CAADFutures2021-Speakers

Bio: Theodora Vardouli, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture, McGill University. Her research examines histories, cultural meanings, and practical implications of algorithmic techniques for describing, generating, and simulating architecture. Vardouli's articles have been published in Leonardo, Design Studies, Perspective, Nexus Network Journal, IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, Architectural Research Quarterly and several edited collections. She is co-editor of the collection of essays Computer Architectures: Constructing the Common Ground (Routledge 2020) and co-author of Designing the Computational Image (Applied Research and Design Publishing, forthcoming). Her in-progress monograph tentatively titled Graph Vision: Digital Architecture’s Skeletons offers a prehistory of digital architecture centred on the graph, which she reveals as a hidden but defining protagonist in early engagements between architecture and computation.

Affiliations: Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture, McGill University; Founder and Principal of CoDEx (Computational Design Exploratory)
Expertise: history and theory of computational design, science and technology studies, critical design and making

Bio: David Benjamin (‘05 M.Arch) is Founding Principal of The Living and Associate Professor at Columbia GSAPP. He also directs the GSAPP Incubator. Benjamin’s work combines research and practice, and it involves exploring new ideas through prototyping. Focusing on the intersection of biology, computation, and design, Benjamin has articulated three frameworks for harnessing living organisms for architecture: bio-processing, bio-sensing, and bio-manufacturing. The Living has won many design prizes, including the Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League, the New Practices Award from the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter, the Young Architects Program Award from the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1, and a Holcim Sustainability Award. Recent projects include the Princeton Architecture Laboratory (a new building for research on next-generation design and construction technologies), Pier 35 EcoPark (a 200-foot-long floating pier in the East River that changes color according to water quality), and Hy-Fi (a branching tower for the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 made of a new type of biodegradable brick).

Affiliations: Director, Autodesk Research / Associate Professor, Columbia GSAPP
Expertise: Generative Design, Bio-processing, Bio-sensing, Bio-manufacturing

Bio: Dr Luebkeman is deeply passionate about curating constructive dialogue, insatiably curious, relishes the opportunity to discover the opportunities which will be created by change and, perhaps most importantly, to evolve positive solutions to the profound challenges we face today. Educator, Engineer, Architect, Author, Photographer, Blogger, Commentator…for twenty years he travelled the globe sharing his observations and insights by leading projects focused on the future for Arup, Arup’s clients and for many of the world’s leading institutions. He has returned to his Alma Matter, the ETH Zurich, to establish a Strategic Foresight Team within the Office of the President.

Affiliations: ETH Zurich
Expertise: Leadership, Innovation, Architecture, Engineering, Design Thinking

Bio: Chanuki Illushka Seresinhe is the Director of Data Science at Culture Trip , a global startup operating in experiences, travel, media and entertainment. Chanuki began working as a commercial data scientist at Channel 4 and then went on to lead the data science team at Popsa. Her research work at the University of Warwick and the Alan Turing Institute, which involves understanding how the aesthetics of the environment influences human wellbeing, has been featured in the press worldwide including the Economist, Wired, The Times, BBC, Spiegel Online, Guardian, Telegraph, Scientific American, Newsweek and MIT Technology Review. Chanuki has a PhD in Data Science from the University of Warwick. Prior to pursuing a career in data science, Chanuki had a successful design career that included running her own digital design consultancy for over eight years.

Affiliations: Alan Turing Institute, The Culture Trip
Expertise: Data Science, well being, Spatial design

Bio: Marcos Novak is the founding Director of the transLAB at UCSB, a transmodal/XR lab exploring transformation that leads to speciation, in fact, in fiction, in action. He is Professor of Media Arts and Technology, and is affiliated with the AlloSphere and CNSI. He is an architect, artist, composer, theorist, and pioneer of algorithmic design, and the originator of THEMAS, a "holistic, integrative, creative model for research, practice, and pedagogy", beyond STEM and STEAM.
In 2000 he was honored to represent Greece at the Venice Biennale (to which he has been invited numerous times since). He lectures and exhibits at prominent venues worldwide.

Affiliations: Director, transLAB , Media Arts and Technology Program
University of California, Santa Barbara
Expertise: Transarchitecture, Digital Architecture, Virtual Reality, Virtual worlds

Bio: Cristiano Ceccato is a Director at Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) in London, having previously worked for Frank O. Gehry Partners in Los Angeles. Trained as an architect and computer scientist, he engages across all levels of design and technical development, with worldwide project delivery experience on a wide range of typologies. Cristiano is also an accomplished software developer, having previously co-founded the BIM company Gehry Technologies in California.
Cristiano has spearheaded ZHA’s entrance into the aviation market since 2010. He is the Project Director for the Beijing Daxing Airport in China completed 2019; the Navi Mumbai International Airport in India; and the Western Sydney Airport under construction in Australia. Cristiano is a graduate of the Architectural Association and Imperial College in London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, where he sits on the Air Transport Specialist Group board.

Affiliations: Director, ZHA; Visiting Professor, Western Sydney University
Expertise: Parametric Design, Free form Design, Form Finding, Rule Based Design

Bio: Martha is a specialist in a wide range of areas including computational design, performance-driven design, optimisation, machine learning, interfaces & interaction, design-to-production and fast feedback & integration. Her work incorporates the development of ML, optimisation and simulation tools, the introduction of integrated processes and the creation of physical interfaces. She has a particular interest in machine learning and has lead R&D related to the use of deep neural networks in the design process, to solve problems spanning from micromaterials to performance driven architectural layouts. She has also been investigating the use of Genetic Algorithms in the design pipeline, using them to develop solutions spaces that fit multi-objective criteria.
Martha joined F+P in 2006, and she has since provided solutions for hundreds of diverse projects such as the new airport for Mexico City, Queen Alia Airport, Sheikh Zayed Museum, UAE’s 2015 Expo Pavilion, Lusail Iconic Stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and YachtPlus. She is a member of RIBA, ARB and the Technical Chamber of Greece. In parallel she is a Senior Fellow at the Bartlett, UCL, where she has been teaching at the MSc Architectural Computation since 2009. She has been a juror and presenter at various schools worldwide, including MIT, the Architectural Association, UPenn, ETHZ and Chalmers. She has taught, lectured and published on the subject of computational design internationally.

Affiliations: Norman Foster & Partners
Expertise: Performance Driven Architectural Design, Genetic Algorithms, Simulation, Design Optimization, Machine Learning,

Bio: Nono Martínez Alonso is a Machine Learning Engineer with a penchant for simplicity. He studied design technology at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and works exploring machine learning in architecture, engineering, and construction at Autodesk. Nono hosts Getting Simple —a podcast about how you can live a more meaningful, creative, and simple life—sketches things that call his attention, writes stories about enjoying a slower life, and records live streams and tutorials on creative coding and machine learning. His work focuses on developing intuitive tools for creatives and on how the collaboration between human and artificial intelligences can enhance the design process. Previously, he studied architecture and worked in the design and delivery of complex architectural geometries at award-winning firms such as AR-MA and Foster + Partners. You can learn more about what he’s working on at nono.ma/now.

Affiliations: Autodesk
Expertise: Machine Learning, Drawing

Bio:Dr Stephen Law is a Lecturer in Social and Geographic Data Science in UCL Department of Geography, a Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute and also a UCalgary Alumni where he did his undergraduate in Economics. His current research looks at the intersection between machine learning and urban design analytics. He completed a PhD in UCL Bartlett studying the economic value of spatial networks in the housing market and has over 10 years of consultancy experience on pedestrian movement modelling, visualisation and data science.

Affiliations:UCL Bartlett, Alan Turing Institute
Expertise: Social Science, GIS, Geography, Pedestrian Simulation