Metropolis Forums

June 2nd, 4:00PM–5:00PM EDT


Video-conferencing software, workflow management tools, new BIM plugins, and even social networking for designers—the pandemic has brought about many changes in how architecture and design is practiced today. How have leading A&D firms adapted their technology strategies, and what do they have their eye on for the future?

New Tech for Architecture and Design



773.avinash Rajagopal Headshot Credit Nicholas Calcott

Avi Rajagopal

Editor in Chief

Avinash Rajagopal is the editor-in-chief of Metropolis magazine. He is an expert on product and interior design in the digital age, as a historian of contemporary design as well as a frequent speaker at key industry events. He is the author of Hacking Design (Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2013). and has contributed to numerous volumes on architecture and design, including Adhocracy (Istanbul Design Biennial, 2012), Making Africa (Vitra Design Museum, 2015) and Atlas of Furniture Design (Vitra Design Museum, forthcoming). He has lectured on design history and writing at the School of Visual Arts, New York; the University of Texas at Austin; and the National Institute of Design, India.


Rob DeMillo

Rob DeMillo

Chief Technology Officer

Rob DeMillo, Chief Technology Officer at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, has stood at the forefront of cutting edge technology development throughout his career, and has been recognized by EContent Magazine as one of the industry’s Top 15 Digital Media Influencers. An acknowledged technology thought leader with expertise in digital media, digital advertising, mobile, business intelligence, and e-commerce market spaces, Rob offers a powerful understanding of technology at both the engineering and architectural levels, along with marketplace, positioning, and operational savvy on the business side.

Michael Beneville

Michael Beneville

Founder and CEO

Michael Beneville is the founder and CEO of Beneville Studios, which specializes in realizing the visions and telling the stories of their clients, whether individuals, families or corporations. At any given time, he and his team might be simultaneously and discreetly creating projects as varied as privately commissioned books, machines, films, fine art, and corporate headquarters for the world’s most exclusive clientele. Beneville is also the Chief Creative Officer and visionary leader behind AREA15, a 250,000-square-foot reinvention of immersive art, entertainment, retail opening in Las Vegas in early 2020. Beneville Studios has been the creative consultant for the award-winning New York City headquarters of iHeartMedia, the completely reimagined entrance to the Empire State Building Observatory, the lounges for BLADE helicopters in both New York and Miami, and the Warner Music Group offices in Los Angeles. Today, the firm’s purview includes millions of square feet of design and projects that span the globe.

Don Weinreich

Don Weinreich


Don Weinreich is a Partner at Ennead Architects with over 30 years of experience working across typologies, with a particular emphasis on delivering transformative architectural solutions for academic, cultural and research institutions. Some of his notable projects include New York Hall of Science, the Natural History Museum of Utah, the University of Michigan Biological Science Building, The Brooklyn Museum, and the William H. Neukom Building at Stanford Law School. In addition to his project-based work, Don is responsible for Ennead’s technology development, leading the implementation of new ways in which architectural computing can advance the firm’s practice and he leads the firm’s Business Continuity Task Force. Don also has a leadership role in Ennead Lab, the firm’s research and development arm. He is an alumnus of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.