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American Institute of Architects engages Centralis to re-define Contract Documents software

September 1, 2008: The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has engaged Centralis to help define a next-generation vision for its flagship software product, Contract Documents.  AIA’s Contract Documents software enables users to prepare documents based on more than 100 AIA contracts and administrative forms, which are recognized throughout the design and construction industry as the benchmark documents for managing transactions and relationships involved in construction projects. 

Over the next month, Centralis will conduct field research in the offices of architects, contractors, attorneys and owner/developers to create a comprehensive model of the contracting process for design and construction.  Centralis will then work with the AIA to define a vision for Contract Documents software grounded in organizational objectives and user needs.  This first phase of work is expected to conclude by the end of September.

About The American Institute of Architects
For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. By using sustainable design practices, materials, and techniques, AIA architects are uniquely poised to provide the leadership and guidance needed to provide solutions to address climate change. For more information, visit http://www.aia.org.

About Centralis
Centralis helps clients succeed by making their products, services, software and websites easier to use.  Founded in 2001, Centralis is a leader in User Experience, a field that integrates interface design, user research and business strategy to ensure that products meet the needs of both businesses and customers.  Our services include user research, experience design, usability testing and training.  We have an onsite research lab custom-designed for user experience research, as well as a mobile lab for studying users wherever they are.  For more information on Centralis, go to www.centralis.com.