“Recent strategies such as Progressive Design Build and Integrated Project Delivery are rapidly evolving, and coupled with the relentless advancement of digital technologies, these delivery methods are transforming the traditional relationships among owners, architects, and builders. With a growing body of evidence linking strong team collaboration to greater project success, project teams are becoming increasingly integrated and more transparent.” Robert Bostwick, AIA Project Delivery

Collaborative Efforts is a four-part series to provide knowledge and skills for any architect working in collaboration with owners, architects, consultants, engineers, contractors and sub-contractors, and for those who manage architect collaborators.  Architects can positively impact project success through advanced collaboration, communication and leadership skills.

What Does Collaboration Mean and Why Should You Care, February 7, 2019, 4-7pm
Collaboration Tools & Tactics, March 7, 2019, 4-7pm
Project Management: Planning the Project, April 4, 2019, 4-7pm
Project Management: Executing the Project, May 2, 2019, 4-7pm

Thank you to Pete DeLisle, Hon.TxA, Kirk Krueger, AIA, and Al Hernandez, AIA, for their invaluable collaboration in developing this series.


  • Understanding how communication effectiveness is a key to project success

  • The most basic differences in people impact how they think about problems (seeing through other’s eyes)

  • How to embrace the dynamics and conditions for successful working relationships (synthesize competing demands)

  • How to listen and to access effectiveness

  • Being able to pose problems and opportunities in forms that will elicit and inspire a collaborative response; turn problem into opportunity for team to solve

  • Personalize what is communicated & how


Peter A. DeLisle is founder and principal of Educet, a leadership and organizational development company.  He is resource and advisor to the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Construction Association (TEXO); the American Council of Engineering Companies of Louisiana, and the Public Executive Institute at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. DeLisle served as a Trustee for the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, and the Community Leadership Association.

DeLisle’s background includes award-winning teaching in engineering, education and commerce. He is a member of the executive education faculty at the University of Notre Dame, held the William B. Severns Chair in Human Behavior in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois in Urbana and was a Program Manager for the Center for Creative Leadership in Colorado Springs.

He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in human resource development leadership with an emphasis    on community collaboration from the University of Texas in Austin.  He is an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects Dallas Chapter and the Texas Society of Architects.


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