Vardouli

Theodora Vardouli

Affiliations:
Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture, McGill University; Founder and Principal of CoDEx (Computational Design Exploratory)
Expertise:
history and theory of computational design, science and technology studies, critical design and making

Bio:
Theodora Vardouli, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture, McGill University. Her research examines histories, cultural meanings, and practical implications of algorithmic techniques for describing, generating, and simulating architecture. Vardouli's articles have been published in Leonardo, Design Studies, Perspective, Nexus Network Journal, IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, Architectural Research Quarterly and several edited collections. She is co-editor of the collection of essays Computer Architectures: Constructing the Common Ground (Routledge 2020) and co-author of Designing the Computational Image (Applied Research and Design Publishing, forthcoming). Her in-progress monograph tentatively titled Graph Vision: Digital Architecture’s Skeletons offers a prehistory of digital architecture centred on the graph, which she reveals as a hidden but defining protagonist in early engagements between architecture and computation.

Benjamin

David Benjamin

Affiliations:
Director, Autodesk Research / Associate Professor, Columbia GSAPP
Expertise:
Generative Design, Bio-processing, Bio-sensing, Bio-manufacturing

Bio:
David Benjamin (‘05 M.Arch) is Founding Principal of The Living and Associate Professor at Columbia GSAPP. He also directs the GSAPP Incubator. Benjamin’s work combines research and practice, and it involves exploring new ideas through prototyping. Focusing on the intersection of biology, computation, and design, Benjamin has articulated three frameworks for harnessing living organisms for architecture: bio-processing, bio-sensing, and bio-manufacturing. The Living has won many design prizes, including the Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League, the New Practices Award from the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter, the Young Architects Program Award from the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1, and a Holcim Sustainability Award. Recent projects include the Princeton Architecture Laboratory (a new building for research on next-generation design and construction technologies), Pier 35 EcoPark (a 200-foot-long floating pier in the East River that changes color according to water quality), and Hy-Fi (a branching tower for the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 made of a new type of biodegradable brick).

Leubkeman

Chris Leubkeman

Affiliations:
ETH Zurich
Expertise:
Leadership, Innovation, Architecture, Engineering, Design Thinking

Bio:
Dr Luebkeman is deeply passionate about curating constructive dialogue, insatiably curious, relishes the opportunity to discover the opportunities which will be created by change and, perhaps most importantly, to evolve positive solutions to the profound challenges we face today. Educator, Engineer, Architect, Author, Photographer, Blogger, Commentator…for twenty years he travelled the globe sharing his observations and insights by leading projects focused on the future for Arup, Arup’s clients and for many of the world’s leading institutions. He has returned to his Alma Matter, the ETH Zurich, to establish a Strategic Foresight Team within the Office of the President.

Seresinhe

Chanuki Illushka Seresinhe

Affiliations:
Alan Turing Institute, The Culture Trip
Expertise:
Data Science, Well-being, Spatial Design

Bio:
Chanuki Illushka Seresinhe is the Director of Data Science at Culture Trip theculturetrip.com, a global startup operating in experiences, travel, media and entertainment. Chanuki began working as a commercial data scientist at Channel 4 and then went on to lead the data science team at Popsa. Her research work at the University of Warwick and the Alan Turing Institute, which involves understanding how the aesthetics of the environment influences human wellbeing, has been featured in the press worldwide including the Economist, Wired, The Times, BBC, Spiegel Online, Guardian, Telegraph, Scientific American, Newsweek and MIT Technology Review. Chanuki has a PhD in Data Science from the University of Warwick. Prior to pursuing a career in data science, Chanuki had a successful design career that included running her own digital design consultancy for over eight years.

Novak

Marcos Novak

Affiliations:
Director, transLAB , Media Arts and Technology Program
University of California, Santa Barbara

Expertise:
Transarchitecture, Digital Architecture, Virtual Reality, Virtual worlds

Bio:
Marcos Novak is the founding Director of the transLAB at UCSB, a transmodal/XR world making lab exploring transformation that leads to speciation, in fact, in fiction, in action. He is Professor of Media Arts and Technology, and is affiliated with the AlloSphere and CNSI. He is an architect, artist, composer, theorist, and pioneer of algorithmic design, and the originator of THEMAS, a "holistic, integrative, creative model for research, practice, and pedagogy", beyond STEM and STEAM.
In 2000 he was honored to represent Greece at the Venice Biennale (to which he has been invited numerous times since). He lectures and exhibits at prominent venues worldwide.

Ceccato

Cristiano Ceccato

Affiliations:
Director, ZHA; Visiting Professor, Western Sydney University
Expertise:
Parametric Design, Free form Design, Form Finding, Rule Based Design

Bio:
Cristiano Ceccato is a Director at Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) in London, having previously worked for Frank O. Gehry Partners in Los Angeles. Trained as an architect and computer scientist, he engages across all levels of design and technical development, with worldwide project delivery experience on a wide range of typologies. Cristiano is also an accomplished software developer, having previously co-founded the BIM company Gehry Technologies in California.
Cristiano has spearheaded ZHA’s entrance into the aviation market since 2010. He is the Project Director for the Beijing Daxing Airport in China completed 2019; the Navi Mumbai International Airport in India; and the Western Sydney Airport under construction in Australia. Cristiano is a graduate of the Architectural Association and Imperial College in London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, where he sits on the Air Transport Specialist Group board.

Tsigkari

Martha Tsigkari

Affiliations:
Partner, Foster + Partners, Lecturer, The Bartlett, UCL
Expertise:
Performance Driven Architectural Design, Genetic Algorithms, Simulation, Design Optimization, Machine Learning,

Bio:
Martha is a specialist in a wide range of areas including computational design, performance-driven design, optimisation, machine learning, interfaces & interaction, design-to-production and fast feedback & integration. Her work incorporates the development of ML, optimisation and simulation tools, the introduction of integrated processes and the creation of physical interfaces. She has a particular interest in machine learning and has lead R&D related to the use of deep neural networks in the design process, to solve problems spanning from micromaterials to performance driven architectural layouts. She has also been investigating the use of Genetic Algorithms in the design pipeline, using them to develop solutions spaces that fit multi-objective criteria.
Martha joined F+P in 2006, and she has since provided solutions for hundreds of diverse projects such as the new airport for Mexico City, Queen Alia Airport, Sheikh Zayed Museum, UAE’s 2015 Expo Pavilion, Lusail Iconic Stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and YachtPlus. She is a member of RIBA, ARB and the Technical Chamber of Greece. In parallel she is a Senior Fellow at the Bartlett, UCL, where she has been teaching at the MSc Architectural Computation since 2009. She has been a juror and presenter at various schools worldwide, including MIT, the Architectural Association, UPenn, ETHZ and Chalmers. She has taught, lectured and published on the subject of computational design internationally.

Alonso

Nono Martinez Alonso


Affiliations:
Autodesk Inc Expertise:
Machine Learning, Generative Drawing

Bio:
Nono Martínez Alonso is a Machine Learning Engineer with a penchant for simplicity. He studied design technology at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and works exploring machine learning in architecture, engineering, and construction at Autodesk. Nono hosts Getting Simple —a podcast about how you can live a more meaningful, creative, and simple life—sketches things that call his attention, writes stories about enjoying a slower life, and records live streams and tutorials on creative coding and machine learning. His work focuses on developing intuitive tools for creatives and on how the collaboration between human and artificial intelligences can enhance the design process. Previously, he studied architecture and worked in the design and delivery of complex architectural geometries at award-winning firms such as AR-MA and Foster + Partners. You can learn more about what he’s working on at nono.ma/now.

Law

Stephen Law

Affiliations:
UCL Bartlett, Alan Turing Institute
Expertise:
Social Science, GIS, Geography, Pedestrian Simulation

Bio:
Dr Stephen Law is a Lecturer in Social and Geographic Data Science in UCL Department of Geography, a Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute and also a UCalgary Alumni where he did his undergraduate in Economics. His current research looks at the intersection between machine learning and urban design analytics. He completed a PhD in UCL Bartlett studying the economic value of spatial networks in the housing market and has over 10 years of consultancy experience on pedestrian movement modelling, visualisation and data science.

Standfest

Matthias Standfest

Affiliations:
ArchiLyse AG
Expertise:
Machine Learning, Architectural Design, Innovation

Bio:
Dr.sc Matthias Standfest is the founder and CEO of Archilyse AG, one of the leading PropTech startups in Europe. Since 2017, this strongly research-driven ETH spin-off has been working to close the gap between real estate and mathematics. Matthias laid the foundation of this during his research at ETH in Zurich and at the Future Cities Lab in Singapore. His research is focused on real world machine learning applications in architecture. He developed a unique process of data homogenisation and feature extraction for this domain. His transdisciplinary approaches stem from a broad academic background ranging from mechanical engineering (2002) and architecture (2011) to the philosophy of science. Archilyse AG is a scientific partner in various projects with ETH Zurich, the Royal College of Art in London, the Bauhaus University Weimar, and many more. The knowledge gained by Archilyse serves to establish new methods for evaluation, planning, marketing, and consulting in the real estate sector and to be able to generate directly-monetizable added value through efficient digitization and analysis.

Llach

Daniel Cardoso Llach

Affiliations:
Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture
Expertise:
Design theory, Automation in design, Participatory Design , Politics of representation, Participation in software

Bio:
Daniel Cardoso Llach is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University, where he chairs the Master of Science in Computational Design and co-directs CodeLab. His research is interdisciplinary and examines questions of automation in design, the politics of representation and participation in software, and new methods to understand design as a sociotechnical phenomenon. He is the author of the books Builders of the Vision: Software and the Imagination of Design and the forthcoming Designing the Computational Image, Imagining Computational Design with Theodora Vardouli, and the co-editor, with Andres Burbano, of the special issue Other Computations: Technologies for Design and Architecture from the Global South. His articles have appeared in journals including Design Issues, Leonardo, Architectural Research Quarterly among others, and in edited collections including The Active Image: Architecture and Engineering in the Age of Modeling (Springer) and DigitalSTS: A Handbook and a Fieldguide (Princeton).

Dimopoulos

Konstantinos Dimopoulos

Affiliations:
SAE Institute Athens
Expertise:
Urban Planning, Game Urbanist, Game Design, Design Theory

Bio: Dr. Konstantinos Dimopoulos is an urban planner, geographer, author, game urbanist and designer. He is a lecturer on level and game design at SAE Athens, and the author of the Virtual Cities atlas. The first commercial game Konstantinos designed and wrote for was Droidscape: Basilica by Kyttaro Games, and has since then worked, and consulted on the urbanism of a variety of games including The Sinking City by frogwares, Lake by gamious, A Place for the Unwilling by Alpixel, and Cyberganked by Robb Sherwin. Most of his articles appear on Wireframe magazine, and most of his talks and lectures take place across Europe. His professional website is www.game-cities.com, and you can find him on twitter at @gnomeslair.

RodrigoOchigame

Rodrigo Ochigame/Leiden University

Affiliations:
MIT & Leiden University
Expertise:
Sociology, Anthropology, Design Theory

Bio:
Rodrigo Ochigame is a PhD candidate in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an incoming Assistant Professor in the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University, The Netherlands. Their research examines alternative models of computational rationality, such as non-classical logics developed in Brazil, non-binary Turing machines from postcolonial India, and frameworks of information science from postrevolutionary Cuba.

MaddyMaxey

Maddy Maxey

Affiliations:
Loomia
Expertise:
Smart Materials,E-textiles, Product design

Bio: I am passionate about working at the intersection of design and engineering to create useful products. I am currently focused on bringing conformable circuits (e-textiles) to scale through my company, Loomia. Our mission is to create tools for engineers and designers who are creating next-generation products. Throughout the course of my work at Loomia, I have developed e-textile prototypes and workshops for companies like North Face, Google, PVH, Flextronics, Adidas and Corning. In addition to e-textiles, I have performed computational design and physical computing work for the F.I.T Museum, Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit, CNBC’s Jump Jive and Thrive and Google Creative Lab. I also held creative technology residences at the School of Visual Arts, Autodesk, and Pratt’s BF+DA where I won the BF+DA Technology Innovation Award. My work has built the foundation for 5 granted patents and has led to invited lectures at universities such as Columbia University, Parsons School of Design, NYU and University of Illinois Champagne Urbana.

DionMoult

Dion Moult

Affiliations:
OSArch, Lendlease

Expertise:
Software development, Tool development, Open BIM, BlenderBIM

Bio: Dion Moult has worked in software development, architecture, and the construction industry, and is the primary developer behind the BlenderBIM Add-on. He has been involved in a wide range of open-source projects for over a decade. These projects include the Gentoo Linux distribution, KDE project for desktop environments, Blender for 3D content creation, FreeCAD for parametric solid modelling, Radiance for light simulation, OpenStreetMaps / OpenStreetCam for GIS and computer vision datasets, and IfcOpenShell for BIM and open-data tools for the built environment.

BenhazFarahi

Behnaz Farahi

Affiliations:
Assistant Professor, Department of Design, California State University, Long Beach
Expertise:
Wearables, Smart materials, Interactive design

Bio: Trained as an architect, Behnaz Farahi is an award winning designer and critical maker based in Los Angeles. She holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Media Arts and Practice from USC School of Cinematic Arts. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Design, California State University, Long Beach.

She explores how to foster an empathetic relationship between the human body and the space around it using computational systems. Her work addresses critical issues such as feminism, emotion, perception and social interaction. She is a co-editor of an issue of AD, ‘3D Printed Body Architecture’ (2017) and ‘Interactive Futures’ (forthcoming).

JoseSanchez

Jose Sanchez

Affiliations:
Associate Professor, University of Michigan, Taubman School of Architecture
Expertise:
Game Design, Architectural Design, Creative Commons, Combinatorics

Bio: Jose Sanchez is an Architect, Game Designer, and Theorist based in Detroit, Michigan. He is the director of the Plethora Project plethora-project.com , a research studio investing in the future of the propagation of architectural design knowledge. He is the creator of the video games Block’hood and Common’hood, digital social platforms that aid the authoring of architectural and ecological thinking to non-expert audiences. He is the author of the book “Architecture for the Commons: Participatory Systems in the Age of Platforms” published by Routledge in 2020 and the co-creator of Bloom, a crowdsourced interactive installation which was the winner of the Wonder Series hosted by the City of London for the 2012 Olympics. He has taught in renowned institutions in the United States and in Europe, including the Architectural Association in London, The Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London, at the University of Southern California. He is currently at the University of Michigan, where he is an Associate Professor at the Taubman College School of Architecture. His research “Architecture for the Commons” designs and interrogates social media platforms as tools with the potential to author architectural content in the public domain.

MaryanneWachter

Maryanne Wachter

Affiliations:
Independent Researcher / Software Developer
Expertise:
Structural Engineering, Form Finding,

Bio:Maryanne Wachter is an independent researcher and software developer. As a licensed professional engineer, she has worked on complex transportation and cultural projects around the world, including the Oculus Transportation Hub and the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. She has been a lead analyst for the Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity Project and an active organizer with Pyladies, an international mentorship group within the Python open-source community. She is currently a participant at the Recurse Center developing visualizations of infrastructure open data sets and working on a form-finding and structural analysis tool in Blender.

FeliciaDavis

Felecia Davis

Affiliations:
Associate Profeessor, Penn State College of Arts and Architecture, Softlab
Expertise:
Smart materails, Computational textiles, Material design

Bio:Felecia Davis’ work in computational textiles questions how we live and she re-imagines how we might use textiles in our daily lives and in architecture. Davis is interested in developing computational methods and design in relation to specific bodies in specific places engaging specific social, cultural and political constructions. Felecia Davis is an Associate Professor at the Stuckeman Center for Design Computing in the School of Architecture at Pennsylvania State University and is the director of SOFTLAB@PSU. She completed her PhD in Design Computation at MIT. Davis’ work in architecture connects art, science, engineering and design and was featured by PBS in the Women in Science Profiles series. Davis’ work is part of the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition Reconstruction: Blackness and Architecture in America. She is a founding member of the Black Reconstruction Collective a not for profit group of Black architects, scholars and artists supporting design work about the Black diaspora.

MaiderLlagunoMunitxa

Maider Llaguno-Munitxa (MLLM)

Affiliations:
Architectural Engineering and Urban Planning at UCLouvain in Belgium
Expertise:
Environmental Science, Data Visualization

Bio: is an architect and assistant professor of digital architecture and environmental design at the Faculty of Architecture, Architectural Engineering and Urban Planning at UCLouvain in Belgium. Prior to joining UCLouvain, Maider was an associate research scholar and postdoctoral researcher at the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University working on the formulation of data driven urban environmental design processes. Maider obtained her PhD from the Institute of Technology in Architecture ETH Zurich and her master's and bachelor's degree from GSAPP Columbia University, and ETSASS/ETSAB. Maider is currently the Urban Science, Climate & Health research leader at the Architecture et Climate group at UCLouvain, where she develops research on the study of architecture and urban design strategies to modulate the urban environment, it's microclimate and air quality. Maider is also co-founder of the architecture and urban design office AZPML.

WendyFok

Wendy W Fok

Affiliations:
WE- DESIGNS, Pratt Institute
Expertise:
Creative Strategy, Technology, Design | Architecture/Design | Materials Research | Fabrication (Digital & Analog) | Muay Thai | Fencing (Sabre) | Motorcycles

Bio: Wendy W Fok, trained as an architect, is the creative director and technologist of WE-DESIGNS (Architecture/Creative Strategy) and New Territory (mission-driven real estate venture). Fok has experience in Product Development and Program Management from Zero to Launch, Design-Build, Manufacturing, Hardware/Software, and Digital Fabrication. Proficient in 3D modelling, innovative material research, design-build, augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (XR) design, and other types of engagement that could promote a larger discussion of how consumers interact with products and delivery for architecture, real estate, retail, and innovative business development. Fellow at the Urban Design Forum (since 2018), she was featured as Autodesk Remake’s Women in Reality Computing (2017), winner of the Autodesk AiR (2016), Digital Kluge Fellowship, Library of Congress (2014/15), ADC Young Guns 11 Award (2013), AIA Dallas Women in Architecture (2013), Perspective 40 under 40 (2011), and Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award (2009). WE-DESIGNS has been selected by Twenty+Change Emerging Canadian Design Practices (2011). Fok was shortlisted for 1 of 13 DX Emerging Talent Awards (2013), and won Western Living Designer of the Year – Maker Category (2016) across Canada. Fok was the co-editor of AD Journal’s “Digital Property – Open Source Architecture”, published by Wiley. Her upcoming book chapter “Bio-Data Matter of New York City” is published by Routledge in “Data, Matter, Design – Strategies in Computational Design”, edited by Frank Melendez, Nancy Diniz, Marcella Del Signore. Fok holds a Doctor of Design from Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), obtained her Master of Architecture and Certification of Urban Policy/Planning from Princeton University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture with a Concentration in Economics (Statistics) from Barnard College, Columbia University. Fok is a Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture and Teaching Fellow at the Harvard Law School.

VeraBühlmann

Vera Bühlmann

Affiliations:
TU Vienna
Expertise:
Philosophy, Architectural Theory

Bio: Vera Bühlmann is a writer and translator between various emerging “vernaculars” in contemporary thought, especially with respect to philosophy, mathematics and architecture. She is professor for architecture theory, and director of the Department for Architecture Theory and Philosophy of Technics ATTP at Vienna University of Technology. Since 2021 she acts as a member of the Hochschulrat at the Universität der Künste UdK Berlin, and also since 2021 ATTP is, together with the Center for Philosophical Technologies at Arizona State University and the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities, Skopje, a co-founding member of the School for Materialist Research (SMR), in further cooperation with the Critical Inquiry Lab at the Design Academy Eindhoven. SMR is an informal graduate and post-doc level program that offers seminars and workshops that address the materialisms running through contemporary science, philosophy, art, mathematics, design, architecture, and politics.

Previously she co-founded and directs with Ludger Hovestadt the laboratory for applied virtuality at the Architecture Department at ETH Zurich since 2010, and co-edits the applied virtuality book series (Birkhäuser, Basel/Vienna, since 2012). From 2012-2013 she was a guest researcher at the Future Cities Laboratory at NUS Singapore. After studying philosophy and English language and literature in Zurich, Switzerland, she obtained a PhD in media theory/philosophy from Basel University (2009).

She is the author of two monographs: Information and Mathematics in the Philosophy of Michel Serres (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020, in the Michel Serres and Material Futures Series edited by David Webb and Joanna Hodge), and Die Nachricht, ein Medium: Generische Medialität, Städtische Architektonik (Birkhäuser, 2014), and co-author with Ludger Hovestadt and Sebastian Michael of A Genius Planet (Birkhäuser 2017). She co-edited a special volume of Minnesota Review together with Iris van der Tuin and Felicity Colman on Genealogies of New Materialism (Duke UP, 2017), as well as the Metalithikum

Ludger

Ludger Hovestadt

Affiliations:
ETH Zurich
Expertise:
Computer Aided Architectural Design, Digital Architectonics, Computation

Bio: Ludger Hovestadt is Professor of Architecture and CAAD (Computer-Aided Architectural Design) at the Institute for Technology in Architecture, ETH Zurich.

Between 1997 and 2000 Ludger Hovestadt was a visiting professor in the Department of CAAD at University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. In 2000, he was appointed Full Professor at the Department of Architecture at ETH. Since 2018 he is a Visiting Professor at Southeast University in Nanjing, China.

He studied architecture at the RWTH Aachen, Germany and the HfG in Vienna, Austria. Upon completion of his diploma in 1987, he started his academic career with Prof. Fritz Haller at TU Karlsruhe for whom he worked as a scientific researcher for over ten years. Under his supervision Ludger Hovestadt completed his doctorate at TU Karlsruhe and Carnegie Mellon in 1994, expanding Haller’s school of thought of minimalist-functional mannerism into the digital domain, thereby laying the foundations for digital architectonics.

Pablo

Pablo Zamorano

Affiliations:
Heatherwick Stuido
Expertise:
Geometry, Computational Design, AR/VR

Bio: Since joining Heatherwick Studio in 2015, Pablo has been instrumental on Projects and the Geometry and Computational Design group. As Head of Geometry and Computational Design at the studio, Pablo works across all studio projects providing expertise and guidance on new technologies and techniques, and the execution of challenging geometries.

He was Deputy Project Leader on Coal Drops Yard, an award-winning retail quarter and public space in King’s Cross, London. He oversaw all packages on the scheme and coordinated their delivery between the studio and the executive architect during Stage 3 and Planning. From Stage 4 onwards, he focused on assisting the team to take the design through contract and later into construction. He was key to the development and fabrication coordination for all complex geometry related areas on the project, most notably the Upper Level. Prior to working at the studio Pablo was based at SOM London where he worked on a number of projects and competitions of multiple scales in Europe and the Middle East. One of his most notable projects was a high rise development of five towers with over 1,000 residential units in London’s Greenwich Peninsula, currently under construction.

Before relocating to London in 2010, his career was split between New York and Santiago, Chile, where he won international competitions and completed several projects. Pablo has lectured widely, and his personal work has been published and awarded internationally

Silvan

Silvan Osterle

Affiliations:
ROK
Expertise:
Computational Design, Digital Fabrication

Bio: SSilvan Oesterle is an architect and researcher with special expertise in the field of computational design and digital fabrication. In 2010 Silvan co-founded ROK, an architectural office in Zurich. ROK’s work focuses on the development of integrated design processes at the intersection of design computation, engineering and digital fabrication. After graduating from ETH Zurich in 2007, he joined the Faculty of Architecture at ETH and conducted research with Professors Gramazio & Kohler.

In 2013 he was a guest lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart. Since 2014 he is a lecturer at the Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio. Silvan lectures regularly at schools and conferences such as the Architectural Association, CITA or Smart Geometry.

Yannis

Yannis Orfanos

Affiliations:
We Work
Expertise:
Big Data, Machine Learning, Real Estate, Systems

Bio: Yannis is the Director of Global Data & Insights at Product Finance & Operations at WeWork. Prior to WeWork, worked as a researcher at Harvard and MIT. He investigated the application of Machine Learning predictive models in building performance, and developed assessment systems for sustainable and healthy cities. Earlier in his career, Yannis was the project planner of a new city for 600,000 people in Karachi which is under construction. Yannis studied architectural engineering at the National Technical University of Athens and received a Master from the AA Design Research Lab in London. His work is focused on data, real estate, and systems.

Jason

Jason King

Affiliations:
IBI Group / Global Quantum Lead
Expertise:
Uran Planning, Spatial Analysis, Parametric Modelling

Bio: Mr. King is an architect, planner and parametric/computational designer with two decades of experience in designing cities. He draws from a background of architecture, spatial analysis, algorithmic design and optimization, active transportation and sustainable land use. The ability to use complex datasets to make evidence-based decisions across IBI’s sectors is central to his work in designing cities and architecture. His parametric planning and design process allows increasingly complex large-scale projects to be done more efficiently while exploring exponentially more iterations of design solutions.
He taught architectural studios at Woodbury University for a decade researching computational solutions to architectural and urban problems. Before joining IBI Group, King worked in the Shared Mobility Department for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation and was co-founder of the design firm Somewhere Something.

Kate

Kate Parsons

Affiliations:
Assistant Professor of Studio Art / Fine Art, Communication Studies, Pepperdine University / UCLA
Expertise:
Media Arts, VR/AR

Bio: Kate is a video artist and educator living in Los Angeles. She obtained her M.F.A. in Media Arts from UCLA, her M.A. in Digital Art and Video from CSU-N and her B.F.A. from Montana State University. She is the co-founder of FLOAT, a VR/AR art studio, founder Stickney Creek, a residency in rural Montana, and founder of Femmebit, a video art festival celebrating Los Angeles female artists working in video and new media. Much of Kate's practice surrounds human connection, meaning-making, and our relationships to the biological and environmental systems we inhabit. Her graduate studies involved research into the myriad ways humans mourn and express grief.

Kate has participated in solo and group residencies at Stanford University, Signal Culture, The Media Archaeology Lab at the University of Colorado, Coaxial Arts Foundation (courtesy of the Pasadena Arts Council) and Dublab. She is Assistant Professor in Digital Arts at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA, and Instructor in Media Design Practices at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.

Kate’s work can be found in galleries, online, in forests, stolen airwaves, and in virtual reality. Her work has shown at SFMOMA, Art Toronto, TIFF, and SXSW, HRLA, Coaxial Arts, Machine Project, Navel.la, Monte Vista Projects, Supercollider, Bridge Projects, and has been featured in the LA Times, LA Weekly, ArtNews, CBC, BBC News, Forbes, Flaunt, Hyperallergic, and more.