Building Connections Congress 2018

When:  Jan 8, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (ET)

The Future of Design

As we consider the landscape of our built environment today, the future of architectural design is entering yet another paradigm shift. Artificial intelligent systems, machine learning and automation have already transformed a number of industries and are making their way into the design and construction of buildings today.

Our design community is dealing with the repercussions of this technology, both good and bad. We fear this may mean the end of the “designer” and are simultaneously encouraged by the possibilities this sort of technology opens up for us.  So let’s talk about how this intelligence can and will help us.

Building Connections 2018 will explore how the industry is evolving to address this surfeit of information, how design should address these changes to our social fabric and quite simply the idea of what the possibilities are for the future of design.

Free to attend; attendees will learn 6 AIA LUs. Download the agenda >


Module 1: Teach machines to think like us

  • Natasha Luthra, 2018 Chair, Technology and Practice Knowledge Community
  • Michael Schrage, MIT
  • Patrick Hebron, Foil Software
  • Brok Howard, dRofus
  • Randy Deutsch, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Zig Rubel, Aditazz

Module II: Have machines do things for us:

  • Josh Kanner,
  • Mani Golparvar, ReConstruct
  • Pat Keaney, Autodesk
  • Joshua Emig, WeWork
  • Christopher Connock, KieranTimberlake
  • Paul Kassabian, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger



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Melissa Morancy