Join us in the historic Golden Gate Club at The Presidio and be part of the ongoing conversation about projects and practices of the next generation of the architecture and design profession. Business, Design, and Technology sessions will create inspiring and empowering experiences, feature interactive and engaging learning, and showcase emerging trends and innovations as part of the local effort towards a sustainable future. Attendees will also have the opportunity to take a mid-day tour of some of the Presidio's latest attractions including a sneak peek at the plans for a new 14-acre park destination, the Presidio Tunnel Top.



thursday, june 27





12:00 PM - 1:15 PM | LUNCH


12:15 PM - 1:00 | PRESIDIO TOUR


Meet in the courtyard of the Golden Gate Club and take this optional mid-day walking tour of the Visitors Center and Presidio Tunnel Tops. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and dress accordingly as the weather patterns change on a regular basis.


Grace Kim is a co-founding principal of Schemata Workshop; she began her architectural career at SOM in Chicago before returning home to Seattle at the height of the dot com bubble. Grace is a consensus builder, helping her clients and project stakeholders envision how a completed project will be experienced. She is a compassionate listener and sensitive designer, paying attention to both the present and future needs of her clients. Grace is the author of The Survival Guide to Architectural Internship and Career Development, and in 2008, she was recipient of a National AIA Young Architect Award. Grace spoke in Vancouver at TED 2017 on the topic of cohousing, which has more than 2 million views. For four years, Grace served on the board of the Cohousing Association of the US. She is also a co-founding member of Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing. Grace is currently a commissioner of the Seattle Planning Commission and serves on the Board of Directors for the Housing Development Consortium – an advocacy group for the affordable housing industry. Grace is a frequent presenter at national conferences on the topics of mentorship, cohousing, and social equity.

9:15 - 9:35 AM

Grace Kim

Principal | Schemata Workshop



10:30 AM - NOON

Future Feminist City:

Somatic Design (1.5 LUs)

Future Feminist City (FFC) is an experiential workshop and panel series by EDKA Studio exploring feminist design frameworks to create more equitable cities. For this edition of FFC we will be talking about somatic design practices and tools. Architecture is designed for bodies. Somatic design is a movement to consider the body comprehensively throughout the design process. Through incorporating somatic methods into architecture we see the possibility for a more humane, connected, and equitable field while improving the products of our design. As our field grapples with issues of burnout, pay inequity, and disconnection to the people that inhabit our designs, we see somatic design as a critical opportunity to improve our industry from the inside out. In this edition of FFC we speculate that better, healthier design can come from an embodied process. Over the course of the workshop, we will look at definitions for and opportunities from somatic design, hear from practitioners in this discipline, and learn tools for bringing somatic methods into a design practice. 

Karina Andreeva, Principal, EDKA Studio; Erica Dixon, Principal, EDKA Studio; Joanna Haigood, Choreographer/ Artistic Director; Gourab Kar, Architect, Industrial Designer and Human Factors Researcher; Julie E. Phelps, Artistic & Executive Director, CounterPulse

1:30 - 3:00 PM

Unionized Labor +

Affordable Housing (1.5 LUs)

There is no doubt that the Bay Area is in a housing crisis. As of April 2019, San Francisco also became the world’s most expensive place in the world to build. The high cost of development certainly plays a big role in the lack of affordable housing development, and we often hear that the high prevailing wages for construction workers is partially to blame. Yet, we can easily recognize that this is a vicious cycle: higher construction leads to higher cost of living, which in turn requires fair wages to also be higher. But should the fair wages for workers really be pitted against the possibility for developing affordable housing? How can we imagine a future for both fair wages and more housing, and how does the architect play a role in this complex equation? This session aims to address some of the challenges and realities of the relationship between unionized labor and affordable housing. Through a variety of case studies, we will map out the various players and stakeholders in different development models. We will then analyze the position of the architect within this web, posing questions regarding architects’ identity in relationship to labor, and our agency in affordable housing development.

The Architecture Lobby: Peggy Deamer, Content Coordinator; Keefer Dunn, Member; Meghan McAllister, Member

3:30 - 5:00 PM

Research + Innovation: Fueled by the Next Generation (1.5 LUs)

How can our industry dwell on the edge of innovation and solve real-world issues, through design? How can the pursuit of these solutions cultivate an inspiring and empowering work environment? This year, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill introduced a program for talented young individuals seeking to jumpstart their careers in architecture, engineering, urban planning, or interior design. It supplements project-based work with continued learning, through one- on-one mentoring, site visits, and ARE preparation. A major component of this program is the Research Initiative, which allows SOM to simultaneously invest in our talented young individuals, while also apply their energy, ingenuity, and creativity towards cutting- edge research and innovation. This multi-disciplinary panel will facilitate an exchange of ideas that bridges across Design, Technology, and Business. By highlighting some of the cutting-edge research being investigated, the discussion will simultaneously provoke thoughtful questions about the future of our industry, while also challenging us to re-imagine how emerging talent can be integrated into our offices.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill: Oscar A. Hernandez-Gomez, Architectural Professional; Christopher Horiuchi, SE, LEED AP, Structural Engineering Associate; Simon McKenzie, Architectural Professional; Francesca Oliveira, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Director



1:30 - 3:00 PM

Future Impact + Value of Spatial Intelligence Technology (1.5 LUs)

Exploring the seemingly far, but actually very near edge of the profession, this session will relate technology-instigated market-driven changes that will affect the relevance all future aspects of architecture relevance and then highlight ways proactive architects can harness information technologies to re-secure future professional relevance. Content will combine perspective on the increasing disconnect between architecture and the future technology driven world – and the potential to reconnect through perspective shift on the role and capabilities of technology to empower architecture. Practice implications will be measured by the rapid obsolescence of contemporary architecture, reduced relevance of the architecture profession, increasing waste of building industry practices and the institutional struggles of architecture education. Technology potential will be measured by the ability to reposition architecture/architects from its low-value compliance position to high-value decision-centrality through the ability to harness spatial intelligence to improve design success prediction and resultant performance gain for private and public client institutions. 

Tim Culvahouse, FAIA, Principal,Culvahouse Consulting; Lewis Knight, Forward Development Manager, Facebook; Yehonatan Koenig, Business + Market Development Executive, Roundhouse One; Mark R. Miller, FAIA, LEED AP, CEO | Founder | Principal | Director of Innovation, MKThink; Archana Ramachandran, Senior Engineer, Roundhouse One

3:30 - 5:00 PM

This Building Does Not

Exist (Yet) (1.5 LUs)

This Building Does Not Exist (Yet) is an interactive learning presentation where attendees will learn technical details about the workings of deep neural networks in the context of generating architectural drawings. Computer vision researchers have recently been making rapid progress on using deep neural networks to generate original text, audio, and images. This session will present the foundational principles of this technology and demonstrate its ability to enter into the design process by mixing traditional presentation with an interactive coding session. Each attendee will leave having trained a neural network to generate architectural plans and had a group discussion around how machine learning will affect their architectural practice in the coming years.

Tyler Kvochick, Design Technology Specialist, TEECOM

10:30 AM - NOON

The Future of Carbon

Neutral Design (1.5 LUs)

As the urgency to address climate change and halt greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) continues to grow, designers have a responsibility to make smart design decisions to minimize their buildings’ GHG emissions. The steps to designing a carbon-smart building are two-fold: minimize embodied carbon and bring operational carbon to zero. This session will look at the holistic carbon profile of the built environment and the cutting-edge tools and processes that design teams can use to design carbon out of their projects. Embodied Carbon: The first half of the session will focus on leveraging whole building lifecycle assessment (LCA) to achieve meaningful embodied carbon reductions. The speakers will discuss the time value of carbon and present innovative ways to use embodied carbon analysis to make informed decisions at each phase of design and construction.  Operational Carbon: The second half of the session will present the newest methodologies for getting to carbon neutrality. The session will discuss the methodology developed by Atelier Ten, in conjunction with WattTime for more accurately predicting operational greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions using hourly emissions data.

Kristen DiStefano, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Director, Atelier Ten; Henry Richardson, LEED AP BD+C , Senior Analyst, WattTime

Oscar A. Hernandez-Gomez

Architectural Professional | SOM

Oscar is an Architecture and Design Professional at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture at Cornell University in 2010 and has practiced for the past nine years in Paris, New York, and San Francisco. His passion for design, innovation, and learning has propelled Oscar to work on a wide range of projects at every scale. In 2018, Oscar successfully co-authored the new Special Use District Master Plan in San Francisco’s southeast waterfront, India Basin. An advocate for equity, diversity, and social responsibility through design, Oscar supervises SOM’s research team focused on the Bay Area Housing Crisis.


Karina Andreeva

Principal | EDKA Studio

Karina Andreeva pushes the boundaries of who an architect is and how the practice can expand to provide necessary services to nontraditional clients. After working in a variety of firms, from small boutique studios to interdisciplinary offices, as well as collaborating with non-profit organizations, Karina's role as Studio Lead at See Arch focuses on what is an alternative practice. Karina was the Director of Free School of Architecture 2018. She is also 1/2 of EDKA Studio, a feminist design lab inquiring into the future of public space through co-design, curious site analysis, and playful prototyping.

Peggy Deamer

Content Coordinator | The Architecture Lobby

Peggy is Professor of Architecture at Yale University and an architect practicing in New York. She is the editor of Architecture and Capitalism: 1845 to the Present and The Architect as Worker: Immaterial Labor, the Creative Class, and the Politics of Design; she is the co-editor with Phil Bernstein of Building in the Future and BIM in Academia. She is the Content Coordinator of the Architecture Lobby through which she explores the relationship between subjectivity, design, and labor in the current economy.

Tim Culvahouse, FAIA

Principal | Culvahouse Consulting

As a professional development consultant and network catalyst, Tim helps fellow architects enrich their practices by sharing what they know. He brings to this work a diverse career as architect, educator and mentor, college administrator, editor, author, and communications consultant—an arc that has generated an unusually broad professional network. As an advisor to 38 successful nominations to Fellowship in the AIA, three AIA National Firm Awards, and many other individual and firm recognitions, he understands the wide variety of ways in which architects deepen their experience, advance their careers, and enhance their lives.



10:30 AM - NOON

The Future of Carbon

Neutral Design

1:30 - 3:00 PM

Future Impact + Value of Spatial Intelligence Technology

3:30 - 5:00 PM

This Building Does Not

Exist (Yet)

Kristen DiStefano

Associate Director | Atelier Ten

Kristen has successfully led some of Atelier Ten's most ambitious projects including the Nvidia Endeavor building and the San Francisco Giants’ Mission Rock Masterplan. She is currently leading the 2020 Project, an unprecedented public private partnership at the University of California Merced, and the California College of the Arts Unified Campus project with Studio Gang. Kristen runs Atelier Ten’s Carbon Management practice and is an integral part of the firm’s Masterplanning practice. With her macro-to-micro approach, she balances big picture guidance for large scale masterplans with detailed analysis.

Erica Dixon

Principal | EDKA Studio

Erica Ruth Dixon is an artist and strategist based in San Francisco. Erica collaborates with organizations and initiatives through her brand and storytelling consultancy Slow Future Studio and dreams up feminist design frameworks as one half of EDKA Studio. Erica is passionate about co-creating vibrant cities and employs her design-centered strategies across a range of sectors including local economic development, place-based community building, art and culture, and just food systems.

Keefer Dunn

Member | The Architecture Lobby

Keefer Dunn is a licensed architect based in Chicago. He is a sole practitioner, an active member of the Architecture Lobby, a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the host of a radio show about architecture and politics called

Buildings on Air.


Joanna Haigood

Choreographer/Artistic Director | CounterPulse

Since 1979 Joanna has been creating work that uses natural, architectural and cultural environments as points of departure for movement exploration and narrative. Her stages have included grain terminals, a clock tower, the pope’s palace, military forts, and a mile of urban neighborhood streets in the South Bronx. Her work has been commissioned by many arts institutions, including Dancing in the Streets, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Walker Arts Center, the Exploratorium Museum, the National Black Arts Festival, and Festival d'Avignon. She has also been honored with the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Cal/Alpert Award in Dance, the US Artist Fellowship, and a New York Bessie Award. Most recently, Haigood was a recipient of the esteemed Doris Duke Performing

Artist Award. 

Christopher Horiuchi, SE, LEED AP

Structural Engineering Associate | SOM

With a focus on seismic design, Christopher's recent projects include the Moscone Center Expansion in San Francisco and the SeaTac Airport International Arrivals Facility. He has served as instructor for architectural and engineering studios at Stanford University and North Carolina State University. He is a member of the Structural Engineering Institute’s Sustainability Committee and chairs its Disaster Resilience Working Group. He has recently served as the structural engineering advisor to the multidisciplinary Core and Columnless Tower Year One research project.


Gourab Kar

Architect/Industrial Designer/

Human Factors Researcher

Gourab Kar is an architect, industrial designer and human factors researcher based in Oakland, California. His interests lie in envisioning research-driven-design approaches to shape objects, spaces and experiences to be in tune with human needs, capabilities and behaviors. Gourab’s research investigates approaches to reduce sedentary behaviors and increase physical activity in our everyday lives - at home, in school, and in our offices.

Gourab was a faculty member at the National Institute of Design (NID) in Ahmedabad, India, where his research involved identifying challenges for Universal Design in the Indian context - and its implications for design research, pedagogy and practice.

Lewis Knight

Forward Development Manager | Facebook

Lewis is a forward development manager for Facebook in Menlo Park, where he is responsible for strategic physical planning. Currently, he is overseeing entitlement and development plans of the Willow Village project and regional transportation initiatives. Prior to joining Facebook, Lewis practiced urban design and planning across five continents for 25 years, most recently with Gensler in San Francisco as the head of their planning and urban design practice area. Lewis has been a Bay Area resident since 2000 and remains committed to the success and innovation of the region.

Yehonatan Koenig

Business + Market Development Executive | Roundhouse One

Yehonatan ‘Yoni’ Koenig is an entrepreneur and builder of digital experiences that blur the line between product, marketing, and entertainment. He has dedicated his career to ushering compelling experiences and technologies into the mainstream and commercializing these efforts. As a founder of three successful companies-- a game and animation studio, a GPU/technology company acquired in 2009 by AMD and an LBE VR infrastructure company - in his tenure Yoni co-authored several real-time 3D rendering patents. Yoni has built and led technology and product working with Microsoft, Juniper Networks, DreamWorks Animation, Electronic Arts, Sony, Vivendi-Universal, Disney Interactive & Imagineering and Magnet Interactive Studios just to name a few.


Tyler Kvochick

Design Technology Specialist | TEECOM

Tyler has a long standing fascination with science and technology and how they manifest in construction and representation. He graduated from Ohio State University with a BS in Architecture with Honors. He has worked in design offices in New Haven and New York, applying his interest in design technologies to winning major competitions and managing complex projects. He graduated from Princeton University with an M.Arch where he completed a thesis on the application of deep learning to architectural drawing. He currently works on machine learning-based tools for telecom engineering at TEECOM.

Meghan McAllister

Member | The Architecture Lobby

Meghan McAllister works for the Bureau of Architecture at San Francisco Public Works, where she collaborates on the design of Homeless Navigation Centers. Before joining Public Works, she worked for Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Tatiana Bilbao Estudio. Meghan was the co-editor of the 50th issue of the Yale Architectural Journal, Perspecta 50: Urban Divides. She also collaborated on the publication of Mexican Social Housing: Promises Revisited, and is a contributor to the forthcoming book,
Open Gaza.

Simon McKenzie

Architectural Professional | SOM

Simon is a Canadian designer, working at the international office Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill. He has spent the last two years designing a Buddhist Temple and is one of the lead organizers of SOM’s Year One Program, its Research Initiative, and the Material Innovations team.

Before SOM, Simon gained experience at the offices of OMA, Coop Himmelb(l)au, and the Research and Development Laboratory at 3XN. In addition to his work at SOM, Simon teaches a 4th year architecture studio at the AAU and has an expertise in the fields of sustainability, neuroscience, and phenomenology.


Mark Miller, FAIA, LEED AP

CEO, Designer, Principal, Director of Innovation | MKThink

Mark is an award-winning architect, planner, and inventor whose thought leadership intersects building, environment, human behavior, and technology. He founded MKThink in 2000, Project Frog in 2006, and RoundhouseONE in 2013 to innovate architecture through evolving methods that integrate analytics and creative and technical capabilities to solve complex institutional challenges and problems to improve the quality of life. Mark’s pioneering leadership has resulted in the creation of innovative practices, award-winning architecture, sustainable green modular building systems, data technologies and management systems, and most recently computer visioning.

Francesca Oliveira, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Associate Director | SOM

Francesca is responsible for projects from concept through construction execution, ensuring that sustainability principles are incorporated holistically.  Her project experience includes a diverse range of building types from skyscrapers to civic buildings in U.S. and Overseas, which seek creative design solutions synthesizing American innovation in the built environment with vernacular architecture while pushing the boundaries of resiliency.  Specializations in high performance building enclosures and strategic programming compliment her strong balance of design and technical abilities.  Additionally, Francesca is also an AAU Adjunct Professor, serves as AIASF Assistant Secretary, and was the AIASF Emerging Professional 2018

Julie E. Phelps

Artistic & Executive Director, CounterPulse

Through CounterPulse, Phelps intersects grassroots community responsiveness with practices borrowed from tactical urbanism, placemaking and social innovation to co-create transformational experiences. Phelps recently spearheaded the process of acquiring and renovating a new building as the pilot project of the Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST). In collaboration with Jensen Architects Phelps designed a facility that is acclaimed by the public, press and featured in architectural reviews. Phelps has led the enterprising team of CounterPulse in funding and launching an acclaimed program of performing arts events, community-based programming, and international exchange projects. Phelps tours nationally and internationally as a speaker, U.S. representative, and

dance artist.  


Archana Ramachandran

Senior Engineer | Roundhouse One

Archana is an electrical and embedded systems engineer who leads the development of cutting-edge hardware and software solutions driving spatial intelligence at RoundhouseOne. Archana received her Masters degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she served as the Vice President of Penn TechnoGrads, and received the “Exceptional Service Award” from the Electrical and Systems Engineering Department for her role as a mentor and advisor on multiple student projects. Archana’s work on a ground-navigation bot capable of autonomously map indoor spaces garnered awards and exploratory development. Archana’s recent work on computer vision algorithms and applications resulted in 16 pending patents and government funded pilot programs in applied spatial intelligence.

Henry Richardson, LEED, AP BD+C

Senior Analyst | WattTime

As an analyst at WattTime, Henry helps WattTime's partners and collaborators understand how they can affect the electric grid and achieve the greatest reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, whether through location-based renewables siting or automated emissions reductions. Henry specializes in building performance, including emissions-focused load shifting, energy storage integration, and methods for assessing overall building emissions.

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