Track C Agenda

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

These sessions run concurrently in 4 tracks with 4 one hour sessions for you to choose from.

Earn up to 6 AIA HSW LU.

8:00 - 9:30 AM


9:30 - 9:35 AM

9:35 - 10:15 AM

The way we live, work, and play is very different today than it was just a few decades ago, thanks in large part to a network of connectivity that now encompasses most people on the planet. In a similar way, today we are at the beginning of a new technological revolution: the Internet is entering the physical space – the traditional domain of architecture and design – becoming an “Internet of Things” or IoT. As such, it is opening the door to a variety of applications that – in a similar way to what happened with the first wave of the Internet – can encompass many domains: from production to citizen participation, from energy to mobility to public hygiene, all of which requiring new insights due to the changes brought forth by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The contribution from Prof. Carlo Ratti will address these issues from a critical point of view through projects by the Senseable City Laboratory, a research initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the design office Carlo Ratti Associati.

10:15 - 10:30 AM


10:30 - 11:30 AM

Cities like New York must rapidly deploy deep energy retrofits throughout their existing building stock in order to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. However, the AEC industry currently lacks economically viable solutions to meet this urgent need. The problem is further complicated because most retrofit projects must be implemented with tenants remaining in place during construction. This presentation will introduce a new approach to deep energy retrofits called Hydronic Shell, in which the new HVAC and facade systems are integrated into prefab modular panels that can be installed completely from the exterior of the building, reducing costs and minimizing disruption to the tenants inside. The talk will include a technical overview of the Hydronic Shell system, as well as a discussion of retrofit economics and how an industrialized approach to retrofits can dramatically reduce project costs.

11:30 - 11:45 AM

  • Anna Liza Montenego
    Director of Marketing
  • Steven Burns, FAIA
    Chief Creative Officer
  • Connor Tluck
    Solutions Architect
  • Jeff DeCaito
    Founding Principal

11:45 - 12:00 PM


12:00-1:00 PM

Description: Architecture has a long history of innovation and a strong overlap with the development of new and novel technologies. Having been exposed to the technology-driven side of the profession, many architects are curious about putting their skills to use in more tech-centric roles both within AEC and adjacent fields. Come listen to expert career consultants, Jake Rudin and Erin Pellegrino, talk about their own transitions and work in tech, as well as some ideas on how to find the right role (or the right talent if you’re looking). The conversation will consist of a 30-minute presentation followed by a lively Q&A on topics from hiring, career transitions, architectural startups, and more.

1:00-1:15 PM

  • Patrick Chopson
  • Anna Liza Montenego
    Director of Marketing
  • Altaf Ganihar
  • Aurimas Sabulis
  • Jennifer Kresl
    Business Development
  • Carolina Corrales
    Account Manager
  • Dr. Badri Hiriyur

1:15 - 2:15 PM


2:15-3:15 PM

Did you know that the AIA has a Technology in Architectural Practice Knowledge Community?

Come learn about one of the AIA’s longest running Knowledge Community!
In this session, we will give you updates on upcoming events, reflect on the tools created within the community, and how to participate in TAP. We will also preview a new awards program we have been working on — participants will be able to provide feedback and help shape it!

  • Bradford J. Prestbo, FAIA
    Director - Studio NYL
  • Nick Cameron, AIA, LEED AP
    Director—Digital Practice
  • Marty Wood
    Program Director

3:15 - 3:30 PM



Frustrated by loops of rework and wasted time, Perkins&Will envisioned a more collaborative and dynamic feasibility review process for its fabrication and construction partners. A process that would allow more design time and speed up decision. Working with like minded leaders at fabrication partner at Zahner, the two firms invented a shared workspace and feasibility model that produces higher design fidelity, shorter delivery schedules, and more joyful clients and communities. Learn more about this process and how it can be adapted for your work and how process improvements like this can be implemented between many partners for faster, better collaborations.

Learning Objectives

    1. Discuss the difficulties and roadblocks to faster, higher fidelity collaboration between design, fabrication, and construction.
    2. Review a collaboration process between two or more firms using this model

Learn how Apply process improvements to your own firms

  • Nick Cameron, AIA, LEED AP
    Director—Digital Practice
  • Luc Deckinga
    Digital Practice Manager
  • Mario Romero
    Digital Practice Manager
  • Nathan Barnes
    Computational Lead, Research & Development
  • Marty Wood
    Program Director

4:30 - 4:45 PM

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