October 28, 2016 – Los Angeles
UCLA Covel Commons – Grand Horizon Room
Covel Commons, Suite L-16, 330 De Neve Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095



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Join us for a one-day provocative conference focused on how technology enables design – now, next, and in the future for the architectural profession in California.

Save the date! Friday, October 28, 2016
UCLA Covel Commons – Grand Horizon Room
Covel Commons, Suite L-16, 330 De Neve Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095

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The AIACC is bringing together architects, designers, emerging talent, and affiliates to inspire new ways of thinking about the future of design, practice, and the built environment through examples of their work and case studies. Technology is evolving at unprecedented rates and transforming our pencils into stylus and our spectacles into Virtual Reality headgear. At this event, you will experience design from those who are pioneering these technologies into their practices, and be inspired to where the future can bring you!

  • The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.

    B. F. Skinner
  • I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I’ve invented.

    R. Buckminster Fuller
  • Technology has to be invented or adopted.

    Jared Diamond
  • Technology keeps moving forward, which makes it easier for the artists to tell their stories and paint the pictures they want.

    George Lucas
  • Technology gives us power, but it does not and cannot tell us how to use that power.

    Jonathan Sacks
  • Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.

    R. Buckminster Fuller
  • One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.

    Elbert Hubbard



Dr. Dana Cuff

Dr. Dana Cuff

cityLAB View Details
Alvin Huang, AIA

Alvin Huang, AIA

Principal, Synthesis Design + Architecture View Details
Jared Laucks

Jared Laucks

co-Director, Self-Assembly Lab, MIT View Details
Terri J. Moore

Terri J. Moore

moore + friesl View Details
Casey Reas

Casey Reas

Professor, University of California, Los Angeles View Details
Joseph Sarafian

Joseph Sarafian

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Dr. Dana Cuff

Dr. Dana Cuff


Dana Cuff is Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of California, Los Angeles, and founding Director of cityLAB, a think tank that engages experimental design and research about the emerging metropolis (www.cityLAB.aud.ucla.edu). cityLAB, founded in 2006, is currently developing innovative, hi-performance, low cost infill housing prototypes as backyard homes for Los Angeles. State policy, a full-scale installation on the UCLA campus, and a demonstration house to be constructed on behalf of the LA Mayor’s office and the Bloomberg Innovation team are all part of this project. cityLAB was invited to exhibit at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, was featured on CNN and in Newsweek magazine, and was named one of the top four urban think tanks in the country by Architect Magazine. In 2013, Dana Cuff and a cross-disciplinary team at UCLA received a substantial multi-year award from The Mellon Foundation for the “Urban Humanities Initiative” which brings the humanities and design together to build new curricular and discursive platforms to better understand collective life in Pacific Rim megacities. This initiative was renewed by the Mellon in 2016, with funding to create a sustainable program in Urban Humanities for undergraduates and graduates at UCLA.

Cuff has engaged cultural studies in architecture and the city as a teacher, scholar, practitioner, and activist. Her leadership urban innovation is widely recognized both in the US and abroad. In Sweden, she has served as distinguished professor and an advisor to a range of government agencies concerned with metropolitan development. She has published and lectured extensively about the modern American metropolis, the architectural profession, affordable housing, and spatially embedded computing. She has written and edited a number of books, including Architects’ People (with W.R. Ellis; 1989), Architecture: The Story of Practice (1989), The Provisional City (2000), a collection of Robert Gutman’s writings (Architecture from the Outside In, with J. Wreidt; 2010), and Fast Forward Urbanism (with R. Sherman, 2011).

Dana Cuff holds a PhD in architecture from Berkeley and a BA in Design and in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Alvin Huang, AIA

Alvin Huang, AIA

Principal, Synthesis Design + Architecture

Alvin Huang, AIA is the Founder and Design Principal of Synthesis Design + Architecture and an Assistant Professor at the USC School of Architecture. He is an award-winning architect, designer, and educator specializing in the integrated application of material performance, emergent design technologies and digital fabrication in contemporary architectural practice.

alvin huang 2014_huangHis work spans all scales ranging from hi-rise towers and mixed-use developments to temporary pavilions and bespoke furnishings. Each project is seen as a unique opportunity to pursue an identity that is rooted in technological and material experimentation as a means of challenging convention. This outlook defines the design agenda of the office, which seeks to balance both the experimental and the visionary with the practical and the pragmatic to achieve the extraordinary.

Alvin received a Master of Architecture and Urbanism from the Architectural Association Design Research Laboratory (2004) in London and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California (1998) in Los Angeles.

His work has been published and exhibited widely and has gained international recognition with over 30 distinctions at local, national, and international levels including being selected as one of 50 global innovators under the age of 50 by Images Publishing in 2015, being featured as a “Next Progressive” by Architect Magazine in 2014, and being named one of Time Magazine’s 20 Best Inventors of 2013. He has been an invited critic, guest lecturer, and keynote speaker at various institutions in the US, Canada, Mexico, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Israel, Japan and China.

Jared Laucks

Jared Laucks

co-Director, Self-Assembly Lab, MIT

Jared Laucks is a trained maker, architect, designer and fabrication specialist. He is currently co-director and research scientist at the MIT Self-Assembly Lab. He holds a Masters from the MIT Media Lab where he focused on robotic and biological fabrication methods. He also has a Bachelor of Architecture with a focus in digital technologies from Philadelphia University. In 2008 he launched j_laucks, initiated as a platform for experimental design and fabrication. j_laucks has since grown into a multifaceted research agenda exploring avenues from architecture and design to computation, material systems, and fabrication. Prior to MIT, Jared practiced and taught architecture courses in Philadelphia. Jared has collaborated with a number of influential designers and thought leaders in the field including Skylar Tibbits, Brandon Kruysman, Jon Proto, Marc Fornes & Neri Oxman exhibiting work in cities across the globe.

Terri J. Moore

Terri J. Moore

moore + friesl

Terri Moore is a Principal at moore+friesl, a design and fabrication consultancy based in Los Angeles. The firm specializes in projects with complex material and fabrication requirements at all scales. To produce their projects, the firm works closely with a network of fabricators in the USA, Canada, and Europe who specialize in a wide variety of materials. Their work has been featured in various publications, including Contract Magazine, Interior Design Magazine, and Surface & Panel.

Terri Moore co-founded moore+friesl with her husband Marcus Friesl. Terri Moore holds a Bachelor of Architecture from SCI-Arc and is a licensed architect in California. Terri’s prior experience includes high-profile healthcare, civic and institutional projects.

Casey Reas

Casey Reas

Professor, University of California, Los Angeles

Reas’ software, prints, and installations have been featured in over one hundred solo and group exhibitions at museums and galleries in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Recent venues include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Art Institute of Chicago, and recent commissions have been awarded by the Whitney Museum of American Art and the New World Symphony in Miami. Reas’ work is in a range of private and public collections, including the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Reas is a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He holds a masters degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Media Arts and Sciences as well as a bachelors degree from the School of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. With Ben Fry, Reas initiated Processing in 2001. Processing is an open source programming language and environment for the visual arts.
Reas recently co-wrote and designed the book 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 (MIT Press, 2013). Reas and Fry published Processing: A Programming Handbook for Visual Designers and Artists, a comprehensive introduction to programming within the context of visual media (MIT Press, 2007). With Chandler McWilliams and Lust, Reas published Form+Code in Design, Art, and Architecture (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010), a non-technical introduction to the history, theory, and practice of software in the visual arts. Reas’ Process Compendium 2004—2010 documents six years of his work exploring the phenomena of emergence through software.

Joseph Sarafian

Joseph Sarafian

Joseph Sarafian is an LA-based designer, working at the intersection of Architecture and Technology. His work has been featured in Time Magazine, Designboom, Dezeen, and Domus and published in multiple conference journals. Most recently, Joseph lectured at Rob|Arch 2016 in Sydney, where he and Ron Culver presented their work on robotically positioned fabric formwork in casting concrete. This work began at UCLA Suprastudio, where he studied the nature of movement in architecture under Greg Lynn and Julia Koerner. Prior to graduate school, Joseph worked for three years at Synthesis Design + Architecture, traveling to China and Thailand to support SDA’s growing portfolio of international projects including the Volvo Pavilion (Time Magazine top 25 inventions of 2013) and the Groove shopping center in Bangkok. Joseph also designed the City of Rayong’s first built, parametrically modeled façade (Central Plaza Rayong) among other built work. Joseph received his Bachelors of Architecture Degree from the University of Southern California earning the Raymond S. Kennedy award for creative innovation and being distinguished as a University-wide “Global Scholar” for his study abroad work in Italy. Joseph is currently continuing his robot casting research in collaboration with Autodesk to construct a built installation for an upcoming conference in Palm Springs.


9:00 AM


Michael Malinowski, AIA, President, AIA California Council, Principal, Applied Architecture, Inc.

Conference Co-Chairs:
Britt Lindberg, AIA, Associate, Gensler
Zigmund Rubel, AIA, Co-Founder, Aditazz Inc.

9:15 AM

Opening Keynote – The Future of Practice in the age of Technology and Big Data

Dr. Dana Cuff, Director, cityLAB-UCLA, Professor, Architecture and Urban Design School of the Arts and Architecture

10:15 AM

Technology is the Answer, but What is the Question?

Alvin Huang, AIA, Principal, Synthesis Design + Architecture & Assistant Professor, USC School of Architecture

11:00 AM

Networking Break

11:30 AM

Information Mapping & Data Mining Panel

Casey Reas, Professor, UCLA (Data Visualization and Design)

Lucas Reames, Mixed Reality Team, Gehry Technologies (Data Management and Design)


12:00 PM


1:00 PM

Digital Design & Fabrication

Terri J. Moore, Principal, Moore + Friesl

1:30 PM

Fabrication & Visualization Panel

Peter Vikar, UCLA Robotics Lab

Joseph Sarafian, Perkins + Will (Robotics & Concrete)

Jared Shier, Gensler (Drone Rapid Prototyping)

Sanjeev Tankha AIA LEED AP BD+C, Principal and Director | Enclosure Practice, Walter P Moore | Los Angeles

2:30 PM

Networking Break

2:45 PM

Community & Infrastructure

Sarah Hovsepian, NASA Ames / UC Irvine

Jared Laucks, Research Assistant, MIT Mediated Matter Group

Bill Worthen, FAIA, LEED Fellow, GPR, Principal, Urban Fabrick Inc.

3:30 PM

Design as Energizer / Design in Society

4:30 PM

Closing Comments

5:00 PM

Post Event Conversations at the W Hotel

Download Agenda (PDF)





UCLA Covel Commons – Grand Horizon Room

Covel Commons, Suite L-16
330 De Neve Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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Emerging Professional / Associate Member - $125 by Sept. 30 / $150 after Sept. 30

Non-Member - $225 by Sept. 30 / $260 after Sept. 30

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