November 27, 2018
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Lawrence Technological University
University Technology and Learning Center
21000 West Ten Mile Road
Southfield, Michigan 48075

VRARA Detroit Presentation: VR + AR in the AEC Industry

The VRARA Detroit has partnered with the AIA Detroit Technology in Architectural Practice Committee and Detroit-area BIM User Group to host an evening of conversation about how the AEC industry is using virtual and augmented reality technologies.

Ghafari Architectural Designer Katy Rupp will deliver the evening’s keynote presentation, “VR / AR: Bridging the Gap between the Intangible and the Built Environment”. Following the keynote, attendees will have the chance to experience VR and AR technologies firsthand. Ghafari will be among the firms demoing these technologies. 

The event – taking place at Lawrence Technological University’s University Technology and Learning Center – is free for current VRARA members, AIA members, and LTU students and faculty. Tickets for other guests are $15. 

Keynote Presentation Synopsis

Virtual reality and augmented reality, like many technologies, began as a concept of experiencing intangible objects and environments digitally. As technology progressed, that concept became a reality and has transformed into a multibillion-dollar industry that allows the real world to be virtualized and augmented. In today’s AEC industry, architects, engineers, and owners have to deal with intangible project concepts, such as how people experience time and space in the built environment. This presentation discusses how we can use VR / AR to design and develop these environments, producing outcomes that better serve the users that inhabit them.

Presenter Bio: Katy Rupp, Architectural Designer

As one of Ghafari’s leading champions of virtual reality technologies, Architectural Designer Katy Rupp is skilled at developing highly immersive visuals that enable project stakeholders to virtually explore the physical environments we design long before they are ever constructed. She leads internal VR training and has also presented and demoed these technologies at a variety of industry forums, including most recently at the 2018 AIA Detroit Celebration of Architecture as part of the Technology in Architecture Practice / Detroit Area BIM User Group exhibit.

Katy joined Ghafari in 2014 and has developed a portfolio that includes healthcare, automotive, hospitality, commercial, residential, and education-sector projects. She holds a Master of Architecture from Boston Architectural College and a Bachelor of Science in architecture from Lawrence Technological University.