Conference Recordings

Data-Informed Design Decisions

Budgeting Space and Dollars
Published October 5, 2020
Presented by Jessica Janzen, SmithGroup | Paul Leef, SmithGroup | Ross Johnson, The University of Texas at Austin
Planning Types: Campus Planning

Institutions referenced in this resource:
The University of Texas at Austin

Institutions constantly struggle with space, but having the right data can drive meaningful discussions about (re)allocating space and ultimately save a campus money. Beginning with the right quantitative and qualitative data and then layering on architectural analysis and operational considerations can help you produce the best solutions for your space-related challenges. Come learn how data-informed design can inform your next building project, guide space allocation, and minimize the need for new construction on your campus.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Make data-driven decisions about space needs and space (re)allocation.
  2. Evaluate funding for building projects based on verified existing space inventories, utilization, and projecting future needs.
  3. Think critically about space data and use the information it provides to create positive change.
  4. Anticipate future hurdles (e.g., pandemics) and make decisions based on regularly-updated metrics and projections for program space needs.

Continuing Education Units: AIA LU 1.0 Unit (SCUPS20C890) | AICP CM 1.0 Unit


Jessica Janzen

Associate and Project Architect

Paul Leef

Studio Leader, Campus Strategy & Analytics

Ross Johnson

Director of Academic Space Planning
The University of Texas at Austin

Recorded October 5, 2020.

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