IAAC – Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
Global Summer School Program 2020
Online Course
: Building Information Modelling // collaborative design workflows with Speckle
Duration: from the 13th until the 17th July 2020


Ph credits: CEDIM / AEC Delta Mobility

Advances in architectural geometry and the rising ubiquity of design computation and visual programming amongst architecture practices has led
to the design and construction of more complex, larger scale architectural projects. Consequently, the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC)
industry has witnessed the emergence of custom technological solutions tailored within some of the most progressive architecture practices to better
understand and visualise complex digital design workflows.

From De Vries’ Activity Network [de Vries 1995], the discretisation of logic through “staging” introduced by Front Inc. [Van der Heijden et al. 2015], to the
“Metagraph” developed by Woods Bagot [Ringley 2017], these different approaches commonly address the visualisation of the design workflow at the global
level – across multiple users and/or documents, in contrast with the more local input-output data flow within a single Grasshopper or Dynamo file.

In such context, the course, based on the open source data platform Speckle, aims to stage a high frequency iterative digital design workflow between
several “simulated” stakeholders: design, analysis and reporting. The main goal of this course on BIM is to prototype a truly open, frictionless and integrative
design process across the course participants.

At course completion the student will:

  • Understand the basics of cross-platform data exchange and interoperability in Speckle.
  • Be able to send and receive complex geometrical datasets to and from different software environments (Rhino, Grasshopper, Revit and Dynamo)
    via the Speckle platform.
  • Be capable of setting up a project directory for an architectural design project, organise data streams, store consistent project information
    and collaborate with other project members via the Speckle admin web app.


Option 1 – Synchronous calendar (Barcelona time – GMT+2)
Recommend to  European, African, Asian and Australian participants.
From Monday 13th until Friday 17th July 2020
Teaching activities will run from 10.00 to 14.00 GMT+2
– 10 hrs of live teaching
– 10hrs of live mentoring and exercises review
– 1 hr of IAAC summer lecture

Option 2 – Asynchronous calendar (America time – GMT-4)
Solution recommended to participants from all the time zones who are looking for a more flexible schedule.

From Monday 13th until Saturday 18th July 2020
Live teaching activities will run from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm (GMT-4)
– 10 hrs of recorded teaching
– 10hrs of live mentoring and exercises review
– 1 hr of IAAC summer lecture


Paul Poinet is a computational design specialist, working currently as a Research Fellow in Web-based Collaboration in Construction at the Bartlett School of
Construction & Project Management in London, as part of the Innovate UK-funded AEC Delta Mobility research project. Paul is also involved as a Design Tutor
at the Bartlett School of Architecture (B-Pro – Urban Design MArch).

Paul holds a Ph.D. degree from the Centre for IT and Architecture (CITA) at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, and a Master of Science
degree from the Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) at the University of Stuttgart. Paul carried out his Ph.D. studies as part of the EU
-funded InnoChain research network (Horizon 2020), during which he collaborated with Design-To-Production and BuroHappold Engineering.
The research focused on multi-scalar modelling for building design, aiming at enhancing collaborative practices in architecture, engineering and construction.