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Wednesday 5 July h. 19.00 - TU Delft BK Orange Hall - KEYNOTE OPEN TO ALL

ALESSANDRO BOZZON - Industrial Design and Engineering Delft University of Technology

Alessandro Bozzon is Professor of Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence in the Knowledge and Intelligence Design group, Department of Sustainable Design Engineering of the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering; and a part-time professor in Web Information Systems group, Department of Software Technology of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science of Delft University of Technology. As of November 2020, he serves as Head of the Department of Sustainable Design Engineering. He is Principal Investigator of Urban Data and Intelligence at the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions. His research lies at the intersection of human-computer interaction and machine learning. With his team, he develops methods and tools that support the design, development, control, and operation of AI-enabled systems well-situated around actual human characteristics, values, intentions, and behaviours.

Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence

Data is increasingly abundant, and there seems to be no limit to what AI technology can achieve. But what roles do humans have in this brave new world of data and automation? How can we ensure that human needs and experiences remain at the heart of the built environment? This talk will highlight some key issues that emerge from a purely technical conceptualization of data-driven and AI-powered methods. We will show how human-centered approaches can surface conceptual and practical limitations of commonly used metrics (e.g. accessibility) but also enable new techniques for the measurement across large spatial extents of subjective properties such as safety and attractiveness. We will argue that design research, design methodologies, and human-computer interaction are key disciplines that can help fully unlock the potential of data and AI for understanding the current and future built environment.


Friday 7 July h. 12.45 - TU Delft BK Orange Hall - KEYNOTE OPEN TO ALL

RUTH CONROY DALTON - Northumbria University, UK

Ruth Conroy Dalton is a British architect, author and Professor of Architecture at Northumbria University. She has authored or contributed to more than 200 publications. She is a world-leading authority on the overlap between architecture and spatial cognition. As a licensed architect, she has worked for Foster and Partners and Sheppard Robson Architects and key projects upon which she has worked include the Carré d'Art de Nîmes, in France and the Palacio de Congresos de Valencia, in Spain. She has taught at the Architectural Association, Georgia Institute of Technology, the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL and Lancaster University.

Cognitive science, architecture, and digital tech

In this keynote, Prof. Dalton (licensed architect) discusses her collaborative research with Prof. Hölscher (cognitive scientist) at the intersection of cognitive science, architecture, and digital tech. Together, they explore spatial cognition and perception at urban and architectural scales, revolutionizing our understanding of human-environment interactions. Integrating digital tools like VR, they reveal how spatial arrangements and cues shape behaviour. Their immersive experiments shed light on the interplay between cognition and architectural design. Their work deepens understanding and sparks innovation in architecture and urban planning. Join us as we embark on this transformative journey into their ground-breaking collaboration.


Friday 7 July h. 17.30 KEYNOTE OPEN TO ALL

CRISTIANO CECCATO - Director at Zaha Hadid Architects

Cristiano Ceccato is multidisciplinary architect, planner, and computer scientist. Spanning a 25-year career, his work straddles design research, industry outreach and the realisation of complex structures. As a Director of Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), he holds the firm’s aviation portfolio, having delivered the Beijing Daxing Airport, and executing further airports in India, Australia, and China. Cristiano graduated from the Architectural Association and Imperial College in London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Cristiano previously worked for Frank O. Gehry in Los Angeles, and co-founded BIM start-up Gehry Technologies.

Constructing Multimodal Infrastructure in the Age of AI

With the emergence of AI, we consider its implications for architecture, and its position within the wider context of human connectivity. Transportation design is particularly driven by data and functionality, and the planning and optimisation of resilient and sustainable infrastructure is fundamental to its success. Touching on recent examples from Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), this presentation will explore narratives of architecture, project management, and computation enabling constructability and project delivery. It will further speculate how AI may benefit multi-modal infrastructure nodes of increasing functional complexity; and how they are designed and constructed.


Wed 5 July h. 20.00 - TU Delft BK Orange Hall - INVITED TALKS AND DEBATE - OPEN TO ALL

MATHEW VOLA - Director Arup, The Netherlands

Mathew Vola is a structural engineer and project director with over 20 years of experience in delivering iconic projects on time and to budget in Europe, Australia and East Asia. Mathew heads Arup’s Property business in the Netherlands. Keen to harness digital innovation, Mathew is currently working to develop the next-generation buildings. Recent project work includes the advanced parametric design modelling for the Smakkelaarspark development in Utrecht, and that behind one of the tallest residential timber developments in the world, HAUT.


KEAN WALMSLEY - Software Architect & Senior Manager Autodesk

Kean Walmsley is a Software Architect & Senior Manager focused on the research area of human-centric building design. He has previously worked on projects exploring the integration of IoT data with BIM (Digital Twins) using Autodesk Platform Services, as well as Generative Design in the AEC space. He has worked in various roles – and in various countries – during his career at Autodesk, including building and managing teams of software developers in Europe, the Americas, and Asia/Pacific. Kean engages regularly with Autodesk’s developer and computational design communities, providing technical content and insights into technology evolution.









MAXIME CUNIN & THOMAS KRALL - Superworld, The Netherlands

Maxime Cunin is a Belgian architect and strategic designer, crafting alternative economic, social and technological infrastructures manifested in the built environment. Engineer by training, and architect by background, he has led a range of architecture, research and system change projects with collaborators such as MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, AMS-Institute, Strelka KB, MVRDV, the Biennale of Architecture of Rotterdam and the Dutch Design Week. Since 2020, he's co-creating new constructs at Superworld, an international practice he co-founded, which operates at within, in-between and beyond the fields of architecture, design and emerging technologies.

Thomas Krall is an architect and urban designer from the mountains of Austria. To him, design is a necessary and powerful tool to amplify our collective visions for a better tomorrow by physically manifesting them in the present. Having led high-profile projects with firms like BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, he co-founded Superworld in 2020, pursuing his passion for sustainable, equitable and inspiring design in projects around the world.




CAAD Futures 2023 Opening, Anniversary and Closing

GABRIELA CELANI - University of Campinas, Brazil

Gabriela Celani is a Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Campinas, Sao Paulo, where she teaches computational design and digital fabrication. She has been contributing to the spatial planning of Campinas' new innovation hub (HIDS), and currently conducts research on knowledge-based urban development with the use of City Information Modeling. She was SIGRADI's Vice-president of institutional relations and is currently Chair of CAAD Futures' Board.

MINE OZKAR  - Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

Mine Özkar is a Professor of Architecture at Istanbul Technical University. Her research is in visual, spatial and material aspects of design computation and more recently on their integration to architectural heritage studies. Mine currently serves on the Editorial Boards of Nexus Network Journal and A|Z ITU Journal of the Faculty of Architecture.