Teamwork in the Built World (#6 of 10 Principles)


At a recent grand opening, we celebrated the 100% completion of a residential project and  the great results of teamwork. The whole team was there, and everyone was very proud of the result. However, it was hard to remember who on the team was most responsible for driving the design.

Three people using teamwork to lift a beam through a window opening.

The Team:

  • The Architectural Principal saw to it that the design and construction carried out the initial ideas.
  • The Project Architect controlled the drawings to turn ideas into solutions.
  • The Landscape Architect had leveraged the ideas into the site to let landscape that extended the ideas to all the way the property lines.
  • The Client presented the ideas and approved the solutions.
  • The Contractor built the work.
  • Specialty subcontractors worked with the team to invent new solutions for components of the design.

But, who was most responsible for the success of the project?

The correct answer is everyone. Every member of the team is equally important. As a team, we believe we are the matchmaker between client goals and the formation of the project team to deliver a strategy that offers the best odds of a successful project.  The team starts with the expertise the client brings to the project, flows through the right project team with consultants filling the remaining gaps.  During construction, some projects are built with partners, but some construction is managed in house.  Project goals also determine which subcontractors and vendors are required on a project are determined by the project goals which can be a commodity. Teamwork can be just as important as a good design for a successful project.

Custom projects are a team sport, if you have the right team.

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