Reinventing the Way We Deliver
The design industry is evolving, and Gresham Smith is leading the way by fostering a culture and an environment where our staff are encouraged to bring innovative new ideas to our clients. No longer just a design firm, we’re taking a technology-driven approach to invest in new tools and services that reinvent the way we deliver high-quality solutions for our clients.
To respond to the challenges our industry faces and strengthen our practice, we’ve created our own Innovation Incubator, which we’re calling Studio-X. It provides staff at all levels with elbow room, financial support and mentoring expertise to develop new products or services that can change the way we do things in each of our markets and disciplines.
Our Studio-X initiative is producing results, one of which is our Empathic Analytics platform. Historically, our industry hasn’t had the ability to effectively measure whether designs actually evoke the desired emotions, since defining the human experience has always been difficult to articulate. The Empathic Analytics tool is changing that and providing critical insights into how people use a space.
Our Futures Lab initiative serves as a key knowledge-sharing resource for the entire firm to use that has insights on specific domains that we see driving disruption and innovation. We use this knowledge to help the firm get ahead of industry and technology-driven trends in order to shape strategic thinking about the future of our practice.
Whether it’s helping us to create new efficiencies or automate the design process, our practice technology group serves as a resource to elevate our firm’s delivery of services.
To continue to elevate our digital skills and foster curiosity among our staff, we’ve established our own Hacker League that meets regularly and even holds an annual hackathon. Our mission is to build community among peers and across disciplines, markets and geographic locations. Staff from across the firm are encouraged to participate in what we see as a social sandbox for sharing personal passions around technology and digital issues.
Senior Engineer to Lead Development of Empathic Data Analytics Tool
We’re excited to announce that Mike Sewell, P.E., LCI, is joining the firm’s Innovation Initiative in a dedicated role as a senior strategist.
Using Technology to Design Better and Safer Spaces
Learn more about how we’re using our empathic analytics tool in the field to design better and safer spaces.
Behavior Mapping: Taking Care of the Caregivers Through Technology
Can the built environment help reduce burnout among nurses? Read about our two-year research study to find out.
2021 Gresham Smith Innovation Award Winner
Interior Designers Anna Claire Vawter and Ashley Wood were given the firm’s 2021 Innovation Award for their work on a planning tool in Revit that has changed how we approach the conceptual design process with our Healthcare clients. Watch their interview.
Firm Partners with AutoDesk in Digital Twin Project
Earlier this year, the development team for our Studio-X digital twin project was able to take advantage of a unique collaboration opportunity with AutoDesk in its Accelerator Program. Read more on AutoDesk’s website.
Firm Adds Two External Board Members with Expertise in Healthcare and Innovation
We are proud to announce five additions to our Board of Directors, including two external directors: former healthcare executive Peggy Scott and former CIO Cora Carmody.
Industry Experts to Advise Firm on Innovation Initiative
The firm’s Innovation Advisory Group is comprised of five members from a variety of backgrounds, including the architecture, engineering and construction industry as well as healthcare, civic organizations and startups.Learn more.