Building Connections Congress




The past decade has seen the use of technology migrate into all aspects of the building lifecycle; from design and documentation to communication and facilities management. As an industry the way we work is fundamentally changing – digital tools have transformed the way we design, analyze, and document buildings; developments in coordination platforms have led to new methods of collaboration; advances in construction and manufacturing have introduced new contractual relationships; and the proliferation of ‘smart’ technologies and environmental sensors have allowed us to occupy and maintain buildings more sustainably. The introduction of these new technologies in the practice of architecture has brought about underlying changes in the historical approach to the design, delivery, and operation of buildings that necessitate a critical examination of how we function as professionals.

Engage with industry leaders at AIA TAP’s Building Connections Congress in a high-level discussion about technology relevant to the current state of practice and explore future innovations for the AECO industry.




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Cory Brugger, 2017 AIA TAP Chair
Director of Design Technology, Morphosis

Cory Brugger brings over ten years’ experience in the integration of CAD and BIM technologies on projects ranging from residential design-build to high-rise office towers. Joining Morphosis in 2010, Cory manages the development and implementation of advanced design technology for the firm’s multidisciplinary project teams, directing Morphosis’ computational and parametric design initiatives and the integration of analysis models for environmental and structural design. Cory has overseen BIM coordination and model management for many of the firm’s most complex projects, including Cornell University’s Bill & Melinda Gates Hall in Ithaca, New York; Vialia Vigo, a 1.2 million square-foot high-speed rail station in Vigo, Spain; Phare Tower, a 71-story office building in La Defense, France; and the Bloomberg Center for the new CornellTech campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City.

Cory received a Bachelor of Architecture from Philadelphia University and a Master of Engineering from the Product Architecture and Engineering Lab at Stevens Institute of Technology. He has taught and lectured on environmental analysis, parametric design, and digital fabrication in architecture at numerous institutions including Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), the University of Pennsylvania, and Dalhousie University, as well as professional conferences such as SmartGeometry, Facades +, and the National AIA Convention.


John Cerone
Associate Principal & Director of Virtual Design and Construction, SHoP Architects

John Cerone leads our Virtual Design and Construction teams, including all technology visioning initiatives and the development of bespoke technology tools. John received a Master of Architecture from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Miami University. John is recognized internationally as a leader in exploring the future uses of technology in design and construction. He currently represents SHoP at the Design Futures Council, as well as leading work with Dassault Systèmes as part of a transdisciplinary group. His work at SHoP includes a lead role in developing the technologies behind the success of the Barclays Center, the VDC-driven delivery of the Botswana Innovation Hub, and ongoing technology and exhibitions project at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York.


Daniel Davis
Lead Researcher, WeWork

Originally trained as an architect in New Zealand, Daniel is a Lead Researcher at WeWork, specializing in understanding the future of the workplace. He holds a PhD in computational design from RMIT University and writes for ARCHITECT Magazine.


Javier Glatt
CEO, CadMakers

Javier is Co-Founder & CEO of CadMakers Inc., an integrated technology company focused on applying manufacturing processes and technology to the construction industry. A startup born in early 2014, CadMakers has provided services to over 70 projects with a total construction value over $6B, emphasizing virtual construction, automation tool building and prefabrication enabling for multiple building systems.


Tyler Goss
Global Innovation Development Manager, Turner Construction

As the Global Innovation Development Manager, Mr. Goss is responsible for a broad portfolio of initiatives that drive change at Turner Construction. Through nearly 20 years of experience across all phases of design and delivery, he has gathered a deep understanding of the economic, technological, cultural, and organizational mechanics of the AEC industry. Collaborating with both internal and external partners, he deploys this knowledge daily to discover, develop, and deploy innovative technologies and processes at every level of Turner's enterprise.

In addition, Mr. Goss is a licensed architect, with a Masters in Architecture from the University of California Los Angeles, and worked previously for CASE Design and SHoP Architects.


Heath May
Director, Laboratory for INtensive Exploration, HKS

Heath May is Director of HKS Laboratory for INtensive Exploration. An architect with 13 years of professional experience including commercial, hospitality, sports and healthcare, he is currently focused on r+d and the application of this research to the built environment. An avid interest in passive solar design encourages a current LINE research initiative into the potential for using software for dynamic solar design through analysis and implementation of data-driven parameters for optimization of complex facades for daylighting and solar performance. In addition to r+d, Heath leads a design team responsible for projects including future:GSA, a net-zero renovation solution that earned the 2012 WAN Commercial Building of the Year Award, and he worked as senior designer on Sustainable Urban Living, a winner of the 2010 Chicago Athenaeum Green Good Design Award. In April of 2013, he was named recipient of Building Design + Construction’s 40 under 40. Heath currently serves on the Advisory Board at the PACCAR Technology Institute at the University of North Texas and holds a position on the Executive Committee of the HKS Global Design Council.


Patrick Mays
AEC Industry Business Consultant, Dassault Systems

Mr. Mays has over thirty five years of experience in architecture and construction, and joined Dassault Systémes to lead strategy in the building construction market. He was formerly the General Manager for North America at Graphisoft and part of research and development at Herman Miller. He offers knowledge in model based design, intelligent building systems, networks, and web based information systems. Mr. Mays was CIO at NBBJ Architects from 1997 to 2004 and led one of the world’s largest design firms in the transition to Building Information Modeling (BIM). He was responsible for developing standard construction administration procedures for the firm of Backen, Arrigoni & Ross, and he was responsible technology systems at HOK. He was project manager for the Presidio San Francisco from 1991 to 1996, which involved the transformation of a 1,400 acre Army Base with 850 buildings into a National Park. Mr. Mays has extensive experience in construction administration in both new construction and renovation. He has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines for both his design work as well as special areas of technical expertise. He also worked with architectural firms from 1980 to 1990 in Virginia and Washington, DC.


Nathan Miller
Founder, Proving Ground

Nathan Miller is the founder of Proving Ground. As a consultant, Nathan works with building industry organizations to create strategies and custom software for data-driven design in architecture, engineering, and manufacturing.


Christopher O'Hara
Principal, Studio NYL

Christopher O’Hara, PE, is a founding principal of Studio NYL and the director of the Skins Group, a portion of Studio NYL dedicated to the holistic design of buildings and their skins, including structural, thermal and hygrothermal analyses. Chris has experience with some of the most advanced facade technologies, including structural glass, tension systems, and opaque materials. Chris has served as a board member for the AIA Colorado-North Chapter, is an active member of AIA Colorado, and served on the CONSTRUCT Education Advisory Committee and the Architectural Graphic Standards Editorial Advisory Board.


Don Rudder
BIM Manager, STG Design

Don Rudder is a Building Information Modeling (BIM) manager with an MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) design background and a strong software-development skill set. With over 10 years in mechanical and electrical design, he has served as BIM/CAD manager for an additional 8 years. Rudder’s software-development skills are primarily centered around, but not limited to, the architecture, engineering, and construction industry, and he's a published author.


Brian Skripac
Director of Virtual Design & Construction, CannonDesign

Brian is a Vice President and the Director of VDC at CannonDesign who continually drives innovation by merging technology and practice. He has 20 years of industry experience, with the last 10 focusing on the integration of BIM to transform the design and project delivery process. Brian has successfully developed and managed BIM-enabled delivery systems for large efforts in Design-Led Construction. In addition, he focuses on the use of BIM to capture and structure relevant facility data, implementing the value BIM brings to facility owners from an interoperable lifecycle management strategy. A thought-leader in this field, he is an advisory group member and past-chair of the AIA National Technology in Architectural Practice Knowledge Community and serves on the BIMForum committee responsible for authoring the LOD Specification.


Brian Sweeney
Director of Research & Strategy, Full Stack Modular

Brian joins Full Stack Modular from FC Modular where, as the VP of Design and Technical Ops, he helped bring 461 Dean Street, the world’s tallest modular building, to completion and tenant occupancy in November 2016. Previously, Brian was the Operations Director at SHoP Construction where he most notably led the team that delivered Brooklyn’s iconic Barclays Center weathering steel façade and curtainwall system utilizing manufacturing-based applications, true innovation in the AEC industry going from design to direct to fabrication and install. Continuing his efforts in support of direct to fabrication initiatives, his work continued with the Nassau Coliseum façade renovation, Barclays Center’s green roof, as well as several modular initiatives. Brian obtained his masters from the PAE program at Stevens Institute of Technology, and undergraduate architectural studies were performed at NJIT’s School of Architecture.


Joe Williams
Virtual Design & Construction Manager, Rogers-O'Brien Construction

Joe has spent the last decade working for contractors, designers, and building owners to implement improved processes during design and construction. At Rogers-O'Brien he leads the company’s Virtual Design and Construction group and champions the application of advanced technology for every single aspect of the construction process, from preconstruction through warranty. A nationally respected expert on BIM, Joe has presented on the topic to conferences sponsored by the Associated General Contractors, the American Institute of Architects, the American Subcontractor Association, Autodesk and Engineering News-Record. He also serves as an industry advisor to collegiate construction management programs at Oklahoma University, Texas A&M Commerce, and Brigham Young University. He holds a Master of Science in Architecture from Mississippi State University with a focus in digital design as well as a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Memphis.


Todd Wynne
Construction Technology Manager, Rogers-O'Brien Construction; Co-Founder, Project Atlas

Todd is on a mission to get accurate data to workers with “wrench in hand.” He does this by seeking out and researching the latest mobile hardware and software applications, and developing simple procedures to effectively apply usage and ensure interoperability of all technologies. Over the last 5 years, Todd has been key to Rogers-O’Brien’s reputation as a technology leader in the construction industry. He has been a noted construction technology speaker at ENR FutureTech, BIM Forum, Texas Society of Architects, Apple, OSHA, American Subcontractors Association, AIA and numerous other BIM symposiums. Recently he was honored as industry innovator at the Bluebeam eXtreme Conference. Todd was an original Google Glass beta tester, and has been published in leading industry outlets including Construction Executive, Building Design + Construction and Engineering News-Record.

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