Randy Deutsch reckons that in the years before he wrote Convergence: The Redesign of Design (Wiley, 2017), he heard again and again from industry experts that “things in the AEC industry were converging, without [anyone] alluding to why or how or what that meant. When I hit the thousand mark, I said, ‘I’m going to have to write about this.’ ”
Convergence explores how today’s software design tools, particularly Building Information Management (BIM), are enabling architects, contractors, and other team members to share and contribute to one digital model, reducing inefficiencies and encouraging collaboration. Deutsch is an architect and clinical associate professor at the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He imagines a future in which the boundaries between the design and construction industries have not only blurred but vanished. “It’s not just that things are speeding up, but that they are moving toward each other: they’re converging,” he writes. “The operative word is connection: the connecting of experts to move projects forward faster.”
ARCHITECT spoke to Deutsch and outlined five of his book’s most significant themes.