Automation in Computational Design

Stay competitive. Incorporate automation approaches into your workflow.


Creating our instruments of service has not fundamentally changed in years, relying on highly educated and compensated staff to manually, and inefficiently, manipulate building elements on paper or computer screen. To survive as a profession, we must abandon this 'business as usual' approach and embrace automation. In this session, Computational Design experts will describe various approaches to automation, and share how to incorporate them into your workflows.

This session was recorded at the 2020 Building Connections Congress, an AIA Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Knowledge Community event.

Learning objectives

  • Learn how to increase engagement and impact with automation tools.
  • Be able to identify where to incorporate automation in your firm.
  • Benefit from lessons learned and what may not be a good candidate for automation.
  • Learn how to assess the value of the knowledge that you are automating, and the risk associated with choosing to automate the task.

Building Connections Congress

In the ever-changing whirlwind of modern technology, there is certainly no shortage of options to choose from. We are constantly presented with the latest tools for innovation⁠—each with a specific purpose. However, at the core of design practice and managing the built environment, how can industry leaders distinguish which of these tools are transformative and which are simply hype? From changing workflows and driving innovation to improving productivity and increasing profits, the technologies we utilize have the capacity to create waves of change within our industries and beyond. On January 13, colleagues and industry leaders came together to discuss differing perspectives on how automation, augmented decision making, design analysis, and computational design will impact the future of practice, and our industry.

The AIA Technology in Architectural Practice Knowledge Community (TAP) serves as a resource for AIA members, the profession, and the public in the deployment of computer technology in the practice of architecture. TAP leaders monitor the development of computer technology and its impact on architecture practice and the entire building life cycle, including design, construction, facility management, and retirement or reuse. Learn more and join TAP at

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    Dane Stokes

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