UP Presentation: Building Digital Bridges

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David divides his time between the fields of architecture and information technology. Recently he completed his PhD thesis ‘Building Digital Bridges’, which explored how information technology can improve architectural collaboration by ensuring team members can inclusively and comprehensively record and reflect upon the design process. Recording the Building Stories within a project ensures that members of the design team can access timely and relevant information, which in turn leads to more effective collaboration. Unfortunately, this is currently a difficult proposition given the complexity of the architectural design process and the segmentation of the architecture, engineering and construction industry. To address this problem, the research proposed that the industry adopt Hyperlinked Practice, which is the creation of a distributed cloud of interconnected information that describes an architectural project’s events, activities and digital artefacts. To facilitate Hyperlinked Practice, the thesis identified and tested a set of fundamental principles that could guide the design and deployment of the next generation of architectural collaboration technologies. Over the last seven years David has also operated a small IT consulting business in Wellington that focuses on the implementation and development of open source collaboration software. This ongoing real-world experience helped to ground the thesis, and ensured that its focus was on the digital challenges faced by architectural professionals today, and the information technology trends that would influence them in the foreseeable future. With the thesis complete, David now faces the difficult challenge of turning the concepts it introduced into viable software products that architectural professionals around the world are prepared to invest in.

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