Turner Fleischer Architects
As a Partner, CEO and CFO of Turner Fleischer Architects, Ellen Bensky, B.A., Dip. Arch. Tech (Hon), CanBIM P1, contributes on a daily basis to the advancement of architectural technology and design not only in her firm, but industry-wide through her initiatives and dedication. Passionate for education, Ellen is especially proud of spear-heading an internal academy, which provides a comprehensive learning and teaching platform for her studio. Through her current role, Ellen is able to engage daily in the process of successfully leveraging complex business needs and architectural realities, driving her quest for operational excellence while remaining committed to giving back to the greater community. An experienced speaker, she has presented at local and international at Colleges and Universities, as well as industry events including KA Connect, Autodesk University, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada conferences, BiLT Australia / New Zealand, BiLT Virtual Conference and several other engagements in Canada, the United States and Europe.
Thursday, 24 June, 2021
BILT Virtual 2021 | Stream Two: An Established DPD: The Secret to Thriving in Disruptive Times (20mins)
Ellen Bensky, Turner Fleischer Architects
Business Strategy and Leadership
Non Vendor Specific
The disruption caused by the impact of the pandemic and accelerating technology has challenged the A/E/C industry faster than most firms can react. The need to optimize internal talent has never been greater, nor has the need to embrace and translate a digital mindset into a profitable workflow. There is no longer a single force driving change in our businesses; there are competing, complex decisions that have to be made rapidly and logically.
Learn how, as a mid-sized architecture firm leveraged its ten-person Digital Practice Department (DPD) to go beyond technology oversight, and bring innovation that touches all studio workflows. Attendees will understand that from the drive to be at the forefront of technology stemmed a realization that a practice can do so much more by investing and supporting internal technology teams. Ellen will share the results of the decision to hire a Chief Technology Officer, and how a CTO is not another digitally focused position, but a critical role that impacts all aspects of a progressive practice. Taking a deep dive into the current goals and objectives of our DPD, and the evolving roles within it, learn how flexibility and empowerment allow a firm to thrive in unpredictable times.