LEADER IN THE CON­VER­GENCE of tech­nol­ogy, ed­u­ca­tion and de­sign

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WORLD-RENOWNED de­signer, in­no­va­tor, ed­u­ca­tor and land speed record holder Michael Sturtz will share his views on tech­nol­ogy, de­sign and user ex­pe­ri­ence in the built en­vi­ron­ment at Fa­cil­i­ties In­te­grate 2018 in Septem­ber.

Sturtz is recog­nised as a leader in the con­ver­gence of tech­nol­ogy, ed­u­ca­tion and de­sign and has spo­ken in mul­ti­ple high- pro­file lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion at TedX Stan­ford when he was a lec­turer at the fa­mous Amer­i­can univer­sity. He is also a fa­mil­iar fig­ure in this coun­try, hav­ing acted as lead con­sul­tant in the de­sign of Welling­ton’s The Learn­ing Con­nex­ion Ltd.

Sturtz is de­liv­er­ing a key­note at the fa­cil­i­ties man­age­ment and sys­tem in­te­gra­tion ex­hi­bi­tion ex­am­in­ing tech­nol­ogy, de­sign and user ex­pe­ri­ence. “With so much tech­nol­ogy en­ter­ing ev­ery as­pect of our lives to­day, the real chal­lenge is bal­ance: find­ing that elu­sive point be­tween tech­nol­ogy, which can be over­whelm­ing, and prac­ti­cal ad­van­tage,” says Sturtz

While ar­chi­tects tend to obsess over how a build­ing looks and en­gi­neers fo­cus on struc­tural is­sues, he adds that users them­selves are of­ten at best an af­ter­thought. He there­fore en­cour­ages de­sign that places user ex­pe­ri­ence at its core.

“It’s hard to be an ex­pert in ev­ery­thing; even world class ar­chi­tects who know how to cre­ate a stun­ning build­ing tend miss the hu­man el­e­ment. It’s ei­ther not con­sid­ered or not val­ued. And that should change,” he says.

Sturtz strongly be­lieves space dic­tates be­hav­iour (the de­sign and con­struc­tion of a build­ing will in­flu­ence, for ex­am­ple, mood and am­bi­ence), and ar­gues that de­sign­ers should con­sider how peo­ple find their way to, en­ter, and move through spa­ces, as fac­tors in­flu­enc­ing over­all user ex­pe­ri­ence.

With a stun­ningly di­verse range of achieve­ments to his name, Sturtz pro­vides unique per­spec­tives on mul­ti­ple is­sues. In 1999 he set out to rein­vent arts ed­u­ca­tion by found­ing the United States’ largest non- profit in­dus­trial arts fa­cil­ity, The Cru­cible.

Next, he led Stan­ford’s Re­Design­ing Theater Project to turn theatre on its head within the worl­drenowned dS­chool, mov­ing on to chart the fu­ture of mak­ing and learn­ing while lead­ing Stan­ford’s Cre­ative Ig­ni­tion Lab at Au­todesk in San Fran­cisco.

Th­ese days, he spends most of his time at Google X, the in­ter­net gi­ant’s pro­to­typ­ing lab where un­com­fort­ably am­bi­tious, po­ten­tially world- chang­ing new ideas are trans­formed into early- stage proof- of- con­cept pro­to­types. Now in his sec­ond year at Google X, Sturtz has be­gun lead­ing his own ‘moon- shot’ in­ves­ti­ga­tions, and has joined an elite team poised to pi­o­neer the fu­ture of au­to­mated man­u­fac­tur­ing.

And if all of that wasn’t im­pres­sive enough, Sturtz leads an ac­tive life as a per­form­ing artist and sculp­tor. He even has a land- speed record to his name (and re­calls en­coun­ter­ing the spirit of Burt Mun­roe at Bon­neville Salt Flats), hav­ing pi­loted a cus­tom- built mo­tor­cy­cle ‘Die Moto’ to a new top speed pow­ered solely by biodiesel.

Fa­cil­i­ties In­te­grate Event Man­ager Matt Garty says Sturtz’s pre­sen­ta­tion is a mus­tat­tend. “We’re thrilled to se­cure a speaker with Michael’s cre­den­tials. For ev­ery­one at­tend­ing the show, this is a great op­por­tu­nity to hear more about the cut­ting edge of de­sign and in­te­gra­tion in an age where tech­nol­ogy sur­rounds us ev­ery day.”

Fa­cil­i­ties In­te­grate is a trade- only event and takes place at the ASB Show­grounds on 25 and 26 Septem­ber.


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