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    2024 AIASF Design Technology Symposium

    Thursday, February 8, 2024 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm PST
    Image | Collective Canvas: Co-crafting our technotopia // Matt Menendez, DAHLIN Architecture

    Registration is Now Closed.

    AIA Member: $90 |  AIA Student: $30 | General: $125


    2024 Sponsorship Opportunities available!


    AIASF in collaboration with the Center for Architecture + Design and the AIASF Design Technology Knowledge Community presents the 2024 Design Technology Symposium: Transforming How We Design and Build: Access + Equity.

    A distinguished panel of experts will engage in a dynamic dialogue regarding the future landscape of design and construction, aiming to amplify cross-collaboration and cultivate robust work relationships. Our discussions will revolve around the transformative impact of technology on architectural education, with a keen focus on narrowing industry skill gaps.

    We will explore the evolving role of technology in reshaping architectural education, addressing issues of equitable access and skill development within the industry. In particular, our conversation will delve into how cutting-edge design technologies such as Building Information Modeling (BIM), Virtual/Augmented Reality (VR/AR), and Generative Design are being harnessed in professional practice to elevate project delivery, ensuring both equity and excellence.

    Additionally, our spotlight will be on emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Internet of Things (IoT), and innovative startups, each contributing to the promising contours of an inclusive architectural future. The discussion will pivot to real-life examples showcasing client relationships and architectural outcomes propelled by technology, with a deliberate emphasis on fostering equitable results and embracing inclusivity.

    Learning Objectives (6 LU)

    1 - Attendees will be able to identify AEC emerging technologies for integration into the education realm of the industry.

    2 - Attendees will be able to define and compare the challenges of applying technology within diverse practices, with equitable access in mind for the entire industry.

    3 - Attendees will be able to envision coming changes in technology for implementation in architecture project delivery.

    4 - Attendees will be able to articulate essential technology advancements needed for advancing design and construction workflows.


    9:00 AM
    Registration Opens // Morning beverages + pastries

    10:00 AM
    Opening Remarks / Keynote

    Welcome Remarks

    Vikram Dutt
    Product Portfolio & Marketing

    Keynote (Virtual)

    Phillip Bernstein, FAIA, RIBA, LEED AP
    Assoc. Dean & Professor Adjunct
    Yale School of Architecture

    A roundtable of experts will contribute to this conversation on the future of design and construction and how to enhance cross-collaboration and work relationships:

    10:45 AM - 12:00 PM // Technology, Education + Equity

    Exploring the role of technology in transforming architectural education and bridging industry skill gaps. Delving into technology's role in promoting equitable access in architectural education and bridging industry skill gaps.

    Moderator: Mahshad Kazem Zadeh, PhD, Gensler

    Speakers: Eric Cesal, UC Berkeley; David Banyard, Autodesk; Negar Kalantar, PhD, California College of the Arts (CCA); Daniel Stine, AIA, Lake|Flato Architects; Sean Quinn, HOK

    12:15 PM - 1:30 PM // Technology, Professional Practice + Equity

    Examining how professional practice employs design technology like BIM, VR/AR, and Generative Design to create equitable and enhanced project delivery.

    Moderator: Brandon Nuckelt, MBH Architects

    Speakers: Julie Jackson, AIA LEED AP, Jackson Liles ArchitectureConstanza Scholl, AIA, BAMO; Samaneh Zolfagharian, PhD, YegaTech AIBonyan Zolghadri, Assoc. AIA, Gensler

    1:30 - 2:15 PM // Lunch Break
    Lunch is sponsored by Ideate Software.

    2:15 - 3:30 PM // Equity in Emerging Technologies

    Spotlighting future technologies such as AI, Machine Learning, IoT, and Startups that promise to shape an inclusive architectural future.

    Moderator: Thesla Collier, CSI CDT

    Speakers: Al Dram, Blueprints AI; Alison Muh, Space Plan Wizard; Valentin Noves, Upcree; Samuel Arsenault-Brassard, VIM; Cesar Ramos Medina, SketchPro.ai; Aschley Yanda, Urban Machine

    3:45 - 5:00 PM // Equity-Driven Case Studies

    Focusing on real-life examples of client relationships and architectural results driven by technology, emphasizing equitable outcomes and inclusion.

    Moderator: Niknaz Aftahi, aec+tech

    Speakers: Andrew MacLaggan, AIA LFA, Foster + Partners; Brendan Mullins, StantecDavid A. Golden, UC Berkeley; Mike Hoppe, Geopogo; Joerg Tonndorf, ARUP

    5:00 - 5:15 PM // Closing Remarks

    Robert Yuen, CEO/Co-Founder, Monograph

    5:15 - 7:00 PM // Happy Hour

    This symposium is a recipient of the 2023 AIA Trust Component Grants Program made possible by Victor and the CNA Insurance Company





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    Thursday, February 8, 2024
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