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Practice-Based Research: Brian Ho

Brian Ho

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Brian Ho
senior design lead, Sidewalk Labs

Lightning presentation
9:30 am - 9:45 am EDT
Generative Research for Generative Design

How do you define practice-based research?
In creating tools and products that apply new technology to existing design processes, practice-based research is how we understand, explore and de-risk new ideas.

What is the biggest barrier to practice-based research?
Understanding what it is not!

What is the value of practice-based research?
You can drive innovation with evidence that a novel concept can work in reality.

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Brian Ho is a Senior Design Lead at Sidewalk Labs. He applies Sidewalk Labs’ generative design product to real-world urban design and development, and focuses on creating better experiences and outcomes for users and projects.

As an interdisciplinary designer, Brian has worked previously at the Center for Green Buildings and Cities, the Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, Leroy Street Studio and Waggonner & Ball Architects on digital and physical projects spanning AR/VR, civic technology, architecture and urban planning. He has taught in urbanism and urban studies at the Yale School of Architecture and lectured at MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning and Harvard's Graduate School of Design.

Brian received his Master in Design Engineering with distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and received a B.A. in Architecture with distinction from Yale University.

In his spare time, Brian enjoys any excuse to get outside, and is always looking for a better backpack.