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FutureNOW! is a full-day symposium designed to connect mentors with young designers, encouraging them to envision and shape the future of the profession. The event will be broken into three parts, each led by mentors that are experts in their respective fields. First, it will explore the implications of Big Data and computational design on architectural practice. Second, it will focus on their impact Now. Third, it will investigate how architects can adapt to new technology in the Future.

Phil Bernstein, FAIA, Yale School of Architecture; Shane Burger, Woods Bagot; Onur Yuce Gun, New Balance; Erleen Hatfield, AIA, PE, Hatfield Group

The Now: Big Data, Computational/Generative Design, & Artificial Intelligence
Data is not new to the profession; traditionally, it’s been critical to city planning and building performance design. However, over the last few years, the quantity, quality, and specificity of data has radically improved, and new technology has emerged that allow professionals to use data in new and expanding ways. The morning will feature keynote presentations and a panel discussion exploring such questions as:

  • What is Big Data?
  • What is AI?
  • How have technologies disrupted architectural practice?
    • How does data, computational design, & AI change architectural practice?
    • Expanding practice, building a multi-disciplinary team
    • How can small firms leverage data and new tech?
    • How does Big Data change relationships between clients, architects, and contractors?
    • How can architects implement Big Data ethically?

The Future: A New Definition of Architecture
The architectural profession must adapt to and harness the power of new technologies like big data. During the afternoon workshop, participants will be asked to envision new modes of practice. This portion of the symposium will be a platform for debate, encouraging attendees to share their insights regardless of their experience level. This portion will be a unique opportunity for participants to  be both mentors and protegés, and to gain a fuller understanding of how practice can evolve in response to new technologies. Following the workshop, each group will present their possible outcomes during a closing happy hour.

Part I: The Now   Morning
9:00am – 9:45am Coffee and continental breakfast
9:45am – 10:00am Keynote introductions
10:00am – 11:00am Keynote presentations
11:00am – 11:15am Break
11:15am – 12:15pm Panel
Part II: The Future   Afternoon
12:15pm – 1:15pm Lunch
1:15pm – 4:00pm Workshop
4:00pm – 4:15pm Break
Part III: Presentation   Evening
4:15pm – 5:15pm Workshop presentations
5:15pm – 6:00pm Happy hour


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As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits. We encourage all participants to arrive on time to comply with this policy.

Organized by
AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee
Saturday, 3/16
9am to 6pm
Center for Architecture
Student with Valid ID: $30
Member: $30
General Public: $45
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