School of Architecture Lecture Series: Phil Bernstein

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The Future of Practice: Architects, Engineers and Builders in the Digital Turn

Negroponte asserted in "The Architecture Machine" that computers are first used to accommodate existing processes before they radically transform them.  The transition from drawing to modeling paradigms in AEC can be seen in a similar light.  Where modeling was once seen as a way toward more accurate drafted results, it now catalyzes dramatic changes in the roles, work processes, obligations and relationships between the participants in the building process.  This talk will examine how technology has wrought these changes, and what they might have in store for practitioners in the future, with particular attention to the central role of model-based representation in the rapidly changing building environment.

About Phillip G. Bernstein FAIA, RIBA, LEED AP

Phillip G. Bernstein is a Vice President at Autodesk, a leading provider of software for the architecture, engineering and construction industry.  A practicing architect with twenty five years of experience, he leads Industry Strategy and Relations for the AEC Division where he is responsible for setting the company’s future vision and strategy for technology serving the building industry.  Phil was formerly with Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects where he managed many of the firm’s most complex commissions.  Phil teaches Professional Practice at the Yale School of Architecture where he received both his B.A. and his M.Arch.  He is co-editor ofBuilding (In) The Future:  Recasting Labor in Architecture published in 2010. He is a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council and former Chair of the AIA National Contract Documents Committee.


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