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    The Role of Art + Architecture in Biotech

    Friday, October 13, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT

    This presentation delves into the intersection of biotech and architecture as embodied by Nexus; a cutting-edge building situated in South San Francisco's biotech hub. Featured artist Marc Northstar is also the creator of Nano, approaches the form of abstract process rather than a final form and will discuss how his artwork reflects the innovative applications of biotechnology. Zandra Fernandez Bucheli, Construction Administrator at FLAD Architects, will moderate this talk which will explain how the building's advanced architecture was designed to complement Nano and create a cohesive biotech culture. The program will also explore the sustainability and AI aspects behind-the-scenes, highlighting how these cutting-edge technologies are shaping the future of biotech and architecture. This conversation celebrates the power of creativity and innovation in shaping a sustainable and technologically advanced world.

    (Moderator) Zandra Fernandez Bucheli, WELL AP, Construction Administrator, Flad Architects

    Zandra is a seasoned construction administrator with extensive experience working in life sciences, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical environments. She holds a Master of Science degree in architecture from University of Pennsylvania and Master of Architecture from Syracuse University, with a Bachelor of Architecture from NYIT, and is certified to work in cGMP validated environments and facilities. Throughout her career, Zandra has managed construction administration for healthcare and medical office buildings, as well as upgrading accessibility with OSHPD, for clients in the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently, she serves as the Construction Administrator at FLAD Architects for Life Sciences at the Nexus biotech building. Zandra began her career working with Zaha Hadid and has since worked for other renowned firms such as HOK, Gensler, and Stantec. She is also the Chair of Life Science at AIA SF, demonstrating her commitment to excellence in her field.


    Marc Northstar, Art & Architectural Thinker / Marc Northstar Innovative Process

    Marc is a creative leader in art and architectural thinker with a Master of Architecture from the California College of the Arts. He is the founder of Marc Northstar Innovative Process, specializing in large-scale abstract forms that are heavily influenced by contemporary architecture and constructivism. Marc is known for his use of AI, advanced technology, and traditional paint in the creation of his work. His art has been exhibited internationally, and he has collaborated with clients around the world, including Healthpeak Properties, Formula One, Expo Shanghai, CapitaLand of Singapore, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, and Saxon State Chamber. In addition to his artistic practice, Marc has worked for renowned architecture firms such as Hopkins Architects and DIALOG.

    Learning Objectives (2 LU Pending)

    1 - South San Francisco Birth of Biotech. The biotechnology revolution shaped the recent history the Bay Area and set a new direction for life sciences research. This session will trace developments from this pivotal event to the current White House Bio Tech and Bio Manufacturing Initiative.

    2 - Artificial Intelligence & art. The artist will discuss how Artificial Intelligence played a role in the creation of Nano, an 18x43 ft exterior canvas, by assisting him in implementing a sustainable approach.

    3 - Nano influenced by biotech-architecture. The artist will explore the intersection of architecture and art and how the forms and language of architecture influenced the creation of Nano. Drawing on over 15 years of experience, the artist approached the creation of Nano as a process rather than a final work, a journey that is reflected in the artwork's title: Nano.

    4 - Design for Discovery. Research environments include both factors that guide all design and the highly specialized needs of a unique building type. We will review organizing principles, aesthetic goals, infrastructure needs, with special focus on research in high & low-rise buildings.



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    Friday, October 13, 2023
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT
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    Nexus OnGrand
    233 East Grand Avenue
    South San Francisco, 94080
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