Where is Technology Taking Us and Do We Have to Go?


Incubator At Sasaki
64 Pleasant Street
Watertown, MA 02472
United States

Thursday, 16 April 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:45pm

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Attend this fast-paced high-level survey of the development of design technologies over the past decade and the impacts they are having on the profession and industry worldwide. What will computational, data-driven and generative design mean for the way we design and deliver projects? What are the advantages of computational landscape design and data-driven urbanism, and what criteria are missing from almost every generative design? What can designers do to lead these efforts? Experience what promises to be a high energy talk on the confluence of design, technology and practice.

Presented by Randy Deutsch, a well-known expert in the field, this lecture will help current and future design professionals to succeed in the accelerating new world of work and technology.

This workshop offers 1 LU credit through AIA.


Learning Objectives:

1) Participants will understand where technology is heading in our profession and into the future.

2) Participants will understand how technology influences how we design, and who we deliver projects.

3) Participants will be able to learn how to embrace new technology and approaches to be successful practitioners.

4) Participants will learn how to leverage new technology we can use to assure our continued relevance and perseverance as a profession.



5:45-6:00pm: Registration

6:00-7:00pm: Lecture

7:00-7:15pm: Audience Q&A

7:15-7:45pm: Networking



Randy Deutsch AIA, LEED AP is an architect, educator, author and speaker. Randy is a licensed architect having designed +100 large, complex sustainable projects for which he received the AIA Young Architect Award Chicago. Since 2011 Randy has authored four books, most recently Convergence: The Redesign of Design (AD, 2017,) and earlier this year, Superusers: Design Technology Specialists and the Future of Practice (Routledge, 2019.)

In addition to teaching at University of Illinois at Chicago starting in 2001 and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign starting in 2012, where he teaches Design Studio, Urban Design, Professional Practice, Building Construction, Construction Management, Building Technology and Digital Technology, for the past three years Randy served as Associate Director for Graduate Studies in the School of Architecture. Randy previously served on Chicago Architectural Club’s Board of Directors; AIA Chicago Board as Director and Vice President; on ARCHITECT Magazine’s 2018 R+D jury; and led an annual Executive Education program at Harvard GSD.

Randy delivers 30 keynotes and workshops worldwide each year to the larger AEC community, including to firm leadership in architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, and for owners, regulators, and software developers. In the past year, among other events, Randy has been an invited speaker at the Design Futures Council Summit on Leadership, the Global Design Alliance, the Design Colloquium, MADE Expo in Milan, Italy, the Manchester School of Architecture, at Harvard GSD, and keynoting in Australia, Finland, Spain, and the UK.