SOUTHFIELD – The VRARA Detroit has partnered with AIA Detroit Technology in Architectural Practice and the Detroit Area BIM User Group on Nov. 27 for an evening of AR, VR, MR Future in AEC WSG Ghafari.

Join the group in the LTU University Technology and Learning Center Gallery for an evening of exploration and demos with architects, designers and technology leaders in the building design community.

 5:30PM – 6:00 PM:

    •  Food and Beverages Provided

6:00PM – 7:15PM

  • LTU Collaboratory Welcome – Mark Brucki
  • VRARA Introduction – David Pollock and Stephen Dantas
  • AIA and BIM Introduction – Dustin Tiemeyer
  • AEC KEYNOTE: VR / AR: Bridging the Gap between the Intangible and the Built Environment, Katy Rupp, GHAFARI 

7:15PM – 8:00PM


Keynote Presentation Synopsis: VR / AR: Bridging the Gap between the Intangible and the Built Environment

Virtual reality and augmented reality, like many technologies, began as a concept of experiencing intangible objects and environments digitally. As technology progressed, that concept became a reality and has transformed into a multibillion-dollar industry that allows the real world to be virtualized and augmented. In today’s AEC industry, architects, engineers, and owners have to deal with intangible project concepts, such as how people experience time and space in the built environment. This presentation discusses how we can use VR / AR to design and develop these environments, producing outcomes that better serve the users that inhabit them.

Presenter Bio: Katy Rupp, Architectural Designer, Ghafari Associates

As one of Ghafari’s leading champions of virtual reality technologies, Architectural Designer Katy Rupp is skilled at developing highly immersive visuals that enable project stakeholders to virtually explore the physical environments we design long before they are ever constructed. She leads internal VR training and has also presented and demoed these technologies at a variety of industry forums, including most recently at the 2018 AIA Detroit Celebration of Architecture as part of the Technology in Architecture Practice / Detroit Area BIM User Group exhibit.

Katy joined Ghafari in 2014 and has developed a portfolio that includes healthcare, automotive, hospitality, commercial, residential, and education-sector projects. She holds a Master of Architecture from Boston Architectural College and a Bachelor of Science in architecture from Lawrence Technological University.

Firm Overview: Ghafari Associates

Recognized as the “2017 Design Firm of the Year” by Engineering News-Record Midwest, Ghafari Associates is a global engineering, architecture, process design, consulting, and construction services firm driven to meet the distinct needs of every client. For nearly 40 years, the firm has created spaces and processes that help businesses and people thrive. Ghafari is recognized as a pioneer in adopting and standardizing the latest industry advancements, including building information modeling, reality capture, and virtual and augmented reality. 


  • LTU Students and Faculty – FREE (MUST register with valid LTU email address)
  • AIA and BIM Members: FREE
  • GUESTS – $15 plus Eventbrite Service Charge

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