Integrating Technology: A Paradigm Shift in Architecture

By Ryan E. Smith.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Inventors and theorists provide a prediction function to technological development offering breakthrough inventions that are not realized until long term if ever. Engineers, and entrepreneurs forecast innovations by developing the technology for markets some ten years out. It is designers that determine new models less than three years out from conception. With so much control over what technologies are utilized by society with regard to buildings designers of the built environment, architects, need to have a more critical understanding and ability to critique, and select technology for building. Recent developments in integrated contracts suggest a realignment of the means by which buildings are conceived, designed and delivered. Similar to the master builder era when architects were also building engineers and constructors, through a flattening of the process and products that make up buildings, architects have the potential to influence all of the technology development phases of building including predicting, forecasting, and projecting materials and digital technologies into the market sector. This paper will present the technics of building, outlining ways in which architects might integrate with manufacturers and fabricators to determine technology.

Keywords: Design Integration, Architecture, Building Technology, Manufacturing, Fabrication

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 6, Issue 5, pp.131-144. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.045MB).

Ryan E. Smith

Director, Integrated Technology in Architecture Center, College of Architecture + Planning, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Ryan E. Smith is the Director of I TAC: Integrated Technology in Architecture Center. The mission of the research center is to to promote integration in architecture that works to flatten the process and product technology that lead to sustainable and lean design and construction practice. Smith's research includes analyzing the integration process, players and collaborations including the use of BIM, energy, and lifecycle simulation. In addition, Smith develops, tests, and monitors existing and emergent holistic integrated technology products (varied in scale) for zero energy buildings and applies these to practice through university ~ industry collaborations and demonstration projects. His work in the center has been funded by institutions including FEMA, UTA, AISC, UofU, and DOE. Smith is a graduate of the University of Arizona and UC Berkeley.


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