The Los Angeles Design Technology Forum, in association with the AIA|LA Technology in Architectural Practice Committee and ABC Imaging, is pleased to announce the next event in a monthly series focusing on the intersection of Design and Information Technology.


Software and Community: New Tools for Design Thinking

DATE: Thursday October 20, 2011,   FREE      
TIME: Lecture 7pm,   6pm Wine and Cheese
WHERE: This event will be at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design, DeCafe in Perloff Hall. Parking is $11 or select from a variety of transit options.
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Post event libations and filler @ To be announced location

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Bob McNeel, CEO, Robert McNeel & Associates

Bob McNeel is the founder and CEO of Robert McNeel & Associates, creators of Rhino3D and its companion products including Grasshopper, Flamingo, and Penguin. From the beginning the Rhino team has stood out as different, supporting the community around their tools with equal vigor to the development of the tools themselves. The strength of the community combined with the flexibility of the tool has made Rhino the go-to software for a generation of designers with a seemingly infinite array of techniques, plugins and scripts pushing design in new and unpredictable directions.


Grasshopper definition and laser-etched pattern (detail) - courtesy of Gensler

About Bob McNeel:

Bob grew up on a subsistence dairy farm in Washington State. To pay for college, he worked in construction as a carpenter, welder, and cement finisher, graduating with an accounting degree from Washington State University in 1976. He embarked on a career in accounting, but also had an interest in the emerging world of the microcomputer. In 1978 he passed the CPA exam and was licensed, but also started writing microcomputer-based accounting software in the evenings and started a part-time computer consulting business, Robert McNeel & Associates. The next year he took on the comptroller position with a regional construction company. He moved to Seattle in 1981 to manage an office for American Computers and Engineers, then on April 1, 1985, left to dedicate all his time to Robert McNeel & Associates.

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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