Nate Miller Autodesk BUILD Space

Nate Miller Autodesk BUILD Space

Known primarily in the building industry as the developer behind AutoCAD and Revit, Autodesk appears to be doubling down on its vision for a building industry that combines and enables digital and physical making for architects, researchers, and other construction professionals. On May 3 and 4, the San Rafael, Calif.–headquartered company hosted a media summit that provided a behind-the-scenes look at its new BUILD Space and previewed technologies in development for the building community.

Short for Building, Innovation, Learning, and Design, the BUILD Space is a 30,000-square-foot facility located in South Boston’s Seaport Innovation District. It houses an impressive array of industrial robots, wood shops, metal shops, and large-format CNC machines. In the opening discussion for the summit, Nicolas Mangon, Autodesk’s vice president for AEC industry strategy and marketing, proclaimed, “We have been known as a design company, but we are transforming into a design-and-build company.”