Day 1: Pre-Conference Symposium

Schedule of Events

11:00 AM




Shalini Agrawal, Center for Art and Public Life, California College of the Arts/Oakland


Emily Cohen, Co-Founder, Anti-Eviction Mapping Project

Jennifer Friedenbach, Executive Director of the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness

Erin McElroy, Co Founder, Anti-Eviction Mapping Project


Shelter is a primary human necessity, yet individuals, young, old and families are being displaced throughout the Bay Area due to a number of socioeconomic factors. As a result we are experiencing record numbers of homeless people on city streets. This is a burden we all carry. In this symposium, we will discuss how the design community (architects, interior designers, industrial designers, graphic designers) work together with our political and social advocates applying design thinking and great design to respond one of our greatest challenges.  


But how many of us really understand the complexity of this social dilemma? To better comprehend the issues of homelessness and the daily challenges those assisting those in need Jennifer Friedenbach, Executive Director of the San Francisco Homeless Coalition, will introduce attendees to this multilayered issue in order that we may explore the complexity of the design problem of Homelessness.


In December 2015, Mayor Ed Lee announced the creation of a new City agency with the budget and the mandate to solve street homelessness. Where were we then? Where are we now?  Sam Dodge, of the Mayor’s Office of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH) will apprise attendees the development of the city agency, its current and future strategies to meet the Mayor’s mandate.




Doron Serban, Emerging Technologies Coordinator, Academy of Art University School of Architecture

Sameena Sitabkhan, Studio Professor and B.Lab/Community Outreach Coordinator

Navigation Centers

Paul De Freitas, Architectural Associate, San Francisco Public Works, Building, Design & Construction (BDC) Department

Julia Laue, Principal Architect & Manager, San Francisco Public Works, Building, Design & Construction (BDC) Department

Current Work

Richard Stacy, FAIA, Principal, Leddy, Maytum, Stacy Architects

Vanna Whitney, AIA, Senior Associate, Leddy Matum Stacy Architects


“Many Paths Home” is a half-day symposium with the Mayor's Office on Homelessness, homeless care advocates, and design professionals to educate attendees on the state of Homelessness in San Francisco, how good design can play an important role in response to homelessness, and how the design community can get more involved to help solve one of the city’s great challenges.


12:30 - 1:45 PM

1:45 - 3:00 PM




Hosted in San Francisco, a city recognized as a leading hub for innovative design leaders and thinkers, AIASF NEXT is a great opportunity to hone your cutting-edge ideas, projects, and practices that will impact the next generation of the architecture and design profession as well as the future of the built environment.


From Thursday's Opening Night Party at the California College of the Arts (CCA) to a full-day of educational programming and networking opportunities on Friday at the San Francisco Art Institute, AIASF NEXT/Evolution will offer 12 inspirational and informative sessions on what's NEXT in the built environment led by more than 50 of the nation's leading experts in design, business, and technology.

3:00 - 3:30 PM


3:30 - 4:45 PM


(Moderator) Jack Verdon, AIA, Principal, Verdon Architects

Sam Dodge, Deputy Director for Policy and Communications, Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, City & County of San Francisco

Jennifer Friedenbach, Executive Director of the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness

Paul De Freitas, Architectural Associate, San Francisco Public Works, Building, Design & Construction (BDC) Department

Julia Laue, Principal Architect & Manager, San Francisco Public Works, Building, Design & Construction (BDC) Department

Richard Stacy, FAIA, Principal, Leddy, Maytum, Stacy Architects

Doron Serban, Emerging Technologies Coordinator, Academy of Art University School of Architecture

Sameena Sitabkhan, Studio Professor and B.Lab/Community Outreach Coordinator

Vanna Whitney, AIA, Senior Associate, Leddy Matum Stacy Architects

Audience participation is welcomed in this interactive panel discussion with city officials, homeless advocates, and designers exploring what role good design can play in response to homelessness. The panel will discuss such topics as: How is the success of design measured? What are the challenges specific to designing for the homeless? How are design elements used to improve the environments for the homeless? The panel will also consider what needs are not currently being met where a design solution is critical, as well how can the design community get involved to provide design support for homeless organizations.

4:45 - 5:00 PM


5:00 - 8:00 PM



3:30 - 4:45 PM

Day 2: NEXT Conference Sessions
















Big Room vs. Living Room


June Grant, Design Principal, blink!Lab

Danielle Wyss, President, The Shift Group


Developing the Next Generation of Leaders


Michael Strogoff, FAIA, Strogoff Consulting, Inc.
Stephen Epstein, MBA, Strogoff Consulting, Inc.
Marsha Maytum, FAIA, LEED AP, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

Christopher G, Orsega, AIA, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson


Making the Future: Current Research at the CCA Digital Craft Lab


Adam Marcus, AIA, California College of the Arts

David Shook, PE, LEED, SOM

Jason Kelly Johnson, California College of the Arts / Future Cities Lab






The Modular Housing Frontier: Case Studies and Lessons Learned


Yes Duffy, Associate, David Baker Architects (Moderator)

Fei Tsen, Windflower Properties

Patrick Kennedy, Panoramic Interests

Stanley Saitowitz, Stanley Saitowitz / Natoma Architects


How to Grow Your Firm Small, Medium, and Large

Douglas Tom, FAIA, TEF Architecture and Interior Design

Carrie Byles, FAIA, LEED, AP BD+C, SOM

Richard Pollack, FAIA, Pollack Consulting

Lisa Iwamoto, Iwamoto Scott Architecture


Design Innovation in a Time of Deregulation


Ruth Fox, Prospect Silicon Valley

Cole Roberts, PE, LEED AP, WELL AP, Energy & Sustainability Leader, Arup

Barry Hooper, City of San Francisco Department of the Environment

Paul Schuette, Fjord






Generating Inclusive Well-Being


Jessica Elizabeth Sheehan, Transportation Public Health Link




The Business Case for Resilience-based Design


Ibrahim Almufti, SE, PE, Arup

Jake Albini, Jay Paul Company


Virtual Reality and the Next Steps for Architecture


Matthew Vitti, AIA, LEED AP, TCA Architects







Schoolwork: The Future of Design for Education

Kevin Mattingly, Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University & Director of Co-Curriculum, Riverdale Country School

Angela McKee, SF Unified School District's Future Dining Experience

Ken Montgomery, Design Tech High School

Ming Thompson, AIA, Atelier Cho Thompson



How the Internet of Things Can Enable Smart, Responsive ZNE Buildings


Neil Bulger, PE, LEED AP, Integral Group

John Andary, PE, LEED AP, Integral Group

David Lehrer, LEED AP, CBE, UC Berkeley



5:30 - 8:30 PM

Session Descriptions 


Solutions by Design: Architecture as Catalyst for Social Change: How does architecture impact the social fabric of our communities? How can architecture be a catalyst for solving community challenges, driving social change, or creating engagement and progress? How does equity in design impact communities? An innovative panel of architects who are pushing the boundaries in these and other areas of social and cultural concern discuss how architecture and architects can affect the social structure of communities across the globe and have measurable and practical effects on the way we live and interact with society. This session will share a case study by each presenter in Pecha Kucha format followed by a panel and group discussion to not only inspire those interested social equity work, but will be valuable in the discussion the practical nuts and bolts of developing empathy and deeper engagement w/ the communities that we serve. 

The Modular Housing Frontier - Case Studies and Lessons LearnedModular factory-built housing has been touted as the new cost-saving solution to California's housing affordability crisis, decreasing costs by accelerating construction timelines and reducing waste. However, developers and designers are only beginning to understand the complexities, constraints, and opportunities of this building technology. The local housing crisis is just one of a number of reasons that it’s become important to experiment with ways to increase building productivity and find methods that produce housing faster and more affordably.  Moderated by architect Yes Duffy—Associate and modular lead of San Francisco-based David Baker Architects—this session will feature local architects and developers currently at work on the frontiers of modular housing. Panelists will share their experience with recently-completed and in-process modular projects, pointing out potential pitfalls, solutions, and new opportunities for cost-savings and innovation. Developers Fei Tsen (Windflower Properties) and Patrick Kennedy (Panoramic Interests) will share their vision for modular development as an innovative approach to a range of housing needs—from creatively sheltering the homeless and housing college students to creating efficient and effective high-end, mixed-use housing indistinguishable from conventional construction. Award-winning designer Stanley Saitowitz will join the conversation with thoughtful reflections on unique design opportunities afforded by the modular approach, and the benefits and detractions of modular from a design standpoint. 

Generating Inclusive Well-BeingThis training seminar explores Maslow's Theory of Human Motivation as an innovative, conceptual framework used to organize and prioritize urban planning principles in order to recommend strategies that will generate inclusive well-being. Urban planning principles from healthy community design tool kits endorsed by the Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization as well as regenerative design and resilient systems thinking will be applied. The speaker will share real-world examples from work done by 'Solutions for Urban Agriculture' located in Irvine, California (USA); along with an overview of key concepts including healthy community design and inclusive well-being. This framework will be used to demonstrate resilient agriculture systems within urban environments in order to provide access to fresh, nutrient dense food to people living in cities to improve health and reduce global transport needs in the agriculture sector. Participants will then be able to use these tool kits, evaluate urban planning strategies according to these these principles and gain insight into further policy, practice and research needs. Check out for an explanation of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs 

Schoolwork - The Future of Design for EducationWhat does the school of tomorrow look like? Through a panel discussion with leading Bay Area educators and innovators, we will examine key issues facing the future of design of K-12 educational spaces. Together, the presentations will examine emerging discourse surrounding student life in the classroom, the cafeteria, and the community. In particular, the panel will examine new modes of architectural process, including greater community engagement and student-focused spatial prototyping. We will also examine the move away from cellular plans to flexible spaces that accommodate multiple modes of learning, and we’ll look at the margins of architecture to see how graphics, furniture, and technology are changing the way we design school spaces. 


Developing the Next Generation of LeadersArchitecture and other design firms often encounter considerable challenges grooming their next generation of leaders. While competency, commitment, and innate leadership traits are widely present in design professionals, formal training, effective coaching and leadership development opportunities are often limited.  This seminar will describe specific steps design firms and professionals must implement to prepare the next generation of leaders to develop individual leadership paths. Topics include various industry paths to leadership, specific practice areas for seeking developmental opportunities, and approaches for acquiring the knowledge and emotional intelligence required for continuous leadership development. The seminar draws on Michael Strogoff’s experience guiding many of the nation’s most successful design firms, and Stephen Epstein’s experience leading the strategic planning, finance, operations, and human resources initiatives of award-winning national firms. Michael and Stephen will be joined by a seasoned industry leader, Marsha Maytum, FAIA, of Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, and Chris Orsega, AIA, an emerging firm leader and Senior Associate at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, to highlight leadership as a career-long journey, and to share personal experiences and insightful leadership development recommendations. Attendees will leave the seminar with new perspectives on leadership, and renewed energy and determination to seek opportunities to develop inspired leadership strategies that impact themselves, their firms, our industry and the communities we serve. 

How to Grow Your Firm Small, Medium, and LargeThis session will benefit the attendees by discussing the following from 3 different perspectives: a small, medium and large practice. The panel will discuss strategies to “grow” a firm to the next level: 

  • Cultivating a client

  • Attracting and retaining staff (What are young designers interested in? What makes staff 

  • “stick”?) 

  • Establishing systems (Best practices and benchmarks) 

  • Leveraging technology and social media 

  • Is there an ideal firm size? 

  •  Specialization/thought leadership vs. cross disciplinary design 

  • Identity: Is it crafted intentionally? Or are we what we design? 


The Business Case for Resilience-Based DesignThis session will introduce resilience-based design and a tool we have developed called the REDi Rating System to help guide owners, architects, and engineers to implement it for new buildings. Metrics for measuring resilience will be defined and attendees will learn what is required from a design and operational standpoint to achieve resilience for building owners and other stakeholders. This will be demonstrated through a case study of the 181 Fremont Tower, a 56-story mixed-use building in downtown San Francisco. The developers, Jay Paul Company, elected to pursue a REDi Gold rating which allow the building to be immediately re-occupiable and to regain functionality quickly after a major earthquake. The business case for resilience from the developer's perspective will also be described, including the benefits for attracting and retaining potential tenants, and the financial return on investment based on a life-cycle cost analysis. 

Changing Team Structures: Integrated Design & Delivery Management: As the landscape changes for more integrated project delivery models (Design-build, IPD, CM at Risk), owners are requesting more direct partnering from General Contractors and engagement into the design services. This is giving a rise to an increasing role of design management in the integrated environment, creating both new opportunities and challenges to traditional team structures. This presentation is from lessons learned as McCarthy is developing their Integrated Design & Delivery role, and looks at the reasons for alignment challenges and improving consistency and reliability within projects. 


Making the Future: Current Research at the CCA Digital Craft LabThe Digital Craft Lab at California College of the Arts supports and promotes advanced research in architectural design, digital fabrication, material science, data visualization, and robotics. The lab routinely collaborates with engineers, scientists, artists, architects, designers, and industry partners to develop innovative and experimental frameworks and prototypes for engaging important issues related to sustainable building practices, ecology, material innovation, and entrepreneurship. This panel session will showcase current research in the lab, demonstrating innovative approaches to design methodologies, fabrication workflows, and industry collaborations. Jason Kelly Johnson will present the work of the Creative Architecture Machines studio, in which custom, experimental additive manufacturing and fabrication machines are used to explore the role architects might play in a coming world where the lines between the digital and the physical are rapidly being blurred. David Shook will discuss the work of an advanced studio which explored integrative design methods for a robotically fabricated pavilion using up-cycled composite materials recovered from a local fabricator’s waste stream. The instructional team consisted of experts in structural engineering, computational design, and robotic fabrication, which allowed the design studio to integrate geometric, performative, and fabrication criteria throughout the design process. Adam Marcus will present the work of the Buoyant Ecologies project, a multi-year, collaborative research initiative that synthesizes architectural design, marine ecology, and digital fabrication to explore new approaches to constructing resilient waterfront structures from custom-contoured fiber-reinforced polymer substrates. The project is a collaboration between CCA, fiber-reinforced polymer manufacturer Kreysler & Associates, and ecologists at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories.


Design Innovation in a Time of DeregulationCalifornia has traditionally been a leader when it comes to sustainable policy and regulations, but the how, why, and what's next of design innovation is in doubt. In the past, there has been a symbiotic relationship between design and legislation where progressive innovators work with officials, pushing to allow for emerging technologies and novel systems; legislators are then able to mandate through ordinance a broad implementation based on these best practices, wielding the scale of California's economy to support a continuously improving market for innovation. In this moment, as we witness efforts to hobble federal environmental regulation like the Clean Air Act (not to mention institutions like the EPA, DOE, and NOAA), this symbiosis is being called into question. While progressive entrepreneurs and innovators have shown that code can still be pushed from the local level up and be a powerful force for change. Yet with the pressures nationally on leading regulatory agencies, half of the equation is in jeopardy. Can California stand alone? What changes will threaten design innovation? Will we innovate more easily but scale less effectively? Who are the new partners in policy?  These questions will be examined in a group discussion and through the lens of past and present innovation cases.  

Virtual Reality and the Next Steps for ArchitectureThose attending will get to see the how the latest technology of VR is being applied in the architecture industry. They will also be able to see how this technology can help create better projects with more efficient workflows. It also challenges the traditional thinking of how to execute an architecture project. Virtual Reality is a complete game changer in the A/E/C industry because it allows you to experience the scale and "feeling" of the project before it is constructed. Being able to access a space preconstruction to visualize and solve problems is vital to project success because issues can be seen, identified and dealt with virtually and before it is constructed. 

How the Internet of Things Can Enable Smart, Responsive ZNE Buildings: The Internet of Things (IoT) offers the possibility of to connecting billions of devices, thereby expanding our ability to monitor, understand, and interact with the world around us. These advances are built on interrelated technologies such as wireless networks, cloud computing, powerful data analytics, embedded computing, and built-in capabilities of mobile devices, tablets and smartphones. In the built environment, the IoT offers opportunities to make high-performing buildings that are highly responsive to individual users, and more energy efficient, providing a vision for a new generation of smart, net-zero buildings. However existing controls and data systems offer several challenges: interoperability between systems, lack of uniformity in metadata naming conventions, and building communication standards that have not kept pace with rapid changes in information technologies. 


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