Vertical integration - its impact on architecture

Vertical integration - its impact on architecture

Lean In with Dr Forest Flager - Vertical integration: its impact on architecture and the built environment

12pm, Tuesday 16 March


Joining us from the USA, Dr Flager will discuss the concept of vertical integration, its impact on architecture and the built environment.

Katerra is developing innovative solutions from design to construction such as modularisation, automated off site manufacturing, CLT, robotics, and more to help improve housing affordability by driving down cost, complexity and construction time.

They combine these efforts with a team who bring expertise in the unique needs and challenges of the affordable housing sector.

Katerra is following a vertical integration strategy of technology, design, procurement, manufacturing and construction under a single management removing middleman and speeding construction process. The company are creating a global supply chain by acquiring companies and building its own factories and facilities.

With scale, this unique business model could decrease the cost to supply housing and increase productivity on site.

Speaker bio

Dr Forest Flager

Dr Flager is interested in creating more affordable and sustainable buildings by reimaging how these products are designed and delivered.

Forest's teaching and research had a focus on the development and application of computational methods that augment human abilities to explore large design spaces and help designers to identify innovative solutions.

He currently leads systems engineering and building optimisation at Katerra, a technology-driven offsite construction company based in California, USA.

Katerra is on a mission to optimise every aspect of building design, materials supply and construction. The team combines decades of industry experience alongside leadership from some of the most ground-breaking companies in technology, manufacturing, design and engineering.


Members: $10
Non-members: $30