July 2019

New York

Day One
Tuesday, July 24 2018

Day Two
Wednesday, July 25 2018

Chair’s Opening Remarks

Keynote: Integrating Computation Into a Collaborative Design Process: Enabling Architects & Engineers to Leverage Tools & Access Data at the Right Time


• Discovering how collaboration between architects and engineers early in the design process has enabled computational design to optimize building performance as it is passed down the fabrication process.
• Determining the appropriate selection of tools and data to increase efficiency compared to traditional design methods….

Integrating Computation Into Your Project Workflow

Panel: Benchmarking Ways Computation Fits into the Project Workflow


• Exploring how computational design is being integrated into workflows to expedite the full design process.
• Discussing the set-up of workflows between architects and engineers to incorporate their different targets…

Speed Networking & Morning Refreshments

Developing a Computational Team

Developing Processes to Involve Inexperienced Staff in Computation, Validate Their Work & Provide Feedback to Continuously Improve Your Team


• Bridging the gap in knowledge between design teams and computational specialists to ensure tools can be used efficiently firm-wide.
• Finding training methods that address the learning curve from more traditional design methods to adapt to computation technology.

Identifying the Skillset Required to Be Successful at Computation & Setting out a Hiring & Training Strategy to Build It


• Establishing the different ways in which computational design can be utilized and what skills are needed to achieve the varied levels of its application.
• Learning the best ways to engage new hires and drive innovation whilst managing their unfamiliar skillset.

• Outlining training schemes that can facilitate wider adoption of computation among your staff.

Panel: Comparing Organizational Structures & How Computation Fits into the Roles & Responsibilities of the Company

  • Olivia Pearson Studio Director of Architecture, GHDWoodhead creativespaces
  • Jonathan Bartling Vice President and Director of Digital Practice, HGA Architects and Engineers
  • Jason Reece Business Unit Leader – Technology and Process Development, The Digit Group


• Comparing how computational teams are set up and how they work with the rest of the company in smaller and bigger firms: how do needs vary when architects and engineers work side-by-side compared to at distance?
• Exploring strategies for and lessons learned from the implementation of computation teams in order to exploit the potential and profitability of their work.

Networking Lunch

Gaining Buy-In & Proving Value

Hearing How Technology Managers Proved the Value of Computation to Gain Buy-In & Secure Resources


• Challenging perspectives towards computational design by relating real time examples of its ROI to your firm.
• Distinguishing strategies used to prove the value of computation and drive buy-in from project teams in comparison to buy-in from leadership.

Panel: Hearing How Designers Are Finding the Time to Develop Computation Tools & Ensuring the Time Savings Are Greater Than the Investment


• Considering what is the optimal time and effort to put into the automation or computation of a task to solve a particular problem and how to make time for this.
• Brainstorming ways to measure the value of a tool and its ROI to be able to identify which tools are worth investing money into…

Afternoon Refreshments

Enabling Mass Adoption of Computational Design

Developing Reusable Tools That Can Be Applied across All Projects, Not Starting from Scratch Every Time

  • Jason Wheeler Design Technology Specialist – Computational Design, CallisonRTKL


• Reviewing the current process of building tools in the context of a particular project: what are the barriers to making them reusable?
• Learning how to write scripts and code that are broad enough to be used multiple times on any project…

Exploring How Scripts & Tools Can Be Shared across the Industry to Reduce Duplication & Realize New Synergies across Our Work


• Understanding the needs of the industry in order to create relevant applications that can be widely shared.
• Addressing the challenges to tool-sharing and open source: debunking misconceptions, justifying hours spent on shared work, and modularly developing these tools and scripts so that they function together…

Considering the Impact of Computational Design at the Conceptual, Engineering & Construction Phases to Maximize Its Added Value


• Overcoming issues of interoperability and establishing intelligent data exchange between disciplines and collaborators.
• Discussing how computational modeling techniques are later reflected in the field: how to overcome geometrical complexity and provide high fidelity models for fabrication and construction.

Chair’s Closing Remarks

End of Day One