TVS Forays into Design Automation with Skema + Cadalyst Magazine Spotlight

Newsflash! Our very own Digital Studio Principal, Michael Hodge and Design Professional, Karissa Beveridge, were spotlighted in a recent Cadalyst article, speaking to the transformative power of design automation in the conceptual design phase of architecture and interior design. The feature underscores the rapid evolution of design processes, propelled by cutting-edge technology, and how it’s enabling designers to fast forward traditional steps. Coincidentally, TVS was in the midst of a day-long design charette with the Blue Ocean team when the Cadalyst article dropped, making the day’s exercise that much more prescient and relevant.

The Cadalyst piece delves deep into the nuances of conceptual design automation, underscoring how forward-thinking architecture firms like TVS are collaborating with software developers to integrate automation into the conceptual design phase. This integration not only reduces the hours spent on mundane and repetitive tasks, but also empowers designers to channel their energy into more creative “high impact” moments. Adoption of software like Skema presents a win for both firms and clients, allowing for more rapid prototyping of different layouts and configurations, and faster iterations in a project’s early stages.

A standout mention in the article is TVS’s collaboration with Skema, an innovative software developed by Atlanta-based Blue Ocean Sustainability. Skema isn’t just another design tool; it’s transformative. By harnessing data from past projects, Skema offers a dynamic platform to accelerate the conceptual design phase, and is on the cusp of some major updates (we’d share them, but we’re sworn to secrecy!). With industry veteran and Revit pioneer Marty Rozmanith as CTO, Skema is set to redefine how architects and interior designers approach design, doing so in a way that seamlessly integrates into existing workflows. By providing a conceptual design environment coupled with a BIM automation engine, Skema enables the generation of editable BIM data that can be easily used downstream in the design process – in other words, it fits into the way we already work.

Key figures dashboard from Skemawith instant feedback on the model changes, grouping and filtering, interactive selection from the schedules and ability to export to Excel
Skema’s “Key Figures” dashboard elevates massing studies.

What does this mean for the world of architecture and design? While the timeless art of paper sketches remains an invaluable foundation in the conceptual design process, tools like Skema are introducing a new dimension to this traditional process. With Skema, electronic sketching offers a highly dynamic, responsive design process. with capabilities that aren’t just limited to design. From the start, Skema includes features like cove.tool that facilitate environmental and sustainability analyses, such as evaluating daylight and sunlight exposure on building facades. Such integrative features underscore the holistic approach the next generation of design tools are bringing to the industry.

A group of architects sitting around a large conference table. They're at a design charette, experimenting with automation software.
TVS designers and the Blue Ocean team met up for a day long design charette.

At TVS, we’re more than just spectators in this tech-driven transformation; we’re at its forefront. Our partnership with Blue Ocean and our dedication to tools like Skema demonstrate our unwavering commitment to innovation.

As we journey further into this exciting era of AI and automation in design, we’ll keep you in the loop. There’s a wealth of content in the pipeline, chronicling our adventures with the next generation of design tools. Not to mention, we’ll soon be sharing the results of our recent Skema design charette at the new TVS Atlanta office. The event was an eye opening exercise for the team that participated, and even managed to catch the attention of a handful of designers that stopped by to check out what was going on.

A group of people gathering around a table in an open office space. They're watching architects show the results of a design charette in which they tested design automation technology.
Marty Rozmanith and TVS’s Akhilesh Drurkunde showcased the day’s design charette outcomes

For a deeper dive into this fascinating evolution and to understand how TVS is leveraging Skema, check out the full article on Cadalyst.