Train Staff, Gain Buy-In & Create a

Pro-Computation Culture on Your Projects

August 28-30, 2017

San Francisco

Workshop A: Artificial Intelligence & Automated Design
Monday, August 28

13:00 - 15:00
Leveraging Distributed Artificial Intelligence to Optimize Urban Design & Architecture

Workshop Leader: Alexander Webb, Assistant Professor of Emergent Technology, University of New Mexico

Computational design is still very much a human-led activity, with designers creating new algorithms and tools, and guiding the software to the optimal design. However artificial intelligence offers the prospect of software that can automatically analyze feedback, self-improve and create the optimal design with minimal human input.

This workshop will reveal the latest in both theory and practice: to what extent are these automated designs a dream, or near-future reality? And what does the industry need to do today to adapt?

Alexander Webb, Assistant Professor of Emergent Technology, University of New Mexico

Workshop B: Starting a New Computational Design Team
Monday, August 28

15:30 - 17:30
The First Step is Often the Hardest

Workshop Leader: Erik Hanson, Principal, Lionakis

This workshop will focus on the initial steps needed to hire your first computation staff and integrate them into your office culture. Whether your challenge is the first staff for your company, or just your local office, you’ll hear how others went through these steps and learn how to avoid the same mistakes!

The workshop will also explore the initial business case and gaining buy-in of company leaders to justify making the initial leap, and outline when you can expect to see an ROI.

Erik Hanson, Principal, Lionakis