Preliminary Findings: Research-Based Practice

© Knowledge Architecture, 2012

Last week at the A|E Advisors Annual CEO Forum I presented our preliminary findings on the state of R&D in architecture and engineering firms.

My presentation was built around ten trends and insights that we uncovered in our research, with case study examples to illustrate each one.

You can view my presentation slides here.

Bonus feature: For your convenience, each case study slide contains hyperlinks to source material.

Don’t see your firm reflected in the presentation? Please reach out to me and let me know what your firm is working on. I’d love to talk to you.


P.S. If you are looking for a shot of inspiration, many of the firms highlighted in our R&D study will be speaking this April at KA Connect 2012.

Posted: March 8th, 2012 | Filed under: General, Insights | Comments Off on Preliminary Findings: Research-Based Practice

How are leading architecture firms using social media tools?

© Knowledge Architecture, 2011

You can download a PowerPoint version of this presentation here.  All of the case study examples in the PowerPoint version are hyperlinked to their source.

As readers of this blog know, Knowledge Architecture is currently three months into a six month study on web, social media, and R&D activities of over 500 of the largest architecture and engineering firms in North America. I’ve used four industry surveys to come up with the list of firms for our research: Architecture Record Top 250 Firms, Architect 50, Building Design + Construction Giants 300, and Engineering News Record’s Top 500 Firms.

I took a break midway through the research to refine our initial hypotheses, draw some tentative conclusions, and share the preliminary findings with clients and friends of Knowledge Architecture. I presented our preliminary research last week in New York at THE Marketing Event 2011, SMPS-NY’s annual marketing conference. I’m heading down to Palo Alto today to share our findings with the AIA CEO Large Firm Roundtable.

The findings of Knowledge Architecture’s digital marketing research will be released in the spring of 2012. Several of the firms profiled in Knowledge Architecture’s study will be featured via interviews in the KA Connect blog and/or as speakers at KA Connect 2012 in San Francisco, whose focus this year will be on three intersecting trends driving the future of practice — research, marketing, and technology.

I have shared the slides from my presentations above. I hope you find the survey data and the top ten trends and insights interesting. I’ll be blogging about our findings over the next few months as we round out our survey by taking a deeper look at engineering firms.

I would love to hear your questions and feedback in the comments section below.

Posted: October 27th, 2011 | Filed under: General, Insights | 5 Comments »