UK’s national BIM platform BIMcrunch recently invited our very own Peter Barker for a BIM Brunch intewiew  focussing on BIM Academy’s  monumental 2015, with achievements including: participation in two Build Earth Live competitions; being one of the influential companies to form the new Dynamo Build initiative; project bidding triumphs on the Sydney Opera House; Knowledge Transfer Partnership success; and perhaps most importantly, their continued growth in Australia.

Peter is at the helm of our  success  as Managing Director of BIM Academy and Director at Ryder Architecture. Within the interview he  explains what is best about our team and the key element at the heart of good design and building performance – human creativity and ingenuity.

What is your favourite career related website/blog?

Career related, probably Dezeen for design related content and Building and Sourceable for industry news. Otherwise Retronaut is a fantastic digital archive of the past.

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

The first book which got me hooked on building design was “A History of Architecture of the Comparative Method” by Bannister Fletcher which my dad owned back in the 60s. It is incredibly detailed with beautiful drawings. More up to date it would be “BIM and Integrated Design” by Randy Deutsch which I got into around 2010. It’s a refreshing common-sense insight into the value of BIM from the time before the industry became obsessed with overcomplicating things.

The top industry event you have recently been to is?

The Greater Manchester Construction Summit in July was excellent, the largest event of its type outside London. It was great to see the genuine determination to turn the much-vaunted Northern Powerhouse concept into reality; we just need to get the North East with its powerful digital skills tied into the network!

Favourite Twitter handles to follow?

Work related – @bondbryanBIM is consistently good, but I think there’s too much hot air in the BIM twittersphere. For general music, fun and other bizarrity (new word!) I would go for @WFMU.

What is your all-time favourite building?

I studied Classics at Leeds University in the 70s and have always had a soft spot for The Parthenon and other buildings on the acropolis. However, I’m a modernist at heart so contemporary faves would be the Neue Nationalgalerie by Mies Van Der Roheor more recently David Chipperfield’s Neues Museum, both in Berlin which we visited on our team study trip in 2011.

What is your favourite project/initiative you have worked on?

It’s got to be the Sydney Opera House BIM4FM initiative which BIM Academy won against international competition in 2013. It was an amazing experience to get under skin of building fabric (literally) and get to know what makes the building tick from a business and operational perspective. Mind you, it was a tough commute across Sydney Harbour from Manly every morning!

What is the best thing about the team at BIM Academy?

In my dual role as MD of BIM Academy and Director at Ryder I get the best of both worlds, involvement in some exciting design and construction projects but at same time engaging with owners and operators on helping them curate and manage their data and help drive real value from the BIM process.

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