Building Connections Congress 2021

Starts:  Feb 4, 2021 12:00 PM (ET)
Ends:  Feb 25, 2021 01:00 PM (ET)

Building Connections Congress

Machine Learning’s Impact on Architecture and Design
February 4-25, 2021 | virtual | 4 AIA LUs
12-1pm ET | 11am-12pm CT | 10-11am MT | 9-10am PT

About Building Connections

Over the month, these thought-provoking sessions will explore the implications of artificial intelligence for architects and designers, and what you need to do in your practice to leverage AI's benefits.


Join us for one day or all four! Each day's session is available as a separate purchase on AIAU; register for all four days for a discounted price. 

To register for this event, login to your account at and visit the pages linked below. To receive the discount, add all four of the following courses to your cart before checking out. 


Introduction and concluding remarks
Brad Prestbo, FAIA | 2021 TAP Chair

February 4: What to do about artificial intelligence's impact?
In two thought-provoking presentations, followed by audience discussion, this session will explore machine learning's looming impact on our industry. We’ll explore if we should face it, and ways to start preparing ourselves now if we decide to do so.
Speakers: Natasha Luthra; Nono Martinez Alonso
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February 11: Generative adversarial networks in a design practice
In two thought-provoking presentations, followed by audience discussion, this session will explore Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs), and how they could be leveraged by the design team.
Speakers: Thiyagarajan Adi Raman; Scott Penman;
Ken Goulding; Elizabeth Christoforetti
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February 18: Garbage In/Garbage Out: The importance of quality data
In two thought-provoking presentations, followed by audience discussion, this session will explore the most significant barrier for the implementation of incorporating machine learning in architecture; the availability of quality data.
Speakers: Patrick Chopson, AIA; Nathan Miller
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February 25: Augmented intelligence: Empowering the architect in design and construction
Since 2019, Randy Deutsch, FAIA, has written three books: “Superusers”; “Think like an Architect”; and “Adapt as an Architect.” In this fast-paced thought-provoking and engaging presentation, Randy will present one big idea from each of the books impacting us today while asking and answering important questions: Who are the individuals that will carry our teams, firms, profession and industry into the future with confidence and aplomb? And, with the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation, what qualities will assure the architect remains relevant throughout their career? Architect, author, educator, speaker and AI researcher Randy Deutsch will illuminate and demonstrate how AI helps to improve the making of buildings by leveraging emerging technologies and explore the role AI will play in contributing to more productive and successful businesses and careers. The presentation will conclude with the announcement of the first-ever grant-funded AI Institute for Design and Construction.
Speaker: Randy Deutsch, FAIA
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