Rob Cassidy

Rob Cassidy (“ClimateGrouch”) is editorial director of Building Design+Construction. A city planner, he is the author of several books, including “Livable Cities,” and was a co-founder of the Friends of the Chicago River.
Posted on November 11, 2012 by Rob Cassidy
First, the good news: Nearly two-thirds of executives at real estate companies and corporations (64%) said it is “extremely likely” or “very likely” that their companies would undertake new construction in the next 12 months, compared to just 46% two years ago, according to a survey by Turner...
Posted on October 15, 2012 by Rob Cassidy
This request for information is no longer open. We're doing another "Great Solutions" installment in our December issue, and you're invited to contribute. We're looking for exciting new technology, building products, services, techniques, and clever business solutions that help AEC firms solve...
Posted on October 04, 2012 by Rob Cassidy
The American Institute of Architects has issued its triennial Survey Report of Firm Characteristics, “The Business of Architecture,” which documents the devastation that the economic recession brought down on the U.S. construction industry, specifically the architecture profession. It’s not a...
Posted on October 01, 2012 by Rob Cassidy
Recently, I put out a notice to PR/Marketing firms, SMPS members, and others who represent AEC firms offering the opportunity to submit editorial content suggestions for our November "Greenbuild Special Report." Within a week, I got six phone calls asking me what BD+C "charges" to participate. The...
Posted on September 25, 2012 by Rob Cassidy
EDITORIAL OPPORTUNITY – BD+C Greenbuild 2012 Issue The November issue of Building Design+Construction will feature a “progress report on sustainable design and construction” with a look to the top projects in key green building categories – and how AEC firms are keeping on top of sustainability...
Posted on September 21, 2012 by Rob Cassidy
Young professionals (under age 40) from more than 40 AEC firms have signed up for the BD+C/AIA Chicago “U40 Leadership Summit,” Oct 3-5, in Chicago. Among the firms sending their “superstars” of design and construction: BSA LifeStructures, Gensler, Mortenson, Arquitectonica, HKS, KJWW Engineering...
Posted on September 07, 2012 by Rob Cassidy
Our article “BIM finally starting to pay off for AEC firms” (July) and the accompanying Giants 300 rankings of the Top Architecture, Engineering, and Construction firms by BIM revenue drew some skeptical responses from readers. As one commentator said, “Would like to see some hard figures on ROI.”...
Posted on September 04, 2012 by Rob Cassidy
Under-40 professionals from a wide range of AEC firms have signed up for the BD+C/AIA Chicago “U40 Leadership Summit,” Oct 3-5, in Chicago. Among the firms sending “superstar” representatives: Gensler, Mortenson, Arquitectonica, HKS, KJWW Engineering Consultants, Walker Parking Consultants, Norcon...
Posted on August 29, 2012 by Rob Cassidy
The editors of Building Design+Construction need your help! We’re looking for just the right topic for our annual “White Paper on Green Building” for 2012 ... and we want to hear from you. Our 9 previous White Papers have covered the “early days of LEED” … Life Cycle Assessment of green products …...
Posted on August 07, 2012 by Rob Cassidy
There’s a nasty brouhaha going on in Washington over green building standards. On one side is the U.S. Green Building Council, promulgator of the LEED rating program; on the other, a new coalition of building product makers who say LEED does not meet ANSI-type “consensus” standards. The new group,...