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Digital Assistants Program

Program Coordinator

Andrew Lucia


Current Digital Assistants (2016-2017)

Warren Balabas  (M.Arch '17)

Skills: Rhino, SketchUp, Revit, AutoCAD, Maxwell, V-Ray, Podium, Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere, Illustrator)
Warren has years of experience in technical hand sketching/rendering.

Pratibha Chauhan  (M.Arch '18)

Skills: Rhino, Grasshopper (basic), Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD, Sketchup
Pratibha considers herself more of a generalist with respect to her experience with the tools listed above. She is passionate about exploring digital space as a place for experimentation and creativity.

Zhetao Dong  (BDA '18)

Skills: Rhino (grasshopper), Processing, Arduino, Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign), Programming (Java and Python)
Zhetao has been working intensely with Rhino, having adequate skill using grasshopper and ability to code directly in Rhino to create rhythmic and intricate geometries. He has developed interests in art, perceptual psychology, computer science and various technologies like Virtual Reality, hologram, and interactive applications.

Elizabeth Kutschke  (M.Arch '16, MS-SD '17)

Skills: AutoCAD, Revit, SketchUp, Sefaira, Rhino, Diva, IES VE, eQuest, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Green Building Studio, Climate Consultant
Liz is skilled in energy modeling and daylight simulation modeling. She also has experience with 3D modeling and graphic programs.

Christopher Savage  (M.Arch '18)

Skills: programming (C/C++, java, python, scripting,...), Arduino, Revit, 3D printing, linux and open-source software
Chris has experience with software development, with a focus on scientific, numerical, and visualization work. He has worked with a wide variety of software, many outside of the traditional CDes workflow. He is familiar with arduino and basic circuitry.

Dustin Schipper  (M.Arch '17)

Skills (knowledgable): Rhino, Revit, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dynamo, Grasshopper
Skills (some experience): Java, Python, Maya, 3DSMax, Sketchup, Blender, Sefaira, Green Building Studio, Climate Consultant, Ladybug, Diva, Honeybee, GIS tools, Microsoft Access
Dustin is comfortable implementing various computational design strategies, and has a decent understanding of many foundational principles of digital modeling. He has experience using Revit in a professional context, and thinks Rhino is awesome! He also has a healthy amount of fabrication experience.

Tom Vogel  (M.Arch '18)

Skills: Adobe Creative Cloud, Rhino, Revit, Digital Production
Tom has spent far too many hours in front of the entirety of the Adobe product line, has some experience modeling in Rhino and Revit, and a working knowledge of the fabrication machines/processes within the FabLab.


Past Digital Assistants

2015-2016 DAs

Molly Dalsin

Mir Yong Gyun Noh

Elliot Olney

Kyle Palzer

Cara Prosser

Dustin Schipper

2014-2015 DAs
Sam Daley
Molly Dalsin
Travis Herr
Joe Mollen
Elliot Olney
Dustin Schipper
Theodore Wright
Jinguang Xie

2013-2014 DAs
Phil Bussey
Sam Daley
John Greene
Sangyong Hahn
Hwan Kim
Nick Kramer
Claire Lonsbury
Elliot Olney
Christina Stark


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