Tapestry – a tool for open source building performance data

Tapestry is an open-source database for Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Real Estate. Content curators from around the world are able to sign up and submit open source data regarding building and project performance. A sample of the data included is project scope, location, performance, typology, awards, features, recycling program, specifications and summary.

The Not for Profit site was founded by Ken Sanders FAIA and Jonathan Schechter, with a mission to educate and inform the AEC industry with open source data to inform future designs. With an advisory board consisting of ThontonThomasetti, DIALOG, DLR Group, ch2m, Perkins+Will, AECOM, Gensler, Glumac, Interface and more the site has been created by industry for industry and is particularly innovative when examining high-performance architecture, products and materials. The sharing of such data is designed to assist designers when speaking to clients, by having the ability to demonstrate where certain technologies or strategies have been implemented previously.

In this session, Ken Sanders provides us with an overview of the site, how firms can utilise the data and contribute to its growth.


Ken Sanders FAIA is a member of the Board of Directors of NELSON, an award-winning architecture, interior design, graphic design and brand strategy firm. The firm’s network includes more than 1,100 professionals in 25 offices, combining industry experience, service expertise, and geographic reach to deliver projects across the country and around the world.

Ken also serves on the Board of Directors of Clarus, the leading designer and manufacturer of writable glassboards. The company’s broad range of innovative products are at the center of high-performance collaborative workplaces.

As Managing Principal at DesignIntelligence, Ken provides consulting services to a variety of architecture and engineering firms on strategic operations, technology and leadership development. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a Senior Fellow and Executive Board Member of the Design Futures Council.

During his 17-year career at Gensler, as Managing Principal and Board Member, Ken co-led the team responsible for Gensler’s global operations, including finance, legal, talent, technology, research and business development.