BIM Chapters: Recap – AIA San Francisco Design Know-how Symposium

Final week, I had the chance to attend and current on the AIA San Francisco Design Know-how Symposium in California.

Right this moment’s put up is a recap of the fantastic occasion.

Picture: Occasion organizers, moderators, and panelists

preserve studying to be taught extra…

As traditional, with my recaps, most of those pictures are offered within the order taken to assist share the occasion’s general expertise. There’s a lot extra that might be mentioned concerning the occasion, classes, and presenters, however I solely have time for a couple of highlights:)


The occasion was held on the stunning new AIA San Francisco Heart for Structure + Design (CA+D) area. There have been over 100 attendees, with a number of from out of state (like me – Texas) and three individuals exterior the US.

Symposium Emcee

Argelia Barcena, Assoc. AIA, Gensler, was the Emcee for your entire occasion. She can also be on the AIASF Board of Administrators and leads the SF Design Know-how AIA Data Group.

Welcome Remarks

Vikram Dutt, vp of Product Portfolio & Advertising, at Autodesk, gave a pleasant introduction highlighting Autodesk’s place out there and supporting the design and local weather challenges the business faces.

Phillip Bernstein, FAIA, RIBA, LEED AP, Assoc. Dean & Professor Adjunct, Yale Faculty of Structure.

Know-how, Training + Fairness

Exploring the function of expertise in reworking architectural schooling and bridging business ability gaps. Delving into expertise’s function in selling equitable entry in architectural schooling and bridging business ability gaps.



My slides associated to the AIA Fairness in Architectural Training information, particular to expertise (click on to enlarge picture)…

A view of the viewers from the panelists’ perspective:) This was a pleasant area with nice acoustics.

Know-how, Skilled Follow + Fairness

Analyzing how skilled follow employs design expertise like BIM, VR/AR, and Generative Design to create equitable and enhanced undertaking supply.


Audio system:

Fairness in Rising Applied sciences

Spotlighting future applied sciences comparable to AI, Machine Studying, IoT, and Startups that promise to form an inclusive architectural future.


Audio system:

I’ve been following the work of City Machines and stay up for this wonderful matching being scaled and operationally broadly. Their matching makes use of robots and AI to de-nail salvaged/deconstructed lumber.

Associated: try the 2021 Metropolis of San Antonio report that reveals 600 1,500SF properties may have been constructed with the wooden that went into the landfill in 2020. Town is the most important within the US with a deconstruction ordinance!

Fairness-Pushed Case Research

Specializing in real-life examples of shopper relationships and architectural outcomes pushed by expertise, emphasizing equitable outcomes and inclusion.

This will get “greatest slide” in my ebook:) By Andrew from Foster + Companions.

An excellent attention-grabbing knowledge layer was added to a growing digital twin mannequin of San Franciso. I stay up for studying extra about this.

Closing Remarks

Robert gave thought-provoking and inspirational closing remarks by means of a memorable private story. A unbelievable approach to shut out the occasion.


I like taking selfies… sorry to these I missed.


This was a well-curated and run occasion with many inspiring and sensible takeaways! Maintain a watch out for this one subsequent yr, as I extremely suggest it.

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