The Los Angeles Design Technology Forum, in association with the AIA|LA Technology in Architectural Practice Committee, is pleased to announce the sixth event in a monthly series focusing on the intersection of Design and Information Technology.


Computational Design: Aesthetics and Approaches

DATE: Thursday 16 September 2010,   FREE
TIME: Lecture 7pm,   6pm Wine and Cheese
CEUs: 1 AIA Continuing Education Unit is available
WHERE: This event will be at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design, DeCafe in Perloff Hall. Parking is $10, please see this link for information: parking map.

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This lecture will explore recent aesthetic directions and their basis in computational approaches to form finding and technical resolution. Two LA based masters of computational design will discuss cutting edge projects and the techniques that make them possible.


Satoru Sugihara, Morphosis Architects

Satoru Sugihara is a computational designer at Morphosis Architects. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as an architectural designer for DR_D and Greg Lynn FORM, and as a research assistant on media arts projects for the International Media Research Foundation. He has also taught computer programming at Tokyo University of the Arts. Satoru Sugihara received his M.S. in computer science from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2001 and his M.Arch. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2006.

Morphosis introduced computers into its design process in 1994. It added a 3D printer to its digital modelshop in 2000. By 2002, its virtual models were tightly integrated with contractors shop drawings. Computational design techniques were introduced in 2003 and, with the addition of Satoru, have made significant leaps as he pushes the boundary of design excellence and is able to translate complexities in ambitious designs into constructible and efficient geometries by mathematical and computational rationalization.

Phare Tower, La Defense, France, Courtesy of Morphosis Architects


Nathan Miller, NBBJ

Nathan Miller is an associate and designer at NBBJ, an international architecture and design practice. Over the past three years, Nathan has been a leader at NBBJ in the development and implementation of advanced digital tools for engaging complex problems of geometry, program, and user experience. Nathan has lectured on the topic of performance-driven design and parametric technology at the ACADIA 2009 conference, USC’s BIM Analytics symposium, the New York City College of Technology, and the University of Nebraska. Nathan also instructs digital design workshops and seminars including a Grasshopper course at the University of Southern California.

Nathan will use several NBBJ projects to describe how advanced design computation and performance-driven methodologies are transforming the design process. NBBJ is currently leveraging advanced digital tools for a wide array of purposes including geometry rationalization, building program optimization, and user experience simulation. In addition, the customization of tools and workflows are enabling new possibilities for team integration and ‘open source’ collaboration.
Nathan Miller

Hangzhou Stadium, Courtesy of NBBJ - CCDI


About the LADTF:

The Los Angeles Design Technology Forum is a collective organization representing a wide cross-section of architecture and engineering firms and academic institutions around the Los Angeles basin. It serves to increase awareness of technological innovations in design and construction, and to foster their application throughout the Los Angeles design community. By connecting a diverse audience of designers, engineers, builders and owners who have widely varying conceptions of technology in their work, we hope to create new opportunities for efficiency and creativity.

The Los Angeles Design Technology Forum is coordinated by Marty Doscher, Reg Prentice, Dennis Shelden, Randy Jefferson, and Kurt Komraus.

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