BIM Show Live: Software Workflows – a Case Study

Software workflows for the design, development & construction of the Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University

This afternoon saw Alberto Barba & Shaun Farrell of Zaha Hadid Architects deliver a case study on the Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, that illustrated an integrated design process.


Difficulties of the art museum project featured complex geometry, collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team and also knowing where the boundaries for technology lie. Relationships were key throughout the project focusing on peer-to-peer communication with a complex software workflow; a mix and match whereby a number of models were used at different stages of the project.


Despite the end product being a pinnacle of architectural excellence, the lessons learned throughout the project were numerous:

– Understand what the final product is – in this case a building for people; using the building logic as a development reference,

– Be flexible – in this instance the mixing of tools was required and worked well.

– When working and collaborating overseas, there is a requirement to translate information into the appropriate language formats and transfer processes; in short, there is no silver bullet!

– Understand other people’s line of thought requirements and share yours as part of a team.

– Know where your boundaries lie – be flexible and consider other routes.

– Whilst proving highly effective in this instance, mixing tools and formats can also be a major source of error meaning extra care and re-checking is required.


Today the gallery is now at the centre of the global art stage and is exemplar in cultural excellence.