February 26, 2020

Five Ways Digitalization Fuels Collaborative Culture in Architecture

A new article in Autodesk’ Redshift publication highlights how CannonDesign has created and continues to fuel collaboration through digitalization.

The piece features commentary from our CTO Hilda Espinal on how she helps our teams “develop better design and stronger partnerships” through five clear strategies that touch everything from generative design to climate change, visualization software and hiring professional staff to better serve key markets in health, education and beyond.

The full article is available on Autodesk’s Redshift website. Below is a key excerpt:

Sharing Information Facilities Progress

Project delivery is not a linear process, but it’s often presented that way, Espinal says. In reality, many aspects of it are often cyclical, and therefore, the opportunities to share information are rich. “I’m a licensed architect, and while our expertise is crucial to a project, it is limited,” she explains. “Imagine how much better it would be if we had the additional insight of a contractor—early on—to help further educate us on constructability realities and help each other avoid design-to-build pitfalls. Because when we operate in silos, we are simply not equipped to foresee.”

When computer modeling first became part of design, it required such a massive investment of technology, time, education, and content building that firms were reluctant to share information, Espinal says. Now, the technology has evolved to a point where nearly everybody in developed economies can access it. Espinal hopes that best practices for using modeling and visualization software will be established for each industry sector; adopting a common approach could get people at all stages of a project on the same page much quicker.

“Information is power—when it’s shared, not when it’s kept to yourself,” she says. “That’s when we start to evolve and improve upon each other’s knowledge. Being able to free resources up, it’s ultimately going to benefit the actual product, whether it’s a building or a city.”

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