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Deke Smith

Dana K. "Deke" Smith, FAIA

Executive Director, buildingSMART alliance

National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS)

Washington DC, USA.


Deke is the Executive Director of the buildingSMART alliance an expanding program of the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) to improve construction productivity through interoperability. He was the founder and former chair of the NIBS Facility Information Council, home of the US National Computer Aided Design (CAD) Standard and the National Building Information Modeling (BIM) Standard. Deke is also a senior analyst with the International Centre for Facilities and a senior analyst with CYON Research, and has his own information consulting firm. He participated in the beginnings of the NIBS Construction Criteria Base and was on both American Institute of Architects (AIA) CAD Layering Guideline efforts as well as the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST)/ Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Uniformat II. He was the U.S. representative for facility related CAD to the International Standards Organization (ISO) in the 1990s. He was a winner of the 1996 Federal 100 award, 1997 NIBS Member Award and the 2006 CAD Society Leadership award. He is a registered architect in Virginia and was elected to The College of Fellows of The American Institute of Architects in 2008. He has experience as a surveyor, assistant field engineer, facility designer, cost engineer, value engineer, life-cycle cost analyst, deputy CIO, and was chief information technology architect for the DoD Business Transformation Agency's modernization effort for installations and environment before his retirement after 30 years with the DoD.