Explore the Future of AEC Technology in the Age of AI at TECH Perspectives New York

By Anna Liza Montenegro | Event

Join us for TECH Perspectives to Explore the Future of Technology in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Thursday, June 20, 2024 | 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Japan Society | 333 E47th St (bet 1st & 2nd Ave), New York, NY 10017

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has emerged as a game-changer across industries, and the AEC sector is no exception.

What are the key challenges and ethical considerations associated with the integration of AI? What are the implications for creativity and innovation in AEC projects?

At TECH Perspectives, we will explore the deep, multifaceted topic of artificial intelligence in architecture, asking how AI will influence architecture in the design studio, the construction site, architectural labor, historic fabric, and urbanism while also interrogating AI along the lines of ethics, representation, and agency.


Don’t miss your chance to explore AI’s transformative potential in shaping the future of architecture, engineering, and construction.

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Phil Bernstein, FAIA, is an Associate Dean and Professor Adjunct at the Yale School of Architecture, where he has taught courses in professional practice, project delivery, and technology since 1988. He was formerly a Vice President at Autodesk, where he was responsible for setting the company’s AEC vision and strategy for technology and sustaining the firm’s relationships with strategic industry leaders and associations.

Prior to joining Autodesk, Phil practiced architecture as a principal at Cesar Pelli & Associates, where he managed many of the firm’s most complex commissions, including projects for Reagan National Airport, the Mayo Clinic, and Goldman Sachs. He writes extensively on issues of architectural practice and technology, and his books include Architecture | Design | Data – Practice Competency in the Era of Computation (Birkhauser, 2018) and Machine Design: Architectural Futures in the Era of Artificial Intelligence (RIBA, 2022).

Phil has been honored twice by DesignIntelligence as one of the “30 Most Admired Educators in Architecture” and was named as an Outstanding Industry Contributor by the Connecticut Construction Institute. He received a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude with Distinction in Architecture from Yale University and a Master of Architecture also from Yale. He is licensed to practice in California.

Phill will be speaking about Machine Design: Architectural Futures in the Era of Artificial Intelligence.



Steven Jones

Steven Jones is the Senior Director of Industry Insights Research at Dodge Data & Analytics. Steven is a globally recognized expert in how emerging economic, practice, and technology trends are shaping the future of the design and construction industry. He speaks at conferences globally, authors the SmartMarket Report series on key industry trends, and hosts the ENR FutureTech events.

Before Dodge, Steven was Vice President of Primavera Systems (now part of Oracle), and prior to that, spent 19 years in creative and management roles with top design firms, most recently as a Principal and Board of Directors member with Burt Hill, one of the largest A/E firms in the US (now merged with Stantec). Steven holds an MBA from Wharton and a BA from The Johns Hopkins University.

Steve will be speaking about AI=Augmented Intelligence.


Robert K. Otani, PE is Chief Technology Officer at Thornton-Tomasetti, Inc., a 1700+ person multidisciplinary engineering and applied science firm, and founded the CORE studio, a digital design, application development, AI, and R&D group at his firm.

He has 30 years of structural design experience involving commercial, infrastructure, institutional, cultural and residential structures on projects totaling over $3 billion USD of construction and has led numerous software applications including Konstru, Design Explorer, Beacon, and the first ML-powered structural engineering application Asterisk in the industry.

Rob will be speaking about The AI Revolution in Structural Engineering.


Ayse Polat

Ayse Polat is Turner Construction’s New York Regional Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) Manager with over two decades of experience. Leading a team of 30, she specializes in Virtual Design and Construction, Building Information Modeling (BIM) services from preconstruction through post-construction phases. Ayse pushes boundaries with innovative technologies, including advanced VDC applications, digital operations integration, in-house laser scanning services, and digital twin models.

Ayse has contributed to many iconic projects, such as Madison Square Garden Renovation, NYU Langone’s Kimmel Pavilion, NewYork-Presbyterian’s David Koch Ambulatory Care Center, 550 Washington Redevelopment, and Tishman Speyer’s The Spiral.

As a licensed architect, Ayse enlightens future professionals, teaching at Columbia University and New York University. She is also an active participant of AIANY’s Future Practice committee.

She will be presenting about Leveraging Design and Construction Data to Achieve Smart Buildings.


Charles Portelli is a licensed architect based in New York City. Charles has strong interests in exploring new methodologies that link computation, design, and fabrication.

Currently, he is an Associate and Digital Innovation Strategist for Perkins&Will’s I/O group, where he focuses on envisioning 3D models and data as a focal point for project design and delivery strategies. Charles also teaches Environmental Parametrics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Center for Architecture and Sustainable Ecologies (CASE) program, where he focuses on combining parametric modeling, optimization, and daylighting as a strategy to inform design. Previously, he has taught and guest lectured at multiple institutions, including Pratt, CUNY College of Technology, and MIT.

Previously, Charles was a Vice President at Thornton Tomasetti’s CORE studio, where he headed up operations for a TTWiin startup called Konstru, focusing on BIM interoperability for structural engineers. Charles was also Senior Product Manager at, where he developed the product roadmap and oversaw multiple teams developing streamlined AEC integrations for a common data environment.

He will be speaking about Building Intelligence – the interplay between data and experience.


Juan FranciscoJuan Francisco Saldarriaga is a Senior Computational Designer at Google, currently working on Delve.
Previously, he led data and design research at Columbia University’s Brown Institute for Media Innovation. He specializes in data-driven design, leveraging GIS, visualization, and AI to solve complex urban challenges. He also teaches graduate-level workshops and seminars on mapping, advanced GIS, and data visualization.

In the past, Juan worked as a research scholar at the Center for Spatial Research and the Spatial Information Design Lab, and as an architectural designer for Carlos Zapata Studio and D.G.T. Architects. Juan has a Masters of Architecture and a Masters of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University, and B.A. in Philosophy from the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia.

Juan Francisco will be presenting about Visualizing the Future: Delve and the Power of Data-Driven Urban Design.


Greg Schleusner, AIA is a Principal and Director of Design Technology Innovation at HOK. In this role, he guides the firm in researching and adopting new technologies ranging from data management to computational design.

Greg is also active within buildingSMART; he currently serves as the Director of buildingSMART Initiatives for BIMForum. He is also the leader of the Technical Room within buildingSMART International where he is driving the development of an Open Source IFC toolkit and the development of a larger technical roadmap for buildingSMART. Greg has a Bachelors in Architecture from Iowa State and a Master’s in Technology Management from Columbia.

Greg will be presenting about Building the Future: The Data Foundation of AEC with APIs and AI.


Ahmad Tabbakh of BIGAhmad Tabbakh is a computational designer, mixed reality developer, and fabrication enthusiast. He is currently working as a Design Technology Specialist at Bjarke Ingels Group in their NYC office, where he uses his expertise in automation to streamline the design and development process.

In addition, Ahmad also teaches advanced visualization at Pratt Institute School of Architecture, sharing his knowledge and experience with the next generation of designers.

Ahmad will be speaking about Extended Realities (XR) at BIG.

Don’t miss your chance to explore AI’s transformative potential in shaping the future of architecture, engineering, and construction. Register now!


Insights from Design and Make Industry Leaders

AI, sustainability, talent, cost control: Autodesk’s State of Design & Make report reveals insights from industry leaders about the factors driving change and building resilience. Check out this insight on AI use cases within the AECO.


Autodesk chart on AI use cases for AECO




About TECH Perspectives

Hosted by Microsol Resources in New York and now in its tenth year, TECH Perspectives offers presentations on the most cutting-edge technologies and trends that are driving the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry forward.

TECH Perspectives brings together pioneers, thought leaders, and innovators to delve into the transformative power of AI in reshaping design, engineering, and construction processes.


What to Expect:

  • Engaging Keynote Presentations: Hear from industry experts as they share insights into the latest AI technologies and their impact on the AEC landscape.
  • Panel Discussions: Participate in thought-provoking discussions on the ethical, social, and economic implications of integrating AI into AEC practices.
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with peers, professionals, and visionaries from diverse backgrounds to exchange ideas, forge partnerships, and drive innovation forward.

Join us at TECH Perspectives as we navigate the challenges and opportunities of AI in AEC, and together, unlock new possibilities for innovation and growth.

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Come say hello to our TECH Partners

Experience hands-on technology demos and get valuable face time with industry experts. Discover new tools, gain design ideas and inspiration, and connect with industry leaders.


Autodesk’s Design and Make Platform helps you get everyone on the same page to plan, design, construct, and deliver better projects.


With Autodesk Construction Cloud, your project teams can collaborate securely and quickly, so you can deliver projects on time and on budget. Your single source of truth for every project as it connects teams and data from design to done.



Eagle Point Software’s Pinnacle Series is a learning management system specifically designed for AEC firms and can transform training, knowledge sharing, project work, and collaboration at your organization.


Combining the power of cloud content management, data security, and AI into one intelligent content platform, Egnyte helps companies improve employee productivity, automate business processes, and safeguard critical data.



Enscape is a high-quality real-time rendering, visualization, and virtual reality software that integrates design and visualization workflows into one.


Chaos offers a suite of industry-leading tools built especially for architects, designers, and AEC professionals. Render anything — from early massing models to photorealistic imagery, animation, and real-time immersive experiences.





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Published on May 1, 2024 in Event.

About the Author

Anna Liza Montenegro develops design technology conferences for architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals as a forum to exchange innovative strategies, and best practices, and facilitate discussions into the technology trends driving significant change in building design and construction. As Director of Marketing and as a trained architect, these events are offered to AEC professionals by Microsol Resources, a value-added reseller of Autodesk, Bluebeam, Rhino, Chaos V-Ray & Enscape, Egnyte and other various technology partnerships.