Future of Design

3rd Annual Symposium
New York City
June 1, 2019


The theme of this year’s Future of Design NYC is For the People. It is a response to the growing desire for action to improve life in the public and social sphere. Our program sessions are curated to examine the collective role of designers in today’s social, environmental, economic, and political climate. We will also look inward at the profession of engineers and designers to understand the sustainability of our own work, and how to empower future engineers to take on a greater voice in the design of the built environment.

The proposed program sessions provide an opportunity for emerging designers in the architecture and engineering industry to exchange ideas in a forum for education and conversation. Sessions will include presentations and panels that provide critical discussion on projects both in NYC and around the world. From both technical and qualitative perspectives, invited speakers from various specialties will provide their insights on different facets of the theme.

Program sessions are expected to cover the following topics:

  • Resilience and the Environment
  • Exploring the Spectrum of Design
  • Metrics for Evaluating Successful Design & Construction
  • Life-Cycle Engineering of Structures
  • Architecture in the Public Sphere: Proactive or Reactive?

Attendees will also participate in a workshop to discuss potential roles in future public policy, preservation of the past, and shaping the incorporation of technology in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry.

Speakers and panelists include: Jason Long (OMA), Justin Den Herder (Silman), Olaf Schmidt (Steven Holl Architects), Nerissa Moray (Sidewalk Labs), Sameer Kumar (SHoP Architects), Cristobal Correa (BuroHappold Engineering), Jing Liu (SO-IL), Catherine Seavitt Nordenson (CCNY School of Architecture), James Solly (Format Engineers), Miho Mazereeuw (MIT Urban Risk Lab), Commander Omarr E Tobias (Navy Seabees)

Stay tuned for more speaker announcements!

PDH credits to be announced soon!