Better late than never.

We wanted to inform our community of a series of workshops that will take place in NYC as part of the ACADIA 2010 Conference Life in:formation:

The workshop list and tutors are top-notch, so if you're a student or practitioner in NY or here for the event, we highly recommend you check out at least one of them. You can find out more and register here:

A couple of highlights include:

Conceptual Design in Autodesk Revit Architecture

Instructor: Matt Jezyk (, Senior Manager, Autodesk AEC Conceptual Design Products

Lira Nikolovska, Principal Designer, Autodesk AEC BIM User Experience

Greg Demchak, Senior Designer, Autodesk BIM User Experience

Zachary Kron, Autodesk AEC Senior Quality Assurance Analyst

Topic: Autodesk Revit Architecture software The aim of this workshop is explore the new Revit conceptual design workflows, specifically parametric modelling and performative design using Autodesk Revit.  The first part of the workshop will focus on the ins and outs of the new form making and manipulation tools including creation of parametric rigs to drive and modify form, surface panelization, reporting parameters and adaptive components. The second part of the workshop will focus on analysis applied early into the design process (conceptual energy analysis, solar radiation, use of structural analysis plug-ins), and will also provide overview of API features such as Analysis Visualization Framework and Dynamic Updating.


Duration: 3 days

Day 1: Theme: Form Making, Parameters Monday October 18th 2010, 9am-4pm approximately

Day 2: Theme: Surface Rationalization, adaptive component Tuesday October 19th 2010, 9am-5pm approximately

Day 3: Theme: Performance-based Design Wednesday October 20th 2010, 9am-5pm approximately Software: Autodesk Revit Architecture / Autodesk Revit MEP Seats: 10/15 students Cost: $250 Skills required: TBA Location: RMJM offices, 275 Seventh Avenue, 24th floor, New York , NY 10001-6708


Generative Components: Elements of Parametric Design

Instructor: Volker Mueller, Director, Applied Research, Bentley Systems and Robert Woodbury, Professor, Simon Fraser Univeristy

Duration:  2 days Date: Tuesday 19th (9am-5pm) and Wednesday 20th (9am-5pm) of October of 2010


This workshop will introduce designers, researchers, and faculty to the underlying concepts of parametric design and their application to a variety of design issues, using the GenerativeComponents system.   These models can then be used to explore and test a range of alternatives which would not be possible if each variation had to be ‘modeled by hand’ with a conventional CAD application.  The workshop will provide an overview of the elements necessary to achieve expertise in parametric design: associative thinking, 3D geometry, divide-and-conquer strategies and an introduction to scripting. The workshop will cater to a range of expertise, from those new to parametric design (but accomplished in CAD) to experienced parametric designers who want to improve their problem-solving strategies. A low student/instructor ratio will permit near-individual instruction as needed. After an introduction to general concepts, participants will learn through work on their own design problems. As part of the workshop fee, students will receive a copy of Elements of Parametric Design, by Robert Woodbury.

Software: GenerativeComponents Available Seats: 15/20 students Cost: $200 Skills required: Conventional CAD skills are assumed. Students should bring a design problem of their choosing to address during the workshop. Materials Required: Elements of Parametric Design, by Rob Woodbury. (this book will be provided to all attendees and its price is included in the workshop registration). All attendees are required to bring their own laptop with GC installed and running. Get your no-charge complete software download at Location: Buro Happold 100 Broadway Floor 23, New York NY 10005 Telephone: 212 334 2025


Grasshopper Instructor: Michael Mccunne, email:

Duration: 2 days Date: Tuesday 19th (9am-5pm) and Wednesday 20th (9am-5pm) of October of 2010 Theme: This two day workshop will introduce generative and associative modeling techniques to students interested in using the Grasshopper plug-in for Rhino 4.0 to enhance their design workflow.  This workshop will cater to beginners (no prior knowledge needed) but the tutor will also adapt the curriculum to provide significant challenges and guidance to those intermediate or advanced level students. The workshop will cover several methods that will allow designers the ability to quickly and accurately test multiple design scenarios.  The day of the workshop will introduce many of the central topics and techniques used in this graphic programming language including: list and data tree manipulation, attractors, conditional logic statements, vector algebra, curve generation,  surface tessellation and component population strategies, labeling, and visualization techniques.  The second day will focus on the implementation of these new techniques on larger and more complex problems. Software: Grasshopper plug-in for Rhino 4.0 Available Seats: 15/20 students Cost: $150 Location: SOM architects 14 Wall Street New York, NY 10005, USA



Instructor: Dr. Andrew Marsh (, Sr. Principal Engineer, AEC-Simulation + assistants

Administrative Support: Duration: 1 Day Date: Monday 18th (9am-4pm) of October of 2010 Theme: Performative Design with Autodesk Ecotect Analysis The aim of this workshop is explore the boundaries of generative and performative design using Autodesk Ecotect Analysis, Autodesk Green Building Studio and Autodesk Revit. The workshop will focus on the use iterative techniques and automated feedback from performance analysis to optimise and refine building geometry. While developing scripts in Autodesk Ecotect is quite easy and the fundamentals can be picked up during the course of the workshop, some experience with programming concepts and/or languages will be advantageous. While mainly directed sessions, there will also be scope to develop some custom scripts, so participants are encouraged to consider problems specific to their own schemes or designs as the basis of their work.

Software: ECOTECT by AUTODESK Available Seats: 20 students/

Cost: $150 Skills required: TBA

Location: SOM architects 14 Wall Street New York, NY 10005, USA