A young boy and his mother check out one of the origami pieces during the pre-function reception.
Robert Lang, mathematician and origami expert, gave a fascinating presentation on the science of origami.
Mark Morden of Wiss Janney Elstner Associates, Inc., origami enthusiast and founder of "PAPER," was the concluding speaker.
SEFW Board member Nancy Devine introduced all of the speakers.
A table of hands-on origami pieces was a hit during the networking reception.
SEFW Board Member Nancy Devine shares the stage with Tina Hovsepian of Cardborigami.
SEFW Chair Mark D'Amato took just a moment at the start of the Forum to identify some of SEFW's endeavors for the year, including outreach with the SEAW Outreach Committee and the FilmWorks Initiative. Mark took the opportunity to show the winning video from the 2017 FilmWorks competition, "Imagine a Better World," submitted by Luke Heath of PCS Structural Solutions. The video captures a spirit of structural engineering and its impact on the world. It was a great way to kick off the Forum.
The first speaker was Robert D. Lang, PhD., professional mathematician and internationally recognized origami scientist. Robert had a very engaging presentation which both showed some of his most creative art commissions and shared origami applications in scientific fields such as space exploration, medicine, and criminal justice. Overall it was interesting to see origami as a unique blending of science and art.
Following Robert's remarks was Tina Hovsepian, AIA, professional architect/developer and founder of the non-profit Cardborigami. Tina applied the origami principle to a significant building industry social concern: the need for temporary housing to help communities in need. What started as a university project for Tina has grown into a means for international public service, with foldable Cardborigami shelters having been used in 92 countries.
The final speaker for the evening was Mark R. Morden, AIA, Associate Principal at Wiss Janney Elstner Associates Inc. in Seattle and local origami enthusiast. Mark brought the conversation to a close by tying applications of origami into the architecture and engineering world. He discussed prefabricated housing design options that include folding for portability, as well as innovations in lighting, acoustics, shading, and more. Many examples of origami can be seen in structures being built today.
All three speakers had a unique perspective on applications of origami in the design industry, and overall it was a very enlightening evening!
Close to 300 people participated the event, which included a pre-function networking reception that featured origami art displays, hands-on origami examples, a Cardborigami temporary shelter. Thank you to PAPER – the Puget Area Paperfolding Enthusiasts Roundtable – the Seattle area origami hobbyist group, which contributed volunteers and origami examples to the reception.
SEFW also wishes to extend a special thank you to the 43 local firms, 16 individual Friends of the Foundation, and 19 Cooperating Organizations that supported the Forum this year. All donated funds go toward SEFW programs, including support of the SEAW Outreach Committee, SEAW Scholarship program, and more.
About our speakers:
Mark R. Morden, AIA
Robert D. Lang, PhD
Tina Hovsepian, AIA
Robert D. Lang, PhD. is an artist and origami consultant based in Alamo, CA. He is recognized as one of the foremost origami artists in the world and is a pioneer in computational origami and folding design algorithms. With a PhD in applied physics from Caltech, Robert has worked with NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Spectra Diode Laboratories, and JDS Uniphase, and is author on 100+ papers, 50 patents in lasers and optoelectronics, and 16 books. He received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Caltech and is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. To see more of his artwork, visit www.langorigami.com.
Tina Hovsepian, AIA, is the Founder and President of Cardborigami, based in Los Angeles, CA. has a bachelor’s in architecture from USC and has experience at Callison, Gruen, and M-Rad Architecture. She is currently design director for Oceanwide Plaza, described as the largest mixed-use development in the history of downtown LA. She is also founder and board chair of Cardborigami, a non-profit that provides transitional shelters for the homeless using her patented portable shelter invention. In recognition of her humanitarian work, Tina was featured in the 2017 Forbes 30 under 30 list of Social Entrepreneurs. To learn more about her non-profit, visit www.cardborigami.org.
Mark R. Morden, AIA, is a forensic architect and Associate Principal for Wiss Janney Elstner Associates, Inc., with a BA in architecture from University of Oregon. He worked on the Washington State Legislative Building rehab in Olympia and the Group Health recladding in Everett. Mark first learned of origami in grade school, and has now been practicing paper folding for 30+ years. He founded the Puget Area Paperfolding Enthusiasts Roundtable, “PAPER,” the premier northwest organization dedicated to the promotion and practice of origami. Mark has created several origami artworks, and has been featured in international shows, festivals, and art collections.
About our supporters:
Thank you to the more than 43 firms sponsored the Forum, while 16 cooperating organizations provided publicity and support for the successful event.
Cary Kopczynski & Company
PCS Structural Solutions
Coughlin Porter Lundeen
Green & Yalowitz
KPFF Consulting Engineers
Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Peikko Group USA
Smith & Huston
Wetherholt & Associates
Graphite Design Group
Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty Company
Kramer Gehlen & Associates
Lease Crutcher Lewis
Mark & Linda D'Amato
Mayes Testing Engineers
MiTek Builder Products
Quantum Consulting Engineers
Shannon & Wilson
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates
ACE Mentor Program of Washington
American Concrete Institute
American Council of Engineering Companies of Washington
American Institute of Architects, Seattle Chapter
American Institute of Architects, Spokane Chapter
Art Institute of Seattle
ASCE University of Washington Chapter
Jungle City / Japanese Culture in Seattle
Masonry Institute of Washington
Northwest Concrete Masonry Association
Portland Oregon Paper Shapers
Puget Area Paper Enthusiasts Roundtable ("PAPER")
Seattle Architecture Foundation
Seattle University Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Structural Engineers Association of Washington
University of Washington Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering