Conference chairs: Philip Beesley (U. Waterloo), Nancy Cheng (U. Oregon), Shane Williamson (U. Toronto)

The American Institute of Architects Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Professional Interest Area (PIA) and The Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) with the Ontario Association of Architects are pleased to present this conference examining the contemporary craft and industry of architecture. Hosted by the University of Waterloo School of Architecture in collaboration with the University of Toronto Department of Architecture, Landscape and Design.

How can emerging industrial processes reshape building design and construction? Design ideas, technical innovation and fabrication expertise will come together in this forum where theory can be translated into practice. Discussion will include a spectrum of critical issues affecting architecture today. We invite architects, environmental and industrial designers, software developers, engineers and manufacturers to participate in an interdisciplinary dialogue.

International leaders in design and research examined how automated prototyping and manufacturing can transform environments. Presenters considered digital interfaces and production tools and discussed their long-range implications. Professional presentations and academic papers were complemented by practical workshops, tours and exhibits. In addition to on-site displays of new rapid-prototyping machinery, design work and material samples, an exhibit by the Digital Fabricators Group imported from the UK-based Building Centre Trust provided exposure to leading-edge European building technologies. An Education Summit focused upon teaching digital design while hands-on workshops included a SmartGeometry Workshop on parametric modeling using Bentley MicroStation and GenerativeComponents, the global premiere of Revit 7, virtual building with Graphisoft, FormZ programming and crafting sensors with tactile materials.