14 - 16 June, 2022, Anaheim, United States
DTS Americas 2022


The below is the schedule for the DTS sessions at Digital Built Week Americas 2022. It is correct as of April 2022 and may be subject to change.

This year's DTS events will be fully interlaced with the BILT event. There will be 8 DTS sessions in total, grouped into four pairs of two sessions each. Each pair will consist of a session "A" and a session "B".

Session "A" will feature relevant, thoughtful, insights and examples from industry leaders, presented in a lecture or keynote form. In session "B", attendees will reflect and expand on Session "A"'s topic and ideas, relating them to their organizations. Session "B"'s format will be the traditional DTS-style facilitated roundtable conversations, including the opportunity for breakout sessions should they suit the topic at hand.
Day 1: from practice to startup
Session Pair #1
Session A: Keynote: Heath May, HKS LINE
Case study for technology on an advanced stadium, including the continuum of digital threads threading though project phases.

Session B:
Key Questions:

  • what can you identify as an opportunity in your company?
  • How can technology tie together areas of your practice?
  • How does technology augment human capabilities, rather than supplanting them?
  • what is technology's role in the context of professional services in general?

Session Pair #2
Session A: Who Wants to be a (Built World) Entrepreneur? Alice Leung
Alice will share her thoughts on starting an AEC technology company - including funding strategies, team selection, and more.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the terms used in the venture capital world
  • Learn about the different options of starting a company
  • Learn about what venture capitalists look for in startups
  • Learn about how venture capital works

Session B:
Key Topics:

  • Identify one opportunity from Session Pair #1 and develop a plan to fund it
  • Describe both top-line and bottom-line benefits for your idea
  • Discuss operationalization strategies

Day 2: work and you
Session Pair #3
Session A: The Evolution of Digitizing Your Practice, Ellen Benksy, Turner Fleischer Architects
Balancing digital transformation, client servicing, and business innovation.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Learn how innovation necessitates the evolution of existing roles and the creation of new highly specialized positions at all levels.
  • Understand how a Digital Practice Department is scalable and can evolve along with your firm.
  • Learn how a primarily non-billable department structure is created and maintained within a profitable environment.
  • Understanding how the right structure for technology management informs strategic growth and good decisions, pivotal in the ability to future-plan.

Session B:
Key Discussion Topics:

  • How has your firm's Digital Practice group evolved over the past ten years? What has been digitized, digitalized, or digitally transformed?
  • What were the drivers of that evolution?
  • What sort of tactics/ approaches could you take to develop/ grow an overhead component of your DT/ DP group?
    • justifications, organizational strategies
    • digitalization vs digital transformation

Session Pair #4
Session A: Work Experience Panel Discussion, Katelyn Sanchez, Neil Kemp, Marcello Sgambelluri
Comparing and contrasting design technology and innovation in three distinct environments:

  • in a project role within a company
  • as part (or lead) of a Design Technology group within a company
  • as an independent consultant

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the similarities and differences of Design Technology opportunities in different modes of practice
  • Identify pros and cons of each mode

Session B:
Key Discussion Topics

  • Draw parallels to your circumstances and
  • identify one area of potential: what might that look like in two or three of the environments from Session A?

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