The promise of smart buildings and smart cities includes greater sustainability, reduction of costs, and the fostering of greater well-being and health for Angelenos, clients, and communities. It is placemaking of the future that is happening today.

To equip members, architects, designers, students, city builders, and neighborhood members with the answers, the AIALA convenes the Smart Buildings/Smart Cities Conference full of experts, innovators and inspirers.

Scroll down to discover who they are, view the event program, and register.


Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

8:30A – 12:30P (both days)

A Virtual Conference – on ZOOM

CES Learning Units: 3 LU/HSW per day


Two Day Pass

$50 – AIA Members

$70 – Non-Members

One Day Pass

$30 – AIA Members

$40 – Non-Members

Free for Students

Purchase tickets for 2-day passes and for Day One, only, Here

Purchase tickets for Day Two, only, Here


To support the Smart Cities Smart Buildings AIALA Technology Conference as a sponsor, with visibility and tickets for your firm, click here.

Conference Moderator
Cory Brugger, AIA
Principal & Chief Technology Officer, HKS, Inc.
Tuesday (2/9) Keynote
Indy Johar
Dark Matter Labs
Benson Chan
Senior Partner, Strategy of Things

Dave Low
Principal, Agatewood Consulting & Executive Director, 2030 District Network
Michael Lake
President & CEO, Leading Cities
Aishwarya Narayana
Director of Conscious Design Development, The Centre for Conscious Design & Lab Lead, Hume
Ryan-Alexander Thomas
President & CEO, Umanity, The Philanthropic Marketplace
Courtney Cogdill
Program Manager, The Accelerator Hub at The Ion Houston
Kim Walker LaGrue
Chief Information Officer, City of New Orleans

Manfred Zapka, PhD, PE
Co Founder and COO, Great Places and Spaces LLC
Casey Mahon, AIA
Regional Delivery Director, North America, Willow
Scott Turnbull,
Director of Technology, US Ignite
Nerissa Moray
Director, Project Management, Sidewalk Labs
Jonathan Ward, FAIA
Design Partner, NBBJ
Victoria Sanville
National Sales Manager, Public Sector, LG Electronics USA Inc.

Jessy Escobedo
Product Designer, Magic Leap
Aaron Deacon
Managing Director, KC Digital Drive
Ashley Z. Hand, AIA
Co-founder, Cityfi
Lilly Shoup
Founder & Principal, Shoup Strategies & Interim Executive Director, Urban Movement Labs
Alessio Grancini
Prototyper Engineer, Magic Leap
Lucia Tahan
Product Designer AR/VR, Facebook

Gianni Restaino
Vice President of Engineering, LG Electronics USA Inc.

Jay Park
Sr. Solution Architect, LG Electronics USA Inc.
Damaris Toma
Experiential Marketing Lead, LG Electronics USA Inc.
Adam Coleman
Senior Training Manager, dvLED, LG Electronics USA Inc.
Rachel Steinberg
Director of Project Management, Sidewalk Labs
Siqi Zhu
Associate Director, Planning & Delivery, Sidewalk Labs
Ryan-Alexander Thomas
President & CEO, Umanity, The Philanthropic Marketplace

Mark Wald
Managing Director, Supporting Strategies

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