8.01 B Entropy at Work
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 3:50 PM - 4:30 PM
Venue: Caesars Palace
Room: Forum 17-19

Entropy at Work: Win-Win Engagement of Energy in Building and Human Systems
The science that underpins the design of facilities is evolving rapidly and becoming increasingly accessible. This is shifting how we approach and create high performing environments, advancing the criteria by which we assess performance and evaluate success. The purpose of this seminar is to challenge our industry—both professionals and clients—to grasp the potential inherent in the convergence of the built environment , with the engineered systems that maintain it, and the people that engage it. Rather than “machine age” metrics of staff efficiency and the conservation of capital, what new metrics will represent synergies in the “converged system” of buildings and humans? We will examine how lowering entropy—energy not useful for work—in the work environments we create can produce better outcomes, not only in engineered systems, but in the people and organizations they serve. We will also explore how building design, technology and science together are disrupting our thinking about high performing work environments, buildings and campuses--and how our profession can lead the way to a transformative change in thinking about the value of the built environment. We will share our research and conclusions to better understand connections between the environments we create and the outcomes we seek.

Learning Objectives
Understand the metrics defining the convergence of the built environment and human performance.
Learn how lowering entropy in engineered systems can also lower it in people, organizations and campuses.
Learn how technology and science is changing the conversations we have with our clients.
Levels of Learning
300 level
Track/Topic Area:
Workplace Evolutionaries (WE) Community
George Athens AIA, Principal, Workplace Studio Leader, SmithgroupJJR
George Karidis PE, LEED AP BD+C, VP, Corporate Engineer, Science & Technology, SmithgroupJJR