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7 AEC industry disruptors and their groundbreaking achievements

Meet BD+C’s 2019 AEC Innovators.

August 27, 2019 |
Matt Gough, Director of Innovation and Work Winning, Mace Group

Matt Gough, Director of Innovation and Work Winning, Mace Group 


From building prefab factories in the sky to incubating the next generation of AEC tech startups, our 2019 class of AEC Innovators demonstrates that the industry is poised for a shakeup. Meet BD+C’s 2019 AEC Innovators.



1. Jennifer Abuzeid, Senior Director–Global Design Strategies, Marriott International

Marriott International embraces modular construction: The hotel giant has more than 50 projects in the works that incorporate prefab guestrooms or bathrooms. READ STORY



2. BuroHappold’s Computational Collective

How engineering giant BuroHappold democratizes tech innovation: The firm's Computational Collective initiative presents employees with “a different way of thinking and working.” READ THE STORY



3. Bob Clark, Chairman and CEO, Clayco

Clayco seeks the cutting edge as a competitive advantage: Innovation has been in Clayco’s DNA since this general contractor was founded in 1984. READ STORY



4. Matt Gough, Director of Innovation and Work Winning, Mace Group 

Mace Group built working factories on top of under-construction skyscrapers: The six-story factories eliminated the need for tower cranes, and increased productivity to the point where crews could complete 18 floors in 18 weeks. READ STORY



5. Dane Stokes, Design Technology Specialist, ZGF Architects

Improving architectural designs through iteration: Computational design lets ZGF Architects see patterns that renderings and even models can’t show. READ STORY



6. Ron Klemencic, PE, SE, Hon. AIA, Chairman and CEO, Magnusson Klemencic Associates 

Structural engineer speeds skyscraper construction with novel building core design: With its Speed Core composite core wall system, Magnusson Klemencic Associates thinks it’s found a faster way to complete high-rise buildings. READ STORY



7. Burcin Kaplanoglu, PhD, Co-founder, Oracle Construction and Engineering Innovation Lab

Oracle’s replica of a construction jobsite creates an immersive environment for AEC professionals: The Oracle Construction and Engineering Innovation Lab allows visitors to walk through five different stages of construction work, to test new AEC technologies and training techniques. READ STORY


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