Founded in 2014, the mission of the IC Forum is to be the premier hub for industry knowledge exchange among the growing community of Industrialized Construction experimenters, innovators, and startups in the Bay Area and across the globe.
The term Industrialized Construction is intentionally broad to include emerging business models for off-site and prefab while looking forward to the application of future technologies such as 3D printing and robotics.
Daniel Hall is Assistant Professor of Innovative and Industrialized Construction at ETH Zurich. He received his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University in 2017. His research group seeks to increase construction innovation through a transformation from fragmented project delivery methods to new organizational models in the industry. Daniel is the the founder and lead organizer for the Industrialized Construction Forum.
Jerker Lessing is the Director of Research and Development at BoKlok. He received his PhD in Construction Engineering in 2015 from Lund University. His dissertation focused on strategies for industrialized house-building companies. Jerker is an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University, where he is currently teaching the Industrialized Construction class for the fifth year. He has more than 15 years of experience from the construction industry, including numerous development projects aimed at industrialized house-building.
Tyler Pullen works for a small Bay Area nonprofit called Soup focused on accelerating affordable housing development through various means. He formerly served on the teaching staff for Stanford University's Sustainable Urban Systems initiative while working on complex urban systems problems at another nonprofit, City Systems. After taking Jerker Lessing's IC class at Stanford during his MS, Tyler's enthusiasm for the topic led him to spend two consecutive summers researching IC with Daniel Hall at ETH Zurich. One project identified emerging trends in domestic IC methods and the other assessed the implications of IC adoption in developing economies.
The following themes have been of interest in recent (and upcoming) forums:
- Increasing Sustainability and Productivity through Offsite Construction
- Conceptualizing the Building as a Product
- Using Platforms to link the Supply Chain from Digital Design to Manufacturing to Logistics to Installation
- Organizing and Financing New Business Models for Industrialized Construction Ventures
- Using Industrialized Construction to Address the Housing Crisis
- Exploring new applications of 3D Printing and Robotics for Construction
- Using Industry 4.0 to Resist Downturns and Build Scalable Solutions
- Learning from an International Movement of Industrialized Construction