The Southeast’s premier design technology conference

AUGUST 20 - 24, 2019


Design NXT Week is the first conference in the southeast to focus on emerging technology in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industries. It will be a groundbreaking, four-day, educational deep dive into the converging technologies shaping the process of designing, creating and maintaining the built environment.


-Space is Limited-

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August 20 - 24 , 2019


Design NXT Week is more than a conference—it’s an in-depth, hands-on exploration of digital transformation and design technology disrupting all aspects of the AEC business. Stay on top of the latest industry trends with a wide variety of thought provoking and actionable panels, workshops and masterclasses ranging in topics from practice evolution and innovation,
to design integration and culture.


Tue 8.20

5:00PM / Registration + Check in

6:30PM - 6:45PM / Opening Remarks
Janet Simpson•Jesse Altman • Jessica Steele-Hardin•Michael Hodge

6:45PM – 7:30PM / Keynote
Design Intelligence - Author Managing Design*
•Michael LeFevre•
*book signing opportunity following

Design Competition Announcement

7:30PM / Registration Opens (interactive and live)

7:30pm – 7:45pm /Process Launch

WeD 8.21


9:00AM - 9:15AM / Introduction Moderator
•David Gilmore / Design Intelligence•

9:15am – 10:00am / Transformation
Process Synergy
Kevin Gordon•Michael Hodge

10:15am – 10:45am / Break + Speed Networking

10:45AM – 12:00PM
Innovation (Panel Discussion #1)
Petr Mitev • Jeff Gross •Charlie Portelli,
Evan Levelle•Bill Allen•Elizabeth Shelby Doyle • Devin Mcclain

12:00PM – 1:30PM / Lunch

1:45pm - 3:00pm
Productivity, Collaboration and Culture (Panel Discussion #2)
Jeff Gross • Robert Baxter• Alan Tai• Corey Overton• Ron Weber 

3:00pm - 3:30pm / Break + Speed Networking

3:30pm – 4:45pm
Looking Ahead (Panel Discussion #3)
Managing the next wave of digital transformation,
the opportunities for architectural practices and the challenges to overcome. 
Janet Simpson •Michael LeFevre • Rob Otani • Dr. Daniel Davis •Bill Allen

5:00PM – 7:00PM
Closed Roundtable discussion + Dinner


Thur 8.22

FRI + SAt 8.23 - 8.24


9:00am -10:15am
Design Performance and Sustainability (Panel Discussion #1)
Patrick Chopson • Simon Wheelan

10:15am - 10:45am Break/Speed Networking

10:45AM – 12:00PM
Foundation Tools of the future
Scott Davidson • Michael Gustafson•Suzanne Oldweiler

12:00PM – 1:30 / Lunch

1:45PM – 3:00PM / End Note
Nate Miller
(Proving Ground)

3:00PM - 3:30PM

3:30PM - 3:45PM / Break + Speed Networking

3:45PM - 5:00PM / Open Roundtable Discussion

5:00PM – 7:00PM / Mixer + Happy Hour

Masterclass + Workshops





We’ll hear from an incredible lineup of nationally-recognized leaders across all AEC sectors, as well as acclaimed interdisciplinary professionals who are driving transformation in parallel industries.

New speakers will be added in coming weeks, so check back often to see who's coming into the mix.



Mary Fugier

Robert McNeel & Associates

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Dale Fugier

Robert McNeel & Associates

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Charles Portelli

Thornton Tomasetti’s CORE Studio

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Robert K. Otani

Thornton-Tomasetti, Inc.,


Robert Baxter



Petr Mitev

Nbbj digital


Dr. Daniel Davis

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David Mans

Thornton Tomasetti | CORE studio

Travis Seriol



Ron Weber

Pappageorge Haymes


Simon Whelan


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Patrick Chopson

Cove Tool, Inc


Scott Davidson

Robert McNeel & Associates


Corey Overton


Evan Levelle



In collaboration with tvsdesign and Design NXT Week 2019, CORE studio at Thornton Tomasetti is hosting a two-day program of technical masterclasses. Attendees will receive the opportunity to learn a new skill or hone their current skill set and complete a project incorporating these skills. Masterclasses begin on Friday morning and end on Saturday afternoon, concluding with a Show+Tell to present their final projects. Networking and drinks will follow the Show+Tell!

Please note that attendees will choose one class and will not be allowed to switch in the middle of sessions.





Building.Net Integrations- David Mans

Want to get more out of Grasshopper?

This workshop will introduce the fundamentals of .net development through the creation of a custom Grasshopper plugin. Starting in Grasshopper participants will quickly learn C# and Rhino Common then walk up to building a plugin in Visual Studio by referencing in additional Libraries and writing a custom Library. The workshop will conclude with the production of a custom visualization window and dashboard.

Required Software

1. Rhinoceros 3D

2. Grasshopper 3D

3. Microsoft Visual Studio

David Mans is an Associate Applications Developer at Thornton Tomasetti | CORE studio where he focuses on public facing application design and development and computational geometry. Before CORE studio he was the Senior Computational Designer for Grimshaw Architects NYC and a Lead Designer on the Dubai Expo 2020 Sustainability Pavilion’s central canopy. Previously he was a Designer in Woods Bagot’s Global Studio where he worked on over 50 projects in 11 countries including façade design for the multiple award-winning SAHMRI project in Adelaide Australia. He is also a Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute School of Architecture educating the next generation of designers in computation and branding for over 10 years. Outside of his professional work, he authors multiple open source plugins for Grasshopper 3d with over 50 thousand downloads collectively and used across a broad range of design industries.


Rhino Compute + Rhino3dm

Dale Fugier with Travis Serio Rhino Compute and Rhino3dm. Learn how to integrate Rhino geometry functions in your own applications outside of Rhino. This will also include using the new REST Api, Compute allowing access to much of Rhino geometry functions from anywhere embedded in a JSON format. We also may explore embedding Rhino in other Applications using recent Rhino Inside technology.


Skill Level

1. Basic understanding of C# syntax

Required Software

1. Visual Studio 2017 (Community or Pro)

2. Python 3.7




Sponsors + Partners


Thank you to our sponsors.


Interested in becoming a Design NXT Week 2019 partner?



Design NXT Week has secured room blocks with special rates at The AC Hotel and The Moxy Hotel in Midtown Atlanta—Book before 7/21 to secure the discounted pricing! Both hotels are within walking distance of the Arts Center Transit Station, and just steps away from exciting dining and entertainment options.

*Arriving early? Extending your stay? Call 404-600-8328 to book your room at the discounted rate.




The Met Atlanta

675 Metropolitan Pkwy SW #4000,

Atlanta, GA 30310


The AC Hotel

53 14th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

The Moxy Hotel

48 13th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

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