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We are super excited to be co-hosting the Lean Design Forum with the Center for Innovation (CFI, formerly the CIDCI) this year for the first time, and continuing to co-host the Forum with the Lean Construction Institute (LCI). The Forum meets twice a year, organized by P2SL at UC Berkeley's Clark Kerr Campus earlier in the year, and organized by LCI in the Midwest later.

This year's 2023 Lean Design Forum includes a single, full day of presentations and discussion.

AIA members can self-report their participation to earn continuing education units (CEUs).

AGC of America recognizes Lean Design Forum 2023 as qualifying for continuing education hours towards the renewal of AGC’s Certificate of Management-Lean Construction (CM-Lean). Each hour of educational content is equal to 1 hour of CE credit.


Wednesday April 5, 2023 LEAN DESIGN FORUM

The new hospital at UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights (San Francisco) will provide an optimal healing environment that addresses social, psychological, spiritual, and behavioral components of health in one place. The holistic focus on the needs of patients, families, clinicians and staff and reflects UCSF’s integrated research, education, and care delivery mission.

Hear from team leaders about how they are integrating innovation and technology in the creation of a health habitat.

This presentation will review an approach to developing volumetric modular building systems that align to business and manufacturing strategies. We will explore the importance of defining a minimum viable product, how to identify manageable components of a building system, and how to use design thinking to develop the building system.

Automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, utilities, energy, and materials were once all fragmented industries that have transformed their business to achieve an increase in performance and safety while working to lessen their impact on the environment. Even agriculture has surpassed the construction industry in productivity in the last 20 years. This presentation will share how a systems approach and best practice experience from nearly a dozen industries are transforming our profession.

The challenges facing construction are well-known and small incremental process improvements are unlikely to yield the step change in results that is required. This talk will explain the Design to Value methodology that Bryden Wood have been developing with public and private sector clients over many years. Rather than ‘bolting on’ digital and manufacturing tools to a traditional approach, this talk sets out a new way of leveraging best-in-class use of data, automated design and industrialized construction, and the dramatic benefits this is providing.

Registration Fees

P2SL members, Center for Innovation (CFI) members, and LCI members get a discount.

Cick the Register button to the left, then select your option and take advantage of the early bird rate by registering before or on Wednesday 15 March 2023.

  • LEAN DESIGN FORUM – Wednesday 5 April 2023

Early bird rate applies until March 15, 2023 

    • P2SL, CFI, LCI: $295 early bird, $350 thereafter
    • General Participant: $345 early bird, $400 thereafter
    • Event Sponsor or Presenter: no fee
    • UC Berkeley student: $0 early bird, $50 thereafter
    • Full-time student or academic not affiliated with UC Berkeley: $80 early bird, $120 thereafter


Christian, D., Bredbury, J., Emdanat, S., Haase, F., Kunz, A., Rubel, Z., and Ballard, G. 2014. “Four-Phase Project Delivery and the Pathway to Perfection.” Proc. 22nd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, Oslo, Norway, 25-27 June, pp. 269-280, available at

Christian, D., Bredbury, J., Emdanat, S., Haase, F. and Rubel, Z. 2015. “Is Your Project Perfect? Using Four-Phase Project Delivery Analysis to Find How Far You Are From the Ideal State.Proc. 23rd Ann. Conf. of the Int’l. Group for Lean Construction, Perth, Australia, 29-31 July, pp. 536-545, available at

Reading about R. Buckminister Fuller and Systems Engineering:


This event will take place at the Clark Kerr Campus of UC Berkeley, which is just South of the main campus, in the Conference Center Building 14.

Here is a Clark Kerr Campus Map   (Note that the North arrow points to the left). The Lean Design Forum will meet in the lovely Krutch Theater.

You may park (for a fee) in the Southwest Parking Lot but please carpool as space is limited.  Do not park in the horsehoe (main access from Warring Street to Entry Drive on the map) and avoid street parking as 2 hour time limits are enforced.


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