Masonry Meets the Future

Tuesday, September 24, 2024 | 12-1 p.m. Eastern Time

Jenny E. Sabin and Beth Bailly are two visionary leaders in the ever-evolving landscape of architecture and technology. Jenny is at the forefront of redefining how we perceive and construct the built environment. Her innovative work blurs the lines between science and design, drawing inspiration from the intricate beauty of biology and the precision of mathematics. Beth takes a pragmatic approach to the intersection of building restoration and technology. Beth integrates software solutions catering to unique architectural restoration and maintenance needs. Together, Jenny and Beth represent a dynamic duo, pushing the boundaries of what's possible in the realm of architecture. They are embracing a more sustainable and technologically advanced future and simultaneously preserving the architectural treasures of the past. 
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 Learning Objectives:

  • Discover fresh perspectives on generative and ecological architectural design.
  • Investigate the collaboration between designers, robotic tools, advanced software, and nuanced material behavior that creates the potential for architects and craftspeople to have a more direct and active relationship with their designs.
  • Comprehend historic masonry strengths and weaknesses and explore rehabilitation strategies using image recognition software.
  • Define advances in deep learning for computer vision to identify and detect viable damage on facades.

About the Speakers

Jenny e. Sabin, M.ARCH, BFA, BA 
Principal, Jenny Sabin Studio

Jenny E SabinJenny E. Sabin is an architectural designer whose work is at the forefront of a new direction for 21st century architectural practice — one that investigates the intersections of architecture and science and applies insights and theories from biology and mathematics to the design of responsive material structures and ecological spatial interventions for diverse audiences. Sabin is the Arthur L. and Isabel B. Wiesenberger Professor in Architecture and the inaugural Chair for the new multi-college Department of Design Tech at the Cornell College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, where she established a new advanced research degree in Design Technology. She is principal of Jenny Sabin Studio, an experimental architectural design studio based in Ithaca, and Director of the Sabin Design Lab at Cornell AAP. Her book, LabStudio: Design Research Between Architecture and Biology, co-authored with Peter Lloyd Jones, was published in July 2017. That same year, Sabin won MoMA & MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program with her submission, Lumen.

Beth Bailly
Chief Operating Officer, Building Conservation Associates, Inc.

Beth Baily

Beth is part of the senior executive team, overseeing operations across the company and providing client relationship support. In addition to day-to-day operations, Beth is responsible for creating and integrating custom built software solutions for the restoration and maintenance of buildings working alongside BCA's staff of architects and conservators to customize these tools. A strong proponent of sustainability, Beth recognizes preventative maintenance's role in the preservation of heritage buildings and the importance of extending these resources for the next generation.

Beth was recognized with a Technology Award as part of Commercial Observer's Women in Real Estate Forum. She is a member of The Association of Preservation Technology International. Beth holds a B.A. from Beloit College, a Certificate in Masonry Conservation from Restore, and a Certificate in OSHA's Hazards Communication Standard. 

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