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SCI-Arc EDGE: Architectural Technology Alumni - Transforming Architectural Pedagogy & Practice10:39

This feature highlights the careers of three SCI-Arc EDGE – Architectural Technologies graduates: Daniela Atencio [Faculty - Universidad de Los Andes, Bogota Colombia / SCI-Arc - MS. Architectural Technologies ’15], Pedro Ferrazini [Associate Professor - Rosario National University, Rosario Argentina / SCI-Arc - MS. Architectural Technologies ’19] Marcos Dana [Faculty - Rosario National University, Rosario Argentina / SCI-Arc - MS. Architectural Technologies ’18]. Daniela Atencio shares her thoughts on developing a new curriculum focused on computational thinking. Atencio’s research “Programmed Materialism” involves translations between images, objects and machines, speculating on the role of digital ontologies and representations in architecture. Atencio also discusses the “Non_Fictional City” international workshop that focused on addressing contemporary urban problems and imagining alternative future scenarios.  

Pedro Ferrazini reflects on how the tools used in design processes lead to new ways of defining architecture; specifically utilizing artificial intelligence to co-produce architecture that works responsibly with landscape. Ferrazini also speaks about accessibility in relation to working with artificial intelligence and how these tools redefine the role of architects and architects as educators. Marcos Dana considers the relevant connections between practice and academic research in pursuing transformed urban realities. Dana and Ferrazini’s work focuses on the ethical, political, and economic entanglements of technology. 

SCI-Arc’s Master of Science in Architectural Technologies is a one-year, three-semester program focused on contemporary and near-future design technologies. The program is coordinated by M. Casey Rehm. Program faculty include Damjan Jovanovich and Soomeen Hahm. The Architectural Technologies [AT] program formalizes connections between advanced topics in computational research alongside the rapidly developing innovations in platform applications, game engines, machine vision, and AI. The AT program maximizes student engagement with multiple forms of technological expertise, business development, and theoretical discourse in order to bring transformative design ideas into the world.

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