Welcome to ACADIA 2014 Design Agency Conference

August 22, 2014 3 min read

NOVEDGE is proud to be a Silver Sponsors of the ACADIA 2014 Conference. ACADIA stands for Association of Computer Aided Design and it is an international network of digital design researchers and professionals. It is a truly wonderful organization and their annual event is a must for those who are interested in the latest innovations in the field of computational design.


ACADIA 2014 TEASER from Jose Sanchez on Vimeo.

Design Agency

The theme of this year's event is Design Agency, a purposeful instigation of work that looks at re-defining the term "Agency" through the lens of computational design strategies such as simulation, fabrication, robotics, and novel integrations from science and the media arts. The conference theme is intended to highlight experimental research and projects that exhibit and explore new paradigms of computing in architecture.

Registration is now open for the ACADIA 2014 Design Agency Conference to be held at the USC School of Architecture in Los Angeles the week of October 23-25, 2014. Co-chaired by Dr. David Jason Gerber (USC School of Architecture), Alvin Huang, AIA (Synthesis Design + Architecture/USC School of Architecture) and Jose Sanchez (Plethora Project/USC School of Architecture).

There's going to be plenty to do and learn at ACADIA. Here's a quick summary.

10 Design Workshops (October 20-22)

In the three days leading up to the conference, ACADIA will host a series of 10 design workshops exploring various computational design processes. Each workshop is led by a leading innovator in the design industry who will share their tricks of the trade. Limited seats are available. Workshops are being led by:

Marc Fornes – TheVeryMany

Roland Snooks – Kokkugia

Daniel Piker – Kangaroo 3D

Nathan Miller – Case Inc.

Andrew Heumann – NBBJ

Sigrid Brell-Cokcran & Johannes Braumann – Robots in Architecture

Shajay Bhooshan, Vishu Bhooshan & Mostafa El Sayed – ZHA CODE

Shane Burger, Tom Withers & Peter Van Hage – Woods Bagot

Sebastian Claussnitzer, Neil Katz, Matthew Shaxted, Sejung Kat Park, Robert Yori – SOM and AutoDesk.

Click here for additional information about the workshops and to register.

Hack-a-thon (October 26)

The closing event of ACADIA 2014 will be a unique social experiment that will encourage every participant of the conference, to open their laptops and share, co-work and enjoy an exciting 1 day event hosted by the Annenberg Innovation Lab and powered by Unity3D. The event will host 20 design agency 'champions' around which teams will form to explore different workflows. The participants will be invited to join any of the groups or wander around absorbing the amazing range of design techniques of our skilled participants. The Hackathon celebrates a culture of making and sharing and while we will give prizes to the best outputs at the end of the day, every participant will gain an insight from how designers behind key practices and institutions work. The event invites all design disciplines to work together under one roof, with a special guest, Charlie Roberts who will act as our resident LIVE CODING DJ for the event. The event will be free to all ACADIA 2014 Ticket holders. For additional information about the hackathon and to register, click here

ACADIA 2014 Poster

Annual ACADIA Awards of Excellence

This year's awardees are:

2014 ACADIA Lifetime Achievement Award
Zaha Hadid
Zaha Hadid Architects

2014 ACADIA Innovative Research Award of Excellence
Martin Bechthold
Harvard Graduate School of Design – Technology Platform

2014 ACADIA Award of Teaching Excellence
Neil Gershenfeld
MIT – Center for Bits and Atoms

2014 ACADIA Digital Practice Award of Excellence
Jenny Sabin
Assistant Professor
Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning

2014 ACADIA Innovative Academic Program Award of Excellence
Scott R. Marble
Director of Integrated Design
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Columbia University

2014 ACADIA Society Award of Excellence
Nancy Yen-wen Cheng
Associate Professor Department of Architecture
University of Oregon

NOVEDGE Special ACADIA Features

We already interviewed Co-Chairs Alvin Huang and Jose' Sanchez on our blog, keep an eye on more blog posts on the people and technology at ACADIA 2014.

We are also planning a special episode of  How to Succeed in Architecture to be broadcast live on October 2nd, at 11 am PST. Save the date!

To keep up to date with the NOVEDGE Blog, click here

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