Bringing Product Sourcing into the 21st Century

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Bringing Product Sourcing into the 21st Century

December 10, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EST

We became architects to conceptualize, to design, to create. But too much of our time is spent searching for products, organizing their details, and writing specifications. Technology has provided tremendous improvements to the design process and to building materials themselves, but beyond digitizing all those binders, it has provided little advancement to product sourcing.

A recent study found that architects spend an average of one-third of their working hours on administrative tasks like searching and specifying building products. This 1.5-hour course aimed at reducing this number will be divided in two parts:

  • An introductory keynote by Tim McManus, followed by a panel discussion between industry’s leading architects, manufacturers, and spec writers about the innovations they’ve personally adopted to optimize efficiency for their firms.
  • A showcase of software developed by acelab, an information marketplace developed by graduate students at Harvard and MIT

Join us and take back your schedule to focus on where you can make a difference!

Tim McManus, Senior Advisor, McKinsey & Company  
Matt Samson, Principal, Samson & Partners 
Aaron Pine, Principal, Construction Specifications, Inc 
Jonah Kaplan, Director of Business Development, Workshop APD
Kimberly Kelly, Senior Associate, Gensler

Michael Brotherton, AIA, President of Fabrication, SITU
Nicholas Desbiens, AIA, Head of Digital Practice, KPF


December 10, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EST
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AIA New York Chapter
AIA Brooklyn