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  When implemented correctly, technology has great potential to improve every aspect of how we design, construct and live in buildings.

David Spehar

Principal, Buildings Digital Practice

Cleveland, Ohio

David’s goal is to help teams find innovative solutions to address both the common and the unique challenges on every project. He has over 24 years of industry experience and has been a registered architect in the state of Ohio since 1994. He was an early adopter of Revit and has been a Building Information Modeling (BIM) advocate since 2002.

As a digital practice leader, David is currently overseeing our firm-wide practice integration of BIM. His responsibilities include training and education, developing standards and best practices, providing strategic large project support, developing multi-discipline BIM collaboration strategies, and implementing new workflows to leverage the intelligence of BIM.

He’s leading the way in our transition from a document-based design process to an intelligent-model-based design process. David is a well-known industry expert and has regularly presented at various conferences including Autodesk University, RTC, and the BIMforum. With David’s leadership, Stantec stays involved in a number of industry groups including CanBIM, the BIMforum LOD Spec and buildingSMART Canada.

With a strong background in architectural project management, David was a project manager for over 10 years before shifting his focus to implementing design technologies. His project-related strengths include client interface, project cost control, overall project coordination, and schedule management. David prides himself on client satisfaction both when working on projects as well as assisting Stantec offices internally.


This summer I walked RTC North America through how you develop a BIM training program for project managers. I’ll be presenting again at RTC Europe this fall.

As a roundtable subject matter expert, I contributed to the AIA Columbus Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) fall event, 2015.

National standards and best practices keep technologies integrated and running smoothly. My contributions to the buildingSMART Canada practice manual for BIM projects add to the perspectives of over 60 other dedicated practitioner volunteers.

Looking to keep up with innovations in BIM? Try the AGC’s BIMForum. It’s a useful resource that helps industry leaders connect with each other and implement BIM into our work.

I’ve been a member of the Mayfield Heights Architecture Board of Review for nearly 20 years.

I’ve helped organize and run the RTC Design Technology Summit since its inception in 2013. Our goals? To bring design technology leaders from large design firms together and discuss their challenges and opportunities in implementing technology.

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