Through reflective case studies and commentary, architect and author Michael Alan LeFevre, FAIA shares insights and best practices gleaned over a half century of boundary-breaking work as designer and design manager. Called a “self-help book” for those who design, Managing Design (June 5, 2019; Wiley) offers insightful, diverse perspectives, notions of empathy, inclusion, teamwork, technology, and new value propositions.

The book includes conversations with 40 experts to give readers an overview of current industry issues, along with guidance on how to address them. It dives into firm planning and leadership transition; new value propositions; use of research; new educational models and curricula for collaboration vs. lone wolf designers; design conviction; new attitudes and roles; technology solutions and data reuse; process changes; the importance of creating project planning phases to set goals, responsibilities and protocols; inclusion; diversity; empathy; advocacy; and sustainability.

Managing Design explains how to manage these conditions, revealing a proven framework for achieving project balance. In five levels and twenty-five touchpoints readers learn how to organize, plan, structure and prioritize project processes to manage design. Lastly, readers are given project case studies of five high-visibility projects to illuminate best practices and reflective tips to bring better design scheduling, scope management, value analysis, contractor, trade and manufacturer expertise and collaboration to design and cost estimating processes.


Case Studies on 5 high profile projects

Project Design Controls – an applied framework to balance projects and enhance collaboration

Best practice tips and reflections

Interviews with industry heavy-weights, including:

  • Agatha Kessler, Chairman, Fentress Architects
  • Allison Grace Williams, FAIA, Principal Provocateur, AGWms Inc.
  • Arol Wolford, Founder, VIMaec
  • Arthur Frazier III, AIA, Director, Facilities Mgm’t & Services, Spelman College
  • Barbara Bryson, FAIA, Univ. of Arizona, Author, The Owner’s Dilemma
  • Beverly Willis, FAIA, Founder, Beverly Willis Foundation
  • Bob Carnegie, AIA, Principal, HOK Houston
  • Bob Fisher, Principal, Editor at Large, DesignIntelligence
  • Bruce Cousins, AIA, Principal, Lean Sensei, Sword Inc.
  • Casey Robb, President, C. F. Robb Consulting Services
  • Chad Roberson, AIA, Principal, Clark Nexsen
  • Chuck Thomsen, FAIA, FCMAA, Author, Managing Brainpower
  • Dan Nall, FAIA, FASHRAE, LEED Fellow, past Principal Syska & Hennessy
  • Dave Gilmore, CEO, Design Intelligence
  • David Fano, Chief Growth Officer, WeWork
  • Jeff Giglio and Don Davidson, CEO, Inglett & Stubbs
  • Emily Grandstaff-Rice, FAIA, Assoc. Principal, Arrowstreet, AIA Director
  • Jeff Paine, FAIA, Founding Principal, Duda Paine
  • Jim Cramer, Hon. AIA, Founder, Design Futures Council, past EVP, AIA
  • John Busby, FAIA, AIA Past President
  • John Moebes, AIA, Senior Director of Construction, Crate & Barrel / CB2
  • John Rapaport, Chief Contracts Officer, Component Assembly Systems
  • Josh Kanner, Founder, Smart Vidio
  • Kurt Swensson, President, KSI Engineers
  • Marc L’Italien, FAIA, Principal, HGA
  • Margaret Gilchrist Serrato, Workplace Foresight Architect, Herman Miller
  • Matthew Dumich, FAIA, Senior Project Manager, SmithGroupJJR
  • Peter Styx, AIA, Director of Architecture, AECOM
  • Phil Bernstein, FAIA, Assistant Dean, Yale School of Architecture
  • Phil Freelon, FAIA, Design Director, Perkins+Will
  • Randy Deutsch, AIA, Assoc. Director, Graduate Studies, Univ. of Illinois
  • Renee Cheng, FAIA, Dean, College of Built Env., University of Washington
  • Scott Marble, AIA, Program Chair, Georgia Tech School of Architecture
  • Scott Simpson, FAIA, Senior Fellow, Design Futures Council
  • Simon Clopton, Graduate, Managing Director, Allotrope Partners
  • Thompson Penney, FAIA, CEO, LS3P, Past AIA President

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