Dr. Dana CuffcityLAB
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.
Tad Costerison, AIA, NCARB, LEED APArchitect, Aditazz, Inc.
Tad Costerison is an architect and project leader at Aditazz, a visionary technology firm that is advancing innovation in iterative design, data-rich simulation and modular manufacturing based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Tad has over 18 years of experience in a wide variety of public and highly technical projects. He has worked on mostly human centered public projects with an emphasis on community involvement, sustainable design strategies, and technically challenging solutions.
With Aditazz, Tad is collaborating across design and software segments to find opportunities for and showcase ideas in innovation and their emerging project pipeline. He is currently leading the design of a new Medical Research Complex for Shantou University in Shantou China where he is building a process to smarter design solutions with a higher degree of predictability that leverages technology, rich data, and grand-scale scenario based planning.
Tad believes that innovation in our industry is long overdue, and that radical advances in technology and process offer a better way.
Tad Costerison holds a Bachelor of Architecture and Environmental Design from Ball State University and is a licensed architect in California and Illinois.
Sarah HovsepianFounder & CEO, DML
Sarah Hovsepian, Founder & CEO of DML(designmakelaunch.com), has experience in all things fab lab. During her graduate studies at MIT(‘12), she collaborated with the creators of the fab lab concept at MIT’s Center for Bits & Atoms. Thereafter, she launched two of the world’s biggest fab labs. SpaceShop fab lab was the first. It was created for NASA at the NASA Ames Research Center. The second, fab lab, FABWorks, is located at the University of California Irvine. Her expertise in fab labs and all things ‘maker’ have branded her as a true renaissance designer and thinker. She’s had the privilege to work with K-16, high school teachers, private industry and more. She’s trained over 2,000 people, in the use of advanced manufacturing equipment. She is currently pioneering the adoption of game-changing design tools by helping the architectural industry create from the ground up, the fab lab infrastructure needed to produce target applications, smart buildings and IOT technologies “in-house”. Sarah is a world renowned architectural and fabrication consultant, and the question she’s always asking is: How can we improve an existing process through the application of both digital and physical design & fabrication tools? She has worked in fields ranging from architecture to space to footwear design. Sarah is currently teaching design bootcamps for kids, minorities and women, helping stir a passion for science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. Her mission includes helping these groups find their passion and career paths. Sarah equips people with the tools needed to get a head start in understanding global issues and the power of becoming a maker and inventor.
Sarah has a Bachelor’s in Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona(CPP) (2010) and a Master’s in Architecture(SMArchS) from the Design and Computation Group(DCG) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (2012).
Alvin Huang, AIAPrincipal, 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 Laucksco-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. Mooremoore + 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 ReasProfessor, 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 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.
LAWRENCE SCARPA, FAIAPrincipal, Brooks + Scarpa
The work of Lawrence Scarpa has redefined the role of the architect to produce some of the most remarkable and exploratory work today. He does this, not by escaping the restrictions of practice, but by looking, questioning and reworking the very process of design and building. Each project appears as an opportunity to rethink the way things normally get done – with material, form, construction, even financing – and to subsequently redefine it to cull out to latent potentials – as Lawrence aptly describes: making the “ordinary extraordinary.” This produces entirely inventive work; work that is quite difficult to categorize. It is environmentally sustainable, but not ‘sustainable design;’ it employs new materials, digital practices and technologies, but is not ‘tech or digital;’ it is socially and community conscious, but not politically correct. Rather, it is deeply rooted in conditions of the everyday, and works with our perception and preconceptions to allow us to see things in new ways.
Mr. Scarpa has received more than 100 major design awards including twenty National AIA Awards, 2014 Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, 2005 Record Houses, 2003 Record Interiors, 2003 Rudy Bruner Prize, five AIA COTE “Top Ten Green Building” Awards and was a finalist for the World Habitat Award, one of ten firms selected worldwide. In 2004 The Architectural League of New York selected him as an “Emerging Voice” in architecture. His work has been exhibited internationally including the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. He has been Featured in NEWSWEEK and appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show. In 2009 Interior Design Magazine honored him with their Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2010, his firm Brooks + Scarpa was awarded the National and State of California Architecture Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects.
He has taught and lectured at the university level at numerous schools. He is currently on the faculty at the University of Southern California. He was also the 2012 Visiting Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design, the 2011 and 2012 John Jerde Visiting Professor at the University of Southern California, the 2010 Ivan Smith Eminent Visiting Professor at the University of Florida, 2009 E. Fay Jones Visiting Professor at the University of Arkansas, the 2008 Ruth and James Moore Visiting Professor at Washington University, the 2007 Eliel Saarinen Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan, 2005 Max Fisher Visiting Professor at Taubman College of Architecture at the University of Michigan, 2004 Freidman Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley. He is a co-founder of Livable Places, Inc.; a nonprofit development and public policy organization dedicated to building mixed-use housing on under-utilized and problematic parcels of land. Most recently he co-founded the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (AHDLI) to help develop more sustainable and livable communities.
Jared Shier, AIAGensler
Jared Shier is an Associate with Gensler Los Angeles and a project architect in their Commercial Office Building Studio. His recent work includes the Playa Jefferson Creative Office Campus in Playa Vista, Vista Canyon in Santa Clarita, and Element LA, the new headquarters for Riot Games in Los Angeles.
A DIYer at heart, when Jared is not watching soccer or playing video games, he’s taking apart things around his home to see how they work. In 2013, Jared launched a research project funded by Gensler to explore mobile 3D printing. The research has been featured by KCRW, the BBC, Fortune, Architect Magazine, and numerous other outlets.
Description of Project:
Printers Without Borders is an research project out of Gensler Los Angeles to create a proof of concept prototype 3D printer that can generate objects of variable size and in remote locations. The product of this research has been named MUPP, for Mobile Unmanned Printing Platform.
MUPP marries advanced consumer robotic technology with a custom built 3D printer to facilitate in-air extrusion of cementitious material. The aerial nature of MUPP allows for limitless printing in the x-y-z axes, a feat not possible with conventional 3D printers.
The research into MUPPette was presented at SXSW Interactive in 2015 and has gone on to be featured by outlets like BBC News, Architect Magazine, KCRW’s Design and Architecture, Fortune, and Mashable.
Bill Worthen, FAIA, LEED Fellow, GPRUrban Fabrick, Inc.
Bill is the founding principal at Urban Fabrick, Inc., a sustainability consulting and communications company with offices in San Francisco and New York. For the last twenty years Bill has helped fellow architects, engineers, developers, contractors and real estate professionals to connect the dots between performance and beauty. Urban Fabrick helps our clients to understand the nuanced complexity new green building code requirements at every scale of professional practice from CALGreen Compliance to LEED Platinum and Living building Petal Certification. Bill’s current work includes the LEED Platinum certification of Jay Paul Company’s 181 Fremont, the first tower in San Francisco in incorporate on onsite water reuse Membrane Bio-Reactor saving over 1.3 million gallons of potable water a day and several other commercial and multi-family residential projects incorporating onsite gray and black water systems. Bill’s gregarious leadership style has earned him a well-respected national reputation in the design, construction and real estate community as he expands the bright spots in climate positive development. Bill serves on the C40 Cities Roadmap Review Committee, the AIA California Council COTE and was appointed by Mayor Ed Lee to the public seat on San Francisco’s Municipal Green Building Task Force. Bill is currently focused on implementing onsite water re-use systems at the building and district scale and applying whole building Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) as an early design tool. Bill also created the Urban Fabrick Collaborative, a 501c3 public benefit corporation, focused on the business of collaboration, the value of design and making sustainability fun, interesting and understandable to all the Good Design Co-Working Studio, an AEC focused co-working space Central SoMa, San Francisco. The Urban Fabrick Collaborative is currently developing a water reuse practice guide to help teach architects and engineers about water reuse to learn more about this Practice Guide go to: http://urbanfabrick.com/peer-review-water-reuse-practice-guide-building-industry-now-open-comments/
Peter A. VikarLecturer & Robot lab manager at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design
Peter Vikar is a visual creative and design advocate with a passion for exploratory work at the intersection of art, design, and technology with over six years of professional experience as an architectural designer, educator and roboticist. He is a lecturer at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design and oversees the development of the large-scale robotics lab at the IDEAS campus. His work focuses on kinetic building elements, physical/tangible computing in design, and new ways of integrating software-driven components into spatial experiences.
Peter received a Master of Architecture with distinction (2008) from the Masterclass of Greg Lynn at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and a Master of Design Research (2012) from Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles. He has been a guest critic at Harvard GSD, Sci-Arc, and USC among others, and has held workshops and lectures at various universities in the US and Europe. His work has been published and exhibited internationally. Most recently, his interactive drawing machine ‘Synthia’ was shown at the the MAK Schindler House as a part of “The New Creativity: Man and Machines” exhibition.
Allyn PolancicSenior Consultant, Gehry Technologies | A Trimble Company
Allyn Polancic is interested in process automation and data-driven solutions in all aspects of the AEC industry. She has experience in high-profile, international, multi-billion dollar projects with challenging design features and timelines. Her expertise is in aviation architecture, BIM project delivery, and production management. Allyn currently serves Gehry Technologies and Trimble in the coordination of technology and data for the New International Airport for Mexico City – a collaboration with Foster + Partners and Fernando Romero Enterprise. She also provides strategic guidance within Trimble’s Mixed Reality Program.
Allyn received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cal Poly Pomona (2012) where she was the highest awarded graduate of the program. She has published and presented digital design research as a student and professional at the international level, most recently contributing to the book ‘Interactive Architecture: Adaptive World’ by Michael Fox. Allyn regularly participates in the workshop and lecture series programs of Southern California architecture schools.
Andrew Bui, PEProject Manager, AECOM Ventures
Andrew is Project Manager for AECOM Ventures and is based out of Downtown Los Angeles. A transportation engineer by background, Andrew is now focused on integrating innovation and technology into our existing transportation systems. Andrew is currently project manager working with SpaceX on designing and building the first Hyperloop test track and is also involved with several other Hyperloop projects with Hyperloop One, a firm working to commercialize Hyperloop technologies as a 5th mode of transportation. AECOM and Hyperloop One are currently studying the feasibility of using hyperloop technology to transport freight cargo from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to an Inland cargo facility.
Sanjeev TankhaDirector of Enclosures, Walter P Moore
Sanjeev Tankha is the firm wide Director of Enclosures at Walter P Moore. As Principal in the Los Angeles office, Sanjeev brings 25 years of experience in architecture, facades and building systems.
Sanjeev is a specialist in integrated façade design, implementing innovative ideas that bring value to his clients. Sanjeev strives for quality in all of his projects. He is skilled at developing elegant solutions that balance structure, sustainability, and occupant comfort. Sanjeev has experience in a wide variety of projects including cultural facilities, sports, civic, commercial, transportation, and hospitality. He is a Registered Architect in California and a LEED Accredited Professional.