The BUILD panel, moderated by Autodesk Senior Director, Rick Rundell, will review snapshots of applied research within the context of Architecture Engineering and Construction Industries followed by an extended discussion surrounding such topics. By positioning Reality Computing technologies (UAV’s, 3D Scanning, and reality capture); Construction Automation (3D Printing and Design Robotics); Automated Computational Workflows (Dynamo driven structural optimization-to robotic fabrication); and integrated building control systems through Physical Computing the discussion will frame the state of the art with the goal of understanding the critical interrelationships that will be required during the next ten years of research and development. Four perspectives, each representing disparate aspects of AEC research, will be presented. First, Gustav Fagerstrom, Senior Technical Design at the global engineering firm BuroHappold, will present a series of Drone-based reality capture experiments using Autodesk’s ReCap that focus on the gathering, analysis, and three dimensional visualization of complex data from existing urban contexts. Nick Cote, a Design Roboticist at Autodesk’s Pier9 robotics research laboratory, will present a series of projects leveraging emerging computational workflows that link 3D design space, performance optimization, and automated fabrication through Design Robotics. Nathan King, DDes, BUILD Programs Manager, will present the contemporary context of automation in AEC industries through the lens of Robotics and Additive Manufacturing. Finally, Andy Payne, DDes, Principal Research Engineer at Autodesk, will discuss the potential of intelligent building control systems to meet the multifaceted demands of user satisfaction and performance thus allowing the built environment to sense, respond, and adapt over time.
- Gain a new perspective on the speculative future of the AEC industry
- Develop a cross sectional understanding of emerging through related to the construction of the built environment
- Participants will have a cross sectional understanding of emerging technologies related to intelligent building control systems
- Understand the value of collaboration and the interrelatedness of various trends in applied technology development
Rick Rundell is a Technology and Innovation Strategist and Senior Director at Autodesk, where his roles have included launching building information modeling (BIM), introducing conceptual building design tools, and launching new applications for construction. Rick joined Autodesk in 2002 with the acquisition of Revit Technology Corporation, where he was director of product marketing. Rick created and leads the Autodesk Startups-in-Residence (STIR) program, an incubator offering free space and support to selected startups out of Autodesk's Waltham offices, and is now leading the development of the Autodesk BUILD Space, a 30,000sf innovation lab and workshop for research in advanced digital fabrication in the AEC industry. An experienced registered architect as well as a high-tech executive, Rick holds a Master’s degree in Architecture from Harvard University and a B.A in Engineering Science from Dartmouth College.
Gustav Fagerström is a registered architect and associate with BuroHappold Engineering New York where he leads the structural Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Advanced Modeling Team. Specializing in design computation, he operates at the intersection of architecture, engineering, and computer science. He has experience in all stages of projects in over 10 different countries, having practiced architecture with Urban Future Organization, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, and UNStudio. Work of his has been exhibited and published in Europe, the Americas, and Asia, and presented at Autodesk University, the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research (CAADRIA) conference, the ACADIA conference, the FABRICATE conference, and the SmartGeometry conference. Frequently engaging with academia, he has sat on design juries, and given workshops and lectures at University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, UCL Bartlett, the Royal Institute of Technology, and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm.
Nathan King is a founding member of the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) Design Robotics Group, where his investigation involves strategic process intervention and development with a particular focus on design robotics and additive manufacturing technologies. Nathan holds an appointment at the Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design, and he has taught at Rhode Island School of Design where he is the co-founding director of the Glass Robotics Lab, and at the Harvard GSD. Nathan has co-authored forthcoming books on material systems and advanced design technologies, lectured extensively on related topics, and developed a variety of international workshops, research activities, and design initiatives. Professionally, Nathan is the director of research at MASS Design Group; acting programs manager for the emerging Autodesk, Inc., BUILD space; and he has consulted on the development of design robotics laboratories worldwide.
Nick received his Master of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), 2015, where he also studied Printmaking and Illustration. His training in robotics comes from coursework, assistantships, and research positions concerned with robotics in art and design. He has been a Design Robotics Researcher at Autodesk since June, 2015.