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 three groundbreaking events:
You may need support today to solve complicated problems that didn’t exist a month ago.
The Center for Innovation in the Design and Construction Industry is moving our Innovation Lab online and expanding it to include CEO’s and others charged with making hard decisions in the coming months to create a community of practice within the AEC community.
The Online Innovation Lab will meet April 29 - June 3, 2020.
Live sessions will take place Wednesday's 3:00-4:30PM PST. Sessions will be recorded for those unable to participate in real time.
The format will be 90 minute group weekly sessions on Zoom for a 6-week period once a week. Participants will have “homework” to work on between sessions that applies to the project topic of their choice. Our objective is to make the time as useful as possible for tackling real and immediate challenges. Live sessions will include plenary time reviewing work done to date and introducing new approaches for the next steps and breakout sessions of 3-4 participants to discuss their individual challenges and support one another with their work. Participants will come together with a question or problem they are grappling with. These problems could be connected to current health and economic crisis or perhaps they are problems magnified by these uncertain times…or not! Problem statements can focus on internal projects (e.g., how might we streamline our contracting time?, how might we build camaraderie on a virtual team?) or external projects (e.g., how might we help our hospital clients improve safety?, how might we help our clients cope with the COVID-19 crisis?).
Participants in the Innovation Lab will learn tools from design and systems thinking, apply them immediately to their own projects, and engage in conversations with leaders from a variety of organizations, particularly around addressing current challenges. They will leave with an appreciation of how to better understand their stakeholders, how to frame opportunities within messy problem spaces, how to conduct rapid experiments to test new product or service offerings, and how to tell stories about ideas in a way that resonates with various stakeholders.
Who leads this effort?
Sara Beckman has spent her years as a boundary spanner at UC Berkeley, where she has held faculty appointments in both the Haas School of Business and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. She served as Chief Learning Officer for the newly formed Jacobs Institute of Design Innovation and facilitated the creation of a multi-disciplinary Certificate in Design Innovation. She teaches courses such as Collaborative Innovation which integrates Art Practice, Theater and Dance Performance Studies and Business perspectives on both collaboration and innovation.
Rachel Dzombak is a strategist and educator working to frame and solve complex problems and train others to do the same. Based at the University of California, Berkeley, she researches teams and technology management, teaches innovation and entrepreneurship, and supports a range of organizations working to shift business models and grow innovation ecosystems.
CIDCI sponsors enjoy free participation based on their level of sponsorship. Nonprofit leaders are eligible for full scholarships in this time of need.
Have questions about this event? Contact us here.
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.”
Swedish Study Trip
Postponed - check back for new dates
Led by Stanford University Professor Jerker Lessing, this study trip to Sweden will include visits to leading companies, factories and projects applying Industrialized Construction in various ways. Meetings with experts from academia and industry organizations will complement company visits and contribute to a deep understanding of Industrialized Construction in Sweden. Jerker is also the R&D director of BoKlok.
(Study trip costs paid by attendees.)
Can't Convince the Boss to Send you to Sweden for a Week?
Professor Lessing will host a half-day introduction to Swedish Industrialized Construction in San Francisco.
[This event will be rescheduled - check back for new dates]
In this seminar, Stanford Adjunct Professor Jerker Lessing will introduce the fundamentals of Industrialized Construction. This is a strong global trend and companies around the world are applying this in various innovative ways. Dr. Lessing will explain the logic and mechanisms behind industrialized construction, demonstrating successful implementations as well as important failures. It will be obvious that there is not one recipe to do this right – but some very important ingredients!
He will also elaborate on how companies can apply different product strategies and use platforms to improve project execution across a variety of factors including speed, cost, and safety. This will be followed by discussions about how business models need to evolve to support this transition in construction.
Topics to be covered in the seminar include:
Industrialized Construction – an integral approach
Process structure for IC
Products and Platforms
Platform & Production strategies
Business models for IC
About the speaker:
Dr. Jerker Lessing serve as the Director of Research & Development at BoKlok, Sweden’s leading housing company for industrialized construction. BoKlok was founded in 1996 as a joint venture between the construction company Skanska and the furniture company IKEA. He leads the company’s R&D initiatives and collaboration with partners. Dr. Lessing also has a role as Adjunct Professor at Stanford University where he is doing research and teaching around industrialized construction. In his research, he has developed a framework that serves as a theoretical foundation for academic study as well as a guide for individual companies’ development towards industrialization.
Sweden Study trip attendees have complementary registration.
CIDCI Sponsors: $50 per person
Not-yet-sponsors: $100 per person
October 9, 2020
San Francisco, CA
The Center for Innovation in the Design and Construction Industry hosts the annual Fall Forum as a cross-disciplinary convening of owners, builders, designers and regulators. Attended by Bay Area and international leaders, the Forum has included speakers from Google, Facebook, Center for Disease Control, Factory OS, Gensler, DPR, UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and more. We are planning the 2020 conference now so let us know if you have ideas!