the control of the architect. There were lots of other parties involved — people like construction managers using some of the early computerized scheduling systems, critical path method, and so on. This is back in the days when these things were done by service bureaus, before personal computers. And it occurred to me fairly early in my professional career as an architect that the control of information about the project was as important to the successful outcome as the design itself, which had been the traditional role of the architect. So, among other things, I went back to school and got an MBA at New York University, to help me understand these issues.
Article URL: http://www.acm.org/ubiquity/interviews/v6i18_laiserin.html
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