Technology of Design: An Academia / Industry Panel Discussion

What are AEC firms looking for in recent graduates? How are architecture schools preparing their students for practice? In this panel discussion we will learn how design technology factors into decisions about curriculum and hiring, opening a frank dialog about what is working and what should be improved. Academics will join with practitioners in discussing how each views the role of design technology in their respective fields, and how each might affect the other. From design process and innovation to implementation and training, we will explore ways in which academia and practice can come together to make the most of an aspiring architect's education.

Moderator: Douglas Palladino, AIA

Michael Ambrose - University of Maryland
Alec Higinbotham - Array Architects
Lucy Moore - Quinn Evans
Lavinia Pasquina - The Catholic University of America
Susan Piedmont-Palladino - Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center
Sven Shockey - SmithGroup JJR

Sponsored by: Microdesk

Organized by: AIA|DC Technology Committee

After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize the perspective of local universities when it comes to educating students about design technology;

  • List what AEC firms look for in employees with respect to design technology;

  • Discover how academia and practice influence each other when it comes to design technology; and

  • Describe how technology gaps can be bridged between academia and practice.