Innovation Colloquium: Design Technology Innovation Updates<< All Events
Innovation Colloquium: Design Technology Innovation Updates
Join the AIASF Design Technology Committee who will discuss the Design Technology industry in AEC — what is new in Design Technology? Who are the new players? What emerging technology is there to watch for? The presentation will showcase a summary of insights captured this quarter at design technology conferences including the BIM Coordinators Summit, Autodesk University (AU22), BILT North America, and The World of Digital Built Environment (WBDE 2022). Join the conversation and stay on top of what has caught our attention on AEC innovation.
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Niknaz Aftahi, CEO / Co-Founder, aec+tech
Niknaz is CEO and co-founder of aec+tech, an all-in-one innovation platform and community connecting AEC/O (Architecture, Engineering, Construction & Operations) professionals with the latest tools and technologies. Prior to launching aec+tech Niknaz practiced architecture in the Bay Area, California, both as a design professional as well as a design technologist. Niknaz is a member of AIA San Francisco Design Technology Committee, and has also been developing curriculum and teaching architecture courses online to Bahai students in Iran who continue to be deprived of access to universities in their own country. Niknaz has been a keynote speaker in various international aec-tech events and webinars.
Jennifer Lew, Project Manager / Project Architect, HKIT Architects
Jennifer brings her expertise to affordable multifamily projects in the Bay Area, keeps her skills honed doing construction administration, enjoys figuring out how things come together in detailing, and currently serves as the co-chair of the Design Technology Committee at AIA San Francisco. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California.
Cesar Escalante, Architecture Technical Evangelist - BSM Technical Marketing Manager, Autodesk
Cesar leads storytelling efforts for the architecture industry—creating and evangelizing compelling content on new and emerging technologies to colleagues, channel partners, and Autodesk customers around the world. Cesar has deep architecture industry expertise, having spent the past 12 years holding regional design technology leadership roles at large international firms including Gensler, HOK, and Flad Architects. He founded the San Francisco Computational Design Institute, currently chairs the AIA San Francisco Design Technology Committee, and serves on the faculties of the School of Architecture at the California College of the Arts and the Academy of Art University. Cesar is passionate about computational design, digital prototyping, and visual programming, and he is an active speaker in the AEC industry. He holds dual master’s degrees in Architecture and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) El Salvador.