7:50 am Chair’s Opening Remarks

Strategy & Organization

8:00 am Keynote: Outlining the Computation Roadmap from Hiring & Establishing a Team to the Grand Future Vision of Building Design


• From nowhere to today: why we invested in computation, how we built a team and piloted applications
• The immediate ROI: how we maximize the benefits of computation on real projects and justify efforts to clients, executives and project teams
• The vision of the future: what is the role of computation in 2, 5, 10 years from now? And how can we plan ahead for that next step?

8:50 am Panel Discussion: Identifying the Projects & Applications that Most Easily Demonstrate Computation ROI & Gain Additional Buy-In

  • Rob Otani Chief Technology Officer, Thornton Tomasetti
  • Hilda Espinal SVP & Chief Technology Officer, CannonDesign
  • Edgar Rodriguez VDC Coordinator, Mortenson Construction
  • Elliot Glassman Senior Associate, National Leader of Computational Design for Building Systems, WSP


• Understanding what types of projects benefit from different types of computation: facades, energy efficiency, task automation?
• Identifying the need of clients and prioritizing applications around the metrics they care about and their level of engagement in each stage of the building design process
• Aligning the time and cost implications of doing computation with the benefits to the project: how large does the building need to be to get a sufficient return?

9:30 am Scaling Computational Design for Smaller Firms: People, Data & Workflows

  • Dan Audette Associate, Technology in Practice Specialist, GWWO Architects
  • Kevin Miller Architectural Designer, GWWO Architects


• Discuss the learning processes of computation design tools, how to educate green versus senior staff and the successes and shortcomings of teaching strategies
• Explore use cases at a variety of scales ranging from data management to design iteration and how to integrate it within existing workflows
• Gauge interest in specific tools to further develop and integrate them into general staff workflows. Understand tools for the masses versus specific, purpose-built, instances

10:10 am Structured Networking & Morning Refreshments

10:40 am Utilizing Generative Design to Rapidly Compare Multiple Floor Plans for Residential & Commercial Buildings


• Reviewing the tools and technologies used in generative design and their appropriateness for multi-family
• Determining the metrics that indicate success for multi-family: is it all about cost and sale price?
• Improving the speed of generating iterations and reviewing design options to proceed with the project on schedule

11:20 am Integrating Skillsets & Collaboration to Design the Retail Sector of the Future


• How the physical environment informs the digital and vice versa (physical/ digital twin) in the retail sector
• Hearing how a collaborative approach enables the niche skillset of specialist companies to be brought into your design process
• Revealing how computation and collaboration have designed the omnistore/store of the future

12:00 pm Building Computational Construction Tools that Integrate Early Cost Estimating Elements and Parametric Pricing Models into Automated Design to Fabrication Systems

  • Shane Hastain Lead of Prefabrication Innovations, KHS&S Contractors
  • Ronan Frias Director of Construction Design, KHS&S Contractors
  • Scott Mitchell Founder, Studio Computational Construction


  • Exploring the latest in automated quantity take-off from design concepts: How to create cost certainty through system options?
  • Hearing how builders can utilized computational systems to provide rapid cost feedback to designers: what are the tools available?
  • Integrating cost feedback into the design process: how is the client informed, and how can designers reserve creativity?

12:40 pm Networking Lunch

1:30 pm Balancing Client Needs & Creativity to Define Success on Façade Design: The Computer as a Partner, Not a Director


• Creating shared expectations across the client and design team on the purpose of the building and the design: what are the metrics to hit?
• Ensuring there is a process for reviewing design iterations: how do you choose the best complex geometry?
• Exploring how natural phenomena and patterns can reduce subjectivity and influence good design

2:10 pm Reviewing Tools & Methods for Rapid Energy Modelling & Sustainability Analysis in Conceptual Façade Design

  • Hiram Rodriguez Design Technologist, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture LLP


• Determining the tools and method for rapidly estimating energy performance of many design iterations, so analysis can be integrated into tight design schedules
• Factoring in embedded carbon, future building use and other data that will influence the lifecycle sustainability of the building
• Understanding how sustainability can be integrated into design choices and not sacrificed for improved short term cost and time considerations as the design matures

2:50 pm Afternoon Refreshments

3:20 pm Assessing Constructability of Complex Geometry in Early Design & Determining Your Design Limitations

  • Ryan Johnson Computational Design Specialist, Associate, CLARKNEXSEN


• Estimating the cost and logistics consequences of custom design elements when you have no historical data to refer to
• Understanding how to provide your computation with variables limited by standardized components to ease constructability reviews
• Exploring when the design benefits justify custom parts and breaking the limitations of traditional suppliers and construction methods: how do you reach shared agreement that it’s worth the cost?

4:00 pm Leveraging Automation to Create & Update Digital Fabrication Documents When Using Complex Geometry


• Understanding the end-to-end documentation process from conceptual design to fabrication and installation: what can be automated?
• Appreciating the role of computation in keeping documents updated as the design matures
• Identifying inefficiencies in the current documentation process and what tools or quality assurance checks can overcome them

4:40 pm End of Day One