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July 26, 2011
Chapter News

AIA Technology in Architecture Knowledge Community Forming in Philadelphia

By Dominic

Technology now plays a major and unavoidable role in the practice of Architecture. How does this affect you? How do new technologies fit into your practice?
What makes the technological progression so critical today is that the rate of advancement is accelerating exponentially. For many firms it is difficult to keep up and even more difficult to fully understand how new concepts such as "cloud computing" or BIM effect our businesses.  SaaS, BIM, digital fabrication, rapid prototyping, 3D displays, Immersive and augmented realities, infinite computing, and many other technologies are like a new language in Architecture and have a direct relationship to capability, productivity, and efficiency in Architectural Practice. They are becoming important considerations in our Practices today, effecting our standard of service and contracts and methods. Modern technologies are changing our industry in drastic ways and those that we aren't aware of yet may cause an even greater disruption in our field. The AIA Technology in Architectural Practice Knowledge Community (TAP) serves as a resource for AIA members, the profession, and the public in the deployment of computer technology in the practice of architecture. Technology in Architectural Practice monitors the development of computer technology and its impact on architecture practice and the entire building life cycle, including design, construction, facility management, and retirement or reuse. TAP is encouraging local AIA chapters to get involved in the discussion.
Join the local discussion in Philadelphia. A local AIA Technology in Architectural Practice group is being formed in Philadelphia. We are looking for nominations to the Advisory Board and for your participation. You can join the discussion and participate here: where the first meeting will be announced as well as on the AIA Philadelphia website in the coming weeks. Send Advisory Board nominations to [email protected].

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