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Training Series

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AIA-KS has partnered with the Center for Procurement Excellence (CPE) to bring this content to the state of Kansas! CPE is a non-profit, membership-based organization that specializes in solicitation training, templates, and standards that emphasize speed, minimize protests, attract high-performing professionals, and ultimately support successful project outcomes.

Do I have to attend all three sessions? This series will offer three dynamic webinars about procurement. Attend all three or the ones that seem the most relevant to you

Who can attend?  While these sessions are open to all architects, the program is especially targeted to governmental employees, so please share the opportunity with current and potential clients!


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Workshop One

Hiring the Right Design & Construction Professionals for Your Next Project 

Date: August 3, 2021

Time: 12-1pm

1 LU

Procuring the best design and construction professionals is one of the most important activities in delivering a successful project. Unfortunately, the procurement process is sometimes treated as little more than an administrative step before the “real work” begins. This webinar will cover the critical importance of Requests for Qualifications (RFQs) and Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for projects within the Built Environment, including design, construction, and alternative delivery projects. Join us to learn specific practices Owners can use to attract high-performing professionals to pursue their next projects.


Workshop Two

How to Organize & Simplify Your Next RFQ/RFP 

Date: August 5, 2021

Time: 12-1pm

1 LU

Writing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) or a Request for Proposals (RFP) can seem difficult and time-consuming. This session will explain the elements that make up a “High-Performing RFQ/RFP” for design, construction, and alternative delivery projects. We’ll cover the “hot-button” topic of requesting fees/cost information in RFPs with specific best practices that won’t leave people scratching their heads. These tips will help you approach your next RFQ/RFP with confidence and ease!

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Workshop Three

Best Practices for Evaluating RFQ/RFP Responses

Date: August 10, 2021

Time: 12-1pm

1 LU

We’ve all seen a job posting that seems to be written for a specific candidate… it’s frustrating because you don’t have a chance when the outcome is predetermined! Unfortunately, design and construction professionals often feel the same way about owner RFQs and RFPs. This session will discuss how to write an RFQ/RFP that leads to a fair, open, and transparent evaluation process. Use these tips to show high-performing professionals that they have a fair chance to win – while simultaneously enabling a fast, efficient, and effective evaluation process for your organization. Better evaluations lead to better projects!


Brian Lines, Ph.D., PE, FMP

Associate Professor, University of Kansas

Brian Lines, Ph.D., PE, FMP is an associate professor in the Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering (CEAE) Department at the University of Kansas. Brian specializes in the areas of alternative procurement and project delivery methods. His industry-focused research has been implemented on a total project value of more than $1B, and participating organizations have documented tens of millions in direct project savings. Dr. Lines is also a recognized Procurement Trainer for the Center for Procurement Excellence.

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