There is a workplace transformation happening across the United States today. Offices continue to change, and architects and designers play a key role in the future functionality of businesses across industries.

The professionals responsible for implementing these changes will meet in Dallas, Texas Aug. 8-9 for MetroCon 2019. Keynote speaker Paul Doherty, CEO and President of the Digit Group spoke with MarketScale before the conference. Here is how he explained what the design industry will take away from the event.

What makes MetroCon stand out?

Although a regional conference, MetroCon provides a high level of topics that can assist designers to achieve higher results. I am impressed with the high caliber speakers that will contribute to the MetroCon community. MetroCon’s focus on design as the driver of change in our age of disruption is spot on and I am looking forward to participating.

What key themes will be present throughout the event this year?

With design as the primary focus of all sessions at MetroCon, I am impressed with the sophistication of the topics regarding healthcare & wellness along with practical design implementations and innovative personal learning for designers. MetroCon has something for all designers.

What has changed in the industry in the last 12 months and what do you expect to change in the next 12?

The slow, decades-long emergence of Building Information Modeling (BIM) is beginning to be part of every day “How Design Business Gets Done” conversations over the past year. In addition, this past year also saw the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) of construction related software solutions explode in the market. 

We expect the M&A of these construction-related software solutions to begin to effect design processes in critical workflows. We are also seeing the next year as being when Wellness and Sustainability become a core value to the world outside of the design community, forcing those designers who do not practice with Wellness and Sustainability as a core value to catch up. Look up the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as an example.

Doherty will deliver his keynote address on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. CST. Before that, he will appear on MarketScale Mornings at 8 a.m. CST to discuss the conference and the latest in the architecture space. Tune in here to watch his interview live!

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