Digital Fabrication: Opportunities in AEC

Virtual Event

Join us for a conversation exploring the future of digital fabrication and computational design in architecture – globally and locally. We are pleased to welcome four speakers covering a range of topics from academic research in the field through small scale architectural pavilions to digitally designed and fabricated large-scale buildings. Discussing things at large and at small. Register today to get involved in the Toronto computational design community, share new ideas and meet like-minded professionals. Tickets are free, seats are limited and will go quickly! Bring on the Toronto Computational Design revolution!

This session qualifies for OAA structured learning credits. Get in touch with the ToDUG committee to get a proof of attendance.



Welcome from the Organizers

Moderated by

Digital Fabrication 101

Moderated by
Patryk Wozniczka
Founding Committee Member - ToDUG

Material Architectures and Computational Design

Moderated by
David Correa
Assistant Professor - University of Waterloo, Design Partner - Lllab Shanghai

David’s research recognizes that computation and advanced fabrication have opened a new territory for design intervention that was not previously accessible to architects; a design space that allows direct manipulation of the form and shape of lattices and structures at the microscopic scale that can have a crucial impact on the formation of a design solution at a larger scale.


Digital Craftsmanship

Moderated by
Benjamin Salance
Senior Designer and Project Manager - Partisans

Currently a disconnect exists between the digital tools used for design creation and the analog on-site craftsmanship. Using Gusto 501 as the primary example, I'll display how we used our tools to communicate a complex, illuminated block wall design to the masonry and electrical trades. From there, I will propose future solutions including our more recent studies in mixed reality applications.


Architecture, the Craft (Now)

Moderated by
Mark Cichy
Director of Design Technology - HOK

Too often we lose sight of the fact that Architecture, and design in general, are crafts conceived from concepts developed to address intent and Client requirements. Technology is simply a tool to deliver on the promises we make to deliver creative design and the process that goes along with it. This presentation will focus on changes in process and how they allow us to rethink new opportunities of design, and how those design may be realized differently in a world in which computer numerically controlled devices and new methods of making are much more prevalent.


Tool Paths and Perforation

Moderated by
Nicholas Savage
Business Development and Solutions - Millworks Custom Manufacturing 2001 Inc

Custom Fabrication and Parametric Problem Solving; Bar Raval with Partisans, and The Senate of Canada with Diamond Schmitt.


Digital Fabrication: Opportunities in AEC

Moderated by
Patryk Wozniczka
Founding Committee Member - ToDUG
Claudia Cozzitorto
Director of Design Technologies - Diamond Schmitt Architects

This discussion will explore what digital fabrication has to offer the future of architectural production both in academia and in practice. We’re going to investigate local opportunities and disconnects, searching for ways to bridge them.

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