Thursday  |  March 13, 2014  |  6:30 – 8:00 pm  |1.5 LU

SmithGroupJJR |   |  Reception to follow, sponsored by Haworth Brand_FINAL

The use of technology in architecture isn’t limited to CAD. It takes many different forms including social media and crowd-sourcing to generate and promote business. This lecture will examine digital technology as a pervasive force for the Developer and the Designer.


1.      Identify today’s technological trends as it relates to architecture and Architect Magazine R+D awards

2.      Examine crowd-funding as a method to online real estate investment

3.      Identify how social media is integrating in the architecture profession

4.      Discuss how an architecture firm uses technology


Ben Miller

Benjamin Miller |Co-Founder, Fundrise

Benjamin Miller is the co-founder of Fundrise, an equity crowdfunding platform for local real estate, and its affiliate Popularise, a real estate crowdsourcing website. Miller helped create both companies to transform traditional commercial development by giving community members the power to participate and invest in local real estate. Ben has acquired, developed, and financed approximately $1 billion of property in his time as managing partner of WestMill Capital Partners, a real estate development company focused on the Mid-Atlantic region, and as president of Western Development Corp., a large-scale retail developer in Washington, D.C. In addition, he is co-founder of US Nordic Ventures, a transatlantic green venture capital company. He has worked as an analyst for private equity real estate fund Lubert-Adler and was part of the founding staff of Democracy Alliance, a progressive investment collaborative. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he sits on the boards of the non-profits Tumml and the National Center for Children and Families.


Wanda Lau, LEED AP | Senior Editor

Wanda Lau, LEED AP, is an award-winning senior editor at Hanley Wood Media, in Washington, D.C, where she covers technology and products for Architect, Residential Architect,, and Architectural Lighting magazines. She also oversees Architect’s annual R+D Awards program. After five years of working in engineering and construction management on projects throughout the eastern U.S., she transitioned to communications and journalism with a focus on architecture and sustainable design. She holds a B.S. in civil engineering with high honor from Michigan State University, an S.M. in building technology from MIT, where she was a Presidential Fellow, and an M.A. in journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. When she’s not working, she can be found running through the parks of D.C. or attached to her camera.

Architect’s R+D Awards website:


Enoch Sears | Founder,

A  licensed California architect who loves talking about running a great architecture business. Sears founded Business of Architecture to help solo architecture and small firms run a better business so they can have the peace of mind to focus on creating great architecture


Brinn Miracle, AIA | Founder, Architangent LLC

Brinn Miracle is a licensed architect in the state of Texas and is the founder of Architangent, LLC. Architangent began as a simple website for promoting her design competition entries, but quickly evolved into a blogging and social media hub and ultimately, a full-blown architecture firm. Created as a “place for all things design”, Brinn uses Architangent as a platform for educating the general public on good design and through the use of social media, hopes to make architecture approachable by all.

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Photo Credit: Yvette Morris/Melissa Daniel