SFDUG Apr 2018 | The Making, Breaking and Fixing of Computational Design Superusers

On April 18th, at 6:30pm pst, SFDUG and the Bay Area welcomes Randy Deutsch, Director of Graduate Studies at University of Urbana-Champaign, to speak about the role that design technology superusers play in shaping the AEC Industry.

Featured Presentation: 

The Making, Breaking and Fixing of Computational Design Superusers


Randy Deutsch

Architects and other design professionals learned to become computational designers primarily working with visual programming tools, addressing design generation, task automation, and everything between. With the advent of AI/ML upon us, a new model of computational designer will be needed. This high-level presentation explores the forces that are bringing about this change; how schools and firms are rising to meet the demand for computational specialists; and what it will mean to be a high-functioning computational designer – or superuser – in the not too distant future.

Randy Deutsch AIA, LEED AP is the Associate Director for Graduate Studies and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign teaching design, professional practice, building technology and digital technology. Randy has been an international keynote speaker, a design technology authority, Exec Ed program leader at Harvard GSD, and architect responsible for the design of over 100 large, complex sustainable projects. He has written for DesignIntelligence, has been featured in ARCHITECT Magazine and Architectural Record, and is the author of three books: Convergence: The Redesign of Design (AD, 2017) on the nature of the ongoing convergence of technology and work processes; Data Driven Design and Construction: Strategies for Capturing, Analyzing and Applying Building Data (Wiley, 2015) on the innovative individuals and firms who are leveraging data to advance their practices; and, BIM and Integrated Design: Strategies for Architectural Practice (Wiley, 2011) tracking the social and organizational impacts of the new technologies and collaborative work processes, among other publications. His next book is, Superusers: An Architect’s Survival Guide to Technology Transformation (Routledge, 2019.)

Food and drinks provided by Ideate Inc.

Attending this meeting in person? Register to the event here

Attending this meeting online? Register to the live broadcast here.  Webcast technology courtesy of Gensler.

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