Geodesign Forum

Featured Speakers

Rebecca Parish, LEED GA, Autodesk Revit Certified Professional, Adjunct Prof., MS in Sustainable Design, Thomas Jefferson University

Rebecca Parish

Rebecca Parish is an Adjunct Professor for the Masters in Sustainable Design program in the College of Architecture and the Built Environment at Jefferson. She also works full time for Clark, Richardson and Biskup, coordinating and managing construction documentation as a Building Information Modeling Lead for the Science and Technology team in Plymouth Meeting. CRB is an international one-solution AEC firm that specializes in design and construction of high tech buildings. Rebecca is a Revit-Certified Project Management Professional with 26 years of experience in the AEC field. Her background includes work as a carpenter, a general contractor, a building inspector, an architectural technician, and a BIM consultant. She teaches BIM for Sustainable Design classes at Jefferson.



Andrew Hart, AIA Assoc., Asst. Professor of Architecture, Thomas Jefferson University

Andrew Hart

Andrew Hart specializes in linking the various modes and methods of architectural practice and communication. He teaches courses in drawing, modeling, visualization, representation and virtual reality, historical documentation, and alternative methods of hybrid drawing. He has also has deep connections with community instigated design in conjunction with history, drawing, and visualization. Andrew received his MArch II from Cornell University College of Architecture Art and Planning where he focused on innovative and unusual practices of architecture. Andrew delights in connecting students and communities of Philadelphia to learn and design together. His current work and research focuses on design opportunities in rust-belt communities in Philadelphia, Northeastern Pennsylvania, and Spain. As a designer he has worked professionally with Bohlin Cywinski and Jackson, Claflen Associates, Architects and Planners, and Parergon Design + Build. Andrew is an exhibited artist at the 3rd St Gallery on 2nd St in Philadelphia. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, the Education Chair for the Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance, a member of NCARB ThinkTank2017 among his involvement with various other professional organizations.


Rob Ashley, Director of Operations, Haag 3D Solutions

Rob Ashley

Mr. Ashley is a leader in the 3D Laser Imaging and documentation industry. With over 34 years of experience working in the architectural and engineering industry, his design and survey experience covers a wide range of engineering disciplines, forensic documentation and building as built documentation. Of those 34 years, 17 are in the science of surveying with the last 12 years specifically performing 3D Laser Scanning and documentation services. He has performed and supervised hundreds of 3DLS projects including: highways and bridges; urban land projects, visualization projects for shopping centers; architectural projects involving both interior and exterior building documentation; historical preservation documentation and accident investigations ranging from plant explosions to automobile and crane accidents. Mr. Ashley currently serves as the Director of Operations for Haag 3D Solutions. In this role, he oversees all of the production staff and provides specialized training of all field staff as well as serving as a Project Manager on multiple projects throughout the U.S. He is frequently a guest lecturer at Industry Events, Conferences and Educational Forums.


Andrew Saunders, Associate Professor of Architecture at PennDesign and founding principal of Andrew Saunders Architecture + Design.

As a designer, scholar and faculty member within the discipline of architecture, Andrew Saunders specializes in computational geometry as it relates to aesthetics, material culture, and advanced technology and fabrication.  His approach to practice, research, and teaching leverages contemporary design technology as a critical lens and design instrument for reassessing how the material culture of architecture and design are generated and conceived.  

Saunders received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arkansas and a Masters in Architecture with Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has significant professional experience as project designer for Eisenman Architects, Leeser Architecture and Preston Scott Cohen, Inc.

His current research stems from being awarded the competitive 2015 University of Pennsylvania Research Foundation Grant for Baroque Topologies: Digital Analysis of the Latent Topological Structure of Baroque Architecture to explore how emerging technology—including high-resolution 3D digital scanning and printing—provides unprecedented access to Baroque architecture’s formal complexities, intricate detail, and deep topological structure.  The research has received continued additional support funding from the Mellon Grant for Digital Humanities, Mellon Grant for Humanities, Urbanism and Design as well as leading industrial partners including FARO® Technology and Autodesk™.  Baroque Topologies marks the first extensive survey of key Italian Baroque churches utilizing LiDAR technology as a tool for architectural representation. 


John Schmidt

John Schmidt

John Schmidt has worked in the film business for twenty-five years. His credits and job titles include Set Dressing Electrical Engineer, Video Engineer, Properties Assistant, On-set Match-Move Supervisor, Motion Capture System Design Engineer, Match-Mover, Animation Support Technical Director, Pre-visualization Artist, Procedural Texture Lead, Animator, Visual Effects Technical Shot Planner, Computer Graphics Supervisor for Special Projects , Image-based Rendering Technical Director, Animation Pipeline Supervisor, Set Dressing Machine Shop Technician, Set Scanner, LIDAR Scan Processor, and Visual Effects Technical Supervisor. He has a B.S.E from the Moore School at the University of Pennsylvania