Challenges and Opportunities in Design and Technology

Sponsored by: Compelo

Focused on:

  • Architecture
  • Design
  • Technology

Date: 14 September


Time: 3PM London/10AM New York

Ahead of the 18th annual Leading European Architecture Forum we are pleased to announce another webinar looking at some of the issues we will be discussing at the conference in more detail.

Everything we use on day to day basis is being affected by breakthroughs in technology, including architecture. The world of computational design means architects are pursuing new frontiers where architecture can be generated through the writing of algorithms and software. This webinar hopes to give some insight into how technology is changing architecture, and how it is being used by architects, designers and contractors to build a better, more efficient, more visually stunning world.

Some questions that will be covered include:

• Man V Machine: what does this mean for the construction industry?
• How can digital design create a competitive advantage in architecture?
• How to ensure the design industry is prepared for the tech revolution in the construction industry

Moderated by Sanjay Tanwani, Development Director of Atkins Global and with the support of Werner Sobek Stuttgart, Mace and DP Architects (UK) we have developed this podcast to give you a taste of LEAF and the wide range of discussions that this established event has to offer.

18th annual Leading European Architecture Forum will be taking place in Frankfurt on 17 and 18 October 2018. The Forum consistently attracts some of the industry's most original and influential thinkers, creating a programme that debates the issues facing the architectural community and our built environment at large. This year traditionally we will bring together senior decision makers from leading international architectural practices, contractors, developers, engineers, designers and suppliers to discuss future build projects, challenges they face, key design features and tech innovations changing the way they work. Check out the agenda and why you should attend

Join us for this free webinar to get up-to-speed with the current state of affairs, meet our expert panel speakers and pose your questions during the broadcast.

Presented by

Sanjay Tanwani, Development Director, Atkins Global,

Sanjay Tanwani is Development Director at Atkins and leads the international portfolio within the Cities and Development market. A master planner by profession, Sanjay has over 13 years of experience in delivering complex-large scale development projects across 20+ countries. His experience ranges from strategic level planning to destination design of mixed use developments and resorts across the globe. Sanjay’s core range of skills include accessing and advising on real estate opportunities for clients and taking projects from visioning through to all stages of masterplanning and detail design. In the past Sanjay has served as a member Governor for Goodenough College (one of the Royal Charities) and Chair for its International Relations Society.

Roland Bechmann, Managing Director & Partner, Werner Sobek Stuttgart,

Born in Berlin, Roland subsequently moved to Hanover, Germany, where he studied Structural Engineering. Having accomplished his diploma, Roland started working at Werner Sobek Stuttgart and soon rose to be appointed first principal, then general manager, at least managing director and partner. Roland heads the department of competitions and is a specialist of project management of large-scale projects. He has extensive experience in various important high rise projects, such as ADAC Headquarters in Munich/Germany, the Hegau Tower in Singen/Germany and the 400 m high Olympic Tower in Nanjing/China. In addition, Roland has been in charge of several complex projects such as World Expo 2017 in Astana/Kazakhstan and the underground railway station in Stuttgart/Germany. Since 2013, Roland has been Country Representative of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. In 2016 he started to launch the German Chapter in collaboration with Dario Trabucco, CTBUH Research Manager.

Elvin K. Box, Associate Director, Mace,

An Associate Director of Mace, an international consultancy and construction company, Elvin is an acclaimed international speaker, facilitator and writer who holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Open University Business School (OUBS). Renowned for his expertise in applying creativity, innovation and transformation he has undertaken notable assignments, including the MoD's Strategic Defence Review and the major rail project, High Speed Two. Elvin has tutored internationally on the OUBS MBA programme and presented motivational speaker events for the likes of: the University of Oxford; Ashridge Leadership Centre; Association of MBA’s; the Chartered Institute of Marketing. A survivor of prostate cancer, Elvin is a passionate advocate of both Prostate Cancer UK and Movember Foundation. Elvin's other credits include:Authored 'Give Peace and Conflict A Chance; My Personal Voodoo' published within 'My Voodoo'™, (Firth and Carayol, 2002); Authored 'Power Facilitation', a chapter within 'Business Creativity-Practitioner’s Handbook’, published by the University of Greenwich (Dr.Kanes Rajah, 2007)

Frven Lim, Director, DP Architects (UK),

Frven Lim is the Director in charge of DP Architects London studio, one of 17 offices forming One Global Studio of the world’s 8th largest architectural practice. He has a personal built track record of more than 11,000 residential units and more than 1.3 million square metres of built real estate, covering multiple building typologies, over his 19-year professional career. Trained at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, he practices with an experimental and research-based approach, as well as the concept of 'design enterprise'™. This originality is evident in his works, and has earned him industry recognitions, including the '20 under 45' award accolade accorded by Singapore’s Urban and Redevelopment Authority in 2010. He is a certified to practice Architecture in Singapore and the UK. He is a thought leader in future trends of urban cities and the subject of affordable housing, and passionately champions 'making a difference through design'. He has authored and edited many publications, including Housing People (published in 2012), and an essay published in conjunction with the 1000+ Singapore’s exhibition held at Paris’ City Hall in 2015.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Learn about the LEAF Forum from top market players
  • Hear the experts talking about the effects of design in all aspects of the industry
  • Learn about how technology is changing the industry
  • Understand the trends shaping the market today


  • Heads/Founders/Directors of Architecture Firms
  • Board Members/Founding Principals
  • Principle Architects and Partners
  • Chiefs/Heads of Design
  • Development Directors
  • Engineers and Project Leaders
  • Heads of Innovation
  • Heads of Infrastructure
  • Heads of Computational Design
  • VP/Directors of Real Estate
  • Design Intelligence