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Reconfiguring Architectural Design

12 Nov 2019 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm AWST

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5.00pm arrival for 5.30pm presentation. This presentation will go for 1 hour.

The architecture engineering and construction industry is in a state of flux fuelled by transformative shifts in technology and design. Traditional models of practice are being challenged by emerging competitors including start-ups, vertically-integrated construction firms, and large technology companies. Architecture as an isolated discipline struggles to meet the increasingly complex demands of our contemporary society, prompting questions on the viability of current embedded practice and business models. We are interested in the trajectory of architectural practice and the AEC industry as a whole, and what new modes of practice must emerge as a result.  Two complementary presentations will explore the future of the built environment, framed by digital disruption, from the perspective of design practice and emerging modes of making and construction.


Tristan Morgan: National Design Technology Lead: Innovation

Tristan is Innovation Lead of the Cox National Design Technology Committee, an active member of the Cox Futures Committee, and coordinates Cox’s National Computational Design Working Group. With a background in practice, teaching, and research, he is a passionate advocate for technological innovation nationally. The integration of emerging and innovative technology within practice is a key focus of his work, which is balanced against providing critical digital technology and computational support and advice to project teams.

He has project experience across a range of scales, with a focus on regional projects and the combination of natural materials and advanced computation, manufacturing and assembly. His PhD research is concerned with the computational design of nonstandard architectural structures using Australian timber resources, enabling him to engage in transdisciplinary practice that transcends architecture, engineering, materials science, and adjunct design and research fields.

Daniel Giuffre: Co-Founder, Intensive Fields lab (if/LAB)

Daniel is Co-Founder of if/LAB, and a former lecturer at the University of Western Australia. He is a designer who specialises in creative applications of advanced generative and computational design and fabrication technologies, using Rhino and Grasshopper tools. He pursues interdisciplinary collaborations, where his technical and theoretical expertise enables other designers and practitioners to realise their work.

if/LAB is a design to production consultancy that offers design assistance to architects, landscape architects, engineers and contractors, from concept design through to fabrication and installation. The benefits of generative design are found in the flexibility and malleability of associative digital models and the ability to revise and refine the model right up to fabrication. This facilitates a uniquely craftsman-like attention to detailing and documentation, and a responsiveness in process..



12 Nov 2019
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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