Shaping the Urban Environment of Tomorrow: Emerging Technologies
April 3, 2018, 6:00PM-8:00PM
HKS | 10880 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1850 | Los Angeles, CA 90024
AIA|LA Presents
Shaping the Urban Environment of Tomorrow:  Emerging Technologies 
When: Tuesday, April 3, 2018 6:00PM-8:00PM
Where: HKS | 10880 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1850 | Los Angeles, CA 90024

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This panel discussion will serve as a forum to discuss the role advancing technologies and innovation play in shaping urban environments of the next 20-50 years.  What is the foreseeable impact on the practice of architecture and where should emphasis be placed for design firms that want to remain relevant and competitive?  How are service offerings shaped differently for architects in the next few decades and how is research incorporated into practice to provide adequate support for innovation.  How does innovation target the creation of better spaces, communities, and personal experience?
Cory Brugger, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C - Chief Technology Officer, HKS
Ashley Z. Hand, AIA, LEED AP BD+C - Co-Founder, CityFi
James Wharton, Assoc. AIA - Associate | Computational DesignerHKS | LINE
Moderated by:  Kate Mayerson Innovation Analyst, City of West Hollywood 
Cory Brugger, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C - Chief Technology Officer, HKS 

Cory Brugger is an industry recognized leader in the integration of advanced technology for architecture and the built environment. Cory’s multidisciplinary approach to practice leverages over fifteen years’ experience focused on innovation for projects ranging from residential design-build to high-rise office towers. Specializing in the implementation of building information modeling (BIM) and virtual design and construction (VDC), Cory has successfully overseen integrated project delivery on award winning buildings globally. As Chief Technology Officer he directs the vision and team dedicated to the development and application of innovative technology and the implementation of new processes for design and construction.

As Sustainable Building Advisor for the City of Santa Monica's internationally recognized Office of Sustainability and the Environment, Joel Cesare implements programs and policies that contribute to the City's long-term goals related to energy, water and climate. He was recently appointed Project Director of what will be the world’s largest, and first municipal Living Building Challenge project. Building Design & Construction Magazine selected Joel for its 2017 40 Under 40 list. USGBC-LA awarded Joel with the inaugural “First in the World” acknowledgement for his work spearheading Santa Monica’s zero-net energy ordinance. He has a Masters in Environmental Science & Management from the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara, specializing in Economics of the Environment. 

Joel brings over 10 years of experience integrating sustainability into the culture of financial institutions, NGO's, municipalities, construction companies and transportation agencies.  He has managed Engineers Without Borders teams in Peru, is Vice-Chair of Surfrider Los Angeles, an adjunct professor in Santa Monica College's Sustainable Technologies Program and serves on the executive committees of the Los Angeles Living Building Challenge Collaborative and USGBC-Los Angeles Chapter. In his spare time, Joel manages the innovative action sports sharing economy startup he co-founded,
Ashley Z. Hand, AIA, LEED AP BD+C - Co-Founder, CityFi

Ashley Z. Hand, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is co-founder of the urban change management advisory firm CityFi, advising cities and the private sector on a more human-centered approach to smart cities. Previously, Ashley was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti to serve as the Transportation Technology Strategist for the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation where she developed public policy, an action plan and pilot program recommendations for shared mobility and autonomous vehicle technologies. Prior to her work in LA, Ashley served as the first Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Kansas City, Missouri and the first female municipal CIO in the nation, creating the most comprehensive smart city in North America among other civic innovation projects. Ashley is a registered architect and green building professional having worked for AECOM and Eric Owen Moss Architects. She currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Carnegie Mellon University Traffic21/T-SET University Transportation Center and Open Architecture Collaborative and is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California Price School of Public Policy.

Kate Mayerson is the City of West Hollywood’s Innovation Analyst. Kate is a resource for staff in the exploration of new civic technologies to enhance citizen satisfaction and engagement, increase government efficiency and transparency, and promote the City’s innovation economy. She plans for and implements smart city technologies into urban infrastructure and develops programs to give staff the tools they need to be innovative thinkers and service providers. As an urban leader, Kate translates the needs of communities to designers and architects, and translates complex technical concepts to constituents and city staff. 

Prior to working for the City of West Hollywood, Kate was a Program Manager at Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI), managing urban greening and community revitalization projects, including managing the development of conceptual plans for two of LA Mayor Garcetti’s first fifteen Great Streets.

Kate is a graduate of UCLA and holds a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning with a concentration in Design and Development. Before receiving her Master’s from UCLA, Kate worked as a Program Officer at Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) where she ran the California Preschool Energy Efficiency Program, a $6 million program that provided free energy efficiency assessments, energy data analysis, and retrofits to child care and recreation centers statewide.

James Warton, Assoc. AIA – Vice President | Computational DesignerHKS | LINE


Throughout his career, James has maintained an interest in manufacturing and fabrication with a specialized concentration in high-resolution additive processes. He is currently focused on highly articulated metal structures and direct-to-fabrication methodologies. At HKS his responsibilities encompass a broad range of activities that span from preliminary analysis and conceptual design through the design development and documentation of complex architectural systems. His role demonstrates proactive engagement with practice leading to implementation of additively manufactured building-scale assemblies. These efforts represent a cumulative contribution to professional and academic discourse surrounding computational design and digital fabrication, as well as serve to further application and advancement in real-world construction scenarios while expanding the field’s awareness of emerging technologies. James received a Master’s Degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the Architectural Associations’ Design Research Laboratory (DRL), and is currently a PhD candidate in SMU’s Research Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM).
For more information, please contact: 

Will Wright, Hon. AIA|LA
Director, Government & Public Affairs
American Institute of Architects/ Los Angeles Chapter
3780 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 701
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(o) (213) 639-0764

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