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Technology + Cities: Reshaping the Urban Landscape

September 13, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Technological advances are rapidly changing the urban environment and how we interact with it. From smart infrastructure to energy and transportation, architectural design must adapt to support and advance new and developing technologies. Concurrently, urban architecture is tasked with the goals to be human centered, inclusive, and equitable.

The movement of major tech companies to cities can have a large impact on the community. While providing jobs, revenue sources, and improved infrastructure, it creates a challenge in the development of public spaces featuring human centered design. This unique convergence of technology and design is exemplified in the design of Virginia Tech’s Innovation Campus Academic Building One. Universities, as the cornerstone of communities, provide unique opportunities to shift the workforce to enhance technology within a framework sustainability, resiliency, and equity. Academic Building One, through its design process, is a model for transforming and improving civic and community infrastructure.


Join us for a presentation and discussion on how Virginia Tech’s Innovation Campus Academic Building 1 is integrating technology into the urban environment in support of and service to humanity. The panelists will offer insights into their work and attendees will be given an opportunity to participate in a live Q&A.


  • Sven Shockey, AIA, LEED BD+C, Design Director, SmithGroup
  • Jamison A Caldwell, PE, LEED SP, Mechanical Engineer, Principal, SmithGroup
  • Liza Morris, RA, NCARB, Assistant Vice President for Planning and University Archtiect, Virginia Tech
  • Robert M. Kerns, AICP, Development Division Chief, Planning & Zoning, City of Alexandria, VA

Moderator:  Brian Sykes, AIA NCARB, PMP, LEED AP BD+C, LEAN Green Belt, Healthcare Practice Leader, Perkins&Will

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Presented by AIA Northern Virginia’s Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE)


September 13, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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