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monthly events:
Lectures by practitioners using advanced digital methods &
Moderated discussions on implementing technology in practice

Fall 2011 Events:

Anne Balsamo, Ph.D.
USC School of Cinematic Arts

Thursday August 18th

Anne Balsamo's work focuses on the relationship between the culture and technology. This focus informs her practice as a scholar, researcher, new media designer and entrepreneur. In 2002, she co-founded Onomy Labs, Inc. a Silicon Valley technology design and fabrication company that builds cultural technologies. Her new book project, “Designing Culture: The Technological Imagination at Work” examines the relationship between cultural reproduction and technological innovation.



Dennis Shelden AIA PhD
Chief Technology Officer, Gehry Technologies

Thursday September 15th

Dennis Shelden is a founder and Chief Technology Officer of Gehry Technologies, a fully independent company formed in 2002 by the research and development team of Gehry Partners. He is also Associate Professor of the Practice of Architecture in the Design and Computation Group at MIT. He has been working on revolutionizing the way a building is designed by engaging digital technology.



Bob McNeel
CEO, Robert McNeel & Associates

Thursday October 20th

After growing up on a subsistence dairy farm and spending two years in the Army in Germany, Bob embarked on a career in accounting... of course McNeel is now best known for some of the design industry’s most innovative and popular software, including Rhino, Grasshopper, Flamingo, and Penguin. Get the scoop on the past, present and future of your favorite tools.



Martin Fischer, Director
Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE)

Thursday November 17th

At CIFE, Fischer works to enhance the sustainability of the built environment and to improve productivity of project teams involved in designing, building and operating facilities. CIFE has had a major impact on the industry by developing innovative new ways to model, visualize, analyze and evaluate the multidisciplinary performance of design-construction projects.



Past events:
2011 Events
2010 Events
Older Events

Interesting in sharing at one of the discussion nights?
We are always interested in hearing about the latest and greatest, and we may still have a slot or two open, so if you are interested in presenting a project or technology at one of the disscussion nights, please email

About the LADTF:

The Los Angeles Design Technology Forum is a collective organization representing a wide cross-section of architecture and engineering firms and academic institutions around the Los Angeles basin. It serves to increase awareness of technological innovations in design and construction, and to foster their application throughout the Los Angeles design community. By connecting a diverse audience of designers, engineers, builders and owners who have widely varying conceptions of technology in their work, we hope to create new opportunities for efficiency and creativity.

The Los Angeles Design Technology Forum is coordinated by Marty Doscher, Reg Prentice, Dennis Shelden, Randy Jefferson, and Kurt Komraus.

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