Thursday / April 05, 2018 / 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Leveraging Technology Forum

DIRTT Environmental Solutions, 325 North Wells Street, 10th Floor, Chicago

AIA Chicago and the Lean Construction Institute-Chicago are collaborating on a forum on drones and the pedagogy of explorative tools. The use of drones within architecture is relatively new and a complex study. For basic use, we have photography and video. From a more comprehensive understanding, we evolve into animation, site data collection, mapping, and fabrication. We need to understand innovation with the field and how we can apply this knowledge to a field that is rapidly evolving.


2:00 pm                  introductions and overview

2:35                        simultaneous 20-minute demonstrations and small-group conversations

4:20                        panel discussion

5:00 to 6:00 pm      reception

Moderator: Peter Leoschke, AIA, Gensler
Peter is a Design Manager with Gensler’s Chicago office and has been practicing architecture for over 30 years. In addition, Peter started his Lean journey 5 years ago and is leading Gensler’s Lean practice effort. He is also a member in both AIA Chicago and LCI Chicago Community of Practice. He has been working with AIA Chicago's Practice Committee and LCI-Chicago's membership committee to provide opportunities for design firms to learn about LCI and Lean Practices.


Andrew LeTourneau and Robert Guertin, Gensler: Andrew has worked as a Virtual Reality Specialist with Gensler this past year in a new position to assist designers and architects with tools to advance the design through drone footage of site the context, or creating VR experiences.  Robert is a licensed drone pilot and architectural designer. He is also interested in the nexus of emerging technologies and architectural discourse.

Marcus Kim, AIGA, Autodesk: Marcus is the Architecture Consulting Manager with Autodesk Consulting. He focuses on enterprise adoption of Revit and BIM workflows for AEC customers and has traveled around the globe providing BIM services to domestic and multi-national customers. He brings 14 years of large project experience, and advises companies on how to address BIM at both the project and enterprise levels. He is the author of Mastering Autodesk Revit 2018 for Architecture, the definitive industry book on Revit.

Joshua Mercado, The Boldt Company: Joshua is Director of BIM and Systems Integration with The Boldt Company. He has over ten years of experience working in the construction industry in the high-rise and healthcare sector. With an educational background in design, experience working with a trade partner and now working with the general contractor, he brings a clear understanding of the challenges associated with coordinating multiple scopes. Joshua helps teams collaborate and appreciate their ownership of the overall BIM process.

Rafael Astacio, Construction Robotics: A passionate and dedicated International Business Development Executive, Rafael creates long-term value for organizations based on an in-depth understanding of direct and indirect sales, strategic marketing, market reach, P&L management and project management. He is a mentor and leader focused on building collaborative cultures for success and cultivating relationships with customers and market champions.

Chris Matus, DIRTT Environmental Solutions: With a background in manufacturing for 13+ years and always looking at ways to leverage Kaizen to remove costs that clients do not see value for, now using that skill set daily in the construction environment. With the amount of waste that the client pays for in the slow design and construction process, technology is the way that our industry can make construction fun again.

Sponsored By

Practice Management KC of AIA Chicago, LCI-Chicago, DIRTT

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3 LU

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