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Recommended Construction Practices

Chartered in 1965, the AIA-MBA Joint Committee provides a unique forum for Architects, General Contractors and Owners to meet and discuss existing conditions of the construction industry. As a result of this forum, a set of guidelines was created to reflect the best practices for procedures involving drawings and specifications, bidding, contract documents and administrative procedures during construction.

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First-Time Building Owners

As a first-time building owner, your initial focus is most likely identifying a piece of property or an existing building that aligns with your vision, business plan, and needs. Your next step is probably, “How am I going to pay for it?” However, before securing financing or purchasing real estate, several initial steps involving a deliberate planning process will help to ensure a
more successful project.

The current initiatives of the Joint Committee include:




2023 James Kling Fellowship Award Winner

Martin E. Powell, 
The Design Alliance Architects

The James Kling Fellowship Award was established by the AIA-MBA Joint Committee to recognize those individuals who best exemplify collaboration between the design and constructor professions. These individuals, through their action and example, provide both members of the AIA and the MBA standards of excellence to strive for in an effort to bridge the gap between both sides.



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