Nuri Miller + Jonathan Kanda
As the requirements of specialized building types become increasingly more complex, clients continue to demand design professionals with focused expertise, innovation, and "thought leadership." This high-value knowledge, gained over years of experience, is often held by a small number of firm specialists, and not readily disseminated to a broader group, both internally and externally. Can technology help capture this deep knowledge, but also be used to convey and make this expertise accessible? To that end, CO Architects has developed a programming engine/dashboard tool that codifies its expertise in medical education and research facility design, automates the program development process, creates a repository of project data, and provides comparative program performance. This session will explore the in-house development of the dashboard tool and discuss its early benefits to the practice, project, and clients.
As a Principal at CO Architects, Jonathan Kanda leads strategic planning studies and building projects nationwide for academic medical and higher education clients that are re-envisioning their curricular and pedagogical approaches. He is a nationally recognized specialist and speaker on the innovations in collaborative and active learning environments. Jonathan established and directs COsim, a division within CO Architects dedicated to the planning and design of medical simulation facilities. He also co-founded CO University, the firm's in-house education program created to encourage firmwide knowledge sharing and individual professional development. Jonathan holds a Master of Architecture from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from UC Berkeley.
Nuri Miller is CO Architects' Director of Digital Design and Technology and is responsible for the firm's strategic use of technology to support and enhance the design process. His expertise includes a wide array of design platforms including Revit, Rhino/Grasshopper, Digital Project/CATIA, Solidworks, Navisworks and other advanced 3D/BIM solutions, and his experience includes technology positions for Walt Disney Imagineering and Gehry Technologies, where he was responsible for the implementation and interoperability of design technologies with effective custom solutions. A frequent presenter on advanced parametric design and applications of technology for the AEC industry, Nuri holds a Master of Architecture from UCLA and a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University.
Christopher Parsons of Knowledge Architecture interviews Nuri Miller and Jonathan Kanda of CO Architects at KA Connect 2017.