Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association

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Architectural S/M Contractors Forum: Leveraging Technology to Improve Outcomes - An Architect's Perspective


Oct 21, 2019, 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM, Room 401

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In this session, Heath May, AIA, principal and director of HKS Laboratory for INtensive Exploration, will discuss the impact of emerging trends and technologies that are disrupting traditional processes and methodologies in design and project delivery.  May will also discuss how to derive more value from our models,  including BIM and improving the effectiveness and efficiency of project delivery.   

The session will address:

  • The challenges and opportunities associated with a direct-to-fabrication approach
  • How a project team can leverage a design assist relationship to improve outcomes for the client
  • The methods currently available for delivering 'stamped and sealed' digital documents for permitting

As a registered architect working in the architectural metals arena, May will offer his insights to help companies who want to keep up with this rapidly changing industry. 

Following the session, Kimberly Tuttle, director of partnerships & events at the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), will provide a brief overview of the SMACNA / AIAS Internship Program.


Heath MayHeath May, AIA
Principal and Director
HKS Laboratory for INtensive Exploration

Heath May, AIA, is principal and director of HKS Laboratory for INtensive Exploration. He leads a design team responsible for projects awarded at local and state AIA design awards, including future: GSA, a net-zero renovation solution and 2012 WAN Commercial Building of the Year, and Sustainable Urban Living, a winner of the 2010 Chicago Athenaeum Green Good Design Award. 

An avid interest in passive solar design drives May’s research in analysis and implementation of data-driven parameters for optimization of complex facades for daylighting and solar performance.  In April of 2013, he was named recipient of Building Design + Construction’s 40 under 40. 

May currently teaches an advanced graduate design studio as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at University of Texas Arlington, CAPPA, School of Architecture. 

Tuttle_photoKimberly Tuttle, AIA, NCARB
Director, Partnerships and Events
American Institute of Architecture Students

Kimberly Tuttle is the director of partnerships & events at the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). In this position, she works to develop leadership and career programs through national partnerships. Tuttle cultivates firm and architecture school relationships, which enhance the value of the organization, and showcase the next generation of design leaders. 

Tuttle previously held the position of outreach manager, experience + education at NCARB. Prior to that, she was project architect for a small firm in Camden, Maine. A Maine licensed architect, her projects varied from single-family residential projects to light commercial restaurants, with expertise in coastal residential homes. 

Tuttle holds a Master of Architecture degree from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont.