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32CE - Augmented Reality in Architecture and Construction

24 May 2018 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

Technology plays an ever-increasing role in architecture and construction, and Augmented Reality (AR) is set to transform the way we envision and build our cities. Learn how it is being used now, both in design and on the jobsite, and how today’s technology pioneers see it being implemented in the near future. 

Clients and architects need to make every effort to make the best decisions in every step of the way toward the final architecture. With the help of CAD and building information modelling (BIM), we have made tremendous progress in representing a building on papers or on screens; however, we are still limited in the size of the medium in 2D. With the help of VR and AR, we can not only provide full-scale 3D environments to a client, but also demonstrate how a space functions interactively in real time. 

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is a real-life model worth?

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn current definitions and decipher the terms used in popular media.
  2. See and understand how AR is being used by architects and contractors now, and the potential for it in the future.
  3. Learn what tools are required to implement AR in your own practice.
  4. Get started building your own VR and AR models.


Joy Henderson, B.E.S., B.Arch., OAA, M.Int’l.Coop.Arch., Shuan Liu, M.Arch., OAA, and Michael Verity

Joy Henderson is a building architect and urbanist, currently developing a software platform for sustainable urban data. A sessional lecturer at the University of Toronto, she has worked in private practice, public service and academia on both sides of the Atlantic. Varied architectural work includes design development for the Toulouse Centre d’Art Contemporain (constructed), helping socially marginalized communities in Spain and collaboration at Diamond and Schmitt Architects, before her master’s degree in International Co-operation in Architecture: Urbanization and Housing in Developing Contexts, from the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona. She led the Toronto: Smart and Connected Tour for the OAA in 2016.

Shuan Liu, as senior architect, participated in the rebuilding of the World Trade Center in NYC from integrating the “east bathtub” underground transit system to designing WTC Tower Four. He also designed hotel, retail shopping mall, commercial office and residential buildings in Abu Dhabi and Toronto. He has a bachelor degree in architecture from Chongqing University, School of Architecture in China and a master’s degree from Syracuse University, School of Architecture in the United States. Besides working at Hariri Pontarini Architects, he is a part-time professor teaching project management, specification writing and advanced CAD in Durham College.

Michael Verity is a founding partner at Boszko & Verity Inc., a construction company dedicated to the needs of architects and their clients operating out of Toronto. He plays a key role overseeing the construction of award-winning projects, as well as managing the development of the company. Michael is committed to fostering new technology in construction both in the office and on the jobsite. He began his career as an architect and formed B&V in 2001 with Orest Boszko on the principle that the construction process was as important as design for a successful project.