GS&P’s Kaelin and Hubbard to Speak on Virtual Reality at APA-KY Spring Conference

Presentation Will Focus on Virtual Reality as a Design Tool

May 16, 2017   |   Louisville,  Ky.   |   Events

Gresham, Smith and Partners announces that Landscape Architecture Intern Jared Kaelin, MLA, ASLA, and Architect Brian Hubbard, AIA, will present at the American Planning Association Kentucky Chapter’s Spring Conference on May 18 in Jamestown, Kentucky. Kaelin, who provides guidance on virtual reality practices for GS&P’s engineering and planning groups, and Hubbard, who supports virtual reality implementation within GS&P’s architecture and interior design practices, will discuss applications of virtual reality in the design and public engagement process.

“Virtual Reality is becoming increasingly available and is proving to be a powerful design tool,” commented Kaelin. “For the first time, clients can easily understand scale and perspective outside of a 2D plan. I’m excited to talk about the ways we can use virtual reality to better our designs, relationships and communities.” 
 
“While the technology and software behind virtual reality are complex, the tool simplifies and enhances design communication and allows clients to experience how a project will actually look and feel,” commented Hubbard. “I look forward to sharing case study examples for how we have utilized VR to further our designs and public engagement efforts and hope to drive good dialogue among participants for how we can continue to push the limits of this technology.”
 
A summary of the presentation follows.
 
Virtual Reality: Keeping it Real
Presentation by Jared Kaelin, MLA, ASLA and Brian Hubbard, AIA
 
Virtual Reality (VR) experiences can be a powerful tool within contemporary planning and design practices. Tools for VR implementation are rapidly advancing; 2D plans can be brought to life through a variety of programs, allowing clients to experience the possibilities for their design. Kaelin and Hubbard will discuss ways to capitalize on VR in planning and design, as well as how the process can better inform public engagement and make complex designs more approachable. They will also share examples of how Gresham, Smith and Partners has implemented VR in the firm’s processes and pursuits.

“While the technology and software behind virtual reality are complex, the tool simplifies and enhances design communication and allows clients to experience how a project will actually look and feel. I look forward to sharing case study examples for how we have utilized VR to further our designs and public engagement efforts and hope to drive good dialogue among participants for how we can continue to push the limits of this technology.”

Brian Hubbard, AIA, Architect, GS&P
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