Is India the only place where we can consider outsourcing architectural CAD work to? We have had colleagues that have become frustrated with outsourcing to India, mainly due to over promising and under delivering! The age old problem!!
How do we covercome the problem that we have become so used to having drafting work done by people that sit within the same office? Communication is easier and mistakes can be rectified quicker - we can sit accross a desk and thrash out problems quickly. There is also not the problem of having cultural barriers and potential language / communication issues.
However, another line of thought is that as architects we have become lazy? Are our own individual work styles and processess so poor that we have to have too many meetings with our drafters in order to achieve the desired outcome?
The fact is, that our colleagues in the Engineering sector appear to be leveraging the benefits of outsourcing far more successfully than us. Why is this? We are consistently squeezed on fees and often end up following client demands rather than leading project teams towards real innovation. We seem to be losing our skills as influencers.