Lean in Design (Georgia CoP)

August 13, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm (under construction)
August 13, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm, Eastern Time Zone
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LCI Georgia CoP

Join this event to hear from Michael Czap and Greg Buchanan, co-authors of the book Lean Architecture: Excellence in Project Delivery, as they introduce the concept of Lean Architecture - the ongoing process of rethinking and improving architectural methodology.

Lean Architecture is the pursuit of better work by applying Lean principles to every aspect of practice. It is about smarter information flow and understanding how we perceive and process information in order to be better communicators amongst ourselves and to the users of our services. It is identifying what adds value and reducing and eliminating what doesn’t.


  • Michael Czap, Beck Architecture, LLC, has nearly 40-years years of broad experience in architectural planning, design, project management, production, and contract administration. He is skilled at project and team organization, the process of putting a building together and coordinating a thorough team effort.

    He has led efforts to identify and implement new technologies and cutting-edge project delivery practices with major firms. He previously served as the Director of Lean Design at BRPH, chaired the CallisonRTKL Delivery Leadership Council and lead the BIM Steering Committee with Huitt-Zollars. He coined the term and introduced the concept of Lean Architecture  - the “ongoing process of rethinking and improving architectural methodology” by the application of Lean principles to the practice.  He also served on the BIMForum task force developing updated industry BxP BIM execution plan guides.

    Michael is a regular speaker on Lean Architecture and advanced project delivery processes as well as Building Information Modeling (BIM) and has presented at over 50 National and Regional venues across the United States since 2004 including five AIA National conferences.

    He co-authored the upcoming book, Lean Architecture: Excellence in Project Delivery, to be released in March 2021 and Construction Documents chapter for the AIA’s 15th Edition of the Architect’s Handbook for Professional Practice, bot published by Wiley. He has contributed articles to the AIA Best Practices, Chapter 13, and the AIA Practice Management Digest.
  • Greg Buchanan, NELSON Worldwide , has spent his nearly thirty-year career endeavoring to advance the practice of architectural delivery through experience and leadership at top-ranked design firms. With advanced degrees in both Architecture and Civil Engineering, his pragmatic approach to problem solving enables him to develop and implement successful strategies and coach excellence in all facets of project delivery. Experienced in a wide range of building types and practice areas across the United States, he has established a wealth of expertise in the field of building materials and sustainable practices. Sharing his passion for process improvement, technology, and project delivery to a broader audience, Greg has presented his methodologies for a Lean Architecture at over a dozen regional and national industry events since 2013.

    Greg currently serves as Vice Chair for the BIMForum’s 2021 Lean taskforce and is co-author of the book Lean Architecture: Excellence in Project Delivery published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.