The Human Connection to an Intelligent Building

10:45 - Thursday 7th October 2021

Spaces & Infrastructure

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Intelligent buildings are often concerned with the efficiencies of energy, space and health and wellbeing. The pursuit of technological prowess and measurable outcomes has led to a design epoch devoid of meaningful human connection to an intelligent building and the services that it delivers.

This paper presents an application of design thinking to the built environment and an assessment of the human meaning that it can influence. Furthermore, a set of mature and emerging technologies are discussed with some demonstrable interaction outcomes. The paper concludes with a critical analysis of the nuances that the processes and technology are able to craft – a magic that has seldom been achieved by existing intelligent buildings.

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Matthew Marson

Global Market Sector Leader - Technology


Matthew Marson MEng CEng FIMechE FRSA is Arcadis’s Global Market Sector Leader for Technology. He focuses on designing and delivering digital real estate transformation and human-centred Internet of Things (IoT) technologies within the built environment. Matthew founded WSP’s Smart Places practice, was elected as a Fellow of the RSA in 2017 and named as the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Young Visionary 2016/2017 for his work in creating The World’s Most Connected Building. Matthew sits on the CIBSE’s Intelligent Buildings Group and is a keynote speaker at international industry events.

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