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Building Scientist

Chris Mackey

Chris has worked as a Building Scientist at Payette Associates since 2015, after graduating from MIT’s Building Technology program. He is a co-founder of the Ladybug Tools plugins for environmental design, which he regularly applies at Payette and teaches to thousands of professionals and students across the globe. He has added many features to Ladybug Tools including most of the project’s components for thermal comfort, passive strategy modeling, HVAC sizing, building energy simulation visualization, and detailed envelope heat flow modeling (with LBNL Therm + Window). He oversees the maintenance and development of the Ladybug + Honeybee legacy versions and is currently in the process of building Dragonfly to link Ladybug Tools to macro-scale climate modeling engines and data sets.

Computational Environmental Design & Building Physics Specialist

Theodoros Galanos

Theodore is a building scientist and co-developer of the Butterfly CFD software, a part of Ladybug Tools. Sustainable Construction Projects on the urban and building level. Involved in the development and implementation of Sustainable Building Construction strategies and designs, working with project teams in facilitation of various Green Building Certifications (Green Building Index, LEED, GreenMark, GreenRe). Engaged in residential, office and mixed-use, hospitality, and entertainment developments, as well as in developing sustainable regional policies. Also, in charge of Building Physics and Research Department, focusing on the design and development of new design tools and assessment methodologies related to: - Whole-building energy performace (EnergyPlus, DesignBuilder, LB/HB) - Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations for the internal and external built environment (OpenFoam platform and in-house developed tools) - Indoor and Outdoor Occupant Thermal Comfort assessment - Daylight and Glare assessment, optimizing artificial and natural lighting (Daysim, Radiance, LB/HB) - Parametric multi-objective optimization models of various building performance parameters (Rhino/Grasshopper, LB/HB) - Environmental Life Cycle Assessment (ELCA) of building materials, components, and construction practices - R Programming for single and multi-objective optimization, statistical analysis, and spatiotemporal visualization of information. - Supervised and unsupervised Machine Learning methodologies in Building Performance assessment and optimization.

Software Engineer

Alex Fischer

Alex Fischer is a Software Engineer at Adobe and a recent Carnegie Mellon University graduate with a Master of Science in Computational Design and Minor in Software Engineering where he created Quelea as part of his thesis. He received a Bachelor of Architecture in May, 2014, with a Minor in Computer Science and completed his bachelor’s thesis, Embodied Computation: Exploring Roboforming for the Mass-Customization of Architectural Components. Alex specializes in programming computational design tools, rationalization of complex geometry for fabrication, parametric modeling, environmental analysis, robotic fabrication, and new forms of representation and interaction.

Assistant Professor at Cornell University

Timur Dogan

Timur Dogan is an architect, building scientist, and educator. His research expertise is in daylighting, energy modeling, passive climate control strategies, and performance driven design workflows in both urban and architectural scale. His work empowers non-specialized architects and urban designers to optimize their design proposals regarding their energy demand and supply, comfort, and livability. To date, he has authored and coauthored several books, journal papers, and peer reviewed scientific articles.

Architectural Designer and Software Developer

Jon Sargent

Jon is an architectural designer based in New York, and Chief Creative Officer at Solemma LLC. He specializes in shading optimization, thermal modeling, and computational design. He received is Masters of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design and worked as an Architectural Professional at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM).

Assistant Professor of Physics and Engineering at Northpark University

Stephen Ray

As an engineer, Dr. Stephen Ray brings diverse professional experiences with companies from a Fortune 10 to a three-person startup, which showed him first hand the necessity of integrating learning opportunities with real-world applications. Dr. Ray connects students with local companies and visits Chicago landmarks with his classes. “Physics and engineering students regularly intern with companies and conduct research at world-leading research facilities in Chicago,” Dr. Ray says. Dr. Ray serves as both a professor and the Director of Sustainability in effort to reduce North Park’s campus footprint and better steward our resources. Dr. Ray works with students in the campus sustainability group, the Green Team, by providing strategic guidance. He helped launch the new programming and IT club, α-T3ch, and advises students in the Society of Physics and Engineering Students. “Few jobs allow such direct impact on our future leaders in an environment shaped by our distinctives: urban, intercultural, Christian. Throw in a new STEM building and engineering program and it’s hard to beat.”

Associate at SOM

Neil Katz

Neil Katz is an architect and Associate at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. He uses a “computational design” approach to design, and has used this methodology in developing geometry (simple and "complex") and as a way of analyzing and designing in response to many project goals, including environmental and sustainability goals. "Computational design", aspects of which include algorithmic and parametric design as well as building information modeling (BIM), is as much a way of thinking about design as using and developing tools for design.

Structural Engineer and Assistant Professor

Joshua Schultz

Joshua Schultz is a structural engineer, clinical assistant professor and director at MSOE University. He specializes in structural optimization, dynamics and analytical modeling of systems. Prior to entering academia, Joshua worked as a structural engineer at Skidmore Owings and Merrill and Stutzki Engineering. Joshua is a licensed engineer and holds bachelor, master and doctorate degrees.

Chief Executive Officer at Pattern r+d

Sandeep Ahuja

Sandeep Ahuja, founder of building performance analytics firm Pattern r+d, brings her experience on working with over 10 university facilities. 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 a unique methodology to optimize for cost in sustainable buildings. As building performance consultant, Sandeep is responsible for testing varying building specifications and facade options for performance and affordability. Sandeep helps create low energy and glare building solutions with high daylight and thermal comfort. With the use of big data, Sandeep helps inform building decisions related to performance as they relate to cost.

Managing Director at DesignBuilder

Andy Tindale

Managing Director and joint founder of DesignBuilder Software with over 25 years experience in the building energy simulation sector having also worked in academia, design consultancies and R&D groups. Passionate about removing unnecessary barriers to widespread adoption of the latest building simulation technology, Andy has recently been working on adding a design optimisation capability to the DesignBuilder toolset.

Vice President at Environmental Design Solutions (EDSL)

Michael Sawford

Michael is a building physicist who has worked as Director of Energy Analytics, Software Developer and Consultant with EDSL, where he helps maintain validation paths for Tas software and is directly involved in the development of the software and utilities. He also provide consultancy services using Tas applications for building simulation.

Product Manager at Sefaira

Andrew Corney

Andrew's role is to Product Manage the front end components of both of our products: Sefaira Architecture and Sefaira Systems and so he is eager to learn how they can make products that meet business needs and improve your effectiveness and efficiency.

Associate Director at Arup

Ignacio Fernández Solla

Ignacio is a building envelope consultant at Arup. He participates in projects by architects like Richard Rogers, Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron and Richard Meier among others. These projects are located in Spain, Europe, Middle East, north of Africa, USA and Latin America.

Building Enclosure Specialist

Robert Golda

Robert has over 10 years of international experience with the design, engineering, fabrication and installation of building enclosure systems, with a focus on technical performance and aesthetics. He has written numerous publications and given lectures, both domestically and internationally, on building envelope systems and integrated architectural design processes. Golda has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Architecture + Design Technology Leader at Cree by Rhomberg

Jens Voshage

Jens specializes in sustainable building design, environmental performance analysis and modeling, as well as BIM. His design focus is on thoughtful appropriate and responsive architecture. As a faculty member at British Columbia Institute of Technology, he holds lectures in various building science related topics to architectural Bachelor students. He is also the initiator and editor of the blog formfollowsperformance.

Managing Principal at Integral Group

Andrew Reilman

Andy is a Principal with Integral Group's Los Angeles Office, and has more than 15 years of sustainable consulting engineering experience. His expertise in sustainable architecture and green buildings includes building designs for passive, low energy systems such as natural and mixed-mode ventilation, displacement ventilation, radiant heating and cooling, and building integrated renewable energy systems. Some of Andy’s notable high performance projects include the UCLA Pauley Pavilion (LEED Gold), UC Berkeley Student Community Center (LEED Gold), Long Beach Airport Terminals (LEED Certified Level), Soka University Performing Arts Center (LEED Gold), LAX Bradley International Terminal (LEED Silver) and Jefferson Creative Offices Re-Use (LEED CS). Andy, who has an BSME from University of California, Davis, is a licensed professional engineer. Additionally, he is a certified ASHRAE High Performance Building Design Professional. Andy is the ASHRAE SoCal Chapter President and is active in USGBC-LA.

Senior Engineer at AKF / In Posse

Jeff Rios

Jeff is an engineer at AKF / In Posse, experienced in many different aspects of Building design. Focus includes Mechanical Building design, Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Building practices. Specialties: Sustainable Building Design, Energy Modeling, Existing Building Energy Audits.

Professional Acoustics Consultant, Chartered Acoustical Engineer, Author of Pachyderm Acoustical Simulation

Arthur van der Harten

Arthur is the first acoustician hired by Foster and Partners and author of Pachyderm Acoustic, an acoustics simulation plugin for Rhinoceros 3D.

Senior Product Manager at Autodesk

Ian Molloy

Ian Molloy is Senior Product Manager for Autodesk Insight. Ian has over 20 years of experience in the development and application of building energy and environmental performance analysis software to the design, construction and operation of higher performing, more sustainable buildings. He has a first class honors degree in Building Science and Mechanical Engineering as well as a degree in Mathematics. He is based in Boston where he works closely with Autodesk Revit, FormIt and Dynamo development teams, industry partners and customers all working to make the built environment better.

Founder of FenestraPRO

Simon Whelan

Simon is a Founder and Chief Operating Officer of FenestraPro, based in Dublin, Ireland. FenestraPro is a software provider developing applications for AEC design professionals on Autodesk platforms such as Revit, Forge and Quantum. As one of the founders, Simon has evolved FenestraPro from concept, through start-up phase, and is now in scaling, with FenestraPro Premium and FenestraPro Linc being used by some of the largest architectural practices in the world. Simon holds a Masters in Architecture (Advanced Environmental and Energy Systems), is a certified LEED Green Associate, and is an expert in Building Performance Analysis, particularly through Autodesk applications such as Revit and Green Building Studio.

BIM Manager at NYC Department of Design and Construction

Brandon Schumacher

Brandon Schumacher is the BIM Manager at the New York City DDC and was previously the BuildingSMART manager for HOK New York, overseeing Building Information Modeling BIM and technology implementation for 220 staff in 2 office locations. Prior to joining HOK, he was at BuroHappold Engineering as a BIM coordinator for nearly 2 years. Brandon has 9 years of experience in the design industry and 5 years in the construction industry, and he has served as a project manager at Randy Brown Architects BIM specialist and project engineer at SHoP Architects and BIM director at CookFox Architects, LLP. Brandon's current role is to oversee BIM training, standards, and support initiatives for the HOK NY offices, as well as participate in firm-wide development of content, standards, and innovation of processes. Brandon has a bachelor's degree in architecture from Iowa State University and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Chief Technology Office at Cityzenith

James Fee

James Fee is the company’s Chief Technology Officer and has over 20 years of experience in CAD/BIM, GIS and database sectors; along with over 15 years working for AECOM and other AEC firms developing cloud-based services for clients around the world. At Cityzenith, James is responsible for the Spatial Technology Strategy. He is leading the development of the groundbreaking 5D Smart World product as well as researching and evaluating how new technologies and products can be applied to business problems faced by Cityzenith customers James has given keynotes at technology conferences around the world on emerging spatial technology. He has 10+ years of experience with cloud-based application development and implementation of spatial applications in a distributed environment. More importantly, James is widely seen as an industry leader in the rapidly growing field of geospatial and location technologies. He has worked hard over the past 20 years to develop a GIS community on the web though his personal blog (http://www.spatiallyadjusted.com) and Planet Geospatial (http://www.planetgs.com).

Founder and CEO of Podaris

Nathan Koren

Nathan is an entrepreneur with experience in sustainable urbanism and innovation strategy. As an architect in America and India, with an emphasis on mixed-use, sustainable, transit-oriented development. He spend years in transport planning, focusing on transport innovation that would have positive urban outcomes. Seeing that problems of finance, strategy, and management were frequently barriers to urban innovation, he gained an MBA at Oxford prior to making this transition. He has led feasibility studies in over a dozen countries, becoming a recognised expert in the emerging technology of Automated Transit Networks (ATNs), and frequently lecturing on the subjects of automation, transport innovation, and urban design. His current startup, Podaris, is the culmination of these interests: a collaboration platform for designing better urban infrastructure, which launched in November 2015.

CEO of Testfit.io

Clifton Harness

Clifton is CEO of Testfit, creators of Residential Engine, a Macro-BIM Software application, built from scratch in the C programming language, by Building Forge. Residential Engine, in its current form, is the first step to creating a generative design platform that is accessible and easy to use for designers and developers. The long term vision for Residential Engine encompasses cloud computing and building design optimization from the onset of the design process.

Vice President at Onyx Solar Energy

Diego Cuevas-Gómez

Diego is Vice President at Onyx Solar where he has led the growth of Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) technology. Onyx Solar designs and manufactures photovoltaic (PV) glass for buildings; in other words, glass that generates free electricity from the sun, which is installed as a conventional façade, skylight, canopy, paver, and other architectural structures.

Founder of Sirewall, Inventor of Hybrid Earth System

Meror Krayenhoff

With 23 years of full time rammed earth experience, few people on the planet know more about, or are as passionate about, the benefits of insulated rammed earth. Through consulting, Meror enjoys sharing his knowledge to create functional, durable, healthy, environmental, and iconic projects. He has been involved with award-winning buildings, including Nk’Mip’s first place at the World Architectural Festival in Barcelona, worked on LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge projects and has won 26 gold Canadian Homebuilder Assoc. awards and 3 Best Home Builder in BC awards. Other awards won are the Advanced Mfg Award from City of Nanaimo, the Environmental Award from Vancouver Island Advanced Technology (VIATEC), and the EcoStar Award from the Capital Regional District.

Digital Design Leader at DLR Group

Ryan Cameron

Ryan Baker Cameron graduated with a master in architecture degree from the University of Nebraska in 2008. Ryan has been a speaker at Central States Revit Workshop 2013 (now BIM Workshops) and he has presented sessions at Autodesk University multiple times as well as Revit Technology Conference. He works as a project architect for DLR Group. Ryan is very active in the Revit community, and you can find him on just about every forum, happily sharing his creative passions with others. If you would like to connect with Ryan, find him at Twitter @rbcameron1 and LinkedIn.com. Ryan is a technology enthusiast and a designer who loves all things architecture and engineering, and he has publications in several magazines, including Crit Journal and MetalMag. He is a recipient of many awards, including the Herman Miller Young Architect Award.

Design Technology Manager at HOK

Cesar Escalante

Cesar is a registered Architect with more than 12 years of experience leveraging architecture and design technologies in the AEC industry. He holds a deep expertise managing, implementing, and supporting all facets of BIM administration, mobile and cloud technology, and project management systems. He played an instrumental role in developing and managing successful workflows for multi-discipline coordination of large, technically complex, multi-million dollar projects. He provides recognized leadership at the forefront of BIM technologies, and is a passionate educator.

BIM and Building Performance Analyst at DPS Design Group

Luc Wing

Luc is a BIM specialist at D/P/S and works to connect it with energy modeling. He is BPA certified and promotes sustainable solutions through the office, leading the company's AIA 2030 initiative, becomeing 1 of 170 reporting firms in 2016. He now implements and energy analysis plan on every new construction project in the practice.

Architectural Designer and Energy Specialist

Aaron Ketner

Aaron is an architectural designer and energy specialist at D/P/S. During his time at the University of New Mexico, Aaron has held seven graduate teaching assistant positions at the UNM School of Architecture and Planning. In August of 2016, the Office of Graduate Studies awarded Aaron with the Graduate Studies Excellence Assistantship. In the summer of 2016, Aaron was the recipient of the Schoeman Travel Endowment where he conducted independent research on Nordic healthcare architecture in Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark studying the correlation between energy efficiency and sustainable design, with an improvement in the indoor healing environment - ultimately shortening the patient’s recovery and improving the quality of work from the doctors and staff. Recently, Aaron has delved into research on environmental awareness, energy, economics & social cohesion within urban neighborhoods for his Masters Project. Credentials WELL AP, LEED Green Associate

Founder of MACH Acoustics

Ze Nunes

Founding Director Ze is passionate about the role of acoustics in improving the built environment and committed to sustainability as a fundamental principle of good design. A proven innovator, he relishes the interdisciplinary challenges of great architecture, always ready to break with convention in the quest for better answers. His extensive successful project management skills complement his specialist acoustic expertise, a combination that has seen Mach Acoustics win countless jobs with the nation’s largest contractors and most celebrated architects.

Associate Project Manager at Terrapin Bright Green

Allison Bernett

Allison Bernett is a research analyst for Terrapin Bright Green's bioinspired innovation consulting services. Recently, she co-authored Tapping into Nature, Terrapin’s latest publication which highlights examples of bioinspired products and illustrates the market potential of a biologically-inspired approach to innovation. Allison graduated summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis with a double major in architecture and biology. With her unique background in architecture and biology, she has a particular interest in bioinspired design and innovation in the built environment.

Life Cycle Assessment Engineer and Director at eTool Global

Patrick Hermon

Pat is a sustainability consultant with over 6 years experience in making buildings better. He specialises in the Life Cycle modelling of building and infrastructure projects and runs the UK branch of eTool - a life cycle design consultancy and software provider. He has completed over 30 life cycle assessments of building projects ranging from single dwellings to large commercial towers to stadiums. He is fluent in navigating the intricacies of life cycle analysis and is confident in his ability to recommend the most sustainable design outcomes. Over the last 3 years Pat has facilitated the saving of over 260,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent.

Building Physics Principal at Inhabit Group

Darren O'Dea

Darren leads the Building Physics (ESD) practice within Inhabit. Based in Melbourne but active across South-East Asia and China, he is responsible for the growth and quality of Building Physics consulting services globally. Holding two Masters Degrees in Corporate Environmental Management and Energy and Sustainable Building Design, Darren is a passionate advocate of intelligent passive design principles delivered through clear and concise communication. Over the past 9 years, Darren has gained a wide range of technical and consulting expertise covering environmental and carbon management, corporate social responsibility, energy efficiency and sustainable building design. Darren has also developed regionally specific design knowledge and a thorough understanding of the requirements of the various regulatory compliance frameworks, ie. LEED, Green Star, Green Mark.

Wind Engineer and Software Developer

Ilker Karadag

After receiving his undergraduate degree in architecture (2010), he started to study Master in Building Sciences Program of the METU Architecture Department. He continued his graduate studies as research assistant in the same program with the year of 2011. In 2014, he started his Ph.D. at ITU Faculty of Architecture /Building Sciences Program and still continues to work as research assistant at the Department of Building Physics and Environmental Control. Besides, he is the only developer of the ArchPLUS software which enables the user to conduct wind and solar analyses in Augmented Reality environment. Fields of Interest: natural ventilation in tall buildings, building integrated wind energy systems, building aerodynamics, wind efficient building design, augmented reality.

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Engineer

Tohru Kamiya

Tohru is a CFD Engineer at Cradle North America where he applies computational fluid dynamics on a variety of projects in the architecture industry to Investigate and create detailed reports for clients and internal purposes. He also provides trainings and demonstrations to new users and avidly presents on CFD research and topics.

Indoor Agriculture Entrepreneur & Urban Farming Community Organizer

Andrew Blume

Andrew is the Food and Agriculture Cluster Coordinator at Los Angeles CleanTech Incubator (LACI) where he helps to organize the Los Angeles AgTech community.

Founder at ArchiStar

Dr. Benjamin Coorey

Dr. Coorey served as a lecturer at the University of Technology in Sydney and founded ArchiStar which provides property insights and design intelligence using real-time analysis and design insights of floor plans and built environments.

Professor at New York Institute of Technology

Kevin Bruno

Kevin is founder of KB BIM Store and teaches Building Information Modeling at New York Institute Of Technology.

Senior Green Building Specialist at International Finance Corporation

Ommid Saberi

Ommid Saberi is Senior Green Buildings Industry Specialist in the IFC Climate Business Department based in Washington DC. The technical side of the voluntary EDGE online certification system are part of Ommid's responsibilities along with working on EDGE green building certification of projects globally. Before joining IFC, Ommid had extensive experience advising on sustainability strategies for property development projects in the UK, Middle East and Asia. He led the Sustainability and Energy team in WSP for the Middle East. Ommid is an architect and building physicist with fourteen years of experience on sustainable design and practice. He has led many design and research teams and advised on the green building codes of three countries. Ommid has also been a member of regional government advisory panels as an expert in low energy designs and technical director for energy conservation at the city scale. More generally Ommid has experience working with companies in the private, public and governmental sectors which has given him a wide understanding of environmental and sustainability challenges.

Co-founder of Agilicity

Jernej Vidmar

Jernej is co-founder and CEO of AgiliCity. He develops Modelur, an easy-to-use parametric urban design tool. He as a degree in Economics, Architecture and Urbanism where he earned a PhD on the topic of Interactive Regulation of Built Form.

Computational BIM Specialist at VIATechnik

Leslie Baz

Leslie applies computational BIM workflows to achieve optimal and efficient solutions for design and construction processes – multi-disciplinary design optimization, parametric geometric design, visualization, data mining, and automation. She implements computational BIM solutions into company processes including Dynamo / Grasshopper. She develops strategy and leads implementation of internal company computational BIM training

Director at Accucities

Michal Konicek

Before setting up AccuCities, Michal managed Vertex Modelling, company consisting of a brilliant team of photogrammetrists, 3D Modelers and GIS professionals who capture accurate and detailed 3D models of as-built environments anywhere in the world.

Founding Partner at COSMOSCUBE architectural visualization

Ivaylo Begov

Ivaylo helps architects/developers represent the unbuilt architecture the best way according to the current state of market/environment. He enjoys working on architectural competition projects and developing design ideas further along with architects.

Director of Support and Training at Enscape3D

Kaj Burival

Kaj is an expert in real-time rendering and virtual reality and Director of Support and Training at Enscape3D.

Computational BIM Specialist and founder of BiMorph Digital Engineering

Thomas Mahon

Thomas is the Founding Director of Bimorph and a computational design/BIM specialist. With a background in Architecture, he has worked with leading architectural firms including Foster + Partners and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners on a diverse range of high-profile projects. He has continued to push the boundaries of digital technology, specialising in computational design/BIM to pioneer new paradigms for building design and delivery. His achievements include developing groundbreaking workflow-automation tools at Foster + Partners, to rationalizing geometrically complex buildings for construction, such as the new Macallan Distillery (RSHP), using cutting-edge procedural modelling techniques. Aware of the advantages this approach offers the construction industry, Thomas set-up Bimorph to enable construction professionals to supplant conventional industry practises and realise next-generation buildings by utilising these techniques.

Building Information and Energy Modeling Systems Specialist

Jean Carriere

Jean Carrière works with architects and engineers to implement integrated workflows for productivity, precision and data quality. As an entrepreneur, he pioneered the data exchange framework for exchanging building information model data with energy modeling applications. His journey of discovery leads him to explore new frontiers of technology integration. He is the President, and CEO of Trailloop, a Certified Engineering Technologist, a technical advisory board member for buildingSMART Canada, and on the board of directors for the Green Building Extensible Markup Language.

Software Architect and Developer of SolArchVision Tools

Mojtaba Samimi

Mojtaba is a software architect and

Lifecycle Assessment Expert and CEO of Bionova

Panu Pasanen

Building lifecycle performance expert with expertise from EN and ISO LCA standards and their application in EPDs, LEED, BREEAM, DGNB, CEEQUAL and other green building systems. Record of achievement in creating new business and improving performance. Proven leader and energetic change agent, strategic thinker and builder of trusted relationships. Specialties: sustainability metrics and standards, new business development, launching technology products internationally. Deep technology understanding and a keen business sense.

Senior Researcher at WeWork

Brian Ringley

Brian Ringley is a Senior Researcher at WeWork where he leads research efforts in construction automation and robotics in collaboration with WeWork’s Design, Construction, and Logistics teams. He teaches design computation and industrial automation for architectural manufacturing at Pratt Institute’s Graduate Architecture and Urban Design (GAUD) program. Previously he taught at the University of Cincinnati, CUNY City Tech, and CUNY City College, and has instructed workshops at +FARM, RPI, and the AA Visiting School. He has lectured at the AIA National Headquarters in DC, the Center for Architecture in NYC, the Center for Architecture + Design in San Francisco, the Boston Architectural College, and Kansas State University, and has presented at numerous conferences including the AEC Technology Symposium, the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the AIA TAP Building Connections Conference, Autodesk University, Facades+, RTC/BILT, Shape to Fabrication, and the TxA Emerging Design + Technology Conference. His work has been published in Data-Driven Design and Construction (Randy Deutsch, Wiley, 2015), Digital Design Exercises for Architecture Students (Jason S. Johnson and Joshua Vermillion, Routledge, 2016), and Convergence: An Integrated Framework for Architecture (Deutsch, Wiley, 2017). Prior to WeWork, Brian was an Associate and Design Technology Specialist at the global architecture and consulting practice Woods Bagot. He has also worked for R&Sie(n) in Paris, Dellekamp Arquitectos in Mexico City, and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates in NYC and London. Brian runs the design technology education website and podcast Designalyze along with Full Stack Modular's Zach Downey.

Architect and Design Researcher

Carlos Sarmiento

Carlos Sarmiento is a graduate of the Architecture Association School of Architecture (AA) in London and an Architect at Perkins Eastman in New York.


Danil Nagy

Danil Nagy is a designer, developer, and entrepreneur focusing on applications of computational design and automation for the building industries. His expertise includes computational geometry, digital fabrication, simulation, optimization, machine learning, and data visualization. Danil teaches at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University in New York, where his courses focus on architectural visualization, generative design, and applications of artificial intelligence. Danil was formerly a Principal Research Scientist at Autodesk Research. He is the founder of Colidescope, a consultancy focused on bringing digital transformation tools to the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industries.

Designer and Research Scientist at Autodesk The Living Studio

Lorenzo Villaggi

Lorenzo Villaggi is a designer and research scientist at The Living, an Autodesk studio. His work focuses on generative design, new materials and novel forms of visualization. More recently he has been exploring space subdivision techniques for space planning problems as well as the quantification of spatial experience for generative workflows for architecture. His work has been exhibited in internationally renowned venues including the Chicago Biennial, the World Leadership Forum in Davos, the Milan Design Week, the MoMA and the New Museum. Lorenzo lives and works in New York City.

Computer Scientist

Long Nguyen

Long is an active researcher and academic tutor in Computational Design, Digital Fabrication, and BIM. He has been holding a full-time Research Associate position at the Institute for Computational Design (ICD) at the University of Stuttgart since 2014. His academic background is in Computer Science, with an emphasis in 3D Computer Graphics. Long graduated with a Bachelor degree in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge in 2010 and a Master degree with Distinction in Computer Graphics and Virtual Environment from University College London (UCL) in 2011.

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