7:00 am Registration

8:00 am Chair’s Opening Remarks

  • Randy Deutsch Architect | Author | Educator | Speaker, University of Illinois

Gaining Buy-In for Computation

8:10 am Keynote: Demonstrating the ROI of Computation to Senior Leadership to Accelerate Adoption: Making Way for the Inevitable Change

Synopsis

•Presenting computation as the new way of doing things and not just a passing
fad to ensure decision makers map the future of the firm in line with the
inevitable change and stay competitive
• Communicating and proving how computation is essential to improve efficiency,
reduce cost and time and is worth the time investment in adapting and training staff
• Removing the “luxury” perception and create a top-down emphasis of the need
to use computation firm wide
• Presenting how computation can build firm value by satisfying clients by sharing
the reduced costs, increased quality and how simple design parameters can have
large outcomes for projects

9:10 am Engaging Peers with Computation & Demystifying Its Functionality & Potential to Encourage Firm-Wide Building of Skills

  • Randy Deutsch Architect | Author | Educator | Speaker, University of Illinois

Synopsis

• Removing misconceptions and the intimidating image to peers that
“computational design is for elite projects” and can actually be used in a designer’s
daily work and making it something that is on everyone’s radar
• Encouraging non-technical staff to embrace computation, communicating how it
can save them time in day-to-day repetitive tasks
• Making clear that this is the future of design and is not just for IT professionals implemented
in firms, but what architects themselves should be learning for their own growth

9:50 am Speed Networking & Morning Refreshments

10:40 am Identifying Ways to Measure the ROI of Computational Design & Communicating the Benefits to the Firm & Clients

Synopsis

• Developing a method to quantify the time and costs saved on projects where computation has been used to build a business case for its implementation
• Proving the enhanced quality that computation brings to projects, building firm reputation and client satisfaction
• Demonstrating the value of computation in building energy efficient buildings for long term savings to clients and creating environmentally friendly buildings

11:20 am Panel Discussion: Preparing for the Future of AI & Machine Learning & Identifying Where in the Design Process It Can Be Implemented

Synopsis

• Understanding how AI can serve as an intelligent assistant to the architect, applying machine learning and A.I. to help solve problems, find optimizations for solutions and revolutionize the way we design
• What implications are there for the industry with AI and Machine Learning and understanding all the different types of models that can be developed
• Identifying what are the challenges currently preventing the adoption of AI, Machine Learning and higher level computation
• Integrating artificial intelligence and machine learning into the design process and understanding its potential for the industry to increase profitability

Reducing the Barrier to Entry & Accelerating Computation Adoption

12:00 pm Creating a Culture in Which Non-Technical Designers Take the Initiative to Leverage Computation on Their Projects

Synopsis

• Closing the knowledge gap between groups that use the tool and the rest of the firm to bring people to a similar level of understanding so designers themselves
can identify situations where computation can be used
• Making clear to designers what computation can do and how it can evolve and automate processes so they can approach skilled practitioners to build and
develop the tools they need
• Getting people comfortable with visual and text-based coding languages to give them the power to create their own tools and position these tools within the workflow

12:40 pm Networking Lunch

1:40 pm Building User Friendly Tools to Reduce the Barrier to Entry & See Greater Proliferation in a Wider Range of Projects

Synopsis

• Getting tool users involved in the development process to drive its design, make clear its usefulness and create a feeling of control, trust and ease to increase the
tools’ use in firm
• Understanding what makes a tool usable for everyone, which softwares to use to build those tools and making sure a tool is transferable and not only for one off
projects
• Storing these tools in an easily accessible database of tools and deciding what does this digital asset management system look like

2:20 pm Panel Discussion: Making Time for Firm Wide Building of Computation Skills Despite Tight Deadlines to Ensure Innovation Is Not Buried Under Day-To-Day Tasks

Synopsis

• How to encourage learning new computation skills so computation is not neglected due to the pressures of deadlines
• Mitigating the risks of implementing new solutions so computation can be developed in firm over time
• Supporting the skills of young professionals entering the industry who have the understanding and knowledge of computation to encourage their potential

3:00 pm Audience Discussion: Accelerating the Adoption of Computation in Your Firm

Synopsis

This discussion among your table will enable you to benchmark approaches across the country on how to demystify computation and create an environment where learning the skills is embraced and prioritized.

3:30 pm Afternoon Refreshments

Integrating Computation in the Design Workflow

4:00 pm Creating & Enforcing New Design Workflows that Make Time for Computation

Synopsis

• Understanding how the work hours associated with computation fit into each stage of project planning and design: what time do you need to set aside?
• Falling out of the trap of treating computation as separate from the design process and bringing it in early in projects to maximize benefit
• Using computation to do validation on data and to ensure “all boxes are ticked” and everything is in place

4:40 pm Refining the Roles & Responsibilities of Computation & Project Staff to Streamline the Order of Tasks & Integrate Computation into Your Tight Design Workflow

  • Michael Warren DCSA Transportation Information Modeling Senior Manager, AECOM

Synopsis

• Avoiding the excuse that ‘we don’t have time to do computation on this one’: Appreciating why this occurs and how to work around it
• Setting clear expectations of who does what at each stage to avoid duplication of work and ensure each member of the team has the insights and tools they
need to perform their tasks
• Balancing the role of your computation experts with the project staff to ensure each contributor to the design has a fair workflow

5:20 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks

5:30 pm End of Day One