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    AIASF Symposium | The Future of Design Technology + Practice

    Thursday, November 10, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 7:00 pm PST

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

    Note: Registration closes on Monday, November 7 at 5:00 PM (PT); after registration closes, all registrants will be provided further instructions to submit required advance pre-registration information in order to be on-site at Autodesk; Autodesk no longer requires proof of vaccination.

    (Updated 11/4/22)



    Transforming how we design and build.

    AIASF in collaboration with the Center for Architecture + Design and the AIASF Design Technology Committee presents the 2022 Design Technology Symposium at the Autodesk Gallery. Join us for a deep-dive into current and upcoming technology for building design, civil infrastructure, construction, and building operations. We'll take a look at how new software and services are changing the way we design, build, and maintain the complete life cycle of the buildings in which we live and work.

    This year's Symposium aims to address state-of-the-art collaborative methods that yield the most beneficial results as defined by three fundamental goals: design quality; business success; and strength of relationships. Panelists will address computer-based tools, modeling programs — formal and computational — and online platforms that aid in project delivery, focusing on how these methods enhance the collaboration between architects, engineers, general contractors, and their clients.

    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.

    Learning Objectives (6 LU)

    1. Develop ideas where architects and contractors can be effectively “partnered,” regardless of their contractual obligations, through Design Build or other delivery methods;

    2. Explore how delivery of on-time, on-budget work requires collaboration with differing views while aiming to offer ways to contribute to the delivery process;

    3. Discuss current and evolving technologies that will permit communication to flow more easily than traditional methods;

    4. Encourage commitment to shared purpose, open communication and mutual respect towards more efficiently and effectively realize projects that are well-designed, sustainable and financially rewarding than can be achieved by more conventional methods thus representing the future of the practice.


    Program Sponsor


    Gold Level Sponsor

    Cesar Escalante, Architecture Technical Evangelist, Autodesk
    Niknaz Aftahi, CEO / Co-Founder, aec+tech

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

    10:00 AM
    Opening Remarks
    Vikram Dutt, VP, Product Portfolio and Marketing, Autodesk
    Paul Adamson, FAIA, 2022 AIASF Board President

    Heath May, Principal, HKS Architects

    10:30 AM  - 11:45 AM // Technology Presentations: Future of Delivery

    Moderator // Niknaz Aftahi, CEO / Co-Founder, aec+tech

    Tessa Lau, CEO / Founder, Dusty Robotics
    Matthew Comber, SE, PE, Vice President of Architecture & Engineering, Project Frog
    Arundhati Ghosh, Ph.D., Digital Twin Adoption, Autodesk
    Amy Sims, VP of Design, Plant Prefab

    11:50 AM - 12:55 PM // Technology Presentations: Future of Visualization

    Dave Alpert, MBA, FAIA, CEO/Co-Founder, Geopogo
    Mike Hoppe
    , Creative Director, Geopogo
    Rotimi Seriki, Visualization Manager, HOK
    Jay Axe, Technical Product Manager, NVIDIA

    1:00 PM
    Lunch Break
    Boxed lunch will be provided

    1:30 - 2:30 PM // Technology Presentations: Computational Design + Practice

    Moderator // Cesar Escalante, Architecture Technical Evangelist, Autodesk

    Ali Nasiri
    , West Coast Director of Computational Design, Flad Architects
    Stephanie Tabb, Senior Digital Designer, SOM
    Arman Hadilou, AIA, LEED AP, Associate, Senior Architect, WRNS Studio

    2:50 - 4:55 PM // Technology Presentations: Workplace Implementation

    Argelia Barcena, Northwest Regional Design Technology Manager, Gensler
    Thomas Simmons, Business Director / BIM Consultant, ARCHVISTA
    Alice Leung, VP, Platform and Product Strategy, Brick & Mortar

    5:00 - 7:00 PM | Happy Hour sponsored by Autodesk
    Remarks | Amy Bunszel, Executive Vice President, Architecture, Engineering, & Construction Design, Autodesk

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    Thursday, November 10, 2022
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm PST
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    San Francisco, 94105
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