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How AV Integrators Can Work with Architects [BLOG]

How AV Integrators Can Work with Architects [BLOG]

Architects want to have access to technical expertise as early in a project as possible. But some architects are reticent to bring in an AV integrator too soon.

Danny Forster, an architect and host of the “Build It Bigger” television series, recently addressed this issue in his keynote address at Crestron Masters 2019.

An article by Tom LeBlanc on outlined some of Forster’s reasons that integrators may find it difficult to get to architects early in a project:

• They want expertise but fear there will be a sales pitch
• Instead of a focus on client needs they get a “needs assessment;
• There is too much technical jargon and detail too early
• There is a tendency to focus on selling a product, not developing a solution.

Draper has learned how to work with architects at all stages of a project to provide what they need. Here are a few ways we can help you become an important partner for architects:


Relationships with architects are built on trust. Draper is available to meet with architects to discuss project needs, provide lunch-and-learn training sessions, and support the AV integration needs from the very beginning.


Providing in-depth and easily accessible documentation saves architects time and money. They will find Draper specifications included in services like Deltek (AVITRU) (formerly ARCOM). We also offer tools to build a custom spec for your project and we have SpecWizards for our most popular electric projection screens at ARCAT.
We also provide 2D CAD files and BIM objects for most of our screens, lifts, and shades. Our BIMobjects were developed by AutoDesk partners and put through quality and accuracy checks before being made available. MasterFormat specifications, BIM objects, and CAD files are available on Draper’s online product pages.

AIA Classes

Lunch and learns are a good way to gain facetime with architects. Draper’s PS301 – Updated Projection Science provides a clear understanding of factors to consider in selecting or specifying a projection screen. The course covers several topics, including:
• Viewing categories that conform to standardized ANSI/INFOCOMM 3M-2011
• Appropriate screen size and format
• Screen tint and how it helps in certain lighting conditions
• Reflectivity of different screen surface types
• Ambient light rejecting screen surfaces
• PS 301 earns 1 AIA Learning Unit

We also offer Present an Experience – Using Projection Properly, which is good for 1 renewal unit/CST learning unit. Click here ( to contact your Draper representative to learn more and schedule an in-person class.

Custom Design Support

Sometimes there isn’t a pre-fab solution for what the architect and their client want to achieve. Draper’s custom AV solutions teams will work with you from project conception to develop a custom design that will integrate into the overall vision.

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