Chapter Meeting: Future Ready - AI in Design

Power Skills

Future Ready: AI in Design

Speaker: Melanie Harris



In this interactive presentation, we embark on a journey into the realm of architectural design, where the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) is reshaping the landscape of innovation. The importance of AI in this field cannot be overstated, as it empowers architects to push the boundaries of creativity, efficiency, and resilience.

AI tools like Midjourney, Bard and ChatGPT have emerged as game-changers, revolutionizing the architectural design process. Midjourney unlocks a world of possibilities by generating and iterating through countless design options, unleashing architects' creative potential. ChatGPT acts as a virtual collaborator, providing real-time insights and enhancing communication among architects, clients, and colleagues. Remarkable examples illustrate the transformative power of AI in architectural design. Take the Edge building in Amsterdam, where AI algorithms optimize energy efficiency, environmental sustainability, and user experience, redefining the standards of architectural excellence.

As we look to the future, AI's integration into architectural design holds immense promise. It streamlines workflows, propels sustainable practices, and fosters innovative solutions. With AI at the forefront, we can envision a world where architecture is not only visionary but also environmentally conscious, shaping a brighter future for generations to come.

Together, let us dwell into this era of AI-driven design, where Midjourney, ChatGPT, and other cutting-edge tools enable us to redefine what is possible. We will focus on ways in which we can harness the power of AI to build a world that balances ingenuity, sustainability, and sensitive contextual design.


About Our Speaker:

Melanie's journey began in India, where she was born to a father in the Army and a mother who was a schoolteacher. At the age of 15, she experienced the loss of her mother to cancer, sparking within her a profound dedication to the welfare of others. However, her calling wasn't to the field of medicine; rather, she found her passion in architecture, specifically in the realm of healing environments. Presently, she serves as the National Director for the healing practice and the Board of Directors at BSA LifeStructures, an integrated Architecture and Engineering firm with 6 studios within the US.

Melanie embodies a diverse array of interests: an architect, an intrepid adventurer, a devoted feline enthusiast, a visionary thinker, a tea sommelier and an aficionado of culinary experiences. Among her cherished memories, two stand out prominently - her solo expedition to Japan in 2019, where she summited Mount Fuji and a more recent summit of the 4 highest peaks in Ireland in one day with her life partner.

She firmly espouses the belief in the transformative potential of community and the resolute influence of design in fortifying societal bonds. In her view, architecture is an amalgamation of art, science, and hope, harmoniously working together to inspire and uplift.

BSA LifeStructures was founded in 1976 from the merger of an engineering and architectural firm, unusual and visionary for its time. Today, we exceed this vision as a national, integrated design firm that believes in the power of inspired solutions that improve lives.


Meeting Agenda

5:30 PM to 6:15 PM - Refreshments & Informal Networking

6:15 PM to 7:15 PM - Presentation by Melanie Harris

7:15 PM to 7:45 PM - Q & A

7:45 PM to 8:30 PM - Networking 

8:30 PM to 9:00 PM - Meeting Adjourns


PMINYC will report 1.0 (one) PDU under the POWER SKILLS category for credentialed chapter members.

Venue Notes

Jay Suites Conference Center at Bryant Park

109 West 39th Street (between 6th avenue Avenue and Broadway, but steps away from 6th Avenue)


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Type of category: Chapter Meetings

Type of activity: Power Skills

Date: November 15th, 2023

Hour: 5:30PM to 8:30PM

Registration close date: November 15th, 2023 at 3:00PM

# of PDUs: 1


Members: USD$45.00

Non members and Guests: USD$55.00

Event Information

Jay Conference Center

109 West 39th Street
New York, NY, 10018