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    David Kaplan

    Nasheet,

    Given that this question is a bit subjective in nature, I would say no, there is not an answer to this.  I say this in that I don't think - no, I KNOW - that you would not get a question like this on the ARE.  There's probably a million ways to prove DBB over DB Is more prominent, and it depends on numerous factors that could change any day.

    Now, if you're just curious about what an answer might be, I would say Design-Bid-Build is probably the most prominent out there given that a lot of owners wants competitive bids.  But, to my point that I made starting off this post, my office for example does a TON of Design-Build projects.  If the question were posed to my office, and probably others here in Ohio, we'd probably say DB is the most prominent.

    Don't worry yourself over "opinion" questions like this, you won't be asked something like this on the ARE.  Questions relating to delivery methods will likely be centered around here's a set of criteria an owner has for a project, given this, what delivery method should the architect recommend?  Know going into the exam what the pros and cons of each delivery method are.  That should cover you!

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    Nasheet Rumy

    Thanks David!! Super helpful answer.

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    William May

    To David's response;  Is it unlikely to ask which method to use?  If architects were to recommend one method over another, is there an inherent risk that could come back to bite the architect?

    It seems that the architect could supply the information and let the owner make the choice.  But to tell the owner which to use, again, that is subjective and an opinion.  If the owner goes by the answer the architect suggests, the architect is now at risk that would otherwise be the owner's choice and responsibility.

    Does that make sense?

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    David Kaplan

    William,
    We get asked all the time by owners which way would be best and we happily give our opinion. I would not say you are "at risk" if for some reason it doesn't work out, no. We do not give legal counsel and I think we usually frame things as "in our experience, we've really had success with......." never been an issue. I don't believe it is illegal for architects to make suggestions like this at all. Hope that helps. Hey man kill it tomorrow!!

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    William May

    Well now I understand why so many people fail this test.  I'm not an accountant, nor do I want to be an accountant or a CFO.

    I killed it alright.  I saw questions that most likely no architect who I have worked with in the last 19 years would need to answer.  And as for AXP or IDP, totally worthless.  No architect I have ever worked with has ever been willing to open his/her books to show me how to do the financial part of the profession.  And let it be known, if you ever come to work for me, I'm not going to show you how to do any thing related to money or how the firm does business.  I have no incentive to train my competition.

    That was a stupid test whether I pass it of fail it.

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