Abel Maciel

Bartlett School of Architecture

Talk Abstract:
Design is arguably the mechanism for solving most of the global challenges we are facing today. New digital authoring technologies like PIM & BIM and the advent of emergent technologies, like Digital Mixed Realities, Blockchain, and Machine Learning are augmenting design thinking’s power and amplifying its impact in new domains in unforeseen ways. However, human factors limit how large and effective teams can become: The Mythical Man-Month paradox.

In this talk, we discuss our ongoing research on BIM Common Data Environment and prospective ways to bypass integrated teams’ scalability challenges as well as preserving design intelligence and protecting design IP.


Dr. Abel Maciel is Honorary Senior Research Associate at the Bartlett School of Architecture. His research interests include computational design, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Distributed Ledger Technology (Blockchain). He is Director of Design Computation, a specialist consultancy based in London. There, he focuses on the development and delivery of complex Building Information Modelling and Programmatic Design. Abel brings extensive experience in architecture and research on a wide range of design typologies and scales, working with some of the world’s leading design practices, such as Foster and Partners and Zaha Hadid Architects. He is a Founding Director of the Construction Blockchain Consortium (CBC) and Faculty Member of the UCL Centre of Blockchain Technologies.


Design Thinking, Teams and Disruptive Technologies

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