Technology can give designers more control and encourage greater creativity. Autodesk Vice President Peter Thompson examines three ways outcome-based design is bringing about transformation by harnessing tech and big data, taking fuller advantage of prefabrication and enabling collaboration across disciplines.



concept to operations—designers bring greater value. They can focus more on the big picture, automating mundane tasks and offering up useful suggestions based on specific, desired outcomes.

It almost seems counterintuitive, but in the future of design, technology actually empowers designers to be even more thoughtful, artful, and in control. Designers can truly compete on skills and expertise, with a renewed focus on creativity.

Technology is allowing designers to better design with the end result in mind, and three emerging trends are helping them get there: generative design, design for manufacturing and assembly (DfMA), and multidisciplinary collaboration, enabled by digital project delivery (that is, no more pushing paper).

Generative design technology uses artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud computing to explore and optimize designs. In DfMA, architects design with fabrication, assembly, and operation in mind so the building meets occupational and cost requirements; DfMA produces construction certainty along with traditional design outputs.

Finally, digital project delivery enables multidisciplinary collaboration and redefines project stakeholder roles—for example, making sure there’s a construction professional at the table during the design process.