The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture is thrilled and honored to be hosting the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture’s (ACADIA) annual conference. From October 24-26, hundreds of researchers, educators, and design professionals from around the world will join us for three days of discourse on computational design and emerging technology in architecture.
The theme of this year’s conference titled “Ubiquity and Autonomy” investigates the blurred divide between analog and digital processes – suggesting a domain in which pervasive computational power requires new theories, modes of operation, and systems of production for architecture. As disciplinary foundations are re-engaged and new technologies emerge, conference attendees will address the very nature of how technology is being used and how the scope of architecture may expand because of it.
In the three days preceding the conference, October 21-23, seven different workshops led by experts in the field will offer attendees hands-on experience with a number of emerging digital tools and techniques. Available workshop titles include: Digital Tailoring; Combinatory Systems Generator; Freeform Fabrication; Polyhedral Timber Technologies; and Generative Design Workflows. Workshop registration is separate from conference registration, and is available at: http://2019.acadia.org/workshops.html
During ACADIA 2019, attendees will also have the opportunity to hear keynote speeches from leading architecture practitioners, including:
- THOM MAYNE – Pritzker Prize winner and Founding Principal of Morphosis, Los Angeles
- Thursday, October 24 at 6:15 p.m. in the LBJ Presidential Library
- DOMINIQUE JAKOB – Founding Principal of Jakob+Macfarlane, Paris
- Friday, October 25 at 6:15 p.m. in Jessen Auditorium
- HARLEN MILLER – Senior Associate at UNStudio Amsterdam
- Saturday, October 26 at 4:45 p.m. in Jessen Auditorium
There will also be a closing panel discussion Saturday, October 26 at 3:15 p.m. on the conference theme and state of computational design today, featuring experts in the field, including: Dean Michelle Addington, Ian Bogost, Marcelyn Gow, and Neil Leach, with moderator Kathy Velikov.
During the conference, ACADIA will also present the 2019 ACADIA Awards of Excellence, recognizing individuals who have made consistent contributions to the field of architectural computing. This year’s recipients include: Thom Mayne, Lifetime Achievement; Dana Cupkova, Teaching; Roland Snooks, Digital Practice; Catie Newell, Innovative Academic Program; Jose Sanchez, Innovative Research; and Chris Yessios, Leadership.
Thank you to UTSOA’s ACADIA Conference Chairs, whose efforts have helped bring “Ubiquity and Autonomy” to The University of Texas at Austin: Associate Professor Kory Bieg; Associate Professor Danelle Briscoe; and Associate Professor Clay Odom.
For more information about ACADIA 2019 and to register for the conference, visit: http://2019.acadia.org