TECH+ features a full day of industry-changing ideas, projects, tools, and demos from technology leaders.

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Times in PT

9:45 AM

Check-In and Networking

10:15 AM

Dionne Darling
Associate Publisher
The Architect’s Newspaper
Niknaz Aftahi
Founder & CEO

10:30 AM

Stjepan Mikulić

11:10 - 11:30 AM

Contemporary Architecture relies on technological advancements. As a developer of one of the first BIM Authoring Tools in the industry, Graphisoft remains dedicated to innovation and empowering teams to design great buildings. Our future forward solutions provide a proven method to create an intelligent building model – so that all stakeholders can collaborate and keep an accurate data set that opens the door to efficient, sustainable building practices.

Join Miles Smith, North American Solutions Manager and representatives from firms using these methods for an interactive discussion about how our products today deliver in the real world.

Moderated by: Niknaz Aftahi

Miles Smith
North American Solutions Manager North

11:30 AM - 12:10 PM

Digital design experts from industry-leading architecture firms will share their insights into the future integration of technology in architectural practice. They discuss how computational tools and data analysis have become integral to their firms’ practices and how firms are developing AI and machine learning technologies which are transforming the industry at large.

Ali Nasiri
Director of Computational Design, West Coast
Flad Architects
Sam Keville
Studio BIM Leader

12:10 PM - 12:20 PM

USGBC California’s Net Zero Accelerator is speeding adoption of vital solutions in the built environment. Join us as Colin Mangham, Director of Corporate Sustainability and Innovation, spotlights the program, its focus on pilot projects, and how over 100 cohort members are innovating around net zero targets for our net positive future.

Colin Mangham

12:20 - 12:30 PM

There are a million software solutions that can help your firm, but none of them provide value unless your employees actually use them. This is why new workflow and software adoption are one of the most important parts of being a technology leader at your firm. In this session, we will explore the inherent problems with software adoption and how firms can avoid these pitfalls going forward.

Peter Johann
Chief Operating Officer / Co-Founder

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Complimentary Networking Lunch restaurant

1:30 PM - 2:10 PM

In this roundtable session, technology leaders will discuss their firms’ efforts to stay up-to-date with the latest AEC technologies. The architectural design world is constantly getting pitched “new” software and products, but what is actually new and what is repackaged? The experts will walk you through their vetting processes and efforts to integrate existing systems with new products. Through successful collaboration with external partners, firms can optimize their workflow and expand the potential of their practice.

Argelia Bárcena
Design Technology Manager
Thesla Collier
Design Technology Manager
Elaheh Demirchelie
Director of Pre-Development

2:10 - 2:20 PM

The AEC industry generates and consumes massive amounts of information on a daily basis. Unfortunately, most of that information is relatively unstructured making it difficult to search, connect, and make easy use of. Whether you’re trying to manage reusable assets such as a Revit family or detail library or looking at how advances in AI can be leveraged, identifying, validating, and adding structure to your information will remain key to success.

Randall Stevens
CEO and Founder

2:20 - 2:50 PM

Break coffee

2:50- 3:00 PM

The AIA Technology in Architectural Practice Knowledge Community (TAP) serves as a resource for AIA members, the profession, and the public in the deployment of computer technology in the practice of architecture. TAP leaders monitor the development of computer technology and its impact on architecture practice and the entire building life cycle, including design, construction, facility management, and retirement or reuse. Hear updates about local LA chapter initiatives and national plans for the knowledge community and how to get involved in both.

Thesla Collier
Design Technology Manager

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

As Climate Change becomes a cornerstone of practice, new tools to account for carbon intensity of building materials, energy usage, and transparency of supply chains are evolving. Empowering designers, engineers, and architects at all stages of design and construction, these tools will support real-world impacts. Hear from technology leaders discuss the latest tools for climate impact in our design.

Erik Narhi
Computational Design Lead
Buro Happold
Kais Al-Rawi
Associate Director
Eckersley O’Callaghan

3:30 - 4:00 PM


4:00-4:45 PM

Curtis Rodgers, partner at Brick + Mortar Ventures,  Gregg Wallace, partner at Nirman Ventures, and Mihir Somalwar, Corportate Innovation Lead at Hensel Phelps/Diverge will share how entrepreneurship and investment in technological innovation can revolutionize the AEC industry and the built world. Attendees will come away from this roundtable discussion with an in-depth knowledge of the innovations in robotics, drone imagery, and digital design tools which are reshaping the construction and design industries.

Curtis Rodgers
Brick & Mortar Ventures
Gregg Wallace
Nirman Ventures
Mihir Somalwar
Corporate Innovation Lead
Hensel Phelps
Niknaz Aftahi
Founder & CEO

4:45 PM

Niknaz Aftahi
Founder & CEO
Dionne Darling
Associate Publisher
The Architect’s Newspaper

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