About the Summit
The Design Technology Summit (DTS) is an annual event that seeks to bring together professionals from large firms in the Architecture and Engineering design industry who have a responsibility for managing and implementing design technology.
DTS is intended to be a forum for the discussion and sharing of ideas on Design Technology topics in the context of Collaboration, Innovation and Management. DTS is the place for the thought leaders of Architecture and Engineering practices to gather and share their success and failures in attempting to meet the impact that the ongoing and rapid change of technology is having on design practice and the construction industry as a whole. In particular, we believe that large firms (100+ employees/multiple sites) have unique requirements that smaller, single location firms do not have, therefore DTS is intended to help meet those needs in the format of discussion, open sharing, collaboration and networking.
The summit has continued to evolve since its’ founding in 2013; St. Louis will be the eighth gathering. Throughout our series of summits the committee has continued to seek the appropriate balance of discussion versus “outcomes” (clear takeaways or results) the attendees can “walk away with”. In 2017 we were excited to see attendees help drive the agenda. As part of the discussions we shaped the second day’s agenda to address more specifically the attendees concerns, which resulted in a series of statements that were are working publishing publicly.
We believe that with both 2016 and 2017 we have found the right balance of talk time and duration to provide an experience that are attendees always have positive things to say. In 2017 we continued the idea of a “DTS Yearbook” which continues to be well received by attendees. In 2017 we added advertisements to the yearbook as another opportunity for sponsors and exhibitors to get their name in front of our attendees in a very personal and direct way. Unlike a normal conference program guide the yearbook provides headshots and brief bio information about each attendee and their firm.
We have continued to generally see new people attending each time and not just the same people attending every event. Our key goal remains to provide a venue where high level strategic discussions can take place between Design Technology Professionals, without getting too caught-up in technical details. As part of the registration process attendees will be required to provide feedback in order to help the committee frame the event’s discussions to best meet the attendee’s needs and expectations. As an outcome attendees will be provided meeting minutes, potentially recorded audio of the event and a follow-up event proceedings document written by the committee. Attendees will also be welcome to take advantage of any of the materials to further produce their own documents or papers as needed to support their own business needs or those of the greater industry.