IAAC Lecture Series – Neil Leach

Date: May 17th , 2022
Time: 19.30h (CEST) 

Title: “Architecture in the Age of Artificial Intelligence: An Introduction to AI for Architects

Location: In-house at IAAC Main hall & Zoom

Free registration below!

Neil Leach is a Professor at FIU, Tongji University and EGS. He has also taught at other leading institutions, including the AA, IaaC, DIA, Columbia GSAPP, Cornell, Harvard GSD and SCI-Arc. He is also the co-founder of DigitalFUTURES, an academician in the Academy of Europe, and the recipient of two NASA fellowships for research into 3D print technologies for the Moon and Mars. He has published over 40 books on architectural theory and digital design including: Rethinking Architecture (Routledge, 1997), The Anaesthetics of Architecture (MIT, 1999), Designing for a Digital World (Wiley, 2002), Digital Tectonics (Wiley, 2004), Camouflage (MIT, 2006), Digital Cities (Wiley, 2009), Machinic Processes (CABP, 2010), Space Architecture (Wiley, 2014), Robotic Futures (TongjiUP, 2015), Swarm Intelligence (TongjiUP, 2017), Computational Design (TongjiUP, 2017), Digital Fabrication (TongjiUP, 2017), 3D Printed Body Architecture (Wiley, 2017), Architecture in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (Bloomsbury, 2021) and Machine Hallucinations: Architecture and AI (Wiley, 2022).

Architecture in the Age of Artificial Intelligence: An Introduction to AI for Architects

What is AI? And why has it become such a hot topic in architectural design circles? This lecture offers an introduction to the use of neural networks in architecture, arguably the first genuinely C21st design technique, and is illustrated with some of the latest, stunning examples of AI generated design work. The lecture points out how astonishingly capable AI is now becoming, and hints at the potential dark side of AI, as it begins to displace architects. The lecture is based on material from the recently published, Architecture in the Age of Artificial Intelligence: An Introduction to AI for Architects, and the forthcoming issue of AD, Machine Hallucinations: Architecture and Artificial Intelligence.