Design Technology Leaders brings together professionals from large firms in the Architecture and Engineering (AE) design industry who have a responsibility for managing and implementing design technology. Managed and organized with the help of RTCEvents and the individuals below:


Robert Manna


Robert Manna
Stantec Inc.

Robert works for Stantec out of their Boston MA office. As a member of the Buildings Group Digital practice team Robert is a key leader in the adoption, implementation and support of new processes and technology throughout the organization. Currently his key responsibilities include: management of custom software development, management of the migration and integration of Design Technology for individual acquisitions, interactions with key technology vendors, liaison with the IT group for configuration and deployment of software and collaboration technologies as well keeping pace with general technology trends and future tech. In the past Robert has worked on a variety of building design projects of various scales and at all stages. He has also spoken at a number of events and conferences over the years, including Autodesk University RTC NA & EUR (now BILT), BIMforum in addition he writes from time to time for various blogs and publications. When not running around the globe and helping teams he enjoys his family (wife, daughter, son) and particularly likes to ski, swim and bike. You can find him on Twitter (@rpiboy) particularly around conferences and events.

2018 Committee



Craig Barbieri

Craig Barbieri is an international Design Technology leader and drives the use of technologies to enhance the practice of design and construction. With more than 15 years of experience with information modelling in practice, management, and leadership he has managed some substantial advancements in the use of design technology. Craig has broad insight into the challenges AEC BIM firms face. He has played a key role on the success of some of the largest and most complicated BIMs ever created and the first Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) project in New England. He is an advocate for maximizing the potential of current and new technologies on projects and monitors the effective use of the benefits BIM provides.
Craig holds a Masters of Architecture and Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Business from the University of California. He is an associate member of the AIA.

Robert Yori
Oldcastle, Inc

Robert Yori explores innovative uses of technology to better design, visualize, and deliver projects. He works at Oldcastle, Inc as part of the Digital Engineering team - a technologically-oriented R&D group tasked with identifying strategic technologies, process improvement, software development, and other initiatives.


He has provided consulting services to in the architectural, construction, development, and product manufacturing fields, and, in architectural practices, led Knowledge sharing, big data analysis, and computational design literacy efforts.  He also led a team responsible for technology-related R&D, strategic guidance to project teams, and designing and delivering learning curricula.    Prior to focusing on technology, he designed and delivered architectural projects in the commercial, institutional, retail, and interior markets.


Robert has taught at New York University and the New York School of Interior Design, and has lectured extensively, including at the AIA Conferences, Autodesk University, RTC, BIMForum, and ACADIA.  He was the AIA’s 2016 Technology in Architectural Practice Chair, and led the organization’s 2017 Innovation Awards.

Chris Warden

Chris is the Director of Design Technology at TreanorHL and has been implementing BIM, Revit, and digital best practices across TreanorHL’ s multiple offices since 2007.  Chris has approached the advancement of BIM in his firm by helping Project Management adopt a workflow that enhances the design process and creates a mentoring environment that information travels from Project Manager to young architects and young professionals are encouraged to continually challenge the past norms of traditional project management by utilizing current technology trends.

Chris leads the Professional Practice Leadership Team at TreanorHL as well as championing the BIM/Revit committee.  Chris has been involved with multiple BIM projects ranging from the small to large complex facilities.  Chris has been active with Design Technology Summit since 2014 and earned a Masters of Architecture from The University of Kansas in 2009.

Brad Novak

Goettsch Partners 

From the beginning of his career in architecture, Brad Novak has been a leader in CAD / BIM / IT management and a specialist in technology standardization, bringing 30 years of experience weaving technology into the design profession.  Starting with AutoCAD custom programming, through REVIT implementation, and now with software and hardware analysis and deployment, Brad aligns information technology goals, as the 10-year Director of IT at Goettsch Partners, with a focus on the design of beautiful buildings.  He established these goals by assembling and leading teams of like-minded IT staff and consultants from Chicago to Shanghai to Abu Dhabi. The resulting synergy is an IT infrastructure with next-generation ideas, hardware, software, standards and problem-solving to support GP’s global reach.

Wesley Benn
RTC Events Management
Region Chairman, Asia
Executive Chairman

A Sydney-based architect, Wesley is the founder of RTC Events Management. As a long-term user and advocate of BIM (starting with ArchiCAD in 1996), Wesley has been speaking and teaching in the field since starting to play with a pre-release version of Revit.

Wesley has worked directly with Autodesk on Revit development and implementation, built content for manufacturers and end-users, and has implemented multiple BIM tools into well over 300 practices throughout South-East Asia. He is a regular speaker at events throughout Australia and overseas talking about technology, facilities management and process change; he founded (and chaired for 5 years) the Revit User Group, Sydney; and is now focused, via his partnership in theDIGITgroup, on SmartCities development worldwide.