7:30 am Breakfast & Networking

8:30 am Chair’s Opening Remarks

Defining Your Roadmap to Computational Design

8:40 am Assessing Your Technology Roadmap to Develop Organizational Best Practices


  • Determining the right criteria for choosing tools that are aligned with your business
  • Differentiating between short-term and long-term solutions: How can tools help your business scale, create efficiencies, and make forward progress?
  • Understanding the risks of introducing new roadblocks and how to deal with incompatibilities that you did not anticipate

9:20 am Panel: Distinguishing Between Emerging Business Models to Better Integrate Computational Capabilities

  • David Eaton Design Computation Studio Leader, NBBJ Design
  • Omid Oliyan Senior Computational Designer, Robert Silman Associates
  • Christopher Hazel Associate Architectural Design, Ayers Saint Gross
  • Jason Wheeler Global Computational Design Lead, CallisonRTKL Inc.


  • Evaluating your business strategy options in the context of computation: Do you adopt third-party solutions, develop in-house tools for internal use, or become a technology solutions provider for the industry?
  • Discussing which business model fits your organization best and finding the right methods to accommodate it while avoiding disruption
  • How do you keep up with the pace of technology while maintaining the consistency of your business strategy?

10:00 am Case Study: Harnessing Rhino’s Automation Capabilities to Drive Firm- Wide Efficiency


  • Discussing the importance of interoperability and compatibility of different tools
  • Understanding how Rhino and Rhino Inside Revit can streamline processes and allow practitioners to focus on design by automating time-consuming activities
  • Understanding how automation ensures coordination across the project team

10:40 am Speed Networking & Morning Refreshments

Prioritizing & Developing Computational Capabilities

11:10 am Panel: Demonstrating ROI to Secure Internal Buy-In for the Adoption of New Computation Tools


  • Understanding how you can monetize hard-to-measure benefits of computation like better quality, increased client satisfaction, increased speed
  • How do you identify champions within your organization that could increase credibility when pitching to leadership?
  • Incremental introduction of new technologies: Where are the low-risk opportunities and how can you plant a seed to ease the process of future adoption?

11:50 am Case Study: Developing In-House Tools to Maximize Computational Performance


  • How to identify the benefits and requirements of internal tool development for increased organizational effectiveness
  • Assessing the viability of developing internal tools within your organization
  • Highlighting the steps towards adoption: How do you train people and scale technological potential?

12:30 pm Networking Lunch

1:30 pm Panel: Breaking the Boundary between Computation & Architectural Design to Ease Technology Adoption

  • Jason Wheeler Global Computational Design Lead, CallisonRTKL Inc.
  • Sean Williams Director, Okland Construction
  • Jun Wang Associate, Senior Designer and Computational Design Lead, Gensler
  • Brian White Lead Designer, Rogers, Lovelock & Fritz Inc.
  • Christopher Hazel Associate Architectural Design, Ayers Saint Gross


  • Building an organizational culture that encourages everyone to think computationally while not having to be experts in using the tools
  • Making computation processes universally accessible within your organization so everyone can contribute and gain back from them
  • Developing solutions that can be used on the web for increased adoption among non-coders

Delivering Innovation in Practice

2:10 pm Case Study: Leveraging Parametric Design Opportunities to Get Your Designs to the Next Level

  • Daniel Stine Design Technology Director, Lake Flato Architects
  • Sunnie Diaz Project Architect, Lake Flato Architects
  • Sean OBrien Architect/Project Designer, Lake Flato Architects


  • Highlighting the creative opportunities that parametric modeling offers the designer through advanced 3D geometry and how to integrate it in your work
  • Discussing how to avoid the design coming off as ‘soulless’ by effectively engaging the client throughout the process
  • Understanding the implications of parametric modeling choices in the context of construction and how to account for them during the design stage

2:50 pm Afternoon Refreshments

3:20 pm Panel: Identifying & Developing the Skill Sets Required Within Your Team to Capitalize on the Opportunities of Computational Design


  • Understanding who should be trained in working with computational tools and scaling the right skills to ensure balance between design and technology
  • Discussing how to build support groups and standard practices concerning the introduction of new tools in order to eliminate barriers and ensure a seamless adoption process
  • Exploring ways in which you can meet your day-to-day operational requirements while also building time for learning new computation skills

4:00 pm Case study: Leveraging Computational Design to Optimize for the Creation of Sustainable Building Solutions

  • Stet Sanborn Principal - Performance, Analytics & Climate Impact, SmithGroup
  • Leland Curtis Director, Computational Design, CRB


  • Understanding how computational tools can disrupt the traditional sustainable design process by providing real-time guidance rather than option-based analysis
  • Highlighting how you can use computational tools to enhance your design by leveraging the properties of sustainable materials
  • Discussing the Universal Design Space Exploration and how Automated BEM, pre-simulation, data analytics, and custom apps can inform common sustainability design challenges for all projects at little cost
  • Leveraging surrogate modeling to extend the applicability of sustainability analysis to designs that have not yet been simulated

4:40 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks

4:50 pm End of Day One