It seems like the problem of interoperability between AEC applications has been a challenge since almost the beginning of time. At Hawkins\Brown and across the industry, we’ve all explored novel solutions for moving design information between applications. This has allowed designers to either maximise the functionality of a specific piece of software, using the best tool for the job, or maximise their own knowledge, allowing the designer to use the tool that they know best. There’s nothing worse than shoe-horning a design idea into an application that it doesn’t suit. Likewise, it’s pretty counter-productive to pigeon-hole designers into using one application when they could do their job better using another.

Historically, both practice and project delivery protocols have directed us to channel our design information into one environment, one application. But the reality is that complex and varied projects, with multiple different design elements, often need elements of a project to be delivered across different design applications. If the platform to deliver a project isn’t a one-horse race, then being software agnostic as an organisation or individual is a good thing.

What is key, however, is identifying, establishing and managing the best workflows for each project that enable us to get the best out of both the range of design skills across the office and available design software.

Jack Stewart leads Digital Design at Hawkins\Brown. The Digital Design Team continually develop new processes using their skills in computation to overcome design challenges. 

With a growing team of computational designers and architects turned software developers, the team can offer expertise across all projects at Hawkins\Brown. This includes focused scripting and coding expertise to help resolve design challenges and create tools to deliver more robust and efficient production information. 

More broadly the team is reviews digital technology across the practice and explores how we can innovate both how we better practice architecture, and, more importantly, how we create better places.

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