Lunchtime Learning: Algorithms-Aided Design in BIM Software

  • Date

    Wednesday, July 13 2022

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location


Algorithms-aided design tools are quickly becoming a standard of the AEC industry. They can bring endless opportunities for customization and automation within your design software and allow you more experimentation and optimization within your designs. Algorithms-aided design can be intimidating to a new user, but the most important thing you need to get started is a problem you want to solve. Once you get started, the true possibilities begin to open up. In this presentation, I will discuss some basics of algorithmic modeling, give some examples of scripts that you can build in BIM software, and look at several real-world algorithmic modeling success stories.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the multiple benefits of using algorithmic modeling within a design and BIM software.
  • Describe how algorithmic modeling can be used to create multiple iterations and increase time efficiency within the design process.
  • Demonstrate how algorithmic modeling can be used to analyze data and optimize designs.
  • Discover how designers are currently using algorithms-aided design in their work.

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Sarah Barrett

Sarah Barrett brings more than a decade of experience as an architect and graphic designer, as well as professional expertise in the field of parametric modeling, in her role as an Architect Product Specialist at Vectorworks, Inc. In addition to serving as an architectural expert and BIM specialist for the company, Sarah helps create best practices for Marionette, the integrated algorithmic modeling tool in Vectorworks software. She also leads webinars and workshops on a variety of industry topics and develops materials to help customers improve their workflows and design processes. Sarah has an M.Arch. from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in architectural studies from Brown University.

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