The Endless Search: Innovations in Product Sourcing

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AIA Member (not AIANY or AIA BK)$5.00 USD
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General Public   $10.00 USD

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*This event will be occurring as a live webinar. Registrants will be emailed a link to access the program.*

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 will be divided in two parts to improve this ratio:

  • An introductory keynote by Tim McManus, followed by a panel discussion between industry’s leading architects, manufacturers and spec writers about their views on 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