Computation, Parametrics and Data Analysis in Practice

Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET

Earn 1.0 AIA LU | 2:00 - 3:00pm ET | Register now at no cost

Ideal Audience: Architects and designers who are interested in the innovative application of data, computation, and advanced BIM for building projects and business.

Education Level: Beginner/Intermediate

This seminar will introduce and define the related concepts of Computational Design, Parametric Modeling, Algorithms, and Data Analysis in the context of architectural practice. Mastery of these technologies and approaches is becoming increasingly important for design practices to manage complexity, streamline processes, and gain insight. Examples drawn from practice will illustrate the application of computation to real-world projects, and introduce strategies for increasing adoption and application.  


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Learning Objectives

After participating in this webinar attendees will be able to:

  1. Describe the concepts of parametric design, data analysis, and design computation in general 
  2. Relate the concepts to areas of architectural practice
  3. Seek opportunities within their own practices and projects to leverage such strategies
  4. Assess the success of applied strategies in project work to better align them in the future 

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Attendees will earn 1.0 AIA LU. A link to a survey will be provided both at the end of the webinar and in a follow-up email sent one hour after the end of the webinar. The survey will close 48 hours after the conclusion of the presentation. All attendees at each site will submit one form: 1) page one: webinar survey and 2) page two: CES report form. AIA members and IDP record holders ( will have their credit recorded within 10 business days days of the webinar. 

PLEASE NOTE: Each AIA member or IDP record holder needs to fill out their own survey individually to receive AIA CES credits. We are no longer awarding credit to non-AIA members for free webinars. We are also no longer offering certificates of completion to all webinar attendees.


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Nate Miller is the founder of PROVING GROUND. His new business venture is focused on the innovative applications of data in the building industry. As a consultant, he has advised leaders and teams in some of the most reputable organizations in the building industry. Whether it is offering strategic insight or developing new computational workflows, Nate strives to help his clients leverage data to improve the building process. With deep project experience, Nate has worked with his clients to deliver leading-edge solutions for projects ranging from high-rise towers, corporate office spaces, mixed-use master plans, and Olympic-sized sports venues. 
Andrew Heumann leads the Design Computation team at NBBJ, overseeing strategy, development, and implementation of computational tools for diverse projects and applications. He has developed a suite of tools for NBBJ’s corporate and commercial practice, which aid in the management of project metrics, environmental and urban analysis, and façade design. Andrew is trained in both architecture and computer science, and has lectured and taught seminars at Cornell University, Yale University, California College of the Arts, and the University of Washington. His work has been published in Wallpaper magazine, CLOG journal, and presented at conferences including SIMAUD, ACADIA, the AEC Technology Symposium, and Facades+.

Robert Yori is the Senior Digital Design Manager at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in New York, where he explores innovative uses of technology to better design, visualize, and deliver SOM's projects. He manages technology-related R&D efforts, provides strategic guidance, designs and maintains learning curricula, and teaches. He co-leads Firmwide Digital Design initiatives including knowledge sharing, big data analysis, and computational design literacy. Robert is the 2016 Chair of TAP, an Advisory Board Member of the NYC College of Technology's Department of Architectural Technology, and co-leads the RTC Design Technology Summit. He has presented at ACADIA, Autodesk University, BIMForum, and RTC, has been published in DesignIntelligence and the Journal of Building Information Modeling.