The Art of Digital Fabrication & Opening Reception


Friday, October 4
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Steelcase Showroom, 4 Columbus Cir, #2New York, NY 10019

Digital fabrication has fired up the public’s imagination like no other technology—President Obama even mentioned it in this year's State of the Union address. With design liberated from the constraints of conventional manufacturing processes, tchotchkes and ornaments of every convoluted shape possible are now available for sale on the Internet. From the clothes on our backs to a building on the moon—not to mention gun parts—it seems like anything can be produced using 3-D printing and CNC machining, but designers are just beginning to harness the potential of this revolutionary technology. 

This panel will address the various ways in which designers can engage with the full spectrum of digital fabrication technologies—3D scanning interiors, prototyping seemingly impossible forms, and creating their own custom solutions for a wide range of situations. Industry experts and commentators will discuss both the challenges and opportunities of the field, and discuss how digital fabrication can prove to be a powerful tool specifically for emerging professionals.





Connect With Scott! 


W. Scott Allen, Associate AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Scott Allen is a New York based designer with the global architecture firm, Perkins+Will. His portfolio encompasses over 25 million square feet of work throughout a broad range of building types and he is currently involved in a number of projects across North America, Europe, the Middle East, Australia, and Asia.  Most recently he has completed designs on a fourteen story tower in upper Manhattan, an eighty story tower in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, an urban reorganization plan for Salt Lake City, and numerous other urban design and commercial projects on the boards.  Scott’s work emerges from ideal, yet pragmatically rational methods, guided by an open dialogue, economic evolution, and curiosity. He believes in testing unique urban forms and creative solutions that respond to the needs of users and are meaningful to their context, while simultaneously challenging the way we reshape our world. Most recently his work has been featured in Fortune, Fast Company, CNN, various art galleries, and exhibitions. 



Connect With Bruce! 

Twitter: @Steelcase


Bruce Smith, Director of Design, Steelcase 

Bruce Smith is director of design for Steelcase Inc., the global leader in the office furniture industry. Steelcase delivers a better work experience to its customers by providing products, services and insights into the ways people work. Its product portfolio includes architecture, furniture and technology products. Appointed to his present position in 1999, Bruce is responsible for directing the design of Steelcase’s global seating products and for the design of the Steelcase global surface materials portfolio. Since 1999, notable seating solutions include: Gesture, Think, Amia, Cachet, Cobi, i2i, Leap V2, Leap Work Lounge, Move, QiVi, Reply, and Siento. From 1995 to 1999, Bruce was director of design for Pathways® architectural products, furniture and worktools. From 1991 to 1995, Bruce served as the manager of design for systems furniture. In that position, he managed the design of several key product lines, including Series 9000®, Avenir®, Context® and Elective Elements®. Bruce earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in industrial design from Kansas University in Lawrence, Kan., in 1978.



Connect With Avinash!

Twitter: @avirajagopal


Avinash Rajagopal, Associate Editor, Metropolis 

Avinash Rajagopal, an associate editor at Metropolis magazine, is the author of Hacking Design (Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, 2013). The book which tracks the emergence of digital fabrication and open design as a new model for responsible, sustainable practice. He also co-edited the catalog for Adhocracy, an exhibition on open design displayed at the Istanbul Design Biennial 2012 and at the New Museum. Rajagopal has lectured at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York, the University of Texas at Austin, and the National Institute of Design in India. He holds an MFA in Design Criticism from SVA and worked as an industrial designer and design researcher prior to that. His writing has appeared in Change Observer, Little Design Book, Jalopnik, Take on Art, and Metropolis magazine.



Connect With Arthur!


Arthur Young-Spivey, Digital Design Fabrication Specialist and Professor

Arthur Young-Spivey is a digital design fabrication specialist at National Reprographics Inc., which started making blueprints 115 years ago. Specializing in various forms of digital fabrication including 3D scanning, 3D modeling and prototyping Young-Spivey has been a pioneer in this arena for the past 20 years. Within the educational community, he has been an adjunct professor at Parsons New School of Design for 14 years and has also helped to coordinate digital fabrication facilities at NYU, Pratt, Columbia, Fashion Institute of Technology and School of Visual Arts. As a graduate from Pratt Institute in the traditions of the Bauhaus and an industrial designer, Young-Spivey is an expert in applying these technologies to many fields including medicine, architecture, product design and mechanical engineering.