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In Defense of Architecting

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What is it with the word “architecting?” Ask architects what they do, and they will say that they design. Ask UX designers about the work of designing a system, and they often call it “architecting.” It’s a word that makes architects cringe, but that UX designers embrace: architecting is the practice of making complex things simpler and more straightforward. In this talk, Molly will trace the tensions around architecting through the work of architects like Christopher Alexander, Richard Saul Wurman, and Nicholas Negroponte, and the ways that their collaborations with cybernetics, cognitive science and artificial intelligence brought systems architecture to bear in ways that seem very familiar today.

In the word “architecting,” Molly will trace the deep history of UX design, one that unites architects and artificial intelligence, and that goes back some 50 years.




Molly Wright Steenson is a designer, writer, speaker, and professor whose work focuses on the intersection of design, architecture, and artificial intelligence. She’s the author of the forthcoming book Architectural Intelligence: How Designers, Tinkerers, and Architects Created the Digital Landscape (MIT Press, Fall 2017). She’s also a UX pioneer who has worked with the web since its earliest days, and an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Design. Steenson speaks internationally about design and technology and holds a PhD in architecture from Princeton University.

This event co-organized with WorldIA Day Pittsburgh and sponsored by MidwestUX. Be sure to register for MidwestUX 2017.




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