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Innovation Conference 2012
Design Leaders Envision the Next Decade


Preliminary Program

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM – 9:10 AM

Program Welcome & Introduction

Cathleen McGuigan - view bio »
Architectural Record

9:10 AM – 9:40 AM

Keynote Address

In her keynote address, Jeanne Gang will discuss a selection of Studio Gang?s current and upcoming work, focusing on projects centered on material innovation. The particular challenges of tall buildings are distinct from those of community projects, which are often faced with economic challenges. Taking on these two project extremes has spurred her firm?s innovative architecture at both the ?high? and ?low? ends of the technology spectrum. Jeanne?s talk will highlight and share some recent discoveries and point to possible future directions for the practice?s work.

Jeanne Gang, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP - view bio »
Principal & Founder
Studio Gang Architects

9:40 AM ? 9:55 AM

Innovation in Record Time Presentation

David Robinson, MechoSystems’ Director of Automations, will speak about technical innovations in building design over the past five decades, and MechoSystems’ role in this evolution.  What overarching philosophies drove building design in the 60s, 70s, and beyond?  How has the industry improved and modernized outdated designs?  David will contextualize the major milestones in commercial design—from yesterday’s typical concrete office buildings to the new era of glass exteriors; from sick buildings to structures with healthier outdoor connections; and from poorly managed lighting/shading systems to conservation-friendly shade automation systems. He will also review key MechoSystems projects over time in a visual presentation that entertains, educates, and inspires.

David Robinson - view bio »
Director of Automations

9:55 AM ? 10:25 AM Networking & Refreshment Break
10:25 AM ? 11:25 AM

Ten Years of Innovation: Design

Foster and Partners, KieranTimberlake, and Kennedy & Violich Architecture are three well-known firms who each created research and development departments in their offices in the last decade or so.  Through their specialized groups, they have sought effective means to develop innovative solutions to architectural and urbanistic problems.  While each firm varies in the size and type of project it takes on, each has generated advanced thinking in such areas as new materials, construction methods, computer technology and sustainable practices.  These three offices will explain how their R&D efforts led to pioneering design of architectural and urban form, and what they foresee will help them address complex issues of building and design in the future.

Suzanne Stephens - view bio »
Deputy Editor
Architectural Record

Francis Aish - view bio »
Partner, Head of Applied Research & Design
Foster + Partners

Sheila Kennedy, AIA
Kennedy & Violich Architecture, Ltd.

Stephen Kieran, FAIA - view bio »
Founding Partner

11:25 AM ? 12:25 PM

Ten Years of Innovation: Technology

Over the last decade, technological tools, including those for modeling architectural form, predicting performance, and simulating the construction process, have radically transformed the way buildings are designed and built.  This panel will review some of the key developments of the recent past and explore coming innovations that promise to further shape individual structures and cities, the ways we inhabit them, and how we move around them.

Joann Gonchar, AIA, LEED AP - view bio »
Senior Editor
Architectural Record

Kent Larson
Principal Research Scientist
MIT Media Lab

Stephen Selkowitz
Department Head
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Dennis R. Shelden, AIA - view bio »
Chief Technology Officer
Gehry Technologies

12:25 PM – 12:40 PM

Innovation in Record Time Presentation

Architect Michael Green will present how innovations in wood technology are leading to wooden skyscrapers—structures with small physical footprints that accommodate increasing urban density and do so with a zero carbon footprint.

Michael Green - view bio »
Michael Green Architecture

12:40 PM ? 1:40 PM

Networking Luncheon

1:40 PM ? 2:40 PM

Design Vanguard Architects in Record Time

Since 2000, Architectural Record has featured in its annual Design Vanguard issue the most talented emerging architects from around the world. Many of these firms—including Jeanne Gang, David Adjaye, SHoP, Bjarke Ingels, Alejandro Aravena, and Qingyun Ma—have now established themselves as major players in the architectural profession while others are in the process of doing so. This session will give a group of Vanguard architects the chance to quickly show what they are working on now and talk about what they are doing to maintain their design edge.

Clifford A. Pearson - view bio »
Deputy Editor
Architectural Record

Eric Bunge, AIA - view bio »

Jennifer Luce, AIA - view bio »
Luce et Studio

Sebastian Schmaling, AIA, LEED AP - view bio »
Johnsen Schmaling Architects

Marc Tsurumaki - view bio »
LTL Architects

2:40 PM ? 3:10 PM

Networking & Refreshment Break

3:10 PM ? 4:10 PM

Supertall Case Studies: Technique, Practice & Design

This panel will examine the challenges of designing ?supertall? skyscrapers?that is, skyscrapers over 1,250 feet tall?the height of the Empire State Building. Speakers include the ?cloud club? of architects involved in buildings such as Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Shanghai World Financial Center and the projected Kingdom Tower in Jeddah. The discussion will focus on various aspects of design and engineering, specifically with respect to wind turbulence, soil conditions, structure, vertical circulation and energy use. Above all is the ultimate challenge: how to design a tower that engages the people of a particular place functionally, aesthetically and urbanistically?whether abroad or in North America.

Carol Willis - view bio »
The Skyscraper Museum

William F. Baker, PE, SE, FASCE, FIStructE - view bio »
Structural & Civil Engineering Partner
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Gordon Gill, AIA - view bio »
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

William Pedersen, FAIA FAAR - view bio »
Vice Chairman
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

4:10 PM ? 4:40 PM

Keynote Address

Francis Kéré - view bio »
Francis Kéré Architecture

4:40 PM ? 5:10 PM

Closing Keynote

David Adjaye is Founder and Principal Architect of Adjaye Associates.  Established in June 2000, the firm’s projects range in scale from private houses, cafes and bars, exhibitions and temporary pavilions to major arts centres, civic buildings and masterplans in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.  Adjaye will present selected recent projects, including the prestigious commission to design the Smithsonian Institution’s ambitious National Museum of African American Culture and History on the National Mall in Washington D.C.

David Adjaye OBE - view bio »
Founder & Principal Architect
Adjaye Associates

5:10 PM ? 5:15 PM

Closing Remarks

Laura Viscusi - view bio »
Architectural Record

5:15 PM ? 6:45 PM

Cocktail & Networking Reception

6:45 PM

Conference Concludes


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