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Join the Architectural Record Innovation Conference 2013

Architectural Record's
annual Innovation Conference highlights the profession's top innovators, most influential new projects, and groundbreaking achievements in super-tall, super-efficient and super-smart buildings.

Program Schedule 

  8:00 AM - 9:00 AM  

Registration & Continental Breakfast

  9:00 AM - 9:15 AM  

Program Welcome & Introduction
Laura Viscusi
Architectural Record

Cathleen McGuigan
Architectural Record

  9:15 AM - 10:00 AM 

Keynote Address
Liz Diller, founding principal of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, will discuss the firm's recent projects.

Elizabeth Diller
Founding Principal
Diller Scofidio + Renfro

  10:00 AM - 10:15 AM 

Innovation in Record Time Presentation
David Robinson
Director of Automation

  10:15 AM - 10:45 AM  

Networking & Refreshment Break

  10:45 AM - 11:45 AM  

Architectural R+D: Designing the Future
Architects at the forefront of building design are deploying advanced digital technologies to create spaces with inventive geometries, to optimize building performance, and to engage occupants in interactive environments that blur the lines between the physical and virtual.  Panelists from three very different firms will discuss digital exploration and design in their practices.

Clifford A. Pearson
Deputy Editor
Architectural Record

Keith Besserud, AIA
Studio Head, BlackBox
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Lise Ann Couture
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Asymptote Architecture

David Rockwell
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Rockwell Architecture, Planning and Design, P.C.

  11:45 AM - 12:00 PM  

Innovation in Record Time Presentation: Timber Tower Research Project by SOM
How can we create high-rise building structures with a minimum carbon footprint?  SOM researched this question using its expertise in high-rise designs.  The result is the “concrete jointed timber frame” that uses mass-timber technology to address issues of architecture, interiors, structure, fire, cost and constructability to create a low-carbon residential high-rise.  This presentation will highlight the finding of SOM’s recently released Timber Tower Research Project.

William F. Baker
Structural Engineering Partner
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  

Networking Luncheon

  1:00 PM - 1:30 PM  

Keynote: Six and a Half Innovations

Ole Scheeren
Büro Ole Scheeren

  1:30 PM - 2:30 PM  

Panel: Craft & 3D Fabrication
For years architects have been using digital technology as a tool for building design and production drawings.  Now, talented practitioners are looking to new tools to fabricate and detail materials and structures.  Architects are applying the photo-polymer process of layering, used to construction study models, at a much larger scale for myriad applications.

Joann Gonchar
Senior Editor
Architectural Record

Ronald Labaco
Marcia Docter Curator
Museum of Arts and Design

Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny
Situ Studio
Situ Fabrication

Jonathan L. Mallie, AIA
SHoP Architects
SHoP Construction

  2:30 PM - 2:45 PM  

Innovation in Record Time Presentation: 3D Fabrication of Steel Structures
The structural steel industry had embraced digital technology from design drawings through shop floor fabrication.  Fabricators, such as Banker Steel of Lynchburg, Virginia are capitalizing on this technology to create award winning projects like the Barclay Center and the innovative 32-story Atlantic Yards B2 Modular residential project.

Don Banker
Chief Executive Officer
Banker Steel Company

  2:45 PM - 3:15 PM 

Networking & Refreshment Break

  3:15 PM - 4:15 PM   

Panel: Cities & Data Mining
Just as corporations use big data to understand their customers’ behaviors, cities are starting to mine statistics to better respond to the needs of their residents.  From the average number of parking tickets given out each day to the number of Wi-Fi hot spots in town, big data is informing decisions on services, zoning, transportation, and housing.  Panelists will discuss how this phenomenon shaping our cities—and the controversies around it.

Andrew Blum

Charlie Catlett
Urban Center for Computation and Data

Susan P. Crawford
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Anthony Townsend
Research Director
Institute for the Future

  4:15 PM - 4:30 PM  

Innovation in Record Time Presentation: The Need for Step Change Innovation with Glass
Glass is a high-performing building material that has withstood the test of time. But energy codes and other external pressures threaten to limit the use of glass in facades.  Scott Thomsen will discuss what is driving innovation in glass and the challenges the industry must overcome to maintain the window-to-wall ratio architects desire.

Scott Thomsen
President, Global Flat Glass Group
Guardian Industries Corp.

  4:30 PM - 5:30 PM  

Innovation in architecture has largely been driven by the need to optimize and resolve the complex interaction of multiple systems.  Through an overview of the evolution of digital processes at Morphosis, Founder Thom Mayne explores the dynamic interconnection of form, technology and performance.  The projects Thom will be including in the lecture include, among several other: Cornell NYC Tech; Diamond Ranch High School; Cooper Union 41 Cooper Square; The Perot Museum of Nature and Science; San Francisco Federal Building, and Phare Tower.  Thom will give a 45 minute presentation, followed by an interview, conducted by Architectural Record Deputy Editor, Suzanne Stephens.

Thom Mayne
2013 AIA Gold Medalist


5:30 PM 


Closing Remarks 
Cathleen McGuigan
Architectural Record

Laura Viscusi  
Architectural Record


5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

  Cocktail & Networking Reception  

6:30 PM

  Conference Concludes