BIM Brunch: Allister Lewis

BIM Brunch - Allister Lewis

BIM Brunch is the perfect accompaniment to your dinner break. Featuring some major players from the #GlobalBIMCrew, BIM Brunch is an interview segment where BIM specialists talk about their passion for Building Information Modelling. Today, the founder of Allister Lewis Studio, co-founder of the South BIM Hub and one of Hampshire County Council’s Design and Implementation architects, Allister Lewis joins us for a spot of BIM Brunch.

What is your favourite career related website/blog?

Do you have a favourite industry book, magazine or publication?

My current favourite – I was fortunate to have received a set of Zumthor books for Christmas which are wonderful as they illustrate the career of Peter Zumthor from the early 80s to present day.

The top industry event you have recently been to is?

BIM Show Live was a year ago but it was an excellent opportunity to see experts talking about their progress with BIM. This year should be very interesting as we approach 2016 and the construction industry is really moving fast to meet the Government’s mandate.

Favourite Twitter handles to follow?

@bondbryanBIM, @elrondburrell, @theb1m, @mooseallain.

What is your all-time favourite building?

Kimbell Art Museum by Louis Kahn – excellent use of light, materials and integration into the surrounding landscape.

What is your favourite project you have worked on?

Berewood Primary School at Hampshire County Council. We had a fantastic team working together to produce our first BIM Project and it represented everything about a collaborative positive working experience on a project.

What is the best thing about the team at Hampshire County Council?

At Hampshire County Council, we work in a multidisciplinary environment and the ability to contact and discuss projects face-to-face really helps to keep a project moving in the right way. This applies right across a project from inception, design, construction and all the way into use, which is why I think that Hampshire is well placed to take advantage of BIM and embed this into the whole lifecycle of an asset.

What was the first BIM related project you have been a part of and what did you learn from the experience?

My first BIM project was a community centre in Portsmouth that had me as the architect collaborating with a structural engineer. The project was small scale but with two clients; it was a simple building but the initial steps we took have developed a real interest in the production of information and collaboration. I think that for most people and organisations, this method will be the best way to commencing with BIM – start small and grow experience with BIM over time.

The most exciting possibilities Building Information Modelling can offer are?

The benefits for building users and building managers over the lifespan of a project could be radically different from what happens currently. The ultimate result of the hard work the construction industry is putting into BIM should be felt by clients and building users whose needs are being met with a building that perform sustainably and efficiently.

Who or what made you want to work within the Architecture, Engineering and Construction sector?

During secondary school I studied Design and Technology and we did a project to extend the school Technology building. The enjoyment that I found in the process of drawing, planning, designing and making models set me on a path to architecture.

What is your proudest career highlight?

Working with Glenn Murcutt on the Master Class course in Australia in 2013 was a brilliant opportunity to work with one of the worlds best architects focusing on sustainable design. The people on the course were a wonderful, international mix of people all keen to learn more about creating excellent, sustainable architecture.

What is the best part about your job?

I have always enjoyed designing through drawing and this is still the best thing about the job… although there is never enough time to do this, there are way too many emails to deal with!

Follow Allister and the South BIM Hub on Twitter here and here respectively.

Check back on Tuesday February 17th, 2015 for the next edition of BIM Brunch.

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