I recently visited ISE 2011 and met with many colleagues from the HE sector, mainly SCHOMS members. It was, as usual, a large trade show with too much to take in my short stay, but what I targeted was useful.
I was surprised by how many colleagues are now increasingly involved in the overall design of a space and not just the technology within. However I was also not surprised by how many colleagues are consulted about a project very late on or not at all. This was highlighted recently by a forum discussion on LTSMG about induction loops where advice was not even sought at two places and ignored at others on cost grounds , IR was fitted, even though the IR units are never used but they comply. So much for providing a service!
Why is it that universities employ experts and then choose to ignore their advice, or worse, don't even ask for it?
Regardless of how skilled we may become in the merging disciplines of space design if we are not at the picnic we can't share our sandwiches.
How is it at your institution? It would be interesting to know. Hopefully the SCHOMS benchmarking survey due out soon will provide some answers.
I had mixed feelings about my conversations. Positive about the recognition that some AV\IT people are being involved in the holistic design process of learning and teaching spaces early on, frustration that it is not happening enough and incredulous that it is not consistent even within the same institution on occasions.