Rudy Armendariz, DBIA , LEED AP, CMIT, is an Experienced Senior Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the design and construction industry. He is skilled in VDC/BIM processes, including but not limited to Revit, Navisworks, AutoCAD, Value Engineering, construction drawings, contractors, and project estimation. He is currently a BIM Manager on the LAX Integrated Express Solutions (LINXS) $4.9bn automated people mover.
Steven Burns is a licensed architect, member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, and Chief Creative Officer at BQE Software. He received his Master of Architecture degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Burns created ArchiOffice: acquired by BQE Software in 2009. Burns has delivered presentations at architectural and engineering conferences around the world on topics related to business and project management, business and artificial intelligence and emerging technologies associated with the AE industry. He is a partner with Social Venture Partners, LA, an organization that helps innovative nonprofits change the landscape for social justice. He also hosts the podcast, Disrupting Your Business.
Darling is CEO and cofounder of The Architect’s Newspaper, celebrating its 12th year. The A|N media company consists of print and digital publications covering architecture and design news, as well as the Facades+ 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 The University of Texas at Austin.
ALVIN HUANG, AIA, NOMA is the Founder & Design Principal of Synthesis Design + Architecture and an Associate 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. His work spans all scales ranging from hi-rise towers and mixed-use developments to temporary pavilions and bespoke furnishings.
His design work has been published and exhibited widely and has gained international recognition. Huang was 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 25 Best Inventors of 2013. He has been an invited critic, guest lecturer, and keynote speaker at various institutions in the US, Canada, Mexico, Chile, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Israel, New Zealand, India, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, and China.
Dr. Upali Nanda spearheads research projects for HKS, a global architectural firm. She also serves as the Executive Director for the non-profit Center for Advanced Design Research and Education, and teaches as the Associate Professor of Practice at the Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning at University of Michigan. She serves on the board of directors for HKS and the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture. Her doctoral work on “Sensthetics” has been published as a book available on Amazon. Her award-winning research has been widely published and cited in peer reviewed journals and main stream media. In 2015, Dr. Nanda was recognized as one of the top 10 most influential people in Healthcare Design by the Healthcare Design Magazine. Most recently, she was honored by Architectural Record with the 2018 Women in Architecture Innovator Award.
Dr. Bhavna Sharma's research focuses on natural materials and how they can be optimized and adopted in construction. Her research includes development of characterization techniques to improve manufacturing methods and use in structural applications. To increase the resilience of the built environment, her research focuses on the use of engineered bamboo in a variety of applications from shells to multi-story construction. She is also interested in the use of natural fiber composites and nonconventional materials in a variety of applications. Dr. Sharma’s research spans the micro to structural scale, with focus on design, engineering and testing of non-conventional materials.
Dr Sharma has a B.S. in Architecture and M.A. in Architectural History, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering with focus in Structural Engineering. She joined the University of Southern California in 2019.
DOSU Studio Architecture brings active systems to sustainable design far beyond the simple "greening" of a building. With the belief that buildings can be more sensitive to the changing environment like human skin, DOSU seeks ways to make the building skin dynamic and responsive. Through grant-funded research, DOSU is developing smart materials, such as thermobimetals, to self-ventilate, sun-shade, self-structure, self-assemble and self-propel in response to changes in temperatures--all with zero-energy and no controls.
Doris Sung, principal of DOSU, completed her undergraduate education at Princeton University and graduate studies at Columbia University. Juggling between research and teaching at the University of Southern California, she publishes, lectures and exhibits, internationally while managing to bring her patented inventions to the market. Her TED.com talk has reached 1.25 million views and her list of awards continue to grow and include the A|N’s 2019 Best Products Award, Architecture Masterprize Product Award, Architizer Z+ awards, a National AIA Small Projects Award, ACSA Design Awards, Architect Magazine R+D awards, World Technology Award and the [Next Idea] award from ARS Electronica. She has been named a fellow of Google’s R+D for the Built Environment, the U.S. Artist, the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center and the Headlands Center for the Arts.
John Turner currently leads Gafcon’s Digital Twin, the OneModel, business development and technology initiatives to impact the outcomes of large serial builders in Critical Systems (data centers), Higher Education, Transportation and Commercial sectors. Gafcon incorporates and integrates all the technologies that are commonly encountered on large programs, including BIM, GIS, Scheduling and Cost Controls, providing specifications and standards, design and implementation or operation and improvement to improve the delivery of any program, as well as the technical infrastructure to make it happen.
Chester Weir leads design efforts at Katerra for the Mass Timber Component Design Group, developing scalable solutions for mid and high-rise multi-family and commercial projects. His work is focused on the opportunities afforded by leveraging factory production and new mass timber building codes, which have been pro-actively adopted in the Pacific Northwest where he works. Weir has worked for generalist design practices, contributing to civic, institutional, performing arts, and mixed-use projects. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.
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