David Barista

Editorial Director
Building Design+Construction

David Barista is Editorial Director of Building Design+Construction and BDCnetwork.com, properties that combined reach more than 100,000 commercial building professionals, including architects, engineers, contractors, and building owners. David has covered the U.S. construction industry for more than a decade, previously serving as Editor-in-Chief of BD+C, Professional Builder, Custom Builder, and HousingZone.com. He has won numerous editorial awards, including six Jesse H. Neal Awards and multiple honors from the Construction Writers Association and the American Society of Business Publication Editors.

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Lexus RX 450h self-driving car. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

AEC Tech | Building Team Blog | May 09, 2016
Despite popular belief, the country is not in a great age of technological and digital...
Deep Learning + AI: How machines are becoming master problem solvers

The world’s top Go player Lee Sedol puts the first stone against Google’s artificial intelligence program AlphaGo during the third match of the Google DeepMind Challenge match in Seoul, South Korea. Photo: Reuters/Google/Yonhap

AEC Tech | Building Team Blog | March 31, 2016
Besides revolutionary changes to the world’s workforce, artificial intelligence could...
Is the booming freelance economy a threat to AEC firms?

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Architects | Building Team Blog | February 24, 2016
By shifting the work (and revenue) to freelancers, “platform capitalism” startups have...
How the Fourth Industrial Revolution will alter the globe’s workforce

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BIM and Information Technology | Building Team Blog | January 26, 2016
The next great technological metamorphosis will be unlike anything humankind has...
Potential vs. credential: How men and women differ in career progress

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Architects | Building Team Blog | January 05, 2016
Recent research suggests that women face yet another career impediment: the confidence...
Meet the world’s next great construction superpower

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Industry Research | Building Team Blog | December 23, 2015
There’s a new world construction hotbed coming down the pike (more specifically, the...

Benjamin Kasdan, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, Design Director/Senior Designer with KTGY Architecture + Planning, Irvine, Calif. (Class of 2015 40 Under 40 winner)

Building Team Blog | October 26, 2015
Are you an AEC superstar? The 2016 "40 Under 40" competition is now open for entries....
Competency-based learning: A glimpse into the future of higher education?

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University Buildings | Building Team Blog | October 16, 2015
For better or worse, the higher education experience for many young Millennials and Gen...
From Gehry to the High Line: What makes a project a game-changer?

El Peix sculpture in Barcelona, by Frank Gehry. Photo: Till Niermann via Wikimedia Commons

Architects | Building Team Blog | September 24, 2015
Each year, there are a handful of projects that significantly advance the AEC industry or...
Why AEC firms should be cultivating 'visible experts'

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Architects | Building Team Blog | July 07, 2015
A new study pinpoints the true dollar value of having knowledge leaders and market...
Tactical urbanism: Why bigger isn’t always better in urban revitalization

Each September, as part of Park(ing) Day, citizens, artists, and activists in more than 160 cities collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into micro parks, gardens, and art exhibits. Photo: my.parkingday.org

Smart and Resilient Cities | Building Team Blog | May 27, 2015
A budding urban planning movement that is sprouting in cities across the globe proves...
Hackathons and RFCs: Why one developer killed the RFP

Image depicts design concepts from the hackathon winner, Pickard Chilton of New Haven, Conn. Photo courtesy Skanska

Building Owner | Building Team Blog | May 06, 2015
In lieu of an RFP process, Skanska Commercial Development hosted a three-week "hackathon...
Chance encounters and the ‘action’ office: Do collisions spark innovation?

Google is among a handful of tech giants to unveil plans for “action” offices. Rendering courtesy Google, BIG, Thomas Heatherwick

Office Building Design | Building Team Blog | March 29, 2015
Google, Facebook, Samsung, and Tencent have all unveiled plans for “action” offices...
The High Line effect: Placemaking as an economic development engine

Eight years into the transformation of an elevated section of New York Central Railroad’s West Side Line into a public park, the $273 million project is being hailed as a resounding win for the city. Photo: Beyond My Ken via Wikimedia Commons

Cultural Facilities | Building Team Blog | March 02, 2015
As big money and eager tourists flock to Chelsea, cities across the globe are starting to...
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The National Institute of Building Sciences estimates the retrofit market for small commercial buildings at $35.6 billion. Photo: Infrogmation via Wikimedia Commons

Office Building Design | Building Team Blog | January 28, 2015
The real opportunity for shrinking the nation’s energy footprint lies in the mundane...

This past October, 78 young AEC professionals gathered in New York City for leadership development and networking during BD+C's Under 40 Leadership Summit.

Architects | Building Team Blog | January 21, 2015
Many AEC firms focus on training for the hard skills of the profession, not so much for...

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Architects | Building Team Blog | July 20, 2014
Today, more than ever, tech districts are the key to economic growth for metro markets. A...

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Architects | Building Team Blog | April 25, 2014
The newest generation to enter the workforce is like no other that has come before it....

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Architects | Building Team Blog | March 06, 2014
BD+C's 2014 Giants 300 survey form is now available. But completing the survey is just...
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