Benjamin Welle is the Director of Energy Lab with Perkins and Will. He works at the nexus of BIM, building performance simulation, parametric modeling, computational design, cloud computing, multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO), design automation, and artificial intelligence (AI). Over the past 5 years, his work has been focused on the development, management, and implementation of a firm-wide web and cloud-based energy, daylighting, and solar design and analysis platform called the Simulation Platform for Energy-Efficient Design (SPEED).
Welle received a BS in Energy Engineering and MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering-Atmosphere/Energy from Stanford University, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego, and a PhD in CEE-Design Construction Integration from Stanford’s Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE). He is a registered professional mechanical engineer in California.