What We Do

CIDCI brings together deep thinkers from diverse disciplines and communities to advance change in the design and construction industry. 

In 2020, CIDCI will repeat two groundbreaking events:

Fall Forum 

On October 4, 2019, in San Francisco, the Fall Forum showcased ideas about how to reshape the industry, inspire innovation, and transform our work.  Check out the transformative speakers from the 2019 event in the presentations below:

Save the Date for the 2020 Fall Forum on October 9th in the Bay Area.

Innovation Lab

March 16-18, 2020

Oakland, CA

The Center for Innovation and Design in the Construction Industry (CIDCI) is pleased to partner with UC Berkeley to launch a series of events aimed at re-imagining how the design and construction industry works.  

The Innovation Lab will convene selected leaders in the industry to engage in a three-day exercise to bring to life new ways in which we might collectively create a better future for all. With a focus on teaching participants new ways to collaborate, this 3 day exercise will take place in Oakland, California on March 16-18, 2020.

Sponsors receive limited complementary registrations to the Innovation Lab (see Sponsorship page for details.) Sponsors may purchase additional tickets to the Innovation Lab at reduced rates.


Others are invited to register, on a space available basis. Note that this is a three day event and the participation fee, for non-sponsors, including meals and materials, is $3500.  


Registration is limited and this event will sell out. Please note that no refunds can be given but tickets are transferable, with administrative approval.

Have questions about this event? Contact us here.

CIDCI reserves the right to cancel or reschedule the event.

What past participants say about the Innovation Lab

“On the second day of the Innovation lab, my boss asked if I was making any good contacts (for the company.)  Oh, yeah, I told him I’m making amazing contacts but more importantly, I’m learning a new way to think.  Now that’s amazing.”

“The Lab was a great experience focused on the tools and process to be innovative vs. “one” innovation subject.  These tools are invaluable.”

“The (Innovation Lab) experience was amazing.  Key tools and concepts were learned in a very short time and made real by practicing with other industry practitioners.”

Past Forums

2017 Fall Forum Videos

How do we catalyze innovation to stay relevant? Innovation in the Design and Construction Industry: Risk & Opportunity. Dynamic speakers help us to determine how we will embrace the future.


Lifecycle Thinking – Materials with Larry Strain of Seigel & Strain, Wes Sullen of StopWaste, Drew Wenzel from Google and Megan White from Integral.


Lifecycle Thinking – Building Operations with Brian Jacobson of EHDD, Peter Rumsey of Point Energy Innovations and Larry Eisenberg from Beezley.


Lifecycle Thinking – Defining Constructs with John Andary from Integral Group.


Innovative Tools for Optimizing Delivery with Gabriel Dobbs of SkyCatch, Wayne Benedict from Hilti, Debra Gondeck-Becker from Honeywell, Peter Wu of BIM Anywhere and Andrew Arnold from DPR Construction.


Organizing/Managing to Enable Innovation with John Chachere from NASA, Brendon Buckley and Molly McElligott from Johnson Controls, Renate Fruchter of Stanford University, Jamie Hammond from Adept, Genevieve Taylor of Global Genesis and Bill Witherspoon from The Sky Factory.


The Business Case for Integration with Stuart Eckblad from UCSF, Jeffery Birdwell of Sares Regis, Patricia Tillmann of Berkley, Adrian Toovey, David Van Wyk from Walt Disney, Michael Bade from UCSF, Martin Fisher of Stanford and Rob Reaugh from MDR International.


Procurement Innovators with Jim Nannini from Building Wide Systems, Paulo Napolitano of Herrero and Kevin von Grave from LeanCor.


Impact of Compliance Processes with Don Foldenauer of Aditazz, Mark David from SAP, Reuben Halili of SFO Airport and James Sowerbrower of CSU.


Manufacturing High Performance Buildings with Kathleen Liston from IDEABuilder, Bobby Alverado, Mike Walton and Rod Spencley from DPR Construction, Doug Moore of McKinstry and Bill Maddex from Arup.


What’s the Next Dimension of BIM? with Patricia Carmichael of ATG, Chuck Eastman from Georgia Tech, Forest Flager of Stanford, Brian Johnson from CBI, Justin Quimby, Ward Vercruyse of Aditazz and Jonathan Widney from Solibri LLC.


Innovation through the Collision of Ideas with Bill McGowan of Granite Construction, Steve Holf from PCI, Jim Hoff from Rosendin Electric, Zach Sargent from Superior Air Handling, Bill Black from Hayworth, David Rex Moore of RME, Ash Notaney from Project Frog, Nick Bagatelos, Bob Simmons of ConXTEch, Rick Blazier of Southland and Dan Hansford from Hansford Industries.


Lifecycle Thinking – Defining Constructs with John Andary from Integral Group.