Autodesk is a Great Place to Work!

We are pleased to share that Autodesk scored very high on the Best Workplaces in Canada list again this year. We ranked #4 on the list which contains many newcomers.

It “takes a village” to build the reputation of a high quality employer. A high performing business with a great future, amazing physical working environments, great employee-management relationships, a place where people can be themselves, creative programs, and learning opportunities are only a few elements that create an awesome workplace. We are proud of what we’ve accomplished over the years!

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If an AI doesn’t take your job, it will design your office

ARRANGING EMPLOYEES IN an office is like creating a 13-dimensional matrix that triangulates human wants, corporate needs, and the cold hard laws of physics: Joe needs to be near Jane but Jane needs natural light, and Jim is sensitive to smells and can’t be near the kitchen but also needs to work with the product ideation and customer happiness team—oh, and Jane hates fans. Enter Autodesk’s Project Discover. Not only does the software apply the principles of generative design to a workspace, using algorithms to determine all possible paths to your #officegoals, but it was also the architect (so to speak) behind the firm’s newly opened space in Toronto.

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The Promise of Generative Design

Computational design promises to have a profound, far-reaching impact upon the architecture profession by automating the creation of bespoke building plans that solve specific project challenges. The latest generative design software developed by companies such as Autodesk is capable of independently producing customized architectural plans free of any further human interaction following the setting of initial parameters and the launch of programs. Architects can adjust the software to produce an endless slew of architectural designs that satisfy the specific criteria associated with a given project in terms of cost, constructibility or performance dynamics, at a pace and level of productivity that would be impossible for human beings to match.

An outstanding example of the tremendous potential of generative design as a problem-solving design tool is Autodesk’s development of a new office and research space in Toronto’s MaRS Innovation District. One of the key goals in developing the new office and research space was the creation of a spatial layout that would foster happenstance interaction between the diverse range of talent setting up shop in the MaRS district.

“Our focus was on space planning – we wanted people to travel easily around the office, yet we also wanted to create these zones of congestion where people could interact and meet with each other,” said Nagy. “We developed the architectural concept of breaking up shared spaces into amenities zones that in turn break up the office.”

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