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Smart Cities MIAMI 2022 5th annual Conference 5/19-20

May 19, 2022 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

University of Miami Smart Cities MIAMI 2022 Conference + Workshop

The University of Miami School of Architecture and Institute for Data Science and Computing present the 5th annual Smart Cities MIAMI Conference on Thursday and Friday, May 19-20, 2022.

University of Miami School of Architecture and Institute for Data Science and Computing event, Smart Cities MIAMI 2022, online program

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To aid in the design and development of more sustainable, livable, and resilient cities, the University of Miami brings cutting-edge research in urban planning, architecture, and engineering in alignment with computational resources and analytical methods. The annual Smart Cities MIAMI Conference is an extension of these efforts, providing a forum for leaders in academia, industry, and government to closely examine evolving theories and practices in the Smart City field. The topics considered vary in scope and nature within a general theme that is particularly relevant for each year.

The theme for the 2022 edition is The Post-Pandemic Smart City: Automation, Decentralization, Virtualization focusing on technology and innovation in the post-pandemic city, providing opportunities to explore questions such as:

  • How the pandemic intensified smart city infrastructure and practices.
  • How the pandemic response accelerated the adoption of automation and robotics.
  • Will work-at-home and decentralization be lasting consequences of the pandemic, given the leap in telepresence and conferencing technology?
  • How the pandemic renewed the interest and investment in Virtual Reality. Is the rapid development of the “Metaverse” a consequence of COVID-19?
  • How will the new transformative technology and practices impact individual rights and privacy?

Day One | 5/19  1:30-5:00 PM followed by networking reception 5:00-6:30 PM

Day Two | 5/20  8:30 AM-12:15 PM (Closed Session immediately follows 12:15-3:00 PM. THEME: Where are we going?)

Platinum Sponsor

Conconcreto logo

Bronze Sponsors

W. Robert “Bob” Miller

Digital Drafting Systems

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All-inclusive $50 admission fee covers both days of the Conference and parking. University of Miami Faculty, Staff, and Students may apply for a discounted rate. Please email idscengagement@miami.edu for PROMO CODE.


The Parking Portal is open now through 5/20/22 at 5:30 p.m.Click Here to Register Your Vehicle.
Your Parking session is valid both days but only from 5/19/22 at 8:00 a.m. through 5/20/22 at 8:00 p.m.
Approved parking location: Yellow zone lots (Smart Cities will be in the building just north of Lot #436 on the map)

Important:  All parkers are required to register their vehicle’s license plate with the University to avoid issuance of a parking citation. Park head-in only.

University of Miami Yellow Zone parking lots


DAY 1 AGENDA | Glasgow Auditorium

DAY 2 AGENDA | Glasgow Auditorium

1:30 Welcome + Introductions | Dean Rodolphe el-Khoury8 8:30 Registration Opens | Light Breakfast
1:35 Keynote Speaker | Skylar Tibbits 9:05 PANEL 1 | Smart Construction for Smart Cities
2:00 PANEL 1 | The Post-Pandemic Smart City: Challenges + Opportunities
MODERATOR Ingrid Vasilu-Fleites
10:05 PANEL 2 | Multimodel Simulation for Smart Infrastructure
MODERATOR Catalina Cabral-Framinan
2:45 BREAK (:10 minutes) 11:05 BREAK (:10 minutes)
2:55 PANEL 2 | From Zoom to Extended Reality
MODERATOR Nick Tsinoremas
11:15 PANEL 3 | How digitalization can promote sustainability in one of the least eco-friendly sectors 
3:40 BREAK (:10 minutes) 12:15 Closing Remarks
3:50 PANEL 3 | Disrupting the Building Industry 12:20 Day 2 Ends
4:35 Plenary Speaker | Margaret Brisbane

CLOSED SESSION | Korach Gallery

5:00 Closing Remarks | Dean Rodolphe el-Khoury 12:20  “Where are we going?” Expert Discussion (by invitation)
5:05 NETWORKING RECEPTION (until 6:30 PM) 3:00 Closed Session Ends
6:30 Day 1 Ends


Day 1

The Day 1 theme for the 2022 edition is The Post-Pandemic Smart City: Automation, Decentralization, Virtualization focusing on technology and innovation in the post-pandemic city, providing opportunities to explore questions such as:

  • How the pandemic intensified smart city infrastructure and practices.
  • How the pandemic response accelerated the adoption of automation and robotics.
  • Will work-at-home and decentralization be lasting consequences of the pandemic, given the leap in tele-presence and conferencing technology?
  • How the pandemic renewed the interest and investment in Virtual Reality. Is the rapid development of the “Metaverse” a consequence of COVID-19?
  • How will the new transformative technology and practices impact individual rights and privacy?



Skylar Tibbits is a co-director and founder of the Self-Assembly Lab housed at MIT’s International Design Center. The Self-Assembly Lab focuses on self-assembly and programmable material technologies for novel manufacturing, products and construction processes. Skylar is an Associate Professor of Design Research in the Department of Architecture where he teaches graduate and undergraduate design studios and coordinate’s MIT’s Design Minor and Design Major programs. Skylar was recently named R&D Magazine’s 2015 Innovator of the Year, 2015 National Geographic Emerging Explorer, 2014 Inaugural WIRED Fellow, 2014 Gifted Citizen, 2013 Fast Company Innovation by Design Award, 2013 Architectural League Prize, The Next Idea Award at Ars Electronica 2013, Visionary Innovation Award at the Manufacturing Leadership Summit, 2012 TED Senior Fellow and was named a Revolutionary Mind in SEED Magazine’s 2008 Design Issue.

Previously, he has worked at a number of renowned design offices including: Zaha Hadid Architects, Asymptote Architecture and Point b Design. He has designed and built large-scale installations at galleries around the world, has been published extensively in outlets such as the New York Times, Wired, Nature, Fast Company as well as various peer-reviewed journals and books.

Skylar has a Professional Degree in Architecture and minor in experimental computation from Philadelphia University. Continuing his education at MIT, he received a Master of Science in Design Computation and a Master of Science in Computer Science under the guidance of; Patrick Winston, Terry Knight, Erik Demaine and Neil Gershenfeld.

Initiated in 2007, Skylar Tibbits is also the founder and principal of a multidisciplinary design practice, SJET LLC.


Margaret Brisbane, Plenary Speaker, Smart Cities MIAMI 2022


Margaret Brisbane is the Director of the Information Technology Department for Miami Dade County. In her current role she is responsible for leading a team of IT professionals in servicing the technology needs of the County. The primary IT pillars are Security, Platforms, and Applications along with Administration to support all operations. The team provides support to all County Departments including enterprise solution for Financial, Payroll, Human Resources, Public Safety, Legislative, Commerce and the PeopleSoft systems. The team also supports document and asset management and geospatial systems as well as  major technology projects, to include, but not limited to Criminal Justice, Permitting and Code Enforcement, Radio and INFORMS. Prior to joining the County, Margaret served as Director of Service Delivery for Burger King Corporation. During her 20-year career she led the Telecommunications Center of Excellence for various Diageo brands, worked on restaurant systems support as well as Point of Sales system implementation for various domestic and international locations.



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PANEL 1: The Post-Pandemic Smart City: Challenges and Opportunities | 2:00-2:45

This panel examines how technological breakthroughs accelerated by the pandemic intensifies infrastructural investment in smart cities while prompting new legal and ethical questions.  Moderator: TBA

Ingrid Vasiliu-Feltes

Ingrid Vasiliu-Feltes


Softhread is an information technology company that uses Chios™—a patent-pending, blockchain-and-AI-enabled platform that preserves confidentiality and optimizes network security while enhancing operational efficiency. Dr. Vasiliu-Feltes currently serves as the Chief of Clinical Compliance and Quality Assurance at the UM Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and as Director of the Clinical Research Trials Program. She is a Deep Tech, Web 3.0, and Precision Health executive, an innovator, investor, strategist, ethicist, globalist, and futurist. Dr. Vasiliu-Fetes also serves as an SDG (sustainable development goals) Advocate, Board Advisor, TV/Media Consultant, and Author.
Laercio Albuquerque

Laercio Albuquerque

Vice President
Cisco Latam

Laercio leads the strategy to foster innovation and digitization across the region. Supported by a local team and the Cisco Partner Ecosystem, he delivers positive outcomes for customers, government, and society, helping to solve problems, improve productivity, and empower a more inclusive world through the use of technology. He has a degree in Systems Engineering and Management Analysis by Faculdades Associadas de São Paulo (FASP), and has an Executive MBA from Insper. He started his career as an office-boy at BCN when he was just 14 years old, followed by jobs at Duratex, Pirelli, and CA Technologies. Under his leadership, Cisco has been recognized as the best company to work for in many countries. such as Mexico, Peru, Argentina, and Costa Rica.
Eumar Dias de Assis, Panelist, Smart Cities MIAMI 2022, University of Miami School of Architecture

Eumar Dias de Assis

Managing Technical Director

Eumar is a managing technical director at Microsoft leading a team focused on the Internet of Things (IoT). His team works with partners and customers to build innovative solutions on the Microsoft Cloud. Eumar has worked with software development for 18 years; he has been with Microsoft for 10 years, and is also a startup owner. Outside work, Eumar is a lifelong learner and Martial artist, currently a graduate student and Harvard University and Jiu-Jitsu black belt. Eumar is passionate about giving back to the community and inspiring minorities to pursue a career in technology.
David Kelly, Smart Cities MIAMI 2022 Speaker

David Kelly

Professor of Economics
Miami Herbert Business School
University of Miami

Co-chair of the Sustainable Business Research Cluster and Academic Director of the Master of Science in Sustainable Business at UM’s Miami Herbert Business School, Dr. Kelly previously served as chair of the Economics Department (2005-2008), and held positions at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and Carnegie Mellon. He has published widely on optimal climate change policy, design of environmental regulation, adaptation to climate change, economic growth and the environment, and the economics of natural disasters. His research has been funded by NSF, DOE, and other Federal agencies. Dr. Kelly is an award-winning teacher at the undergraduate, Masters, and Ph.D. levels.
Daniel Messsinger, speaker, Smart Cities MIAMI 2022

Daniel Messinger

Early Play and Development Lab
University of Miami

Dr. Messinger is a Professor at the University of Miami in the departments of Psychology, Pediatrics, and Electrical and Computer Engineering, as well the Linda Ray Intervention Center Research Director. He is also the Director of Social Systems Informatics program at the UM Institute for Data Science + Computing. Dr. Messinger is an interdisciplinary developmental psychologist, and the author of over 120 scientific publications appearing in journals such as Science Reports, Developmental Science, and Molecular Autism. He uses big behavioral data to understand social, language, and emotional development. His research has been continuously funded by the federal government for 20 years.

BREAK 2:45-2:55 PM

PANEL 2: From Zoom to XR  Virtualization | 2:55-3:40

The pandemic intensified the use of digital media for teleconferencing and remote work/learning, renewing interest and investment in XR technology. This panel examines the gamut of rapidly evolving technologies that are reshaping and extending reality, gaging their impact on the city.

Nick Tsinoremas

Nick Tsinoremas

Founding Director
University of Miami | IDSC

Dr. Tsinoremas is the Vice Provost for Research Computing and Data, and the Founding Director of the Institute for Data Science + Computing (IDSC). He holds faculty appointments in the School of Medicine and College of Arts & Sciences. He received his B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Athens, and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from the University of Leeds. Before joining UM, he was Head of Informatics and Chemoinformatics at The Scripps Research Institute—Florida. Prior to that, he was Director of Computational Genomics & Genomic Discovery at Rosetta/Merck where he worked to discover, prioritize, and define new drug targets and novel therapeutics. Prior to Merck he led a team at DoubleTwist Inc. that developed the first annotation of the Human Genome.
Kim Grinfeder

Kim Grinfeder

Director, Creative Computing, UM IDSC
Director, Interactive Media Department
University of Miami | School of Communication

Kim is Department Chair/Associate Professor of the UM Interactive Media program; Director, XR Initiative, UM School of Communication; and Director, Creative Computing program, UM IDSC. His production skill set wavers between design, film, and code, with a strong focus on user experience. As an entrepreneur, Kim has successfully established and sold two companies. He holds a Master’s degree in Interactive Telecommunications from NYU, and a B.A. in History from UM. His work often explores new media tech across the spectrum including immersive storytelling, interactive installations, UI Design, branching narratives & emerging communication technologies. His current research and creative work interests are in producing 360° films, immersive storytelling, and non-linear narratives.
Denise Mendez

Denise Mendez

Principal Software Engineer, Data AI and Understanding Mixed Reality

Denise Mendez is currently a Principal Software Engineer in Microsoft’s Mixed Reality group making science fiction real by building ground truth systems for data science and telemetry to support Environmental Understanding runtimes for the Hololens and digital twins. From her years with Motorola she built manufacturing systems to ship millions of smartphones.  She worked at Magic Leap, the largest privately funded startup in history, and helped launch their first Spatial Computing headset, owns a small business teaching the art of ceramics and has ambitions to create a revolution in education by bringing Mixed Reality holograms into South Florida schools.
Ruth Ron

Ruth Ron

University of Miami | School of Architecture

Ruth Ron is an architect whose work explores multiple aspects of digital design, focusing on the borders between architecture and technology, form and media. Ruth received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, a Master’s Degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, and a Master’s Degree in Interactive Telecommunication from NYU. She worked for cutting-edge architectural firms in New York, including Asymptote and LOT-EK, and taught at Arizona State and the University of Florida. She exhibited her work in New York, Seattle, Boston, Jerusalem, Florence, Paris, and Tel-Aviv.

BREAK 3:40-3:50 PM

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PANEL 3: Disrupting the Building Industry | 3:50-4:35 PM

Labor and supply-chain shortages during the pandemic prompted and accelerated technology-driven solutions. The panel discusses how intensified deployments of prefabrication, automation, robotics, and additive manufacturing are disrupting the building industry.

Max Jarosz, Moderator, Smart Cities MIAMI 2022

Max Jarosz

Director of Fabrication + Lecturer
School of Architecture
University of Miami

Max oversees the fabrication facilities and operations at the SoA Miller Fab Lab. He teaches courses on robotics, digital fabrication techniques, and emerging technology in the field of Architecture. Max also serves on the Digital Fabrication and Technology committee, D.E.I. committee, and the Construction Technology sub-committee. He has been included in variety of publications such as Architect Magazine and MAS Context, and has presented at conferences including the 2019 AIA Conference. Max holds a Master of Architecture from MIT, and is a licensed architect in Massachusetts and Florida. Additionally, he holds an MBA from UM. Prior to joining UM, he was a project architect and worked at internationally recognized architecture firms in Boston and New York.
Gregory Coleman

Gregory Coleman

Design Engineer
CW Keller & Associates, Inc.

C.W. Keller & Associates is an engineering and fabrication firm specializing in custom woodwork. Taking on projects nationwide from decorative wood interiors to custom concrete forms, they are a collaborative team of designers, engineers, and craftsmen. Trained as a mechanical engineer, Greg is interested in the automation and analysis techniques required to make complex projects a reality. As architectural software and designs continue to progress, custom fabrication teams are continuously developing tools and workflows that deliver extraordinary projects cost effectively.
George Franco

George Franco

Director of Building Technology
Moss & Associates

George Franco is the founder and CEO of TRIVA, Inc. A company specialized in productivity and risk management technologies using the latest innovations. After spending over a decade working in the construction industry with billions of dollars of project management experience and gained expertise in the development and implementation of innovative technology solutions, George knows the real risks and challenges that the industry is facing and the vast opportunities available for improving a massive sector of the economy and workers lives. George has a deep belief that technology should be respectful, purposeful, and be able to connect and empower people. George is a lifelong learner and has studied at prestigious institutions including MIT and Stanford.
Olivia Ramos | Founder and CEO, Deep Blocks

Olivia Ramos

Deep Blocks

Olivia is spearheading Deep Blocks’ effort to leverage machine learning to streamline the entire process of real estate analysis. She applies her market expertise to turn a process of 3-6 weeks into 15-20 minutes. Olivia was accepted to Singularity University’s Global Solutions Program where she discovered that her wholistic knowledge of developing buildings would be better fit for an AI System. Olivia was also the only female participant in the DARPA Innovation house, where she designed Big Data navigation software. She has also worked under Real Estate Developers, Architects, Brokers, and Contractors and holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia, a Master of Real Estate Development from UM, and a Bachelor’s in Architecture from the University of Florida.
Matthew Trimble

Matt Trimble

Director of Product Development
Branch Technology

Matt has a diverse range of experience working and consulting in the fields of architecture, engineering, and construction for organizations that include Neil M. Denari Architects, Behnisch, Behnisch and Partner, Preston Scott Cohen, Inc., dECOi, IDEO, and Nike. Trimble was the Founder and principal of Radlab, an experimental design and fabrication firm based in Boston. He has previously taught seminars, workshops, and studios for both graduate and undergraduate students at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala City, the Boston Architectural College, the Wentworth Institute of Technology, and MIT. Matt has received a range of grants and awards for design research in robotics, computational design, and experimental construction.
Luisel Zayas

Luisel Zayas


Luisel received a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Puerto Rico. He holds a Master’s of Architecture from MIT, where he developed Robotic Form-work systems as part of his thesis research, receiving The Bill Mitchell Fund ++ Award and the Arthur Rotch Prize. He has built large-scale installations in cities around the world, and worked in multiple firms, more recently as a project manager and NADLab director at NADAAA. In 2018-19, he co-led an MIT IAP workshop in PR as a visiting lecturer, and served as a visiting lecturer at RISD where he taught digital fabrication courses. In 2020, Luisel founded FORMATERIA (an atypical design studio focused on experimental and geometrically complex construction methodologies) and he began first robotics lab in Puerto Rico.

Day 2 Sponsored by Conconcreto

Conconcreto logo

The Day 2 theme is centered around BIM (Building Information Modelling) and is sponsored by Conconcreto.
Join us for coffee and light breakfast at 8:30 AM.  Day 2 opens at 9:00 AM and ends at 12:15 PM.
(Closed session immediately follows 12:15-3:00 PM. THEME: Where are we going?)


PANEL 1: Smart Construction for Smart Cities | 9:05-10:05

  • Autodesk  Through visualization tools it is possible to overlay sensor data with 3D BIM digital twins for historical and real-time remote monitoring of building data in context.
  • Conconcreto  BIMBAU, data and its role in the procurement and construction of buildings from models. BIM families as a way to communicate the construction value chain.
Ines Muñoz

Ines Muñoz

Master of Construction 

Ines Muñoz de Cote is from Mexico City.  She graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and then moved to Miami to pursue her Master’s degree in Construction Management. She graduated from the University of Miami School of Architecture in the summer of 2021, and is currently working at Coastal Construction—one of the largest general contractors in South Florida.
Julio Palma

Julio Palma

Senior Technical Sales Specialist
Autodesk Inc.

Julio is a Civil Engineer with 13 years of professional experience; he belongs to the group of Autodesk technical sales specialists for the Latin American region. He works closely with AEC companies (design/engineering firms, GC’s/subcontractors, owners, and government agencies), advising them on implementing BIM methodology and mandates, efficient and connected workflows, and the digitization of construction sites.  Julio supports the Autodesk GOAL program to evangelize companies on sustainability workflows through technology to achieve sustainable development goals while doing business and ensuring impact on the environment and communities.
Cesar Rodriguez, Speaker, Smart Cities MIAMI 2022

Cesar Rodriguez

BIM Director

Cesar is the Building Information Modeling (BIM) Director at Conconcreto. He is an architect with a specialization in interior architecture. Cesar has a Master’s degree in building information modeling. He specializes in project management, leadership, and direction. He has more than twenty years of experience in office design, great scale construction, and, as an independent professional.

Jaime Rosales D.

Jaime Rosales D.

Forge Senior Developer Advocate
Autodesk Inc.

Jaime is a dynamic, accomplished, Senior Developer Advocate highly regarded for his 10+ years of progressive experience in Software Development, Customer Engagement, and Relationship Building for industry leaders. Jaime has a proven track record of communicating the value and application of company products and services to meet unique client requirements and drive sales in competitive markets. He is respected as a proactive, detail-oriented leader and collaborator who guides team members in achieving reliable on-time, under-budget project completion.  Jaime builds and maintains lasting relationships with customers, driving company and service objectives through a people-focused approach. His exemplary educational qualifications include a Scrum Master Certification from Scrum Alliance and Autodesk Cloud Engineering Bootcamp Certification from Hack Reactor. An out-of-the-box thinker, Jaime is committed to making continuous software, customer communication, and process improvements to enable growth.
Andres Rojas

Andres Rojas

Chief Technology Officer

Andres is a Senior Software Engineer with over 15 years of experience building tech-based products for multiple markets like Asia, Europe, and the Americas. He specializes in Product Development for Startups, Growth Hacking, and Tech Team Building for compelling Startups. Andres worked with First Rock Capital for five years as Head of Engineering, helping Startups overcome technical challenges and Product/Market fit challenges. 

PANEL 2: Multimodel Simulation for Smart Infrastructure | 10:05-11:05

  • Autodesk  The city’s digital twins are used to analyze the level of service or the performance of new projects (transportation, airports, or highways) using mobility simulations and Autodesk traffic models.
  • Conconcreto  Case of BIM implementation in massive transportation infrastructure projects (Transmilenio Av 68- Bogota). Show BIM implementation as part of the vision of building smart cities.
Catalina Cabral-Framinan

Catalina-Cabral Framinan

Bachelor of Architecture program

Catalina is a rising third year architecture student at the University of Miami School of Architecture on a dual degree track for a Bachelor of Architecture and a BA in History. She holds a deep interest in digital fabrication and methods of digitizing construction, and is a lab assistant at the USoA Fabrication Lab and a research assistant at the ConConcreto Research Unit.
Daniel Cremades

Daniel Cremades

Managing Director

Daniel is a Civil Engineer with 15+ years of experience leading major international projects in Europe, ex-URSS, and Latin American countries. He is now based in Miami as the USA Country Manager of Conconcreto, a top-notch Latin-American construction company (with more than 2,800 direct jobs) focused on infrastructure, engineering, and innovation, with $1B in long-term-own asset investments. A high-performance leader, Daniel is committed to solving projects and dealing with organizational challenges. He has successfully led large business launches for several companies in more than ten countries over three continents.
Edmundo Herrera

Edmundo Herrera

BIM/Senior Transportation Engineer
Autodesk Inc.

Edmundo is a Civil Engineer licensed in the State of Florida working for Autodesk as an Infrastructure Technical Specialist Engineer for Major, Mid-market, Federal Accounts and Departments of Transportation in the United States. He is a BIM/Senior Technical Engineer for Autodesk’s civil engineering applications, including Civil 3D, Infraworks (Structural Modeling & Traffic, Mobility Simulations), Inventor (Structural Modeling Parts Creation), Revit Structural (Rebar Layout, Creation & Scheduling), Navisworks (Structures Construction Simulation, Rebar Clashing) and Recap providing specialized engineering functionality and improving customer’s workflows. Edmundo is responsible for demonstrating, teaching, and deploying bridge solutions to customers in the United States and Europe, including recent acquisitions and implementations of Autodesk’s bridge suite of products for the Montana Department of Transportation. He is also responsible for Autodesk’s traffic/mobility simulation solutions in North America, Argentina and the Middle East with graduate studies in MicroSimulation Traffic Engineering at the MIT Campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Edmundo constantly develops specialized techniques and solutions for the bridge, construction, maintenance, and planning sections at the Departments of Transportation in order to expand Autodesk’s presence beyond the traditional design engineering division.

Highlight of qualifications

  • Twenty years of experience with Civil Engineering Projects including software implementations, support, consulting, training and deployment for worldwide customers.
  • International speaker on Infrastructure Projects in countries including: United States, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Saint Lucia, Puerto Rico, Chile, Sweden, Spain, Germany, UAE, Denmark, Ghana, Turkey and France.
  • Consulting for a variety of customers of the transportation and mining industries during all phases of the project.

PANEL 3: How Digitization can Promote Sustainability in one of the Least Eco-Friendly Sectors | 11:15-12:15

  • BIMBAU  When connection all crucial actors (suppliers, constructors, and designers) from early stages, resource efficiency is generated and therefore less waste is produced. Also, using BIM standard you have the sustainability information of each object in the building, which means you can choose objects with a better sustainability index.
Reid Yenor

Reid Yenor

Bachelor of Architecture program

Reid Yenor is Spring 2022 graduate from the University of Miami undergraduate school of architecture. Currently working with Miami-based design firm Atelier Mey on developing the agenda of mass timber building strategies for South Florida.
Juan Luis Aristizábal

Juan Luis Aristizábal

CEO + Founder

For more than 20 years, Juan Luis has been the CEO of Conconcreto, a leading construction and project management company, with more than 2,800 direct jobs, focused on infrastructure, engineering, and innovation, and with $1B in long-term-own asset investments. Juan Luis is a Civil Engineer focused on building a more sustainable future by transforming the industry with technology. He led Conconcreto through an IPO and a partnership with one of the world’s biggest construction companies. He’s currently entering the startup world leading BIMBAU, a platform that improves productivity in the construction sector and spreads the importance of the BIM methodology to transform the industry.
Jane Lanahan Decker, Speaker, Smart Cities MIAMI 2022 Conference, University of Miami School of Architecture

Jane Lanahan Decker

Building Department Director
City of Doral

Jane Decker is currently the Building Department Director for the City of Doral, one of the fastest growing cities in Florida according to Time magazine. She joined Doral in 2012 and found a love and passion for public service and the ability to bridge the gap between AEC professionals and the municipality in which they build. Jane is a licensed code official and floodplain manager. She is the Immediate Past President of the local chapter of the South Florida Building Officials Association. Jane was also recently appointed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to the Building code Administrators & Inspectors Board (BCAIB). In 2019, she completed a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration and is a 2022 Candidate for the Emerging Leaders Development Program with ICMA.
Philip Lund-Nielsen

Philip Lund-Nielsen

COBOD International

Philip Lund-Nielsen is Co-founder of COBOD International, the global leader in 3D construction printers, with investors GE Renewable Energy and PERI Group. After building up experience as a management consultant with McKinsey & Co., he re-joined COBOD in 2021 to assume his current role as Head of the Americas. Philip will move to the US in 2022 to establish COBOD’s satellite offices for sales, service, and manufacturing.

Shawna Meyer

Founding Principal
Atelier Mey

Shawna Meyer is a founding principal of Atelier Mey architecture practice based in Miami, FL and a faculty member at the University of Miami School of Architecture.  The work of Atelier Mey acknowledges an obligation to confront the blasé attitude towards architectural decision making, responsible for shaping the natural and built environments.  Her work in practice, teaching and research exists at the confluence of social, cultural, economic and environmental forces.  The overarching trajectory of Shawna’s career has been in pursuit of architectural attunement through the lens of energetics, matter, and the craft in their assembly.  As principals of Atelier Mey, Shawna and Christopher received a 2021 AIA Honor Award for Sustainable Architects of the Year from Miami AIA chapter.  Through her practicing role as a principal of Atelier Mey and academic role as a lecturer and researcher at the University of Miami School of Architecture Littoral Urbanism Lab [LU_Lab], she explores design as an act of questioning-without perceived bias. The work of Atelier Mey is rooted in innovation and design excellence with recognition of local, national and global awards. Atelier Mey are the authors  (with Daniel Hemmindinger) of Buoyant Clarity Pamphlet Architecture 36 and responsible for the design and construction of the first mass timber structure in Miami-Dade County.
Juan Saldarriaga

Juan Saldarriaga

CEO + Founder

Juan is a Civil Engineer with a title of program management. He has an MBA from Hult International Business School, Cambridge. For his MBA, he focused on disruptive business, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Currently he is the CEO of BIMBAU, a platform that improves productivity in the construction sector, and spreads the importance of the BIM methodology to transform the construction industry worldwide.

Closed Session | Expert Discussion “Where are we going?” follows 12:20-3:00 PM | Korach Gallery (by invitation only).



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