Managing Digital Fabrication: Improving the Dialogue of Design from Idea to Manufacture (September 28, 2006)

This session takes place from 10:30am to 12:30pm on Wednesday, November 29, 2006 at Construct Canada in Toronto, and will demonstrate how to improve the design dialogue as ideas move from a prototype to a finished project.

When offices began integrating CAD systems two decades ago, there appeared to be a revolution in the architectural process. However, until recently CAD systems merely brought the drafting process into the digital era, but stopped short of transforming the link between design and construction. With the advent of affordable rapid-prototyping, CNC manufacturing and building information modelling (BIM) technology, another revolution is underway. Sophisticated design and construction processes are now possible through accessible digital fabrication technologies. Through an overview of some recent projects, as well as outlining a range of applications and services available, designers will learn how to be more effective as the disconnect between design and construction narrows. The session will also include approaches to manufacturing, project management, costing and construction.

Panellists are Philip Beesley, Julian Bowron and Stephane Raymond.

Philip Beesley is a practicing architect, artist and professor of architecture at theUniversity of Waterloo. His own firm, Philip Beesley Architect Inc. works on a varietyof projects in Toronto and Southern Ontario. Advanced digital visualizations andphysical prototyping are a part of Beesley’s design methodology which includesinterdisciplinary art, exhibit design, stage and lighting projects. Beesley was recipientof the Prix de Rome in Architecture for Canada. He is co-director of the IntegratedCentre for Visualization, Design and Manufacturing, a high-performance computerand rapid-prototyping facility at Waterloo and Fabrication research leader for theCanada Design Research Network. For more information, please visit

Julian Bowron is the President of Feature Factory Design / Build (FEFA), a firm that began in 1984. FEFA works with designers, architects and owners to design, detail and produce high-end architectural and multimedia elements such as signage, lighting, water features, sculpture, exhibits and multimedia theatres. FEFA was an early convert to parametric solid modeling as a design and communication tool and blends CAD/CAM techniques and traditional craftsmanship to execute its unique work. The workload over the next year includes major projects in Las Vegas, Miami, Macau,Dubai, Barbados, New York City and various locations in Canada. Bowron is the owner, founder and president of Feature Factory, and its interactive kiosk division, the Kiosk Factory. His work ranges from sketching structural concepts for engineered structures to the conceptual design of multi-media environments and supervision of the FEFA design team. Bowron is a guest lecturer at the Ontario College of Art and Design, the Humber College School of Industrial Design and the Ryerson University Schools of Interior Design and Retail Management. For more information, please visit

Stephane Raymond of Studio Daniel Libeskind is currently the project architect for the Renaissance ROM project. Raymond has over 12 years of experience in all aspects of architecture from design to project management on a wide range of projects both in Canada and abroad. His work has been published andexhibited locally and internationally. He has taught, lectured and been a guest critic at universities in Canada and the US. Raymond is also a founding partner of Fluid Design Workshop, a furniture and custom residential design-build firm in Toronto. A graduate of the University of Waterloo, Raymond has worked on variety of projects across Canada, the US and Asia. His range of experience has included restoration work, interactive design, urban design and resort development. The Renaissance ROM project represents a host of new opportunities to work with the management of incorporating evolving digital fabrication processes with traditional design practice.