What Happened to the Master Builder? Implications for the Built Environment

By Kevin L. Burr.

Published by The International Journal of the Constructed Environment

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For centuries the master builder, the one who was responsible for both the design and the construction of a project, had sufficient design and construction expertise to oversee a project from inception to completion. Eventually, increased complexity required a higher level of specialization, leading to the separation of the designer and the builder. Since that separation, the role of the designer and the builder has continued to shift and evolve. The exact roles for both today are unclear. However, in integrating design and building team efforts the entire construction industry continues to grow and provide new opportunities for advancement. The successful project delivery of the future must promote a higher level of collaboration with the build team. The complexity of projects is getting more and more arduous technologically while also maintaining the demands of sustainability. Building Information Modeling is becoming a tool that might assist in communication problems. Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) is a phrase being auditioned amid trendy jargon of the building industry. It has no common definition, but may be the next step toward a better project delivery method. This paper combines research that reveals the historical, examines the current and foretells the future possibilities for enhanced project delivery in the built environment.

Keywords: Architect, General Contractor (GC), Construction Manager (CM), Design-Bid-Build (DBB), Design-Build (DB), Construction Manager at Risk, Master Builder, Sustainable Building, Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), Building Information Modeling (BIM)

The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.1-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 842.064KB).

Dr. Kevin L. Burr

Professor, Construction Management Department, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA

Dr. Kevin L. Burr has been involved in twenty-nine years of varied experience with the building industry and academia, serving at four major institutions of higher education. Through these twenty-nine years Dr. Burr has served in capacities from lecturer to department chair and dean. Much of Dr. Burr’s research has focused upon the interpretation and enhancement of learning including non-traditional learning methodologies, sustainable design for buildings, and building information modeling (BIM).