Design | Equity | Data

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 | 12pm EDT

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Architectural practice is undergoing a digital transformation while at the same time, our built environment needs to become more resilient and equitable. Technology and data will be integral to these efforts, unleashing the ability to analyze the current state and simulate the future using new human-centric measures, essentially expanding the concept of “site analysis”. Design outcomes will be based on health, diversity, accessibility, walkability, sustainability, and other measures to effectively develop better communities. As powerful as these new tools will be, we must recognize that the underlying data can be flawed and may reinforce stereotypes or exacerbate problems like racial bias. How will we as architects train ourselves in data literacy so we do not misuse [intentionally or not] data in our work? What data is available to you and your community now, and how can you leverage it in your next project? What tools can your practice use to interact and engage within the communities you are designing, so you can hear from everyone? The 2022 TAP Building Connections Congress will explore these questions and more, beginning with the keynote lecture by Vernelle A.A. Noel.

Learning objectives

  • Programming and analysis: This category focuses on areas related to the evaluation of project requirements, constraints, and opportunities.
  • Project planning and design: This category focuses on areas related to the preliminary design of sites and buildings.
  • Practice management: This category focuses on areas related to the management of architectural practice and the details of running a business.
  • Objectively identifying data-sets that may include unintentional bias.

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  • Nick Cameron


    Director Digital Practice, Associate Principal, Perkins&Will

    As Perkins&Will's director of digital practice, Nick takes a big-picture approach to his work,...
  • Vernelle A. A. Noel


    Assistant Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

    Vernelle A. A. Noel is an architect, design scholar, artist, and founding Director of the Situated...