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Tuesday 2/20


Symposium Welcome/Registration


Session 01 Integrative Design Strategies

With the development of increasingly complex and powerful digital tools that enable and support design, it is critical to develop equally powerful tools for engaging project stakeholders.  The Laboratory for Integrative Design and the Tensile Membrane Structures Lab will present a number of recent community based projects in the context of the digital tools and fabrication techniques that enabled their production.

  • Joshua Taron – Laboratory for Integrative Design
  • Vera Parlac – Laboratory for Integrative Design
  • Jason Johnson – Laboratory for Integrative Design
  • Mauricio Soto – Tensile Membrane Structures Lab


Session 02 SCALE

Participants discuss the ways in which emerging practices engage design across a number of scales ranging from the objects to buildings.  What are the challenges of maintaining a critical practice and research agenda as projects increase in scale and complexity.


Session 03 Keynotes Andrew Kudless, Mariana Ibañez

Andrew Kudless is an architect based in San Francisco where he is an associate professor at the California College of the Arts. Andrew has taught design studios, workshops, and seminars at The Ohio State University, the Architectural Association (London), Yale University, and Rice University. He earned a Master of Arts with distinction from the Architectural Association’s Emergent Technologies and Design graduate program and a Master of Architecture with honors from the Tulane University School of Architecture.

Mariana Ibañez is an architect in Argentina, and a newly appointed tenure-track faculty at the MIT School of Architecture and Planning, after 11 years at Harvard University. She has been on the awards jury of the Boston Society of Architects, as well as the admissions committee for the MacDowell Colony. Mariana is also Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation for 2017.

Wednesday 2/21


Session 04 Projects

This session will focus on past and ongoing projects by the Taylor Seminar Lecturers.  The conversation and include a wide ranging discussion about the tools, techniques and processes that are enabling contemporary design practice.


Session 05 Object Creation Workshop

This short workshop will introduce participants to a parametric design process that involves the production of an object.  Participants will be given access to a tool in development for the design and fabrication of customized objects.  Participants will be given the option to fabricate and keep the object at an additional cost.  This workshop will be led by researchers from the Laboratory for Integrative Design.


Session 06 Design Matters Lecture Dana Cupkova

Dana Cupkova holds Assistant Professorship at the Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture and is a co-founder and principal of EPIPHYTE Lab, an architectural design and research collaborative. From 2005 to 2012 she was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Cornell University Department of Architecture. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of ACADIA and is Track Chair of SoA’s Masters of Science in Sustainable Design (MSSD) program.

Thursday 2/22


Lunchtime Q&A with Students
This session is an opportunity for students and early career designers and architects to ask questions and engage the keynote speakers in discussions regarding their practices, projects and past experiences.


Session 07 Parcours (Stages & Trajectories)

A roundtable moderated discussion about the trajectory of a design practice.  Participants will share their experiences around starting and maintaining critically engaged firms that address a wide range of projects.  Discussion will touch on getting and keeping clients, staffing projects and the role that emerging professionals can play in the broader architectural discourse.


Session 08 Keynote Lectures Alvin Huang, Josh Vermillion

Alvin Huang, AIA is the Founder and Design Principal of Synthesis Design + Architecture and an Associate Professor at the USC School of Architecture. He is an award-winning architect, designer, and educator specializing in the integrated application of material performance, emergent design technologies and digital fabrication in contemporary architectural practice. His work spans all scales ranging from hi-rise towers and mixed-use developments to temporary pavilions and bespoke furnishings.

Joshua Vermillion is an assistant professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His teaching and research focuses on architectural applications of computational design methods, digital fabrication tools, robotics and responsive systems, advanced materials, and other emerging technologies.

Friday 2/23


Session 09 Keynote Lectures Tom Verebes, Drura Parrish

Tom Verebes has over two decades of experience in architectural practice, education and research. He was Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning) (2011-2014) and currently Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong, where he has taught the Harvard GSD-HKU Joint Studio, coordinated MArch Studios and BAAS Year 3 undergraduate design studio, and currently teaches MArch graduate studios and graduate research seminars.

Drura Parrish is the CEO and founder of MakeTime. He is a successful entrepreneur and thought leader in digital fabrication, design, and object based economics. Before MakeTime Drura founded Parrish Production, an art and design fabrication company focused on filling unused capacity across manufacturers with work from top level artists, designers, and hospitality companies. Alongside Parrish Production, he was the co-founder of Land of Tomorrow which exhibited and sold goods produced for artists and designers by Parrish Production.


Session 10 Design Research to Research Practice Rountable

A moderated discussion on the ways in which research hosted within academia and practice intersect and diverge.  Participants will discuss the ways in which design research moves between theoretical and applied spheres of practice and the ways in which scale and permanence influence innovation.



Session 11 Keynote Lectures Marc Fornes, Nick Puckett

MARC FORNES is a registered and practicing architect specializing in computational design and digital fabrication, and inventor of ‘Structural Stripes,’ a building system by which thousands of custom-designed parts form complex, self-supporting curvlinear surfaces. Fornes leads MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY, the NYC-based studio recognized for creating temporary and permanent ‘Crawling Assemblies’ — situated between art and architecture, that unify surface, structure and spatial experience into a single system.

Nick Puckett is focused on creating dynamic links between software, robotics, biological agents, chemical engineering, and material behaviour that generate new potentials for the design of intelligent environments. He has previously taught at institutions including The University of Kentucky, SCI-Arc, The Architectural Association, The University of Westminster, and The Royal College of Art.


Closing Remarks, Reception and Exhibit Opening
EVDS Gallery, University of Calgary

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