Master of Science:

Architectural Studies

project delivery track

Over the past decade, integrated practices have become an attractive way to bring more harmony to the design and construction process. Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) is the most formalized method and has gained popularity as a way of reducing conflict, appropriately a signing risk, and delivering projects in a more timely, cost-effective, and quality manner. IPD focuses on a three-way equal partnership between Owner, Architect, and Constructor; with key advisors in finance, engineering, and sub-constructors, among others. This creates an environment where the success of the project is the focus for all parties involved.


The Project Delivery Track emphasis is collaborative delivery methods, such as Integrated Project Delivery; with the intent to move closer to a balanced relationship between Owner, Contractor, and Architect. Much of the content and direction of the program is a direct result of industry input.  This track is accessible to working professionals (constructors, architects and engineers) who want to expand their skills in project delivery.  Graduates of this track may work for owners, constructors, and architects alike.  The coursework is integrated and collaborative in nature, on-demand learning and project based.


Fundamental, overarching learning objectives of this track include:


  1.    To lead and manage collaborative and integrated teams through methods of IPD and shared risk models as well as interpersonal skill building.


  1.     To utilize pull scheduling and just in time delivery.


  1.     To apply advanced digital modeling techniques including 4D/5D analysis for schedule and cost, as well as energy modeling and optimized offsite fabrication in a factory. 


DELIVERY

Project Delivery is a track that emphasizes project-based learning and just in time decision-making.  It is an alternative to traditional construction management programs.  Students will work closely with industry on scenarios that require dynamic and integrated delivery methods.  Risk management, leadership, collaboration and information sharing will be the emphasis.  This track allows students to self-select their emphasis within integrated project delivery.


Faculty Director:  Paul McMullin

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Project Delivery Required Courses include the core shared courses across the tracks including ARCH XXXX (TBD) Introduction Seminar, ARCH 6115 Research Methods, and ARCH 6975 Final Project.  In addition, the following track specific courses are required:


Communications (3) – focuses on emerging technologies for the sharing and management of planning, design and construction information. Starting at scenario planning, moving through conception phase, running through design and construction, and ending at facility management, this course presents the simulation modeling and database technology that is fundamental to integrated construction practice.


Leadership & Risk (3)- This course presents topics on leadership, risk, and project delivery and management in design and construction. Topics on leadership include team building and leading, situational leadership, conflict resolution and communication. These principles are applied to scenarios where risk is mitigated and/or shared by virtue of integrated practice.


Advanced Seminar (3) - This course presents speakers who are currently advancing innovation in the design and construction sector.  Students attend lectures presented live, through video or through webinar format and discuss the facts, opinions and key issues raised by the seminar.


Internship (3) – This is a field-based course with industry, government or other organization to apply the lessons learned in the MSAS coursework to an applied problem.  Students are expected to work in the field for 10 hours per week with a mentor.  This course will provide much feedback on the student’s final project topic.


Scheduling/Estimating (3) – this elective is concerned with advanced pull scheduling.  The problem set is project based requiring just in time learning.  The course is taught by industry in order to facilitate actual scenarios.  4D/5D analysis will be used with MIS for data management.


Track specific electives are described below.  These courses are not required for the delivery track, but are recommended to fulfill the cognates area of the curriculum.


Internship (3) – This is a field-based course with industry, government or other organization to apply the lessons learned in the MSAS coursework to an applied problem.  Students are expected to work in the field for 10 hours per week with a mentor.  This course will provide much feedback on the student’s final project topic. 

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