VizTech: Converging Pedagogies + Practices
Architecture and Urban Planning faculty discuss new opportunities for curriculum across visual studies and technology at GSAPP.
Laura Kurgan '88 M.Arch, Associate Professor and Director of Visual Studies
Craig Schwitter, Associate Professor and Director of Building Science & Technology
David Benjamin '05 M.Arch, Assistant Professor and Principal, The Living
Mark Collins '06 M.Arch, Adjunct Assistant Professor and Co-Founder, Morpholio
Lise Anne Couture, Associate Professor and Co-Founder, Asymptote Architecture
Laurie Hawkinson, Professor and Partner, Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects
Sarrah Khan '03 M.Arch, Adjunct Assistant Professor and Founder, Agencie Architecture & Engineering PC
Farzin Lotfi-Jam '12 MSAAD, Adjunct Assistant Professor and Principal, farzinfarzin
Danil Nagy '10 M.Arch / '11 MSUP, Adjunct Assistant Professor and Senior Research Scientist and Design Associate, The Living
Leah Meisterlin '06 MSUP / '09 M.Arch, Assistant Professor
Ingeborg Rocker '96 MSAAD, Vice President, Dassault Systèmes
Josh Uhl '02 M.Arch, Adjunct Assistant Professor and Design Director, Toshiko Mori Architect
Violet Whitney '17 M.Arch, Adjunct Assistant Professor and Designer, Sidewalk Labs
Lindsey Wikstrom '16 M.Arch, Designer, Studio Gang Architects
Luc Wilson '11 M.Arch, Adjunct Assistant Professor and Associate Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox
Over the past few decades GSAPP’s Visual Studies and Tech programs emerged as a hotbed for talented students, researchers, faculty, and alumni pushing the cutting edge of spatial technologies. In that same short while, and with unfathomable acceleration digital technologies continue to change our relationship to the built environment. These technologies, which have come to define our time, press designers to re-imagine what our role is as we explore an ever shifting terrain.
At the rise of these new technologies emerged GSAPP’s talented theorists, urbanists, and architects with a knack for systems thinking, ability to manipulate data, visualize, represent and understand the new spatial relationships these technologies generated. The VS and Tech GSAPP community pushed smartphones into appitecture, theorized on the internet and space, questioned how recommendation engines segregate cities, how machine learning could facilitate design, how open source could change authorship and sharing of building development, and how the omnipresence of geo-spatial data could be understood through GIS and sophisticated modeling.
GSAPP’s VS and Tech program is in an opportune place to radically influence the emerging field of urban technologies as the built environment is more intertwined now with technology than ever before. As we reflect on the impressive work of this program, we invite students, faculty, and alumni in a conversation on the evolution of GSAPP’s VS and Tech program in an exciting historical moment.
Free and open to the public.
Organized by Columbia GSAPP.