Pre-Conference Technology Deep Dive


“I’ve been a workplace designer for the last 24 years, I’ve seen more change in the last 24 months than in the whole of my career.”

— Architect Arjun Kaicker, co-owner of Zaha Hadid Analytics + Insights, or ZHAI, a five-person team that uses data and artificial intelligence to design workplaces, in The NY Times.

Register Today for Pre-Conference and ENGAGE 2023 Practice + Design Conference

New this year, we’ve added a pre-conference event session focused specifically on the changing landscapes in artificial intelligence and its rapid impact on our profession. 

The pre-conference session, taking place at Keystone Resort Wednesday November 15th, is geared for everyone curious to learn more about about AI and its future role in architecture, including attendees who are actively engaged with advanced technologies in their workplaces as well as those curious to learn more. Registration is a separate pass from conference registration and can be purchased at the ENGAGE 2023 Practice + Design Conference website.

In this lecture, Dr. Matias del Campo provides some thoughts on the ontology of Artificial intelligence and its relationship to architectural production. Oscillating between aspects of wicked problems (aesthetics, agency, authorship, inspiration, creativity) and tamed problems (analysis, feature recognition, prediction), this lecture paints a picture as of how architecture might operate in a future design environment.

Dr. Matias del Campo is a registered architect, designer, and educator. He is an Associate Professor at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan, director of the AR2IL – The Architecture and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at UoM, and affiliate faculty member of Michigan Robotics and MIDAS (Michigan Institute of Data Science). Matias del Campo is the co-founder of the architecture practice SPAN. Their award-winning architectural designs are informed by advanced geometry, computational methodologies, and philosophical inquiry. Most recently, he published the AD Machine Hallucinations – Architecture and Artificial Intelligence with Wiley and his book Neural Architecture – Design and Artificial Intelligence with ORO editions.

Damon Leverett’s presentation will focus on the basics of machine learning, leading artificial intelligence modalities in design, and prompt development. Architects will understand the workflow of design imagery using artificial Intelligence and how to get started with image-to-text tools. The ethical considerations surrounding artificial intelligence as a tool will be explored. Specifically, the focus will be on how individuals can vary in their approach to leveraging artificial intelligence capabilities while considering potential obstacles and intent-to-outcome limitations.

Damon Leverett, AIA, is an architect, artist, and educator based in the southwest region of the United States. He is currently a Senior Adjunct Lecturer at the School of Architecture and the College of Information at the University of Arizona, where he teaches architecture design, building technologies, installation design, and computing in the arts. A graduate of Lawrence Technological University, he served there as an Adjunct Instructor for its School of Architecture and Design from 1990 to 2001. He established further engagements as a Visiting Lecturer of Architectural Design at the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign School of Architecture in 2012. Damon also holds a Master of Fine Arts in Web Design and New Media from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Damon is currently the 2023 President of AIA Arizona and a past Director at the National Architectural Accrediting Board. He has over thirty years of experience working as a design leader, architect, and principal in the architecture and design industry. Damon has actively spoken about artificial intelligence in architecture and design, including the national, AIA Arizona: Artificial Intelligence in Architecture and Design webinar in May of 2023. A licensed Architect in Arizona and Michigan, his former professional and non-profit associations include the American Institute of Architects National component in Washington, DC, Albert Kahn Associates, SmithGroup, and Page/EYP. Originally from Detroit, Damon currently resides in Tucson, Arizona.

A licensed Architect in Arizona and Michigan, his former professional and non-profit associations include the American Institute of Architects National component in Washington, DC, Albert Kahn Associates, SmithGroup, and Page/EYP. Originally from Detroit, Damon currently resides in Tucson, Arizona.

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