When I look at the practice of Architecture and construction; a gap exists between the designer and the fabricator.  We are typically trying to pieces and parts to assemble a design that will become an entire building. While this method is incredibly valid for the volume of work that we affect, technology is now allowing us to manufacture elemental parts in batch sizes as small as one part. This approach is unfamiliar to most in our business as it has been cost prohibitive for decades. My work during my Innovation Sabbatical focused on how to bring the approach to digital fabrications used in aerospace, automotive and product design to our industry.

The Innovation Sabbatical was about trying to understand what the language for the next millennium needs to be. I am working to carve the next Rosetta stone and re-write the architectural design standards for the next generation. Buildings are now understood in 3 dimensions from the first time a sketch is brought into the CAD environment. That 3rd dimension cannot be lost when we transfer our projects to potential bidders. The 4th dimension of the drawings – data – retains incredible value as the drawings get transferred to sheets. Traditionally, all this knowledge has to be rediscovered in the thousands of pages of specifications, the hundreds of drawings and the countless notes and schedules that are part of our document sets. The way we write. The way we draw. The way we communicate. Design is changing.

Greg is the third recipient of Hollis + Miller’s Innovation Sabbatical program. A four-month sabbatical removing a selected individual from their typical workload to research and explore a topic they are passionate about. Follow Greg’s journey through his sabbatical as he traveled to Boston and worked in the Autodesk BUILD Space.

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