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David Barista

Editorial Director
Building Design+Construction

David Barista is Editorial Director of Building Design+Construction and, 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 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.


Suffolk Smart Lab in New York City, 2019 Giants 300 Report, 3 ‘Giant’ AEC market trends for 2019-2020  Photo: J. Michael Worthington, Jr., courtesy Suffolk Construction

The rise of data and data tools, like the Suffolk Smart Lab in New York City (pictured), is leading to more research projects among AEC firms. Photo: J. Michael Worthington, Jr., courtesy Suffolk Construction


Giants 300 | BD+C Editors | August 15, 2019
We’re starting to see a shift toward custom research, thanks in part to the influx of...
Amenities war no more? Research report explores multifamily market

The skylit 75-foot, three-lane lap pool at Hub, a 54-story rental tower of 750 apartments (150 affordable) in Brooklyn, N.Y., designed by Dattner Architects. Photo: Evan Joseph, courtesy Dattner Architects

Multifamily Housing | BD+C Editors | July 31, 2019
Multifamily developers show no signs of pulling back on specialty spaces and unique...

Illustration: Pixabay

Building Team | BD+C Editors | December 30, 2016
Women AEC professionals need you to take action. 

Lissette Méndez-Boyer (left) and Natalya Shimanovskaya work on their FABRICation project at Beyer Blinder Belle’s New York office. Photo courtesy BBB

AEC Tech | BD+C Editors | September 06, 2016
AEC firms are taking a page from the tech industry, by infusing a deep commitment to...

Intel Co-founders (l. to r.): Andrew Grove, Robert Noyce, and Gordon Moore. Photo: Wikimedia Commons   

AEC Tech | BD+C Editors | June 27, 2016
“Sooner or later, something fundamental in your business world will change.” The late...

Photo: Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Corey Lewis , U.S. Navy, via Wikimedia Commons; photo filter via

AEC Tech | BD+C Editors | May 31, 2016
As buildings become increasingly connected, opportunistic hackers have countless avenues...

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

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

Photo: Pixabay

Architects | BD+C Editors | 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

Photo: Pixabay

BIM and Information Technology | BD+C Editors | 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

Courtesy Pixabay

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

Photo: Wili Hybrid via Wikimedia Commons 

Industry Research | BD+C Editors | 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)

BD+C Editors | 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?

Photo: Xbxg32000 via Wikimedia Commons

University Buildings | BD+C Editors | 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 | BD+C Editors | 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'

Photo: Cydcor via flickr creative commons

Architects | BD+C Editors | 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:

Smart and Resilient Cities | BD+C Editors | 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 | BD+C Editors | 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 | BD+C Editors | March 29, 2015
Google, Facebook, Samsung, and Tencent have all unveiled plans for “action” offices...
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