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    Breaking New Ground: AI’s Disruptive Influence on Earth Architecture

    Thursday, May 2, 2024 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm PDT


    REGISTER $30, AIA Member // $35, General // $20, Students


    For millennia, earth architecture has long been practiced by societies across the globe, with earth serving as a cornerstone of the built environment. Utilizing this ancient and traditional building material has resulted in unique and novel forms of architectural innovation that are still evolving today. With rapid developments in artificial intelligence (AI), computational design, and additive manufacturing, the practice of earth architecture is primed for disruption, enabling designers to push the boundaries of this humble building material that go beyond design exploration and align with circular and regenerative building practices.

    In this Final Review of the UC Berkeley Master of Advanced Architecture Design (MAAD) studio, researchers will share the results of their year-long investigation into the intersection of earth architecture and artificial intelligence. Directed by Professor Ronald Rael with leaders from HOK San Francisco’s Architecture, Engineering, and Regenerative Design studios, the program explores how earth can reassert itself as a material that responds to contemporary issues and technologies today. Participants are invited to observe and engage in the discussion as presenters delve into their research and design process in developing text-to-image generation and parametric design workflows that result in innovative earthen forms and systems. Accompanying the Final Review will be an exhibition of the Studio’s research, which will be on display at the Center for Architecture + Design.

    Learning Objectives (3 LU/HSW)

    1 - At the end of the session, participants will discover the history, processes, innovations and challenges of earth architecture and its relevance and applications in today’s built environment.

    2 -  At the end of the session, participants will learn the science behind earth structures as models for resilient design and construction.

    3 - At the end of the session, participants will understand how computational design, text-to-image generation, and additive manufacturing are impacting the process of design and manufacturing of earth structures.

    4 - At the end of the session, participants will understanding the prompts and workflows of artificial intelligence on the design process.


    Ronald Rael, Professor
    Eva Li Memorial Chair in Architecture
    University of California Berkeley, College of Environmental Design

    Professor Rael is the Eva Li Memorial Chair in Architecture in the Department of Architecture in the College of Environmental Design, and is also a member of the art faculty in the Department of Art Practice at the University of California Berkeley. His past leadership roles have included serving as Department Chair, Director of the Masters of Architecture, and Director of the Masters of Advanced Architectural Design programs. He is distinguished as being both a Bakar and Hellman Fellow, and directs the printFARM Laboratory. His research interests connect indigenous and traditional material practices to contemporary technologies and issues and he is considered to be a design activist, author, and thought leader within the topics of additive manufacturing, borderwall studies, and earthen architecture.


    Paul Woolford, FAIA
    Design Principal

    Paul is a Senior Principal and Design Principal for HOK’s San Francisco studio and is responsible for some of the firm’s most innovative and creative buildings. He is a recognized industry leader, whose work has focused on being a design catalyst for helping people rethink the relationship between themselves and their environments. Recently elevated to the AIA College of Fellows, Paul has been responsible for design leadership on several of HOK’s most complex, innovative and sustainable buildings and environments, leading interdisciplinary teams comprised of architects, engineers, planners, interior designers and landscape architects. His diverse portfolio includes civic and institutional buildings; corporate and commercial buildings; educational facilities; research facilities; hospitals; aviation/transportation facilities; and museums and have been honored with numerous regional, national and international awards.


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    Thursday, May 2, 2024
    11:00 am - 2:00 pm PDT
    $20 – $35
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    San Francisco, CA 94108 United States
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