May 25, 2016

The American Architectural Foundation (AAF) in association with Otis and the American Institute of Architecture Students invited students to the Civic Design Leadership Forum to discuss the intersection of technology and design.

Held at the Oleana Restaurant in Cambridge, Massachusetts, approximately twelve students from Wentworth Institute of Technology and Massachusetts College of Art and Design, along with five local professionals attended the event on April 27, 2016. The discussion started out with dinner and casual conversation, then moved into a moderated discussion led by:

  • John Syvertsen, FAIA, Chair of the American Architectural Foundation
  • Ron Bogle, Hon. AIA, President and CEO of the American Architectural Foundation
  • James Taylor, Otis Elevator Company

Patrick Myers, a 4th-year architecture student at Wentworth and the Partnerships Director for the AIAS FORUM 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts attended the event and said, “The talk focused on technology in architecture, more specifically the future of elevators. I met some great people including Mr. Ted Landsmark who has quite an extensive resume. All in all, it was a great time with thoughtful discussion. It was nice to talk with students from other schools and see how they think as well.”

David Machon, 2nd-year and secretary of the Wentworth AIAS Chapter said, “The discussion with Otis changed the way I think about the role of elevators in architecture. I’m excited to see how we can improve the technology that has been unchanged for so long.”

To learn more about the American Architectural Foundation and their Thought Leadership Forum Series please visit