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Designed to Connect: Video Conferencing with Skype

by Susan Welker, AIA Texas Architects New Media Committee, Chair Simplistic in its features, video conferencing like Skype, can benefit your firm by allowing people to place both audio and video calls to each other, call ordinary phones, and send SMS messages. A. SIMPLISTIC With most electronic devices already equipped with a camera and microphone, the hardest part of getting started with Skype is the download.  With a three-step process, you can be video chatting in no time.  This link provides a “Skype for Dummies” install instructions. http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-download-and-install-skype.html  .  After you install the software on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or…

Designed to Connect: LinkedIn for Architects

by Brian H. Griggs, AIA Texas Architects New Media Committee Below are some helpful ideas on how the world of LinkedIn can see more of the world of architecture through you and your LinkedIn profile. 1. Effectively Share Updates – If you or your firm are completing projects that are receiving buzz  (i.e., newspaper articles, Texas Architect articles, etc.), attach links about those articles to your LinkedIn updates, and let people know about those projects. Keep it simple. If you are like me, then most likely no more than 60% of your LinkedIn connections are architectural colleagues – that means…

Designed to Connect

Initiate Identify your purpose: Determine what you want to learn and the message you want to convey through Twitter. Make a list to guide you and to give you focus, which is necessary on Twitter. The platform is fast paced, and it is easy to become distracted and lose focus on your main objectives. This is not to imply you should limit your initial searching. I would not recommend that, but eventually you will want to refocus. Craft your presence: Be sure to add important aspects about yourself in the bio section. Many search engines use this data (as does…

Designed to Connect: Twitter for Architects

by Andrew Hawkins, AIA Texas Architects New Media Committee One of the more popular social media platforms is Twitter. You hear more about it every day. Twitter is a fast-paced 140-character conversation stream, and it is full of Architecture/Engineering/Construction professionals. With Twitter, you can increase an awareness of your firm or yourself within the AEC community. It provides an endless stream of conversation and information waiting for your interaction. You can grow your network of professional contacts across the country and the world. Twitter is a convenient method for finding current information about architecture, design, and construction, along with other…

Designed to Connect: A Series on New Media

Andrew Hawkins, AIA New Media Committee From productivity to documentation to marketing, the Designed to Connect series will cover various tools available to architects. Technology can aid an architect in many of their endeavors. It should not be viewed as an adversary. It should be integrated into everyday practice. The series strives to provide insight into “new media” from an architect’s perspective. Connect: (verb) to join, link, or fasten together: unite or bind. This is the possibility that new digital media presents for architects and the AEC profession. New digital technologies provide us with opportunities to connect others to our…

Designed to Connect: Architects as App Developers

Architects have an amazing array of skills. They have management, marketing, technical, and esthetic skills, and they have vision. These skills are necessary when producing construction projects. But why not apply these skills to the challenges associated with producing applications for handheld devices? Architects not only have the skills, they have the IT departments that can do the programming, the artists that can produce the graphics, and the management teams that can identify the opportunities, coordinate the work, test the product, and get it to the marketplace. Applications development could be an additional service that helps firms diversify, develop new…