FARA BRITT WOOLF
I HAVE A VERY INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH COMPUTERS AS THEY RELATE TO THE ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN PROCESS. I HAVE SPENT THE LAST 10+ YEARS EXPLORING THIS INTEREST AT A WIDE RANGE OF SCALES AND THRU A WIDE RANGE OF MEDIUMS. A FOCUS ON BIM MANAGEMENT HAS EMERGED AS A RESULT OF THESE EXPLORATIONS.
Beginning with my M.Arch degree and ending with my time at SOM-Chicago, this phase of my career focused on BIM implementation, advanced parametric modeling and rule-based design. It provided me with an opportunity to play a critical role in the management of the design process in a top-down system.
This involved 2 key projects where I authored and managed the control geometry used by several internal studios for the design and documentation of high-rise towers.
The component-driven nature of these projects piqued my interest in digital fabrication.
Pursuing two seemingly unrelated interests; custom fabrication and computer programming, I attended the Product-Architecture Lab for an M.Eng degree. My studies led to a position as a project manager with the premier architectural concrete fabricator in NYC.
In addition to transitioning their shop drawings to BIM, my biggest pain point as a PM was an inability to communicate with my shop thru photo sharing.
I used these observations to begin developing a web/mobile app to serve as a true bottom-up design process tool called, biltboard. WATCH PITCH!
After selling off biltboard, I returned to architectural-scale process and BIM management. My time at SHoP and CASE focused on mining and visualizing data to improve process efficiency. This information helped to scrutinize top-level milestones, manpower allocation and ultimately, profitability.
An opportunity to assist my longtime partner presented itself after securing a ground-up, multi-family residential commission in BK.
This role allowed me to fully flex my BIM mgmt muscles. I researched, implemented and managed all aspects of our transition to BIM.