Architecture and Making in the Post-Digital Age

Couldn’t make it to the Architectural Record Innovation Conference in San Francisco, California, on June 8, 2016?
No worries! Experience the event digitally and earn your AIA credits by completing this video continuing education course comprised of select sessions from the conference.
This course is no longer active
Sponsored by Architectural Record

Learning Objectives:

  1. Outline the environmental benefits of building with wood and explain how wood can be used as a solution for tall building structures.
  2. Describe different types of wood construction, such as light framing, mass timber, and heavy timber, and the physical properties of the above types of construction, including those pertaining to structure, fire resistance, and acoustics.
  3. Discuss how context, history, art, other disciplines and the environment may shape architectural design decisions in various parts of the world.
  4. Recognize the concepts of how to direct collaborative teams tailored to a specific project to customize and integrate formal, material, and component-building systems.
  5. Summarize at least one methodology for researching new materials and technologies.
  6. Formulate critical agendas of architectural traditions such as ornament through the exploration of the intersection of computation and craft.



Innovation Conference logo.Innovative architecture requires expanding the boundaries of the discipline by spurring creativity through design and technology. At this year’s Innovation Conference, Architectural Record brings together key figures who have generated a range of imaginative solutions for the built world today and for the future. From architects practicing outside the discipline to principals of large firms to materials experts and graphic designers, the event’s participants represent different approaches to original problem solving in a rapidly changing world.

Sessions within this video recorded continuing education course program include:

Part 1: Basic Materials, Modern Needs: An exploration of architecture in Burkina Faso: How different cultures can work together to improve housing quality and schools, presented by Francis Kéré.

Diébédo Francis Kéré, Principal and Founder, Kéré Architecture, is a German-trained architect from the small West African town of Gando in Burkina Faso. As the first son of the head of his village, he was the only child allowed to attend school. After excelling in his studies, Kéré was awarded a scholarship to apprentice in Germany, where he went on to earn a university degree in architecture and engineering. Parallel with his studies, he raised money to build a school in his home village. The Gando Primary School was completed in 2001 and received the prestigious Aga Khan Award. Throughout his career, Kéré has focused on reinvesting his knowledge into his Burkina Faso community and beyond. Using his formal training, he has developed innovative construction strategies that combine traditional materials and building techniques with modern engineering methods. His work has earned him numerous international awards, along with membership in Royal Institute of British Architects. He has held professorships at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the renowned Swiss Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, and is regularly invited to speak at events worldwide.
Part 2: The Architecture of Place: Internationally renowned regionalist and Nova Scotia native, Brian MacKay-Lyons will talk about the importance of place and his resistance to the globalization of architecture

Brian Mackay-Lyons, (HON.) FAIA, Partner, Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, was born and raised in the village of Arcadia in southwestern Nova Scotia. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Technical University of Nova Scotia in 1978, and later, a Master of Architecture and Urban Design at U.C.L.A. After studying in China, Japan, California, and Italy, Brian returned to Nova Scotia in 1983 to make a cultural contribution where his Acadian and Mi’kmaq ancestors lived. His firm, MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Limited, has built an international reputation for design excellence confirmed by over 100+ awards, including the Royal Institute of British Architects International Fellowship in 2016, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Gold Medal in 2015, and Firm Award in 2014. Brian is a Professor of Architecture at Dalhousie University where he has taught for over thirty years. Ghost (1994-2011) was a series of international Architectural Research Laboratories that took place on the MacKay-Lyons farm for an international group of architects who shared a commitment to landscape, making, and community. The work of the firm has been recognized in 330+ publications and six monographs, including the upcoming publication Economy as Ethic: The Work of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, by historian Robert McCarter.
Part 3: Origins: Design & Building for Time and Place: how context, history and the environment inform their work, presented by Cade Hayes and Jesús Robles.

Cade Manning Hayes, Principal, DUST, was born and raised in Carlsbad, New Mexico. The son of a welder, his earliest influences come from time spent helping his father and working on his grandfather’s farm—learning to work with his hands, and developing a strong work ethic. Upon receiving a Masters of Architecture from Texas Tech University in 2002, Hayes moved to the Sonoran Desert where he worked with Rick Joy Architects until 2007. At DUST he continues to explore the interdependence of place, experience, and materiality—applying both rigor and freedom to ideas that govern the creation of anything new.

Jesús Edmundo Robles, Jr., Principal, DUST, son of a Korean immigrant mother and Mexican-American father, Robles was born in Fort Huachuca, Arizona then raised in the deserts of Southern California and parts of Texas. Upon earning his Masters of Architecture from Texas Tech University in 2003, he left West Texas with a desire to collaborate and create, and to learn and hone his craft while engaging in the design/ build process. That pursuit led to travel and work over a seven year period throughout Southern California, Arizona, Maryland, Texas, Mexico, and South America. During this time he worked in the field for Rick Joy Architects and Sebastian Mariscal Studio. Robles also studied under various craftsmen and architects, honing his sensibilities and skills as a finish carpenter, designer, and builder. His strong affinity to the desert and the natural creative processes summoned his return to the Southwest in 2007.
Part 4: Timber Grows Up: Presented by Thomas Robinson and Chris Sharples, SHoP Architects and Lever Architecture will explore the use of wood structure in a 10-story condo building in New York (SHoP) and a 12-story affordable housing tower in Portland, Oregon (Lever). Each project will reflect the warmth of this age-old material but also showcase mass timber construction, composite wood technologies, and other innovative techniques as alternatives to traditional structure in steel or concrete. The architects also draw upon an extensive network of collaborators in related fields during design research, particularly in the arts.

Thomas Robinson, Principal and Founder, LEVER Architecture, is principal and founder of Portland, Oregon-based LEVER Architecture, a practice dedicated to realizing projects that strengthen communities and blur the boundaries between the public and private spheres. The firm’s designs have been recognized locally and nationally as models for housing, creative workplaces, and mixed-use developments. Recently completed and underway projects include Union Way, a shopping and dining arcade; the multi-unit residential buildings ArtHouse and TreeHouse; Albina Yard, the first office building in the U.S. to use domestically fabricated cross-laminated timber; and Framework, a 12-story, mass timber retail, office, and apartment tower.

Chris Sharples, Founding Principal, SHoP Architects, is a founding principal of SHoP, a firm that questions accepted patterns of architectural practice. He has served as principal for many significant SHoP projects, such as the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the SITE Santa Fe gallery expansion. His current projects include the Uber Headquarters in San Francisco and a 10-story timber condominium building to be constructed near New York’s High Line. In addition, Chris has led SHoP’s efforts to develop and bring to market a proprietary facade-integrated solar energy technology in collaboration with several research institutions.
Part 5: Studies in Form, Space, and Construction: Brad Cloepfil will discuss his firm’s emphasis on craftsmanship and materiality at every scale, from models to finished buildings, including the National Music Centre of Canada, opening in Calgary this summer and the firm's largest project to date.

Brad Cloepfil, AIA, Principal, Allied Works Architecture, architect, educator, and principal of Allied Works Architecture, Cloepfil creates culturally resonant architectural designs that are forged by the defining elements of their mission and site. He has designed and realized a wide range of projects around the world, including civic and educational institutions, arts organizations and museums, and private residences. Cloepfil’s earliest influences lay outside the field of architecture—from the vast landscapes and monumental works of civil engineering in the Pacific Northwest, to the simple yet profoundly affecting gestures of land and installation artists. Cloepfil founded Allied Works Architecture in his native Portland, Oregon, in 1994, and opened the New York City office in 2003. The recipient of numerous design awards, Cloepfil has held professorships and lectured widely throughout North America and Europe. He earned his bachelor’s in architecture at the University of Oregon, and holds an advanced degree in architectural design from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture. The firm’s National Music Centre of Canada opens in Calgary this summer.


The Architectural Record Innovation Conference East is occurring on November 3, 2016 at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City, New York.
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