7:30 am Refreshments & Registration

8:30 am Chair’s Opening Remarks

Looking Towards More Sustainable Design to Meet Net Zero Goals

8:40 am Fireside Chat: Focusing on Sustainable Materials to Reduce Carbon Footprint & Meet Carbon Neutrality Goals


  • Incorporating low carbon steel and carbon capture concrete into design specs to encourage more sustainable practices
  • Researching alternative materials such as timber and alternative concrete mixes and aggregates to find what’s next in sustainable materials
  • Utilizing advanced software and tracking methods to monitor carbon footprint of design decisions and material selections

9:20 am Audience Discussion: Achieving Efficiency in the Face of AI: Can We Remain Sustainable & Reliable at Scale?


  • Understanding how we continue to meet sustainability goals with increased densities to not drop the ball as we increase deployments
  • Calculating realistic efficiency rates upfront to ensure operational rates match in reality
  • Coordinating priorities between client and design teams to review the appropriate trade-offs in things like water and power, especially in constrained locations

10:00 am Morning Refreshments

Effectively Working With Project Partners to Streamline Design Decisions

10:40 am Managing Client-Designer Relationships Effectively to Increase Quality & Consistency of Designs

  • Adam Black Senior Vice President of Design & Construction, TA Realty


  • Establishing trusted partnerships with experienced teams with in-depth market knowledge to access valuable insights for higher-quality designs
  • Implementing dedicated communication channels and project management tools to
  • facilitate efficient interaction to ensure prompt responses, reviews and decision making
  • Bridging the gap between interior and site design teams to better understand each discipline for increased design optimization
  • Understanding how to effectively manage cross-regional and global design teams to streamline and standardize design processes

11:20 am Panel: Optimizing Project Delivery With Design Build to Enhance Collaboration Between Project Teams


  • Fostering early collaboration between client and design teams to ensure designs are optimized for constructability
  • Setting out design parameters early to avoid rework and accelerate project timelines
  • Implementing value engineering principles throughout the design-build process to optimize project costs without sacrificing on quality or functionality
  • Leveraging iterative design cycles and feedback loops between teams to adapt to changing project requirements

12:00 pm Lunch

Revolutionizing the Way We Design to Keep Up With Evolving Needs

1:00 pm Introducing AI & Automation Into the Design Process to Work More Efficiently

  • Jackson Metcalf Senior Associate – Global Facilities, Practice Area Leader & Design Manager, Gensler


  • Utilizing AI algorithms to iteratively optimize design parameters such as layout and material selection to reduce manual efforts
  • Employing generative design to explore a vast range of design alternatives to facilitate creativity
  • Incorporating predictive modeling to forecast performance metrics and clash detection to identify potential design flaws for proactive issue resolution

1:40 pm Case Study: Empowering Design With 3D Modeling & Digital Twins to Transform Project Planning


  • Using advanced 3D modeling techniques to create highly detailed digital representations to enhance visualization and comprehension of complex structures
  • Enabling all stakeholders to access and manipulate digital twin models in immersive virtual environments to foster greater transparency and alignment
  • Integrating real-time data into digital twin models to provide up-to-date information on asset performance

2:20 pm Panel: Embracing Prefabrication & Modularization to Effectively Scale to Meet Increased Capacity Demand & Speed to Market

  • Dries Hagen Management Consultant of Capital Projects, Bryden Wood
  • Aarth Jarmarwala Global Design & Constructibility Review Specialist, Compass Data Centers


  • Understanding how prefabrication will impact the scope of work for designers and design standards
  • Adopting modular design to accommodate varying power demands and future scalability requirement
  • Exploring how offsite construction and DfMA is expected to change project delivery and constructibility

Finding & Upskilling Talent to Drive Industry Growth

3:00 pm Panel: Hiring, Training & Retaining Design Talent to Meet Demand & Stay Competitive


  • Implementing strategic recruitment initiatives, such as engaging with schools or colleges, to attract top design talent
  • Offering internships, apprenticeships or mentor programs to nurture the next generation of designers
  • Investing in skill development programs to bridge skill gaps and improve expertise
  • Implementing retention strategies beyond competitive compensation such as career advancement and supportive work environments to reduce turnover and motivate your workforce

3:40 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks

3:50 pm End of Conference