Auckland 2020

25-26 Nov, Wed–Thu 10am–5pm, ASB Showgrounds

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Doris Sung

Doris Sung

Doris Sung - Director of Undergraduate Programs at University of Southern California, USA

Doris Sung brings active systems to sustainable design far beyond the simple "greening" of a building. With the belief that buildings can be more sensitive to the changing environment like human skin, she seeks ways to make the building skin dynamic and responsive. Through grant-funded research, she is developing smart materials, such as thermobimetals, to self-ventilate, self-shade, self-structure, self-assemble and self-propel in response to changes in temperatures--all with zero-energy and no controls. More recently, she is rethinking the liminal surface of the façade as a part of a city’s infrastructure and designing innovative building products that will improve public health for pedestrians in addition to that of the building occupants.

Juggling between research and teaching at the University of Southern California, Doris publishes, lectures and exhibits, internationally while managing to bring her patented inventions to the market. Her talk has reached 1.25 million views and her list of awards include an ‘Architectural Record’s’ Best Architectural Product Award, Architecture Masterprize, A/N’s Best Products Award, Architizer Z+ awards, National AIA Small Projects Award, ACSA Design Awards, ‘Architect Magazine’ R+D awards, World Technology Award and the [next idea] award from ARS Electronica. She has been named a fellow of Google’s R+D for the Built Environment, the U.S. Artist, the Rockefeller Foundation (Bellagio Center) and the Headlands Center for the Arts.

Doris received her M.Arch. degree from Columbia University and her B.A. degree from Princeton University.

See Doris Sung live in Auckland 2020

Wednesday 25 November
Keynote Session (Live Cast from LA): Moving Targets
11:30am-12:30pm Bunnings Trade Speaker Series



It’s hard to think of a time in our generation when society had a lower tolerance for poor behaviour and challenged societal norm. A new standard is borne of what we expect from one another. Based in Los Angeles, world renowned architect and thought leader Doris Sung is intrigued by what this means for the evolving role of architecture; especially living through #Metoo and more recently the Black Lives Matter movements. These new benchmarks are amplified by the genuine hurt we now feel through the global pandemic.

These benchmarks translate to a zero-tolerance future for ill-considered design.

Doris Sung’s “Moving Targets” session will challenge architects to consider their role in creating societal improvement. Whether that is adapting our learnings through biology of animals and human to create living and breathing building skins – or considering how society would change with a united stance to refuse any part of designing new prisons, border walls, nuclear power plants and even highways. We carry influence and we hold a new torch to create our new society.

Doris will blend these thoughts and messages with a journey of her prior projects right through to the important body of R&D work she is currently undertaking, defining passive design in a completely new and smart way.

The targets are moving and architecture carries a very wide footprint for societal change.

Doris will be presenting this seminar (and taking questions) via live cast from LA. This seminar will also be mediated by the NZ Institute of Architects.