NADAAA: How to Own the Means and Methods (w/ Nader Tehrani, Arthur Chang)

Owning the means and methods throughout the design and construction process can be challenging. This is especially true for new designers or architects who haven’t been involved in many projects before. How do you go about understanding your role, the client’s risk tolerance, and keep an open mind throughout the process? On Best Practice, NADAAA’s principals Nader Tehrani and Arthur Chang explain how they use collaboration and relationships with contractors to own the means and methods during each project.
Owning the means and methods throughout the design and construction process can be challenging. This is especially true for new designers or architects who haven’t been involved in many projects before. How do you go about understanding your role, the client’s risk tolerance, and keep an open mind throughout the process? On Best Practice, NADAAA’s principals Nader Tehrani and Arthur Chang explain how they use collaboration and relationships with contractors to own the means and methods during each project.

Interview Takeaways
  • Collaborate as a team
  • Keep an open mind throughout the design process
  • Be flexible to other ideas
  • Understand the role of the architect in the construction process
  • NADAAA’s first experience with means and methods
  • Defuse the tension between designer and contractor with IDP
  • Evaluate a client’s risk tolerance early on
  • Demonstrate real world applications for students
  • New approach to the means and methods process

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