UK hosts international digital design conference

July 26, 2006

The University of Kentucky will welcome the 2006 Association of Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) International Conference Oct. 12-15, 2006, to the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Ky. The four-day event includes lectures, software workshops, exhibits, and research presentations by several international leaders in digital design.

The topic for ACADIA 2006 - Kentucky is "Synthetic Landscapes|Digital Exchange." ACADIA 2006 recently announced its conference agenda and those scheduled to speak, present, or exhibit at the event. Likewise the design conference will share some resources with the 2006 Idea Festival also taking place in Louisville Oct. 11-14, an event that UK is co-sponsoring.

ACADIA 2006 will feature keynote speeches by several noted architects, educators, and researchers. Design leaders presenting lectures are Aaron Betsky, director of NAI - Nederlands Artchitectuurinstituut (Netherlands Architecture Institute), a cultural institute serving as a resource for archives, collections and research on architecture located in Rotterdam, Netherlands; Thom Faulders, founder of BEIGE Design, a studio in Berkeley, Calif., pursuing architecture as a real-time and responsive medium and exploring dynamic systems to investigate contemporary space in an age of customization; Mark Goulthorpe, an associate professor of architecture at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology and founder of dECOi, a small firm that opens the conventional boundaries of architectural/design practice utilizing a fresh and exploratory approach to design with offices in Europe; Lisa Iwamoto, an assistant professor of architecture at Berkeley Institute of Design and partner at IS.Ar IwamotoScott Architecture, an innovative design firm located in San Francisco, Calif.; and Christopher Jaynes, an associate professor of computer science at UK and director and founder of Metaverse Lab, an interdisciplinary laboratory for media environments on the UK campus. ACADIA participants may also attend an Idea Festival keynote presentation given by Adriaan Geuze, a partner and senior designer at Rotterdam's West 8 Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, a team of architects and urban and industrial designers known for groundbreaking urban parks and public spaces.

The four-day event, which marks the 25th anniversary of the ACADIA organization, will also offer cutting-edge software workshops; an international exhibition featuring project models and visualizations; and research papers, works-in-progress presentations, and plenary session paper presentations by innovative researchers and academics from over 18 different countries. In addition, an international design competition, open to professionals and students, will be announced at the conference. Peter Anders of, David Pysh of FrontSpace, Wassim Jabi of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Gregory Luhan of UK are organizing the competition.

The conference is open to faculty and practitioners worldwide who use digital media in their research, design, and presentation. Local practitioners are encouraged to attend the conference to earn continuing education unit credits from the American Institute of Architects.

The conference was attracted to UK and Louisville by a proposal created by Bruce Walcott, director of the UK Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments, and Luhan, an associate professor of architecture in the UK College of Design who is finishing work on Resonance House, an award-winning design-build residence in Lexington, Ky. Luhan is organizing and serving as conference chair for ACADIA 2006, as well as providing his services as technical chair for digital making at the conference.
To find more information on ACADIA 2006, including the conference agenda and a list of presenters, software companies and vendors scheduled to attend, or to register for the conference, visit ACADIA 2006 online at

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