Designing with Concrete in the 21st Century

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Sponsored by Vectorworks
Presented by Sarah Barrett, Architect Product Specialist, Vectorworks, Inc.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore the historical and contemporary evolution of concrete and its use as a key building material.
  2. Investigate the design issues related to using concrete as a durable and long-lasting primary building material.
  3. Assess design strategies related to creating buildings that can be innovative in shape and form and meet structural and fire-code requirements.
  4. Identify the role that design software and building information modeling (BIM) can play in achieving exceptional concrete building designs.


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Concrete is a rather ubiquitous, tested, proven, and versatile building material. It has been used for literally thousands of years to create long-lasting man-made structures of all types, including buildings. Architects in the past few centuries have found it to be an appealing choice to express dynamic and vibrant designs in ways that other materials could not. This can produce more design freedom and the ability to incorporate unique and custom features into a building as part of the basic construction process. It is not surprising then that new technologies, techniques and design approaches have been developed that allow architects to think and design with concrete in ways that are even more creative, structurally efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective. It is common to couple the technical knowledge of concrete with the ability to design in three dimentions using building information modeling (BIM) or similar design software to create award-winning and stunning facilities. Some architects even attest that their careers have not only been made possible but have flourished through this combination.

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Sarah Barrett

Sarah Barrett brings more than a decade of experience as an architect and graphic designer, as well as professional expertise in the field of parametric modeling, to her role as an architect product specialist at Vectorworks, Inc. In addition to serving as an architectural expert and BIM specialist for the company, she helps create best practices for Marionette, the integrated algorithmic modeling tool in Vectorworks software. She also leads webinars and workshops on a variety of industry topics and develops materials to help customers improve their workflows and design processes. Sarah has a Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts in architectural studies from Brown University.

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Vectorworks, Inc. is the developer of Vectorworks software, a line of industry-specific CAD and BIM solutions that help more than half a million design visionaries transform the world.