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October 13, 2016



Architecture department to host lecture by Nathan Miller on Oct. 17

By Thom Jackson

The architecture department in the College of Architecture, Planning & Design, will host a lecture by Nathan Miller, founder of Proving Ground, at 5 p.m. Oct. 17 in the K-State Student Union's Little Theatre.

Miller's lecture "Data, Performance, and the Mainstream" will discuss that while buildings remain costly, risky and time-consuming endeavors, data is increasingly cheap, fast and pervasive. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Miller will explore the concept of data-driven design and the opportunities to create value in architecture. Using a combination of real-world case studies and experimental prototypes, Miller will demonstrate uses of data for guiding design decisions, communicating insight to clients and creating opportunities for innovation in the building industry.

Proving Ground is a new business venture focused on data-driven solutions for architecture. As a consultant, Miller has advised leaders and teams in some of the most reputable organizations in the building industry. Prior to starting Proving Ground, Miller was an associate partner at CASE. As a director, Miller built many trusted relationships with clients throughout the building industry. His clients have included HDR, RTKL Associates, Snohetta, NBBJ, UNStudio, AECOM, DIALOG and Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.

Whether offering strategic insight or developing custom tools, Miller strives to help his clients leverage data to deliver value. He has authored numerous free and open source software tools that are widely used by professionals and academics. He continues to publish resources and experiments with computational technologies including LunchBox, Rhynamo and Slingshot.

This lecture is sponsored in partnership by the architecture department and HOK, an American worldwide design, architecture, engineering and urban planning firm.

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