TAP Symposium at AIA24

When:  Jun 5, 2024 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM (ET)

TAP Symposium at AIA24

Leadership Playbook
Practice in the Age of AI: An Approach to Technology

Wednesday, June 5, 9:30am-4pm  |  Washington, DC
Program code: TAP100  |  Fee: $99


Session listed on AIA24 website at https://conferenceonarchitecture.com/schedule/#poster-2646194

Artificial intelligence is taking shape in our industry and its usage is undeniable. This conference brings together architects, engineers and designers from around the world to explore the intersection of leadership and artificial intelligence. The event aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of how technology is reshaping the architecture industry and how leaders in the field can leverage these advancements to enhance their practices. The conference featured keynote presentations from leading experts in both architecture and A.I., delving into topics such as the integration of A.I. in design process, the impact of digital tools on project management and the ethical considerations surrounding the use of this technology in architectural projects.

Throughout the conference, attendees can engage in talks and panel discussions, gaining practical insights into implementing A.I. solutions within architectural firms. The Leadership Playbook not only addresses the technological aspects but also focused on the leadership skills necessary to navigate the evolving landscape. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with industry leaders, share best practices, and explore collaborative opportunities that leverage A.I. to drive innovation in architectural design and construction. By fostering a dialogue between architects and technology experts, the conference aims to equip participants with a strategic playbook for effective leadership in the age of AI., ensuring that architectural profession continues to evolve and thrive in a rapidly changing technological landscape.


How to register

  • Are you already attending AIA24? Register for the full or ultimate conference pass at AIA24, then use the code TAP100 in order to add this all-day event to your registration for only $99
  • Everyone: Whichever level you choose, all registrations should be done on conferenceonarchitecture.com - use this link to register. Please note that prices will go up after the early bird deadline of April 10!



9:30am - Introduction to TAP Buildings Connection Congress
Presenter: Ryan Cameron, 2024 TAP Chair

9:45am - Keynote: Augmenting architecture 
Presenter: Dr. Mehdi Nourbakhsh

11:00am - Activity: Leadership Playbook

12 – 1:15 pm - Break to grab lunch

1:15pm - Presentation: The Overwhelming, Unintelligible, Meaningless Mess: Will AI Make Sense of Digital Design?
Presenter: Phil Bernstein, FAIA  
In each of the successive waves of technology to wash over the building industry—think CAD, BIM, the internet, big data—optimism leads, followed almost immediately by disillusionment and then, eventually, tacit acceptance and reluctant adoption. Will the same be true of artificial intelligence and generative computing? The technology historian Marco Carpo, in his recent treatise Beyond Digital suggests that “computers can deal with the most overwhelming, unintelligible, meaningless mess…due to their sheer speed, memory, and processing power.” If this certainly hasn’t been true before AI, will things in the design studio (and, perhaps, the construction site) radically change, finally? This talk will examine the history of technology in AEC, how digital tools created, met, and missed expectations, and what we might expect to see on the AI-enable project of the future.

2:15pm - Coffee Break 

2:30pm Panel: AI innovation in practice
Panelists: Jeff Huber, AIA, Scott Knudsen, AIA, Laura Wake-Ramos, AIA. Moderated by Alex Pollack

3:45pm - Closing remarks
Presenter: Ryan Cameron, 2024 TAP Chair



Mehdi Nourbakhsh, Ph.D.
CEO, YegaTech

Mehdi is an author, speaker, and the CEO of YegaTech, a technology consulting company in AEC. He’s devoted to helping CEOs, CTOs, innovation directors, and business executives to grow their businesses and differentiate themselves and their companies via AI technology and innovation. With a decade of experience in the research and development of innovative AI solutions in the AEC and manufacturing industry at YegaTech, Autodesk, and Georgia Institute of Technology, Mehdi brings a unique perspective to the AEC industry. Mehdi has led and advised on several AI solutions that are used by tens of thousands of AEC and manufacturing professionals every day.

Phil Bernstein

Phil Bernstein, FAIA
Associate Dean and Professor Adjunct, Yale School of Architecture

Phil Bernstein, FAIA, is an Associate Dean and Professor Adjunct at the Yale School of Architecture. He is a former vice president at Autodesk, where he was responsible for the company’s Building Information Modeling strategy. Prior to Autodesk Phil was an associate principal Cesar Pelli & Associates where he managed many of the firm’s most complex commissions including projects for the Mayo Clinic, Washington National Airport, and Goldman Sachs. He is the author of Architecture Design Data: Practice Competency in the Era of Computation, and Machine Learning: Architecture in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, and former Chair of the AIA Contracts Documents Committee.

Jeff Huber, AIA
Principal, Brooks + Scarpa

Jeffrey Huber, FAIA, ASLA, NCARB, LEED AP is a principal and manages the South Florida studio. He also serves as Director of Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Planning at Brooks + Scarpa. In addition to practice, Mr. Huber is an educator and currently serves as an Associate Professor of the School of Architecture at Florida Atlantic University in downtown Fort Lauderdale. He holds master’s degrees and licenses in both architecture and landscape architecture. 

Scott Knudson
Principal, Knu Design

A design leader and team builder & mentor with over 30 years of experience across the spectrum of project typologies, Scott Knudson is the founder and Principal of Knu Design, LLC. His ability to discern program and budget, quickly evaluate and prioritize parameters and results, establish design vision, develop consensus, and take projects through masterplanning and entitlement processes. In-depth experience leading technically complex projects through all phases including production and construction is balanced with experience in new and renovation work in masterplanning, mixed use, multifamily, retail, educational, industrial, research, interiors, historic renovation, museums, & exhibit sectors.

Laura Wake Ramos

Laura Wake-Ramos, AIA
Development Manager, Mortenson

As Development Manager, Laura is responsible for cultivating new real estate development opportunities in the Washington, DC region. She manages the early stages of opportunities through the design and construction phases. Laura received her Master’s degree in real estate with a concentration in real estate finance from Georgetown University. She also has received a Bachelor of Architecture, a Bachelor of Arts in communication arts & sciences with a concentration in organization communications, and a Minor in architectural history from The Pennsylvania State University. Laura is a licensed architect in the District of Columbia.

Alexandra Pollack, AIA
Principal, Chief Technology Officer at FXCollaborative

As FXCollaborative's Chief Technology Officer, Alexandra leads the firm's Digital Practice group, overseeing design technologies, information technologies, and business technologies. She understands the evolving role of technology in the industry, and sees it playing an important role in the intersection and overlap of disciplines, and how they inform each other. Alexandra has been instrumental in the development of digital methodologies and processes, and aims to further improve project delivery through leveraged data and evidence-based design.

Alexandra's work in the architecture field is the perfect triangulation of her lifelong interests in design, analysis, and computer science. While she has loved to create since she was young, designing a computer program at school gave her insight into how people use technology—and how interfaces can be as carefully designed as the tool itself. She found that, much like the tactile experience of drawing by hand, integrative technologies have the potential to facilitate the analysis and synthesis of information.

Ryan Cameron, AIA
Architect, Digital Practice Leader, CMBA Architects

Ryan leads teams for the successful development of architectural projects while also helping to lead technology integration in practice. Ryan leads digital integration efforts at CMBA Architects that range in practice from data analysis and strategy, technology, and data-driven design. He is evidence-based certified as well as a licensed architect in several states.