• November 1, 2019

    Time & Location

    • November 6, 6:30 PM – 09:00 PM
    • WSP – 1 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10119, USA

    Introduction and Moderation:

    • Andrew Haas  |  Founder of Digital Design Community; Computational Designer, KPF; Co-Director, AA Visiting School New York
    • Alfonso Oliva  |  Co-Organizer of Digital Design Community; Director of LERA+, LERA Consulting Structural Engineers


    • WSP  |  Joseph Provenza, AIA, PE, LEED AP / Associate
    • Turner Construction  |  Ayse Polat, AIA  |  VDC Manager, NY Main
    • Snøhetta  |  Sam Brissette  |  Designer

    AR/VR Showcase:

    • AECOM
    • WSP


    • 6:30-7:00pm: Opening Reception, Networking, AR/VR Showcase
    • 7:00-8:00pm: Presentations
    • 8:00-8:15pm: Q&A, Discussion
    • 8:15-9:00pm: Closing Reception, Networking, AR/VR Showcase


    Registration is required, no tickets available at the door:

    Photo ID required for entering building.

    Contributions made possible by WSP, Microsol, and LERA.

  • August 21, 2019

    Hosted by Buro Happold Engineering. See more about the event here.

    Wolf Mangelsdorf, Dipl Ing (Arch), Dipl Ing (Civil), CEng MIStructE; Partner; Buro Happold Engineering
    Tom Ben-David, PhD, EIT, LEED AP BD+C; Graduate Mechanical Engineer; Buro Happold Engineering
    Kayleigh Houde, PE; Computational Community Leader; Buro Happold Engineering
    Mark Davis, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; Principal; KieranTimberlake
    Ryan Welch; Principal; KieranTimberlake
    Christopher Connock; Design Computation Director; KieranTimberlake
    Chitwan Saluja, Intl. Assoc. AIA ; Director of Technology; Jacobs

    Andrew Haas, Assoc. AIA; Computational Designer, KPF; Co-Director, AA Visiting School New York

  • July 23, 2019

    Join us for a roundtable discussion to address the future of prefabrication in New York City, with a focus on how prefabrication practices can be applied to small-scale urban infrastructure projects to have a large public-realm impact. Speakers will touch on issues related to design and procurement, engineering and construction management, and site selection and logistics of prefabricated projects in New York City.

    We are at a critical moment in the implementation of modular, prefabricated, and design-build processes in New York City. How can the current conversation surrounding these topics be expanded to address issues related to the public realm? How can the public and private sector join forces to unpack the key roadblocks currently in the way?

    Introductions by:
    Rebecca Macklis, 
    Senior Urban Design Manager, NYC Public Design Commission
    Laurie Hawkinson,
     Partner at Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects (SMH+); Professor of Architecture at Columbia University’s GSAPP; Commissioner, NYC Public Design Commission
    Jon Cohen,
     Senior Policy Advisor to the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development

    Michaela Metcalfe, AIA, CCM, LEED AP, Director of Design and Construction Excellence, Department of Design and Construction
    Anthony Romeo, AIA, Program Director of the Queens Public Library Program Unit, former Project Executive/Director of Modular Home Design, Department of Design and Construction
    Susan Rosenstadt-Bresler, Deputy Chief of Architecture & Engineering, Department of Parks and Recreation
    Alan Price, PE, Director of Technical Certification and Research, Department of Buildings
    James Garrison, AIA, Principal, Garrison Architects
    Thomas Gluck, Principal, Gluck+
    Eric Bunge, FAIA, Principal, nArchitects
    Giuseppe Lignano, Intl.Assoc. AIA, Co-founding Principal, LO-TEK
    David Farnsworth, PE, Principal and Americas Tall Buildings Business Leader, ARUP
    Wolf Manglesdorf, Partner, BuroHappold Engineering

    Laurie Hawkinson, Partner at Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects (SMH+); Professor of Architecture at Columbia University’s GSAPP; Commissioner, NYC Public Design Commission

    This event is organized by the Public Design Commission of the City of New York, the AIANY Technology Committee, and Columbia University GSAPP.

  • May 2, 2019

    The New York Digital Design Community is a forum that focuses on showcasing technology-driven design by leading New York individuals, practices and universities. It is dedicated to disseminating the application of cutting-edge design methodologies and fabrication techniques related to digital technologies, computation, and digital prototyping in a collegial setting. In a series of quarterly events, design leaders from multiple industries showcase their most current and stimulating work at a variety of scales and stages of design. These gatherings bring together individuals from across the field who are in the forefront of developments in digital design, establishing a platform for those who are actively shaping a new profile for their industries and raising the bar for methods of practice in the future.

    In this installment of the quarterly series, three practitioners from WeWork and SHoP Architects will showcase the various design methods and technologies that they employ in their workflow, highlighting their recent work on in-house design tooling and infrastructure, as well as visualization techniques in their practice, respectively.

    Introduction and Moderation:
    Andrew Haas
    , Computational Designer, KPF; Director, AA Visiting School New York
    Alfonso Oliva, Director of LERA+ Consulting Structural Engineers

    Andrew Heumann, Senior Scientist, Research & Applied Science at WeWork
    Jonatan Schumacher, Director of Design & Construction Technology at WeWork
    Christopher Morse, Associate, Interactive Visualization at SHoP Architects

    6:30 – Doors open, networking and AR/VR experiences available
    7:00 – Introduction
    7:05-7:45 – Presentations
    7:45-8:00 – Open discussion with audience
    8:00-8:30 – Closing reception, networking and AR/VR experiences available

    Photo ID required for entering building.

    The New York Digital Design Community runs in collaboration with the AIANY Technology Committee and offers attendees AIA Learning Hours for Continuing Education.

    Register —>

  • January 29, 2019

    Upcoming event related to material technology, AIANY Technology Committee Co-Chair Nick Desbiens will be participating in the panel discussion.

    RSVP for February 7: Bionic Materials: Architect-led R&D for Tomorrow’s Building Blocks

    New research that combines the super powers of nature and technology is generating pioneering materials for interiors as well as exteriors. At the forefront of understanding new possibilities and applications are architecture and design firms with dedicated in-house Research & Development teams. Design reserachers will discuss the value of having in-house R&D for the practice as a whole, and present current projects that set new standards for building materials in terms of performance and health benefits to the end-user.

    Registration – 6:00-6:30
    CEU Panel – 6:30-7:30
    Cocktail Reception – 7:30-8:30

    Erik Berg Kreider, Senior Inudstrial Designer (BIG Ideas), BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group
    Mitchell Joachim, Founder, Terreform ONE
    Nicholas Desbiens, AIA, LEED AP, Head of Digital Practice, KPF

    Molly Heintz, Editor-in-Chief, Oculus

    Organized by
    Oculus Magazine, Architectural Record, and BNP Media


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