A study published today by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), in partnership with the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), sheds new light on the relationship of architects and contractors and the needs of both professions.

The fifth edition of The Architect’s Journey to Specification focuses on improving the working relationship between architects and contractors and explores how the parties align, differ, and depend on each other.

“This report is a first step towards fostering greater understanding between architects and contractors,” said AIA EVP/Chief Executive Officer Lakisha Ann Woods. “Ultimately, we hope it will help them to improve their working relationships, achieve even greater success on their projects, and build a better world.”

Highlights from the report include:

A majority of architects and contractors want to work more collaboratively for the benefit of all.

Successful relationships benefit from mutual understandings and alignment about client advocacy and the purpose of substitutions.

Transparency and communication are key to building more trusted working relationships for the benefit of all parties and the built environment.

Earlier collaboration and more clarity around design intent is likely to set projects up for success for all parties.

“This report will help contractors and architects build stronger, more successful and trusting relationships with each other,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, CEO of the AGC. “Everyone wants to see successful projects and understanding the concerns architects and general contractors have will help members of both our associations become even better collaborators.”

Visit AIA’s website to download The Architect’s Journey to Specification.