Prof. Ken McBryde

Principal, Architectural Physics

In advisory roles for government agencies & top tier Design & Construction companies, Ken has developed world-class initiatives and “thought leadership” in Design for Manufacture & Assembly (DfMA). He and his specialist team’s contributions are based on collective & very extensive international experience in advanced methods of construction.

In parallel with professional practice, Ken McBryde is involved in ongoing applied research into DfMA, is Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney, and Conjoint Professor of Practice of Architecture at The University of Newcastle.

He is presently collaborating with the Construction Industry Council, Hong Kong and has recently contributed to a highly successful collaborative Research Project with Melbourne & Swinburne Universities, the CSIRO, and FWPA. Among the outcomes is longer-lasting durability of coatings applied to prefabricated Australian hardwood components.

Takes part in

  • Future of Construction SummitView Full Event
  • 09:00 - 13:00

    DfMA: A practical guide to designing within multi-disciplinary contexts

    By Prof. Ken McBryde Principal, Architectural Physics

    And industry in flux – albeit gradual: The workshop will start with an open discussion around the state of the industry and the context in which we are working. This will be a deeper exploration of topics raised in Ken’s presentation.

    The Basics: We will take a pulse check on the attendees to determine if we need to cover off on the fundamentals of DfMA including: Common terms, Jargon & Definitions, Objectives, Principles, Procurement, and Risks.

    Contractual issues: In a genuine DfMA environment we find ourselves in different relationships, particularly with suppliers. We will compare experiences and share lessons learnt.

    Client expectations: We will explore the challenges of client expectations in the context of DfMA projects. There are different timeframes including different approval regimes. Our clients need to be coached towards these for successful delivery.

    BIM sharing issues: The technology available is facilitating a beam is facilitating a deer from a environment this is exciting for architects as it puts us back at the top of the triangle. It also opens a complex can of worms for which we need to be prepared.

    Professional fee structures: In DfMA project more detailed work is done earlier. This changes the way we manage our fees and our clients expectations.

    Necessary skills within the team: Will discuss the typical team in a commercial office and explore how this differs from an ideal architectural team for a DfMA project.

    Case Studies – The schools, the Shed & the Safe House: Projects will be used to illustrate & explore specifics of these topics raised above & share lessons learnt.

    So what’s next: How do we prepare young architects and engineers for the future of construction?

    Who should come?
    This practical hands-on workshop will have a multi-disciplinary focus. It will benefit anyone who believes collaboration is the most successful way to deliver innovative, cost-effective architecture in the modern construction industry.

    Why should you attend?
    To gain valuable insights from Ken’s international experience and case studies. Knowledge gained can be immediately applicable to your current challenges. This will be an opportunity for us all to openly share and explore solutions to challenges, and limitations facing the industry. Sharing our knowledge among those interested in advancing modern methods of construction improves efficiency in our industry and benefits us all. New cross-disciplinary relationships with like-minded talent will be a beneficial by-product of attending this workshop.

    About your facilitator
    In advisory roles for government agencies & top tier Design & Construction companies, Ken has developed world-class initiatives and “thought leadership” in Design for Manufacture & Assembly (DfMA). He and his specialist team’s contributions are based on collective & very extensive international experience in advanced methods of construction.

    In parallel with professional practice, Ken McBryde is involved in ongoing applied research into DfMA, is Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney, and Conjoint Professor of Practice of Architecture at The University of Newcastle.

    Led by:
    Prof. Ken McBryde, Founder, Architectural Physics
    Adjunct Professor of Architecture, The University of Sydney
    Conjoint Professor of Practice of Architecture, The University of Newcastle
    Master of Architecture by Research UofQ, ACA RAIA

  • 14:10 - 14:45

    Fireside Chat - Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), Modular, Kit of Parts & DfMA: How off-site manufacturing is revolutionising the construction industry

    Emerging from the razor-sharp efficiencies of the aerospace, automotive industries and the principals of lean manufacturing, the philosophy of Design for Manufacturing, Assembly & Disassembly (DfMA) is gaining ground in the off-site construction space. So what are the prerequisites for success, what are the important distinctions between a product and project, and how are modern methods of construction (MMC) transforming the competitive edge of those adopting it? How is it affecting the procurement of Design? How is it helping address the supply needs in the Education Sector? What impact can modern methods of construction have on that vexed issue of some D&C multi-residential quality in NSW?

    • Let’s first unpack the distinction in the many terms bouncing around…
    • DfMA – are we there yet mum?
    • Examining the key benefits behind the adoption of MMC and specifically DfMA
    • What are the risks, obstacles & challenges to successful project funding, authority approvals & delivery?
    • From where will the inevitable disruptions to those conducting business as usual (or only small incremental improvements) emerge?
    • Sustainability & MMC in the Circular Economy
    Guest include:
    Anthony Manning Chief Executive Officer, Schools Infrastructure NSW
    Tamika Smith Chair, Top 100 Women and Executive Director, My Bella Casa
    Phillip Tondl Group Manager Design & Innovation, Lipman
    Jane Armstrong Principal Engineer, Arcadis
  • 13:50 - 14:10

    DfMA and its ability to transform construction

    By Prof. Ken McBryde Principal, Architectural Physics

    The principles of Design for Manufacture, Assembly & Disassembly (DfMA) has been gaining momentum over recent years and are now due to transform the industry. In this session we hear about some highly innovative work-in-progress focussing on off-the-grid buildings, made from recycled materials, that can be assembled on site without tools, require no trade skills, and can withstand category 5 cyclones. We will also hear about the positive social impact DfMA can have in remote areas communities.

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