Biggest Architectural and Construction Challenges According to TxA 2018 Attendees


We had a great time at the 2018 TxA Design Con­fer­ence and Expo earlier this month in Fort Worth, Texas. During the con­fer­ence, we had the privilege of speaking to a wide range of pro­fes­sion­als from the con­struc­tion and design industry.

Some of the attendees were kind enough to talk to us about their per­spec­tive on the biggest archi­tec­tur­al and con­struc­tion chal­lenges currently facing project teams in Texas. Read on to learn about what they think are the current design and con­struc­tion chal­lenges, along with where they find new solutions and who has the most influence on solutions for their projects.

About the Respondents

89.3% of the attendees we talked to were archi­tects. Attendees focused on a wide range of projects, such as com­mer­cial buildings (71.5%), res­i­den­tial (15.6%) and gov­ern­ment projects (12.8%).

Their Thoughts

Our first question for attendees was: What is the biggest design challenge you face today?” Over 67% of the attendees said either energy code (48.2%) or envelope design (19.6%). Building envelopes are a big design challenge for everyone in the industry today, par­tic­u­lar­ly the require­ment for con­tin­u­ous insu­la­tion in most wall assemblies.

We also asked, What is the biggest con­struc­tion challenge you face today?” Con­struc­tion cost was largely the answer, with material account­ing for 46.4% of the answers and labor issues account­ing for 28.6%.

When asked, Where do you look for new solutions to these chal­lenges?”, we found that inside archi­tec­ture firms, prin­ci­pals (50%) and project archi­tects (32.6%) have the most influence on choosing a new solution for a project.

And when asked, Who has the most influence on using new solutions?”, we found that archi­tects tended to rely on other pro­fes­sion­als when making a final decision on a new solution. Most often, archi­tects listen to: con­sul­tants (19.9%), other archi­tects (18.5%), product vendors (17.2%) and general con­trac­tors (15.9%).

Thanks TxA 2018

As always, TxA was a great con­fer­ence, and we enjoyed getting to meet other pro­fes­sion­als in the industry and learning more about the chal­lenges being faced in the field today.

If you want to learn more about chal­lenges being faced in the industry today, and how to overcome them, visit the Bautex blog.