sg2018 conference


Smartgeometry is holding our yearly Workshop + Conference, this year entitled sg2018:Machine Minds, at Toronto University, from 7-­12 May 2018. The sg2018 Workshop and Conference is a gathering of the global community of innovators and pioneers in the fields of architecture, design and engineering.



Alexander Tessier is a founding member of the Complex Systems group whose mission is to embrace and explore the complexities of organic and built systems and the effects, impacts and interactions of humans with these systems. Through advanced modeling, simulation and data-driven approaches, the group uses machine learning, visualization and analysis to advance the state of the art in design tools and multi-scale simulation. Alex’s recent areas of interest lie in the domain of IoT, sensor networks, computer vision and Big-Data for IoT. He leads the team of researchers and developers working in those domains.

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Eric Bury is Senior Project Developer at Eventscape, a turn-key custom architectural fabricator of complex feature projects around the world, unconstrained by material, scale, or complexity.  Eric works directly with Eventscape’s clients (including architects, designers, public artists, general contractors, and end users) to help bring their visions to life.  Drawing upon his architectural training as well as his experience in advanced 3D modeling, interactive art, and fabrication, Eric provides guidance on material suitability, fabrication processes, architectural integration, and installation sequencing to create unique solutions for uncommon challenges.


Matt Jezyk is Senior Engineering Manager for AEC Generative Design at Autodesk. He has been in the Architecture and Engineering industry for 20+ years and has spent the past 18 years developing Autodesk Revit and various other design tools. As one of the original architects hired by Revit Technology Corporation, Matt helped build Revit Architecture and Revit Structure and is experienced in building both parametric and geometric modeling tools. Recently Matt and his development teams have developed new platforms and multiple new applications: Autodesk Vasari, an early experiment in combining parametric modeling with performance-based design, Dynamo, the popular open-source visual programming and computational design technology, and Autodesk FormIt, the 1st architectural form modeler on the iPad, Android and Web. The larger group he is part of also created Insight 360, Project Fractal and are now working on Project Quantum.

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Philip Beesley is a multidisciplinary artist and architect who leads the Living Architecture Systems Group, an international group of researchers and creators working on next-generation interactive environments. His Waterloo Architecture research includes experimental architecture and fabrics, machining and instrument making, and mechatronics engineering. Collaborating with LAS artists, scientists, and engineers has led to a diverse array of projects, from haute couture collections to complex electronic systems that can sense, feel, react and learn. Beesley’s work has been exhibited worldwide. His work was selected to represent Canada at the 2010 Venice Biennale for Architecture. He has authored and edited sixteen books.  His work has been featured in publications including MIT’s Artificial Life, Vogue, WIRED, and a series of TED talks. He has received distinctions including the Prix de Rome, VIDA 11.0, FEIDAD, Azure AZ, and Architizer A+.


Clemens Preisinger, D.I. Dr. is a structural engineer and researcher. He started his career as a researcher at the Institute for Structural Concrete at the Technical University Vienna. Since 2008 Clemens is working for the structural engineering company Bollinger–Grohmann. During that time he contributed to several research projects at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. There he currently heads the department 'Digital Simulation' which investigates possibilities to bring computational modelling techniques into early stage architectural design. Since 2010 Clemens is developing the parametric, interactive Finite Element program ‘Karamba’ as a freelancer. He holds a PhD in Structural Engineering from the Technical University Vienna.


Dan Price is director of simulation engineering in adidas Future Team. His team applies advanced engineering simulation to enable product, process and production innovation for the development of market leading sports products. He is focused on technical sports performance products for running and football businesses for consumers ranging from elite athlete to recreational user. He has authored and co-authored numerous scientific publications, is a named inventor on several sport performance product patents and holds an engineering simulation Ph.D. from Loughborough University, UK.


Nick Puckett is the Founding Director of Puckett Research+Design, a design practice focused on creating dynamic links between software, robotics, biological agents, chemical engineering, and material behaviour that generate new potentials for the design of intelligent environments. Nick is currently an Associate Professor, Co-Director of the ANThill Lab, and Chair of the Digital Futures undergraduate program at OCAD University. He has previously taught at institutions including The University of Kentucky, SCI-Arc, The Architectural Association, The University of Westminster, The University of Innsbruck, and The Royal College of Art.


Mark Cichy develops/designs building solutions — in North America as well as internationally — for the architectural, fabrication, spatial geometry, and technology industries. At DIALOG, Mark supports all design studios across the firm to develop project-based solutions, while acting as lead designer and project architect. Mark works with individual teams to build Computational Design solutions for DIALOG’s disciplines using software technology that integrates with all platforms. In addition, Mark develops internal learning sessions to educate staff on methodologies and tools that provide value in creating a project solution. With over 15 years of experience, Mark’s understanding and contributions to DIALOG and Computational Design respect and address the design, professional, and business-related aspects of the industry.


Christopher Connock’s work leverages a deep understanding of building design and computation toward effective, agile, and imaginative design practices. As Design Computation Director at KieranTimberlake, Christopher transects several project teams and helps identify and respond to needs for inquiry that may encompass topics such as generative and parametric design, custom digital workflows, application development, data visualization, immersive environments, and digital fabrication. This knowledge has been applied to the development of Tally (a Life Cycle Assessment plugin), Pointelist (a low-cost, high-density sensor network), and most recently, Roast (a building occupant comfort survey). Christopher received a Master of Architecture from Yale University and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Virginia. He has taught, lectured, and conducted workshops at a variety of institutions, including Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Jeremy Hadall leads the Intelligent Automation group at the Manufacturing Technology Centre. He has been developing automation systems across a diverse range of industries since leaving university, through which he has had the opportunity to work with world leading manufacturing and automation companies such as Ford, GM, Nissan, Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Kuka, ABB and Siemens. In more recent years his focus has been around applying concepts used in these companies to small and medium enterprises to boost their productivity. Since 2010, he has led the development of advanced automation systems for MTC where he is Chief Engineer for Intelligent Automation. He also chairs the High Value Manufacturing Catapult’s Automation Strategy Team and the Institution of Engineering & Technology’s Design & Production Committee. He represents research organisations on both the British Automation and Robotics Association’s council and InnovateUK’s Robotics & Autonomous Systems Special Interest Group.


Molly Wright Steenson's work focuses on the intersection of design, architecture, and artificial intelligence. She is the author of Architectural Intelligence: How Designers and Architects Created the Digital Landscape (MIT Press, 2017) and co-editor of the forthcoming book Bauhaus Futures (MIT Press, 2019). Steenson is the K&L Gates Career Development Professor in Ethics and Computational Technologies at Carnegie Mellon University and an associate professor in the School of Design. She holds a PhD in Architecture from Princeton and a Master’s in Environmental Design from the Yale School of Architecture. 


David Benjamin is Founding Principal of The Living and Assistant Professor at Columbia GSAPP. His work focuses on expanding the definition of environmental sustainability through the frameworks of biology, computation, and a circular economy. He and the firm have won many design prizes, including the Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League, the New Practices Award from the AIA New York, the Young Architects Program Award from the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1, and a Holcim Sustainability Award. Recently, Benjamin appeared in Rolling Stone as one of “25 People Shaping the Future,” and The Living was ranked third on Fast Company’s list of World’s Ten Most Innovative Architecture Firms. Clients include the City of New York, Seoul Municipal Government, Google, Nike, 3M, Airbus, BMW, Miami Science Museum, and Björk. Recent projects include the Princeton University Embodied Computation Lab (a new building for research on robotics and IoT), Pier 35 EcoPark (a 200-foot-long floating pier in the East River that changes color according to water quality), and Hy-Fi (a branching tower for MoMA PS1 made of a new type of biodegradable brick).

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Christian Derix is a principal of Woods Bagot and the Global Leader of SUPERSPACE, the design research agency of Woods Bagot. SUPERSPACE designs human-centric spatial environments simulating user-experiences employing data analysis, cognitive science and machine learning. SUPERSPACE has been a pioneer in computational design since 2004 when Derix set up the first global professional Computational Design group at Aedas in London, to focus on users and spatial design.  The work of the group won awards in various domains such as the 2010 President’s Medal commendation of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for Research in Practice for its Open Framework for Spatial Simulation, the 2011 Compasso d’Oro Honoray Mention for the interactive and generative web-based furniture system called VITA and the 2012 CTBUH Innovation Award for the Activated Façade for Al Bahr Towers.


Dimitrie Stefanescu is a Marie Curie Fellow (ESR) at The Bartlett UCL, where he is creating open source tools and protocols for integrative design communication in the AEC industries. His current efforts revolve around, an open source (MIT) initiative for developing an extensible AEC data communication protocol and platform. Find him on twitter or linkedin.


Daniel Davis is based out of New York and leads a team of researchers investigating how architecture impacts people. The team's work combines data science and social science to better understand how spaces can be designed to enhance people’s happiness, productivity, and connection to their community. Daniel has a PhD in computational design from RMIT University in Australia. His research at WeWork has appeared in a variety of publications, including Wired and Fast Company. //



Mickey McManus is a research fellow in the Office of the CTO at Autodesk as well as principal and chairman of the board at MAYA Design, a technology design and innovation lab. He is a pioneer in the field of collaborative innovation, pervasive computing, human-centered design, and education. In 2012, he coauthored the book "Trillions: Thriving in the Emerging Information Ecology," a field guide to the future, when computing will be freely accessible in the ambient environment.


Elissa Ross is a mathematician and a partner at MESH Consultants, a geometry consultancy located in the Design Fabrication Zone at Ryerson University. At MESH she is working to develop a new tool for computational design, prototyping and geometry-rich app generation. Previously, Elissa was a visiting researcher at the Fields Institute for Research in the Mathematical Sciences, and a postdoctoral scholar at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. // // @wheelissa


Kate Jeffery is Director of the Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience at UCL, Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience and Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator.


Graham Taylor leads the Machine Learning Research Group at the University of Guelph. He is interested in statistical machine learning and biologically-inspired computer vision, with an emphasis on deep learning and time series analysis.


Raffaello D'Andrea is a Canadian/Italian/Swiss engineer, artist, and entrepreneur. He is professor of dynamic systems and control at ETH Zurich. He is a co-founder of Kiva Systems (now operating as Amazon Robotics), and a founder of Verity Studios. He was the faculty advisor and system architect of the Cornell Robot Soccer Team, four time world champions at the annual RoboCup competition. He is a new media artist, whose work includes The Table, the Robotic Chair, and Flight Assembled Architecture.

Pooya Baktash, a co-founder of Toronto architecture and design studio Partisans, studied architecture at the University of Azad in Tehran, Iran, where he also worked at renowned firm EBA, recipient of the Aga Khan Award. In 2007, he came to Canada to pursue a Master’s degree at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. Pooya has a record of achievement on major civic projects including the revitalizations of Union Station and Ontario Place.