Our line-up includes leaders from across the industry who are exploring new models of practice, technology development, and IP monetization. Stay tuned for additional speakers.
Sandeep Ahuja, covetool; Pattern r+d
Sandeep Ahuja, co-founder of cost and energy optimization software covetool and CEO at Pattern r+d, brings her experience on working with university facilities, hospitality, healthcare, and corporate. She is pioneering the integration of energy analysis into the design and construction process. She recently won the Atlanta 30 under 30 award for developing covetool, a unique methodology to optimize for cost in sustainable buildings. A graduate of Georgia Tech, Ahuja helps create low energy and glare building solutions with high daylight and thermal comfort. With the use of big data, she helps inform building decisions related to performance as they relate to cost.
Phil Bernstein, Yale University
Phil Bernstein is an architect, technologist and educator. He teaches at Yale where he received both his B.A. and his M.Arch. He was formerly a Vice President at Autodesk where he was responsible for the company’s future vision and strategy for technology for the building industry. Prior to Autodesk he was a principal with Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. He is co-editor of Building (In) The Future: Recasting Labor in Architecture and BIM In Academia.
James Cramer, Author and Educator
James Cramer is an author and educator. The founder of the Design Futures Council, a think tank on the future of the AEC industry, Cramer is the author of three books and over 200 articles. He founded Design Intelligence. He is a Richard Upjohn Fellow and former CEO of the American Institute of Architects. Today Cramer writes and teaches. He is a Visiting Lecturer at Georgia Tech teaching on the subject of the Business of Architecture in an Era of Digital Change.
Diana Darling, The Architect’s Newspaper
Diana Darling is CEO and cofounder of The Architect’s Newspaper, covering architecture and design news as well as organizing the Facades+ and Tech+ conferences. As A|N’s publisher, Darling won the AIA National Collaboration Award, Grassroots Preservation Award, and ASLA NY’s President’s Award. She began her publishing career as director of print production for The Gap’s European markets. She holds a BS from UT Austin.
Karl Daubmann, Lawrence Tech
Karl Daubmann is a registered architect with a record of distinguished projects inspired and driven by his interests in design technology, manufacturing, and multidisciplinary design. Daubmann began the DAUB research studio in 2012 as a means to focus on those preoccupations. He is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. He is currently Dean and Professor at Lawrence Technological University in Detroit.
Jared Della Valle, Alloy
Jared Della Valle has been a real estate professional and architect for more than 20 years and has managed the acquisition and predevelopment of more than 1 million sf in New York City along the Highline, In the Hudson Yards and in DUMBO, Brooklyn. He is Board Chair of the Van Alen Institute, sits on the Board of the the Architecture League of New York, and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council. He has previously taught at Columbia University, Syracuse University, Washington University, Parsons School of Constructed Environments and Lehigh University.
Jesse DeVitte, Borealis
Jesse DeVitte is a co-founder of Borealis Ventures and a member of the firm’s Built Environment Investment Team. He leverages his hands-on operating experience and industry contacts to nurture innovative companies applying technology to design, build and improve our world. Jesse serves as a Mentor for MIT’s DesignX Accelerator for the Built Environment, the Urban-X Accelerator Engineering the City as a Service and Stanford CIFE's Students Addressing Built Environment Challenges program. Prior to co-founding Borealis Ventures, Jesse served as an executive in two public application software companies - Softdesk EVP/President and as the Autodesk VP of AEC.
Billie Faircloth, KieranTimberlake
Billie Faircloth is a practicing architect, educator, and partner at KieranTimberlake, where she leads a transdisciplinary research team and fosters collaboration in order to define a relevant problem-solving boundary for the built environment. She lectures internationally to academic and industry audiences. Her book Plastics Now, On Architecture's Relationship to a Continuously Emerging Material , was published by Routledge in June 2015.
Michael Hensel, Oslo School of Architecture & Design; OCEAN
Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel is a practicing architect, researcher, educator and writer. His work currently focuses on [i] Performance-oriented Architectures, [ii] Integrative Information-based Design, and [iii] interdisciplinary and practice-oriented integrated research and teaching in architecture. He is founding and acting director of the Research Centre for Architecture and Tectonics at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design where he is tenured Professor. He is founding and acting chairman of the OCEAN Design Research Association.
Atul Khanzode, DPR Construction
Atul Khanzode leads DPR’s Technology and Innovation group. Starting with DPR in 1997 as a project engineer, Atul is now responsible for all of the virtual building, operations and preconstruction technologies, as well as strategic technology initiatives and investments for DPR. He works with project teams across the country to implement Virtual Building and Lean Construction tools and processes and collaborates with academia and research groups around the world to move our industry forward in the use of technologies to improve project delivery processes. Atul has shared his insights on the impact of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), lean construction and integration of project delivery process at various forums around the world and is a co-author of the book titled “Integrating Project Delivery.
Marc Kushner, Architizer; Hollwich Kushner
Marc Kushner, AIA is an architect with just one agenda: he wants you to love architecture. As partner at Hollwich Kushner and co-founder and CEO of Architizer, Marc is a celebrated designer and pioneer in the digital media industry. Marc presents at events such as TED, PSFK, and GRID on topics surrounding architecture’s intersection with digital media. He has taught at Columbia University’s GSAPP and is a published author. His book, The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings, is published by TED Books and Simon & Schuster in 2015 is #1 in Architecture on Amazon.
Federico Negro, WeWork
Federico Negro is the Head of Design at WeWork. He leads a global interdisciplinary design team that spans Architects, Interior Designers, Engineers, Technologists, Product Designers, Graphic Artists and Researchers supporting WeWork's growth across its business lines. With design studios in New York, San Francisco, London, Bengaluru, Shanghai, Tokyo and Buenos Aires, WeWork's design team integrates with its internal Construction, Logistics, Supply Chain, Operations and Facilities teams to deliver its product globally. WeWork's mission is to create a world where people work to build a life, not just a living. The design of its physical spaces is a key component in this mission as WeWork seeks to bring healthy and inspiring environments to its members around the world. Prior to joining WeWork in 2015, Federico was a co-founder and partner of CASE, a technology consultancy focused on leveraging technology to make design and building processes more efficient and more accessible. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Illinois and a Master of Architecture from Parsons School of Constructed Environments.
John Priestland, AECOM
John Priestland is Chief Executive, Strategy & Growth, EMIA, at AECOM, which is a Fortune 500 integrated engineering and construction firm. John has been leading AECOM’s Digital Transformation programme, looking at integrating new approaches to data, logistics and operations across the design-build-operate lifecycle. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and has an MBA from London Business School.
K.P. Reddy, The Combine
K.P. Reddy is a cofounder of The Combine with over 25 years of entrepreneurial experience starting, growing, and selling successful startups, including strategic acquisitions and IPOs. Most recently, he took the helm of SoftWear Automation, a DARPA-funded robotics research project, and within 18 months closed a Series A round of $3m, launched two product lines, recruited a team, and built a sales backlog that drove the valuation by magnitudes. His previous endeavors have included founding RCMS (Exited to NYSE:ARC), and founding Cereus Technology Partners (NASDAQ:CEUS, Market Cap:$350m, since sold to NASDAQ:VRSO).
Jonatan Schumacher, Konstru
Jonatan Schumacher is Director of CORE studio - Thornton Tomasetti's company-wide R&D group. More recently, he co-founded Konstru, a startup for BIM collaboration, data exchange and change management, where he works as VP of Product and Lead Web Developer. Jonatan previously worked at AE firms such as Gehry Technologies, SOM and Buro Happold, as well as smaller product design companies in the UK and Norway.
Arol Wolford, VIMaec
Arol Wolford is a pioneer and passionate advocate of building intelligence. He has devoted his career to the proposition that sharing information among owners, architects, contractors, and manufacturers is the key to creating better and more efficient buildings. Arol and his team spent 30 years developing Construction Market Data (CMD) into a global leader in building information serving the United States, Canada, Mexico, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, China, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia. CMD grew from 5 employees in 1982 to 1300 employees in 2000 and offered well-known information sources such as CMD Bulletins, Architects’ First Source, CanaData, Clark Reports, CMD Electronic Plans ( still sending 8,000 electronic project plans and specifications bidding each month), CMD Connect to Sales Force and Microsoft CRM, Manufacturers’ Survey Associates, and RSMeans ( Worlds largest Construction Costing Business). Arol and his team sold CMD Group to Reed Elsevier in 2000 for $300 million. In 2000 he became a Board Member of Revit Technology Corporation, creator of the first parametric building modeler. Revit was sold to Autodesk in 2002 for $133 million on sales of $1.0 million. In 2003 Arol founded SmartBIM a creator of Revit Objects (which is the I =Information in BIM). Arol became CEO of VIMtrek at its founding in 2010.
Ian Keough, Alloy
Abhijit Oak, Katerra