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Phil Bernstein
New Haven, CT
Architect, Technologist, Educator
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Overview: This term Yale is offering a graduate seminar entitled “Exploring New Value in Design Practice.” I’m guiding this experimental research course with my Harvard colleague Brian Kenet (who teaches professional practice at GSD). Brian is a management consultant to architects and engineers but not an architect. That makes us... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2013 at Phil Bernstein's Blog
The day after my last posting, AIA sent the following encouraging information about U.S. construction info: http://www.aia.org/practicing/AIAB097351 "Even though growth in the U.S. economy continues to be disappointing, nonresidential construction activity is projected to see healthy if unspectacular gains this year, with construction spending for buildings rising by 5.0 percent... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2013 at Phil Bernstein's Blog
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It’s been a year since my “Winter Commencement” discussion, and just a few days since I gave my annual talk to our graduating students about the state of the construction economy and what that means for their spring job hunt. And since ArchDaily decided to repost that blog recently, it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2013 at Phil Bernstein's Blog
While the worlds of economic policy and design are often at odds, last year's “Archtober” in New York and “Beijing Design Week” on the opposite side of the globe are encouraging signs that the distance between these ideas is rightly closing. Design and economics are, in fact, wholly intertwined. Here... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 21, 2013 at Phil Bernstein's Blog
In a recent piece in ARCHITECT magazine, Aaron Betsky asks “Who Cares Who’s A Licensed Architect?” Disclaimer: Aaron and I were graduate school classmates, and while we have traveled wildly different routes in the profession, I have followed and greatly admired his work. But on this one, I think he’s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2012 at Phil Bernstein's Blog
One of the most interesting aspects of the current intersection of technology and practice is the way that differing disciplines must look at problems collectively, whether under integrated project delivery methods or simple digitally-driven collaboration. Today’s training and licensure approaches are largely silo-ed by individual disciplines, and it’s only after... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2012 at Phil Bernstein's Blog
In various discussions about integrated project delivery (IPD) here in the US I'm often asked "what sort of projects are best suited for IPD?" I consider these queries to be a derivative of a similar question of maybe eight years ago, to wit "what sort of projects are suitable for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2012 at Phil Bernstein's Blog
After my summer blog hiatus I return to the page as my next fleet of students arrive to begin their last year of graduate school. Thanks to the peculiarities of our academic calendar, my class will be both the first and final experiences of the term and the last collective... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2012 at Phil Bernstein's Blog
As an architect of a certain age I have distant memories of my first assignments in an architectural office, when finally offered a desk and chair (versus running prints and making the twice-daily Coke run). They were almost invariably something connected to the making of working drawings: practicing block lettering,... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2012 at Phil Bernstein's Blog
I've recently given a few talks on the implications of model-based "measurement" strategies for the building industry, and how the ability to measure outcomes prior to construction becomes the basis of all sort of new stuff, particularly new delivery and compensation schemes. The delivery implications will be the subject of... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2012 at Phil Bernstein's Blog
I was on an panel today at the ACSA conference entitled "Digital Aptitudes" continuing an ongoing dialogue about the intersection of practice and education. My fellow panelists--Daniel Friedman of the University of Washington, Billie Faircloth of Kieran Timberlake and Kiel Moe of Harvard--each spoke on how various issues often considered... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2012 at Phil Bernstein's Blog
I have been negligent in posting of late for a lot of probably bad reasons, but here's something I was able to work on that might be of interest: http://www.metropolismag.com/pov/20120213/qa-phil-bernstein Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2012 at Phil Bernstein's Blog
As December now rolls around it's the eve of my last lecture in my professional practice class at Yale. Although I've been teaching for almost twenty-five years, I still can't believe how quickly the semester accelerates into Thanksgiving, and suddenly it's all over but the shouting (or, in our case,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2011 at Phil Bernstein's Blog
I'm just back from Tokyo where I attended the 2011 International Union of Architects (UIA) triennial meeting, a gathering of the world's architects. Japan was chosen as the site for UIA several years ago but the organizers seriously considered cancelling or moving the event after the disaster in Fukishima on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2011 at Phil Bernstein's Blog
Autodesk announced last week the release of the Autodesk Cloud, the first steps in our exploration of future platforms for computing. I'll leave it to my marketing and sales colleagues to provide the particulars, but thought it might be useful to consider the implications of the emerging cloud for the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2011 at Phil Bernstein's Blog
In the interest of multi-media, I'm posting here a recent video we prepared where I examine the definition of BIM. The term has been around since 2002, and is certainly bandied about with abandon around the building industry. Many folks have their own ideas about this definition, but here are... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2011 at Phil Bernstein's Blog
I've just finished a couple of weeks of travel (on either end of vacation) tied together by a common theme expressed most clearly by the topic of this summer's Chicago BIMForum: "Where Does Design End and Construction Begin?" The phrasing of the question expresses the fundamental tension--that somehow design and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2011 at Phil Bernstein's Blog
In 2005 I worked with a graduate student at Stanford CIFE named J.T. Taylor (now a professor of civil engineering at Columbia) on a study of early BIM adoption patterns. The project, published here and further examined in a journal article here, has affected my thinking about the building industry... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2011 at Phil Bernstein's Blog
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Building owners are facing a “baby boomer generation” problem of a different sort these days, and it’s not entirely demographic. An entire generation of buildings, designed and constructed in the 1960s and 1970s, has come to the end of its useful lifetime and faces either extensive renovation, abandonment or even... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2011 at Phil Bernstein's Blog
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May 25, 2011
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I’ve just returned from a few days in Singapore, where the government agency that controls construction (the Building Construction Authority, or BCA) held a series of workshops under the aegis of “Construction Productivity Week.” This tiny country, with a population of about 4.5 million and a total construction market expected... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2011 at Phil Bernstein's Blog
During my years on the AIA Contract Documents Committee we would often discuss the “wide open territory” of liability in the emerging age of BIM. Our colleagues from the insurance industry, who provided regular reports on the hot issues of the day, rarely mentioned BIM except to remind us that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2011 at Phil Bernstein's Blog
Earlier this week I sat in on a class at Yale Law School called "Representing Justice" that examines how justice and the law are manifest in the arts and architecture. Of particular interest in this class is the ongoing, multi-billion dollar Federal Courts construction program where the government is building... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2011 at Phil Bernstein's Blog
I am frequently asked to assess the state of BIM adoption and “integrated project delivery” in the AEC marketplace; a difficult task where economic conditions remain turbulent and data sources are notoriously anecdotal. Of course, there are some reliable fonts of hard information, like the regularly published McGraw Hill Smart... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2011 at Phil Bernstein's Blog
I’ve just returned from my annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas for Autodesk University, our yearly user conference. The event has come a long way since I first joined the company ten years ago, where it was a collection of avid AutoCAD users who met to exchange tips and teach classes... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2010 at Phil Bernstein's Blog