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Beauty Amid the Robots: One Architect’s Insurgency

How we design and build buildings is changing quickly in the Internet age. "Artificial Intelligence" is making architecture a different profession than it was a decade ago, and the change is accelerating.

Architects need to be part of the social network, or they will find out that the world has left them behind. It is not enough to talk to each other; architects need to live in the unfiltered honesty of the Internet. This means interactive exposure and response – offering and listening across many platforms. The job role of Design Architect will survive the AI revolution, but the “CAD Monkey” stepping stone job may be done by the robots.

Duo Dickinson will speak on how he designs and builds while also being an active participant and thought-leader of a new and changing world of communication, and then he will lead an interactive discussion with session participants on how they can be most effective working within the changing landscape of design and building today.

In order to receive CE credits, attendees must RSVP in advance, no later than April 3, close of business.


Duo Dickinson, FAIA | Graduating from Cornell in 1977, Duo Dickinson opened his own architectural practice in 1987 and has built over 700 projects. He was made a Fellow in the AIA last year. His work has received more than 30 awards, and has been published in more than 70 publications. He is the architecture critic for the New Haven Register and is a feature writer for the Hartford Courant media group. His blog, Saved By Design has received over 100,000 hits in 5 years. Dickinson has written 8 books. “A Home Called New England” written with Steve Culpepper was released in 2017. Additionally, he hosts the radio series “Home Page” on WPKN. He is now on the faculty of Building Beauty: Ecologic Design & Construction Process, Sant’Anna Institute, Sorrento, Italy as well as co-chair of their American Advisor Board. Dickinson sits on several not-for-profit boards including, New Haven Preservation Trust and Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. Twenty to 30 percent of the ongoing work in his office is dedicated to pro bono or at-cost work for not-for-profits.


  • Explore the changing role of the architect and the profession, and how architects can keep their work relevant and valuable.
  • Evaluate ways to maintain quality and control in your work as the process of design and building becomes more and more automated.
  • Explain how increased automation will affect the office environment as it relates to physical space/location, staffing/work relationships, and work output, and how best to adapt to these changes.
  • Understand the power of media on diverse platforms, and how to best communicate your message across these different platforms so that you can be an effective communicator.

Registration and Credit Questions?
Contact AIA Seattle Volunteer Hospitality Missy Garvin.


April 4, 2018
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Event Price
Class Credit
1.5 LU, HSW


AIA Seattle
(206) 448-4938


WA United States
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