The biggest
on emerging

Kyiv, October 9-11, 2019

2000+ participants

25+ countries

20+ speakers

2nd edition


Architecture of the Future is the biggest European
architecture conference on emerging technologies that
will shape the future of AEC industry bringing together
architects, engineers, developers, media – all those
who seek to change the world through the development
of advanced technologies


Disruptive technologies
shaping the future
of AEC industry

Conference topic
in 2019

  • 3-day conference for 2000+ attendees with lectures & discussions of recognized architects from all over the world
  • Expo zone with up-to-date technologies, products and solutions for AEC sphere
  • Networking of the highest quality among conference attendees, speakers and partners within AF After Party


DAY 1, October 9
Future of the City

Experts predict that by 2050 the world`s population will increase to 10 billion people and the issue of overcrowded cities will be one of the most pressing. According to the leading architects, human oriented design will take the very first place. Only grasping the human needs is it possible to design a competent and sustainable space. Data analysis, machine learning, innovations in the development of transport, blockchain – these are the directions that in the future will determine not only new specs in urban spaces designing, but the city as a universal unit, affecting further human development.

DAY 2, October 10
Future of Housing

One of the current problems in the designing of new spaces or the modernization of existing ones are the changing needs of humanity. Architects around the world are testing new construction materials and digital production technologies in an effort to create new housing according to individual human requirements. A promising direction is also the production of new habitats on other planets. Companies like Foster + Partners, HASSELL, AI SpaceFactory and others are designing not only the architectural part, but also researching building structures that allow to erect objects in conditions that are completely different from the Earth environment.

DAY 3, October 11
Disruptive Technologies Shaping the New Architecture

New technologies have always stimulated innovations in the construction sphere, which means that today is an exciting time for an architect. The technological advances of the digital era provide the AEC industry with many new engines enabling to move to the next stage of designing buildings of tomorrow. Drones, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, 3D printing, big data and the Internet of Things – these are the new additions to the tools of the architect which will change the way we build.


Dmytro Aranchii

Dmytro Aranchii obtained 2 degrees at the same time: from Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture (Information Technologies in Architecture) and Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute (Computer Science). After completing his studies in Ukraine, Dmytro went to London to gain experience at the Architectural Association in the Design Research Laboratory (DRL) program, where he was a student of Theodor Spyropoulos and Patrick Schumacher, founder of the department and chairman of ZAHA Hadid Architects. The author of the book Algorithmic Methods of Architectural Forming, Dmytro also teaches computational architecture at the Faculty of Architecture at KNUSA which challenges experimental design in Ukraine based on Western educational experience.

«We are about to experience exciting architectural times in the history of mankind which are already on the doorstep»


Here are the speakers for Architecture of the Future 2019

Conference Program

08.00 – 11.30

Registration & Opening

11.30 – 12.00

Masterplanning of the City 2050

With more than 9 billion people living in cities by 2050, urban planning will have to go through a major change. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is quickly unfolding with the evolution of IoT, artificial intelligence, and robotics, altering the way we move, live, work and play in our artificial environment. We are witnessing a new era of both great potential and grave perils to humankind

Paolo Testolini, Global Sector Leader – Cities and Places, Woods Bagot
12.00 – 12.30

Designing the cities of tomorrow

Whilst smart cities should promise to create important business opportunities that contribute urban development, operating as one big data-driven ecosystem, it is essential to develop ways of understanding data focusing on building equitable cities – developing a science of place in which space, as the integrating framework of cities, can be measured as new technologies impact the way we experience the city. If mobility is the lifeblood of our cities that the 20thcentury city saw as the `city of movement`, data is the beating heart of the 21st century city as the `city of transactions`. The most important task for planners and designers will be to provide a flexible and adaptable continuously connected infrastructure that history has taught us to deliver places that work for people. This is the challenge, and the future is now.

Laura Zertuche, Associate, Urban Designer, Foster + Partners
12.30 – 13.30

The Alternate Future of the Cities: Dig Deep

Woods Bagot and Arup team up explore how deep basements may be the future of the city, as density and population growth result in the need to dig deep as well as build high. Using their current joint project as a case study, they will share their experience of building the deepest habitable basement in London, and amongst the deepest in the world. Set to open in 2020, The Londoner, a luxurious 5-star hotel, will offer 350 rooms, multiple restaurants and lounges, a rooftop bar and underground spa with swimming pool, two screen Odeon cinema and a 1,000-capacity ballroom. At over 30m deep and containing a large percentage of the FOH floor area, the basement needed innovative architectural and engineering solutions from the design team in order to create an urban oasis in the very center of London.

Helen Taylor, Associate & Technical Innovation Lead – Europe, Woods Bagot & Rachel Cooper, Associate, Arup
13.30 – 15.30

Coffee Break

15.30 – 16.00

Energy-efficient architecture in times of climate change

Brundtland`s conception of sustainability was principally aimed at limiting damage to the ecosystem(s) and human health. However, the principles of the Paris Climate Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals call for a new approach that goes beyond `limiting damage` by conceiving of built environments that `create a positive impact` on both the global and the local ecosystems, as well as on human health and well-being. The contribution thus offers an overview of digital approaches and showcases international design solutions of urban designs and architectures that are responsive to climate change, provide livable outdoor spaces, carbon positive buildings, implement circular economy principles and increase the wellbeing of citizens.

Emanuele Naboni, Associate Professor of Sustainable and Climatic Design at KADK
16.00 – 16.30

Energy-efficient architecture in times of climate change

What is our responsibility towards energy consumption and CO2 emissions? How should architecture respond to climate change? Can we design CO2 neutral buildings already today?

Mario Bodem, Architect DPLG, ING+ARCH
16.30 – 17.00

Architecture & Technologies: the main key to communications of the future

Urban Tech Ukraine is a practical embodiment of the ideas of urbanism, where the needs of citizens in communication, cultural enrichment, creative implementation are in the spotlight and find their unique solution in collaboration between architecture and technologies.

Natalia Oleksienko, CEO & Chief Architect, Evolutionary Architecture, Urban Tech Ukraine
17.00 – 18.00

About Ukrainian cities

Panel Discussing: Gennadii Zubko, PhD, Member of the Supervisory Board, NaUKMA; Olena Shulyak, People`s Deputy of Ukraine, The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine; Julian Chaplinskiy, Deputy of Minister, Ministry of Development of Communities and Territories of Ukraine; Dmytro Gurin, People`s Deputy of Ukraine, The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine; Andrey Mima, Co-founder, ЛУН

Panel Discussing
Full schedule
08.00 – 10.00

Registration & Opening


10.00 – 10.30

Workstyle meets Lifestyle – the future of office design

The world of work is undergoing a tectonic shift. Advancements in technology, Artificial Intelligence, Job Automation, have changed and will continue disrupting known and tested working models. Through the lecture, we will observe how our lifestyles, needs, and expectations are shaping the way we work, and how the boundaries between workstyle and lifestyle are gradually disappearing.

Lukasz Platkowski, Principal, Design Director, Gensler
10.30 – 11.00

Autonomous Adaptive Architectural System: Optimizing Resources and Customizing Impressions

Dmytro Aranchii, Founder, Dmytro Aranchii Architects
11.00 – 11.30

Building like a Phoenix - reincarnation after a fire

A fire is the worst thing that can happen to a building. What after? Restore or demolish and rebuild? Life cycle analysis and risk assessment help you choose the most environmentally friendly and economical option. The House of Trade Unions on Independence Square is a fresh, vivid example of a rebirth from the flame, in which the weighted use of new technologies and metal structures made it possible to qualitatively update the image and functionality of the building. More than 20 thousand square meters of renovated space in the center of Kyiv are modern coworking, shops, and of course, the House of Trade Unions.

Artem Bilyk, Head of the Engineering Center, USCC
11.30 – 13.00

What real estate developers should learn from architects

Panel Discussion of the Real Estate Development Companies: Andriy Vavrysh, CEO, SAGA Development; Vitalii Melnyk, CEO, UDP; Dariya Kukharenko, Commercial Director, A Development

Panel Discussion
13.00 – 15.00

Coffee Break


15.00 – 15.30

Architecture on Mars: Building on and beyond Earth

Michael Bentley, Design Director, AI SpaceFactory
15.30 – 16.00

Extraterrestrial Architecture

Xavier De Kestelier, Head of Design Technology and Innovation, HASSELL
16.00 – 16.30

Towards Autonomous Architecture: Housing on Earth and Other Planets

The research of Living Architecture Lab explores a coupling of living systems with the assembly and formation of architecture, developing autonomously reconfigurable buildings with the ability to self-organize, self-assess, and self-improve using machine learning. Challenging the linear life cycle of buildings (raw material extraction; manufacturing; construction; operation; demolition; and disposal), we are focused on developing building solutions with continuous and adaptive life cycles.

Tyson Hosmer, Associate Researcher, Zaha Hadid Architects, Director, Living Architecture Lab, Bartlett UCL RC3
16.30 – 18.00

Do we really need new homes on other planets?

Panel Discussion with Michael Bentley, Xavier De Kestelier, Tyson Hosmer: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on the moon? What about Mars, or Venus or Mercury?

Panel Discussion
Full schedule
08.00 – 10.00

Registration & Opening


10.00 – 10.30

Design and Manufacture of the First Metal Bridge on a 3D Printer

Tim Geurtjens, Co-Founder, CTO MX3D


10.30 – 11.00

Parametric Methods for Creating Innovative Urban Models for Cities

The current inability of urban design processes to cope with environmental pressures and growing demands force us to rethink urban development patterns as catalyst of value and prosperity. The city needs knowledge and tools to manage water and green in a way that facilitates robust, synergistic and multifunctional green urban infrastructure

Anja Ehrenfried, General Director, Citythinking S.L. by EDDEA
11.00 – 11.30

Future of Parametric Design & Diffusion of Innovation in Architecture

The theory of Diffusion of Innovation can be used as a tool to understand the pace of adoption of technology in architecture, which has led to innovations of various scales and types. With computational design at an evolutionary stage of development, its adoption and permeation in architectural practice and academia are at a high pace after about 30 years of evolution of computational design. Parametric Design has been in practice for years and we are at the cusp of a revolution in Architecture to define Future of Architecture through the lens of Parametric Design and various other disruptive design technologies.

Sushant Verma, Co-founder & Design Head, rat[LAB]


11.30 – 12.00

Life 4.0: A Digital Transformation Journey

Emerging technologies empower architects, employers, contractors and advisors collaboratively work on a project avoiding long, chaotic design meetings. A creative digital transformation journey is about designing spaces without spatial limitations.

Ahmet Burcin Gurbuz, Founder, GarageATLAS
12.00 – 12.30

Agent Based Parametric Semiology + Mindspaces

Cognitive agent-based life processing modelling used for the simulation of how people make autonomous decisions and actions such as working, social activities, collaborative activities in relation to 3d virtual models of office spaces. Simulation data of large crowds is collected to measure spatial, social, and behavioural performance such as social encounters, working, space and asset utilisation, etc. in order to predict performance and improve workplace design models.

Tyson Hosmer, Associate Researcher, Zaha Hadid Architects, Director, Living Architecture Lab, Bartlett UCL RC3
12.30 – 13.00

Virtual and Augmented Reality as the Basis for Future Design

Jose Pareja Gomez, Lead VR Developer, Zaha Hadid VR Group
13.00 – 15.00

Coffee Break

15.00 – 15.30

Immersive Tools in the Design Process

Ondrej Tichy, Head of Visual Communication, Heatherwick Studio


15.30 – 16.00

Towards a Culture of Doubt: Architecture, Context, Fiction

The lecture shifts the focus from the fascination with the formal results of computer-based design towards the use of such tools in response to themes that are derived from the discipline of architecture as such. In this sense computational design does not aim for novelty, but for continuity. The aim is not a universalized shift of formal paradigms, but very much the opposite: because contemporary tools are made for customization and specification they must produce refined responses to specific contextual needs - whereby `context` is to be defined as both: specific to place as well as specific to a recent, so-called `beyond-digital`, discourse. Because contemporary tools offer powerful techniques to broadly explore the transformation of well-known formal or typological patterns, they help to estrange what is thought to be well-known. This estrangement of form introduces a critical relation between a project and its environment as it questions the building`s accepted reality through a sort of productive incongruity.

Holger Hoffmann, Architect, One Fine Day, Professor, University of Wuppertal
16.00 – 16.30

Pivoting the role of the architect in the era of internet

David Basulto, Founder & CEO, Archdaily
16.30 – 18.00

The policy of Ukraine: the latest trends in architectural practice

Panel Discussion: Aleksandr Popov, Cofounder & CEO, Architect, Archimatika; Serhii Rusanov, Director, Project Seven Architects; Natalia Oleksienko, CEO & Chief Architect, Evolutionary, Architecture, Urban Tech Ukraine; Oleksii Agafonov, Partner & Chief Architect, UVT Group

Panel Discussion
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