Towards a Robotic Architecture


Design Museum Mornings with Dr. Mahesh Daas, President of the Boston Architectural College

Join us in January for Design Museum Mornings at the Red Thread + Steelcase showroom for a conversation about robotics role in architecture.

Mahesh Daas, President of the Boston Architectural College, presents findings related to his recent book, Towards a Robotic Architecture. The field of robotics is coming of age. Robotics and artificial intelligence represent the next cutting edge technology to transform the fields of architecture and design. The past decade's surge towards more computationally defined building systems and highly adaptable open-source design software has left the field ripe for the integration of robotics wither through large-scale building fabrication or through more intelligent/adaptive building systems. Through this surge, architecture has not only been greatly influenced by these emerging technologies, but has also begun influencing other disciplines in unexpected ways.

Doors Open • 8:30 – 9:00am

Program & Q&A • 9:00 – 10:00am
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The Speaker
Dr. Mahesh Daas, DPACSA, ACSA Distinguished Professor, is the eighth president of the Boston Architectural College. President Daas is a designer, technologist, and an experienced academic leader. His career spans 23 years at four universities including 14 years in higher education leadership roles. Prior to becoming president of the BAC, Daas served as dean of the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.

Mahesh earned a bachelor's degree in architecture from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, India; a master's degree in urban design from Kansas State University; and an executive doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania. He has received executive certificates in management from the University of Texas at Austin and Harvard University.

He is also an author and has been featured in scholarly journals, federal publications, and academic books. He most recently co-edited the book Towards a Robotic Architecture (Oro Editions 2018), which has been chosen as Top Tech Book of 2018 by Architect's Newspaper. President Daas is also the author of Leading with Aesthetics: The Transformational Leadership of President Charles M. Vest at M.I.T. (Lexington Books, 2015 & 2019).

Throughout his career, Mahesh has received several awards. In 2011 he was the youngest educator and second person of Asian origin to be elevated as an Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Distinguished Professor, the highest national recognition for an architectural educator. He was recognized for contributions to design computing with the 2013 Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) Society Award of Excellence. ACADIA elected him twice as its president and he served on the editorial board of the International Journal of Architectural Computing and currently serves on the editorial board of Construction Robotics Journal.

Date And Time
Fri, January 24,[masked]:30 AM – 10:00 AM EST

Red Thread + Steelcase Showroom
101 Seaport Blvd
Suite 600
Boston, MA 02210