Design Tech Meetup: Empowering Women in BIM: Collaborative Partnerships within a Global Company<< All Events
Design Tech Meetup: Empowering Women in BIM: Collaborative Partnerships within a Global Company
In conjunction with the global organization Women in BIM (WIB) and the AIA San Francisco Design Technology Knowledge Community, we bring you a panel discussion focusing on the critically important role these women are playing within a global practice. On Women's History Month, we celebrate their contributions and impact on the profession. With a focus on the importance of collaborative partnerships in order to achieve innovation, consistency, and design delivery excellence. As well as leadership and mentorship, in addition to discussing their successful careers. The panel will share insights into their professional journey, how they learn from each other and empower one another.
Southwest Regional Design Technology Manager / Gensler
Northwest Regional Design Technology Manager / Gensler
Southeast Regional Design Technology Manager / Gensler
Dolly Haardt holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Art and Design, Alfred University and a Master of Architecture degree from Rhode Island School of Design. Currently, Dolly serves as a Regional Design Technology Manager for the Southeast Region at Gensler, a leading global architecture and design firm. In this role, she brings her skills to teams, focusing on data capture using scanners and drones, BIM health and task automation, and most importantly, design resilience. She works closely with project teams to provide analysis tools that streamline project processes and improve efficiency. Dolly's 20+ years of experience took off when she moved to New York City after graduation and worked with renowned firms such as the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Acconci Studio, and Gruzen-Sampton Architects, where she was involved in all aspects of project development, from concept to construction. Her experience working with these firms helped her develop a keen interest in the impact technology makes in the field of architecture. Dolly subsequently took a significant step in her career, working directly with an Autodesk reseller to teach technology solutions to architects and engineers, focusing on BIM, energy analysis, and 3D printing. This experience sparked her interest in gaining a deeper understanding of building and fabrication. She seized the opportunity to become a Production Manager in a Metal Fabrication shop, where she implemented ERP software and cobots for automation. This experience gave her a better understanding of the impact of technology in dynamic workflows. Dolly's expertise and experience continue to make her an invaluable asset to the architecture and design industry.
Dave Alpert, FAIA
CEO and Co-Founder, Geopogo AR+
Dave is an award-winning architect now leading the development of Geopogo’s AR Instantly software for design and construction. In his career as an architect, Dave worked on project design teams for major commercial and institutional buildings in the Bay Area for the local offices of SOM, Gensler, and other firms. After earning an MBA mid-career, he worked on the owner’s side coaching design and construction teams on $10 billion of projects around the country for Kaiser Permanente. Dave leads the monthly meetings for the AIASF Design Tech Knowledge Community.
Learning Objectives (1 LU)
- Identify ways across your organization that can streamline and support productivity.
- Learn about career trajectories and non-traditional paths that can lead to alternate leadership roles in the industry.
- How to collaborate efficiently to formulate strategies and achieve innovation and successful project deliveries within a multi regional practice.
- Describe organizations that are seeking to make the design technology specialty of our profession more motivating and empowering by representing women in the architecture industry.