8:00 am Registration

8:20 am Chair’s Opening Remarks

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

Improving Design Productivity

8:30 am Panel Discussion: The Future of Automating Workflows to Speed up Design Work, Reduce the Burden of Repetitive Tasks & Revolutionize the Ability of Firms

  • Michael Kilkelly Founder, ArchSmarter
  • Marcelo Bernal Co-Director Design Process Lab Senior Researcher & Computational Designer, Perkins + Will
  • Matthew Breau Project Architect and Computational Design Associate, Handel Architects
  • Carl Storms Solutions Consultant, IMAGINiT Technologies


• How to monetize on the possibilities of computation through automation to increase firm revenue and profitability
• Understanding and identifying what can be automated in firms to free time to designers and increase efficiency
• What tools can be used to leverage computation to speed up design and automate repetitive tasks

9:20 am Leveraging Computation Software to Save Time in Conceptual Design Modeling


• Assessing the potential of replicating work from one project onto another to speed up the process of writing scripts and developing iterations of a conceptual design
• Benchmarking experiences in terms of time saved, or time added onto a project due to the decision to use computation
• Appreciating the time saved in making decisions: How many hours of going back and forth with owners could be cut out by getting the design perfect first time?

10:00 am Using Computation to Speed up the Inclusion of More Detailed Levels of Development in BIM Models


• Exploring how to embed the logic of a workflow into a script to automate the filling in of design details
• Understanding how you can be confident in the design work of the algorithm: Performing quick but accurate quality assurance checks
• Appreciating the time spent on developing more detailed models versus the value provided to contractors and clients during construction and operations

10:40 am Morning Refreshments

Making Design Decisions

11:10 am Understanding How the Insights of Computation Should Be Integrated with Human Intuition & Client Priorities to Drive Design Decisions


• Acknowledging the limitations of computation and the power of human judgement in making critical design decisions
• Working with your client to understand design preferences so you can weigh up which variables or building qualities to prioritize
• Creating rapid feedback loops so the outputs of computation can be shared with decision makers and clients as early in the design process as possible

11:50 am Creating Easily Accessible Learning Resources That Can Be Understood by All to Widen the Use of Computation Across the Company


• Building learning structures in firm: learning curriculums and regular meetings and discussion groups where ideas and examples can be explored
• Acknowledging that each individual has personalized learning preferences, creating tools that balance visual, audio, written and practical exercises
• Creating development programs that are flexible enough to be applicable to tech-savvy millennials as well as mature ‘set in their way’ professionals

12:30 pm Networking Lunch

1:30 pm Leveraging VR as a Bridge Between Computation Models & Design Decision Makers to Visualize the Options

  • Ryan Spiering Virtual Reality and Visualization Specialist, HGA


• Appreciating the difficulty in communicating the differences in design iterations with clients and other decision makers
• Showing how VR integrates into the model to provide an interactive experience that is truly engaging
• Hearing how VR has helped identify problems with a design that would not have been spotted on paper or screen

Data Management

2:10 pm Panel Discussion: Managing the Interoperability of Tools & Connecting Software to Ease the Sharing of Data


• Connecting all the different tools in the workflow to ensure data moves quickly and projects move forward effectively
• Managing the interoperability of tools through internal integration and working with vendors
• Hearing successes with external technologies and software in bridging the gap between tools in the cloud

2:50 pm Collecting & Leveraging Data to Inform Future Designs & Make Data- Driven, Performance Based Decisions


• Creating internal processes for continuous improvement, so insights from one project are utilized on the next
• Leveraging data from a large sample of projects to identify trends and scientifically improve processes and scripts to speed up workflows
• Identifying innovative use cases for data analytics to improve design quality and working efficiency

3:40 pm Audience Discussion: Listing the Highest Value Lessons from the Conference for Implementation in Your Firm


This discussion among your table will enable you to compare notes from the conference, remind yourself on which lessons were the most valuable and create an action plan for what to do back in the office.

4:10 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks

4:20 pm End of Conference