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Accelerate Live! talk: How advanced digital fabrication techniques are driving design innovation

Accelerate Live! talk: How advanced digital fabrication techniques are driving design innovation

June 11, 2018


New fabrication techniques are driving design innovation. They have the potential to inspire new materials, means, and methods in conventional building construction. 

At Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, we believe it is possible to discover new forms of architectural expression and unlock added layers of character and richness in design by working backwards from material and tool. Integrating data-rich workflows into our design process affords us the capability to embed large amounts of detail into our parametric models in a flexible and rigorous manner, making direct collaboration with fabricators possible.

The result is a continuum between design and fabrication that has the potential to realize a more integrated, sustainable, and expressive built environment through a more cooperative process. 

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), SOM’s Lucas Tryggestad and Kyle Vansice explore how advanced digital fabrication techniques can create unprecedented innovation and efficiency in the design and delivery process.

They kick off their talk with AMIE 1.0, a breakthrough 3D-printed building project led SOM.


Lucas Tryggestad, AIA, LEED AP
Technical Director
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Lucas Tryggestad is Technical Director in the Chicago office of SOM, where he aligns project design concepts with technical solutions that are integral to the design process. With a portfolio that includes projects in the Chicago area and around the world, Tryggestad specializes in designing and realizing technically complex building systems. Interested in the craft of architecture, digital design, and quality project delivery, Tryggestad is involved in projects from conceptual development to execution. His hands-on, synergistic team approach leads to innovative projects that elevate design and technology standards and demonstrates his strong commitment to SOM's integrated approach to planning, architecture, and engineering. Tryggestad served as a lead technical designer on 401 North Wabash Avenue in Chicago, the city's second tallest building; OKO Tower in Moscow; The Broadgate Tower and 201 Bishopsgate in London; and the Bank of China Headquarters in Ningbo, among other projects.

Kyle Vansice
Architectural Professional
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Kyle Vansice is an Architectural Designer and Researcher at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and a Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he teaches parametric modeling and digital design. Vansice is a graduate of Iowa State University, with a MArch; MEng in Civil - Structural Engineering; Masters of Science, Human Computer Interaction; and a BS in Construction Engineering.


Takeaways and recap from BD+C's 2018 Accelerate Live! innovation conference

AMIE 1.0 overview


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