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Chicago BIMForum - When Does Design End and Construction Begin?

July 19–21, 2011

Chicago, IL

The Fallacy of Design Intent

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 9:45 AM–10:30 AM Central Time (US & Canada)

A century ago, the master builder gave way to the architect and the contractor, and the process of building a building split into design, documentation, detailing, and construction. BIM promises to bridge these divides, but it’s usually been implemented within them. What’s holding us back is an attitude embodied in a simple but dangerous phrase: “Design Intent.” Where did today’s culture of design and construction come from? How might practice evolve to take advantage of new tools? How we can overcome the limitations of our attitudes towards the role of design?



Christof Spieler, PE, LEED AP, Morris Architects

Christof Spieler, PE, LEED AP is Director of Technology and Innovation at Morris Architects, where he leads initiatives in BIM, sustainability, and project delivery. Under his leadership, Morris has committed to using BIM on every project; implemented new BIM standards; and extended the use of BIM into design and planning. Christof teaches in the Rice School of Architecture and is on the board of the Houston transit agency. He has spoken before numerous groups on BIM and urban planning and has written extensively. Christof was recently named one of "40 under 40" rising stars by Building Design+Construction magazine and Outstanding Young Engineering Alumnus by Rice University.