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Architecture in Flux: The State of Design Technology and Practice | Wanda Lau, LEED AP | 1:30 – 2:30 PM

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We are excited to have Wanda Lau, LEED AP, is an award-winning editor and writer who oversees tech, practice, and product coverage at ARCHITECT magazine. She is also a host and producer for ARCHTECT’s podcast. Along with a decade of experience in the AEC industry, she holds a B.S. in civil engineering from Michigan State University, an S.M. in building technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.A. in journalism from Syracuse University.

Though the building industry has been historically panned as one resistant to change, innovation and innovators now abound in the sector. Behind the buzzwords that are regularly peppered in conversations about the future of the AEC industry—VR, AR, MR, AI, big data, and anything prefaced by “smart”—are architects and designers expanding their services and capabilities to increase client engagement pre- and post-occupancy, spearhead R+D initiatives across multiple disciplines, and reinvigorate craftsmanship in design with the latest digital fabrication tools and technologies. On the practice side, many firms and individuals are endeavoring to make architecture a more inclusive, accessible, and equitable field as the faces of the profession and the communities they serve become more diverse. These changes and advancements, many of which this presentation will cover, are critical to the survival of a profession that faces increasing competition for talent and market share from tech giants.

Thank you to AIA East Tennessee for sponsoring this session.