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Romano Nickerson

Principal- Director of Lean Practices

Boulder Associates

Romano is the leader of our Lean practice. He has turned a pet peeve about wasted time, duplicative efforts, and silo-based thinking in design and construction projects into a personal mission. Through his deep involvement with the Lean Construction Institute, and experience in leading and training project teams using collaborative, lean thinking, he helps the industry look for better ways to improve project delivery.

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Dean Reed



Dean Reed led DPR Construction’s Lean Construction for over 24 years and was awarded the Lean Construction Institute’s Pioneer award in 2021. He is a co-author of the book, Integrating Project Delivery, published by Wiley in 2017. He founded the consultancy, Capability-Building, in 2021 after retiring from DPR to help companies shift from management by results/numbers to focus on the means for improving the delivery of built products.

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Stuart Eckblad


UCSF Health Medical Center

UCSF Health

Stuart is the founder and President, of the Center for Innovation (formerly CIDCI), an organization to accelerate innovation in the Design and Construction industry. Career promoting and creating project teams inspired him to innovate integrated and collaborative processes to design and construct healthcare facilities. Stuart introduced and launched his first Integrated Form of Agreement (IFOA) for UC and UCSF Health. He leads IPD for UCSF's new $3.8 B Parnassus Heights Hospital program.

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Spring Forum

The Center for Innovation and P2SL at UC Berkeley hosted the Lean Design Forum on April 5, 2023. The event was a deep dive with academics, international leaders, thinkers, and change-makers exploring the intersection of Lean design and innovation in industrialized construction.

Here's What We Talked About

Lean Design Forum

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Welcome by P2SL and CFI, Professor Iris Tommelein and Stuart Eckblad, FAIA
Morning MC Introduction: Patricia Tillman, Boldt

Creating the Healing Habitat at UCSF: Designing for the Hospital for the Future
PANEL: Stuart Eckblad and Karen O’Neill from UCSF Health; Carly Gertler and Ben Muller from Herzog & de Meuron

"Designing a Productized Building System"

This presentation will review an approach to developing volumetric modular building systems that align to business and manufacturing strategies. We will explore the importance of defining a minimum viable product, how to identify manageable components of a building system, and how to use design thinking to develop the building system. Presented by Sara Pacelko, Director of Product Design from Volumetric Building Companies

Center for Innovation: Innovation Lab Presentations

About the Innovation Lab: The Innovation Lab is an online opportunity to teach participants the mindsets and skillsets associated with the innovation process. Led by UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business Professor, Vivek Rao, the classes are self-paced. Classes begin in late summer, 2023 for the 6-module program. The course has been particularly successful for teams working on complex problems, as well as emerging leaders seeking a chance to work directly on a company innovation challenge.

Selected presentations:

"Enhancing Healthcare Project Decision Facilitation"
Decision making on complex healthcare projects can make or break the project flow. This challenge was explored from the view of multiple stakeholders and used the program tools to identify trends to help bring innovation to this essential piece of any healthcare project. Presented by Nickolas Tournis, Principal Project Executive fromTEECOM.

"Sharing Solutions to Real-Time Challenges"
An accelerated and enhanced process for sharing solutions to real-time challenges amongst team members working distances spread across North America. Presented by Kaycee Vesely-Schmidt is a Senior Training Specialist for Walbridge and Eric Ozog, Assistant Vice President of Operations for Walbridge.

"Passing the Mic"
An exploration on knowledge transfer and tools for architectural and interior design teams working in a hybrid environment. Presented by Stacey Brinegar, Associate and Project Manager in Washington, D.C. at SmithGroup.

Orchestrating a Building System: A New Way of Thinking…What, Why and How

PRESENTER: Kurt Ameringer, Dassault Systemes

Automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, utilities, energy, and materials were once all fragmented industries that have transformed their business to achieve an increase in performance and safety while working to lessen their impact on the environment. Even agriculture has surpassed the construction industry in productivity in the last 20 years. This presentation will share how a systems approach and best practice experience from nearly a dozen industries are transforming our profession.

A new, value driven design-to-delivery process

PRESENTER: Jaimie Johnston, MBE, Bryden Wood

The challenges facing construction are well-known and small incremental process improvements are unlikely to yield the  change in results that is required. This talk will explain 'Design to Value' methodology that Bryden Wood has been developing with public and private sector clients over many years. Rather than ‘bolting on’ digital and manufacturing tools to a traditional approach, this talk sets out a new way of leveraging best-in-class use of data, automated design and industrialized construction, and the dramatic benefits this is providing.

For more information visit the P2SL event page here.

Here's Who Spoke

Patricia Tillmann
Iris Tommelein
Sara Pacelko
Kurt Ameringer
Jaimie Johnston
Stuart Eckblad
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Watch all of our free, on-demand presentations from past Forums and other events on our YouTube channel.

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