LACSI Nite 2018 | Education Seminar Registration | February 20th


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Date(s) - 02/20/18
3:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza



Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza, 251 S. Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

 FREE Registration for Education Seminars. Register below

FREE Valet Parking

FREE Buffet in Product Show hall 


3:00 pm – Seminar  Robo-Fab with Concrete
4:00 pm – Seminar – Interactive Simulation for Client Engagement
5:00 pm – Exhibitor Trade Show & Reception – Lock & Key Game
7:00 pm – Raffle Drawing (winners must be present)


3:00pm – 3:50pm Robo-Fab with Concrete

Presenters Joey Sarafian and Ron Culver of Form Found Design and Steve Lewis of Walter P. Moore discuss the integration of robots in the construction industry.

Profiling their latest project, MARS Pavilion, they demonstrate how robotic arms are used to create unique, adjustable formworks for concrete. (1.0 AIA LU/HSW)

4:00pm – 4:50pm Interactive Simulation for Client Engagement

Senior Designer Justin Brechtel from Perkins+Will presents a Case Study example using VR simulation in a recent healthcare project.

This seminar showcases the potential of interactivity within a virtual reality environment for client understanding and approval of design intent.

The discussion will cover hardware and software requirements, lessons learned in building and testing the simulation, and feedback obtained from users. (1.0 AIA LU/HSW)

Robo-Fab with Concrete (1.0 AIA LU/HSW) 3:00pm – 3:50pm

Joseph Sarafian, Assoc. AIA is CEO/Co­‐founder of Form Found Design. His work has been featured in Time Magazine, Designboom, and Dezeen, and published in multiple conference journals. Along with Partner Ron Culver and Steve Fuchs, pioneered a method of robotically casting concrete to create what would otherwise be unbuildable designs.

Previously Joseph worked at Synthesis Design + Architecture, traveling to China and Thailand to support SDA’s growing portfolio of international projects, including the Volvo Pavilion (Time Magazine top 25 inventions of 2013) and the Groove shopping center in Bangkok. Joseph received his Bachelors of Architecture Degree from the University of Southern California, earning the Raymond S. Kennedy award for creative innovation and being distinguished as a University-wide “Global Scholar” for his study abroad work in Italy.

Ron Culver, AIA is an architect and professional percussionist. His projects fuse aesthetics and tectonics in pursuit of innovative, lyrical and rhythmic design, and have been featured in  Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art and Design (Rob|Arch), Green Building + Design Magazine, Dezeen, and at the Venice Art Walk, among others. Ron holds an M. Arch II from UCLA and a B.Arch with honors from SCI Arc. Ron has founded design-­‐ build ventures in Canada and the US, and is a founding partner in his architectural firm, Culver Architects.


Steve Lewis, PhD, P.E., FRSA serves as Principal in the Los Angeles office for Walter P. Moore with 20 years of industry experience. In addition to his educational background, which focused on the analysis and form-finding of tensile fabric structures, he has worked at firms specializing in innovative structures such as light weight tensile fabric structures, glass-clad cable net walls, and grid- shells. Steve’s current interests include developing parametric solutions to configuration processing and structural analysis of three-dimensional structures through the linking of discrete software packages. His relevant technical experience includes geometrically non-linear behavior and analysis of long- span structures; complex three- dimensional modeling; computational finding of form for optimum performance solutions; and development of computational tools for interoperable structural analysis. Steve recently led the development of computational tools and methods for interoperable processes enabling the design and analysis of complex geometrical structural elements on the New Guggenheim Museum in Abu Dhabi.

Interactive Simulation for Client Engagement (1.0 AIA LU/HSW) 4:00pm – 4:50pm

Justin Brechtel is an Associate and Senior Designer in the Los Angeles office of Perkins+Will. Since joining Perkins+Will in 2013, he uses his expertise in computational methods to develop datad informed design solutions for architectural and urban-scale projects. His recent work on the 2015 AIA Latrobe Prize, in collaboration with the Arid Lands Institute, was presented earlier this year at the AIA Convention in Orlando. Justin was also part of the team conducting a workshop at 2016 ACADiA in Ann Arbor Michigan entitled “Design Space Construction – Defining, Optimizing, and Communicating Performanced based Design Spaces.” Justin is an Adjunct Lecturer at the USC College of Architecture, where he teaches undergraduated and graduated level courses in advanced modeling techniques, computational design, and rapid prototyping. Justin holds a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University and received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from CALA at the University of Arizona. He is a licensed architect in the state of California and a LEED-Accredited Professional.


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