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Virginia Design Forum XIII | April 6-7, 2018 | Taubman Museum of Art

As boundaries blur between traditional art/architecture and mechanical assembly and reproduction, it is essential that we stop to assess the way in which this changes the creative process, the built environment, and the profession altogether. This year’s Design Forum XIII: BLUR will explore the way in which technologies are reshaping the boundaries between experiential, art and architecture, creating new links between artists and architects and enabling the exchange of ideas and techniques in new ways.

Registration for the Design Forum XIII is now open>>

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The Design Forum two-day conference will showcase dynamic figures in art and architecture who have embraced the blurring of lines between the disciplines. Presentations from Eric Höweler, Doris Kim Sung, Nathan King, David Freeland and Refik Anadol, among others, will offer insight into how we can utilize the ever growing and changing resources that expand the limits of design.

With the Taubman Museum for Art, southwestern Virginia’s preeminent art museum, as the venue and Virginia Tech right around the corner, the location will undoubtedly serve to inspire us as we explore the intersections of art, architecture, and technology.
Participants can earn up to 7.5 AIA/CES learning units.

 

Eric Höweler

Eric Höweler AIA, LEED AP (b. Cali, Colombia) is a registered architect with more than 20 years of experience in practice. He received a Bachelor of Architecture and a Masters of Architecture from Cornell University. He is currently Associate Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Prior to forming Höweler + Yoon Architecture, Eric was a Senior Designer at Diller + Scofidio where he worked on the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and the Juilliard School/ Lincoln Center in New York. As an Associate Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, Eric acted as the senior designer on the 118 story ICC Tower in Hong Kong

GSD Talks | Technologies of Design: Eric Höweler

 

Doris Kim Sung

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After receiving her B.A. at Princeton University and M.Arch. at Columbia University, Doris Sung worked in various offices in cities across the U.S. before arriving in Los Angeles in 2001.  She developed her research focus while teaching at University of Southern California (USC), the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), University of Colorado and the Catholic University of America.  In 1999, she opened dO|Su Studio Architecture and soon received many AIA and ASID awards for her work, including the prestigious accolades of AIA Young-Designer-of-the-Year, ACSA Faculty Design Award, R+D Honorable Mention from Architect Magazine and [next idea] award from ARS Electronica.  Currently, she is working on developing smart thermobimetals and other shape-memory alloys, unfamiliar materials to architecture, as new materials for the “third” skin (the first is human flesh, the second clothing and the third architecture).  Its ability to curl when heated allows the building skin to respond for purposes of sun-shading, self-ventilating, shape-changing and structure-prestressing.  Her work has been funded by the national AIA Upjohn Initiative, Arnold W. Brunner Grant, Graham Foundation Grant, Architectural Guild Award and USC ASHSS and URAP Awards.

Metal that breathes | Doris Kim Sung | TEDxUSC

 

Nathan King 

Dr. Nathan King is lead Research Strategist at the Autodesk  BUILD Space where he develops applied research collaborations between Industry, Design Practice, and Academia. With a background in Architecture and Industrial Design, Nathan earned his Doctor of Design from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design with a focus on additive manufacturing and robotics in design and construction. Prior to joining Autodesk, King was a Director at MASS Design Group, where he collaborated on the development and deployment of innovative building technologies, medical devices, and evaluation methods for application in resource-limited settings. In addition, Nathan has contributed to the development of several Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) –scale research facilities to advance the field of Design Robotics and related material systems research in both industry and academic settings.
King is currently a faculty member at Virginia Tech where he is a Co-Director of the Center for Design Research and Assistant Professor of Architecture and Industrial Design in the School of Architecture + Design, and Principal Faculty in the Myers Lawson School of Construction. He has taught at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, The Rhode Island School of Design, and the University of Innsbruck. In addition, Nathan has developed impact-driven design initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa that provide students with opportunities for international learning and engagement. Nathan lectures and publishes extensively, including the recent book Ceramic Material Systems and Transformable Design (forthcoming) of which he is co-author.

Process Matters | Nathan King | TEDxVirginiaTech

 

David Freeland

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David Freeland is a licensed architect in the State of California and has been principal at FreelandBuck in Los Angeles since 2010. With over 15 years of experience practicing architecture, he has worked on award-winning residential, commercial, urban and institutional projects with FreelandBuck as well as Michael Maltzan Architecture, Roger Sherman Architecture and Urban Design, RES4, and AGPS. He is a frequent collaborator with developers and planners with a focus on projects in Los Angeles including his public prize-winning entry for the 2006 Prop-X competition.
David is a faculty member at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC) in Los Angeles and has taught design studios at UCLA and USC. From 2006-2012 he was faculty at Woodbury University where he was instrumental in the design of the digital fabrication lab. He is a graduate of University of Virginia and the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design where he received his Masters of Architecture.

Creators: Giant Glitch Architecture Illusions Overtake the Smithsonian

 

Refik Anadol

Refik Anadol is a media artist and director born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1985. Currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He is a lecturer and visiting researcher in UCLA’s Department of Design Media Arts.

He is working in the fields of site-specific public art with parametric data sculpture and live audio/visual performance with an immersive installation. His works particularly explore the space among digital and physical entities by creating a hybrid relationship between architecture and media arts. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles in Media Arts, Master of Fine Arts from Istanbul Bilgi University in Visual Communication Design as well as Bachelors of Arts with summa cum laude in Photography and Video. Co-founder and Creative director at Antilop.

He has been given awards, residencies and has served as a guest lecturer. He is the recipient of a number of awards, prizes including Microsoft Research’s Best Vision Award, German Design Award, UCLA Art+Architecture Moss Award, University of California Institute for Research in the Arts Award, SEGD Global Design Award and Google’s Art and Machine Intelligence Artist Residency Award. His site-specific audio/visual performances have been seen in Walt Disney Concert Hall (USA), Hammer Museum (USA), International Digital Arts Biennial Montreal (Canada), Ars Electronica Festival (Austria), l’Usine | Genève (Switzerland), Arc De Triomf (Spain), Zollverein | SANAA’s School of Design Building (Germany), santralistanbul Contemporary Art Center (Turkey), Outdoor Vision Festival SantaFe New Mexico (USA), Istanbul Design Biennial (Turkey), Sydney City Art (Australia), Lichtrouten (Germany).

Dezeen: Refik Anadol’s Infinity installation at SXSW immerses visitors in patterns of light

 

The 2018 Virginia Design Forum is sponsored by:

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BCWH
Moseley Architects

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Ascent Engineering Group, Inc.

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Dunbar Milby Williams Pitman Vaughan
Reader & Swartz Architects

Become a sponsor for Design Forum XIII and enjoy many benefits. Contact Judy Cheadle, jcheadle@aiava.org for more information.

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