Co-founder of Designbox to speak at Activate 14 on April 16th

Activate 14, a community outreach initiative of the American Institute of Architects’ North Carolina chapter (AIA NC), will host a 3D Printing Seminar and Open House on Thursday, April 16th, from 4-7 p.m., at the AIA NC Center for Architecture & Design, 14 East Peace Street, in downtown Raleigh.

The event is free and open to the public, but participants are asked to RSVP at

During the open house, architects, designers, and professors will share their applications of additive manufacturing, better known as 3D printing. Models and a maker-bot will be on hand for viewing and demonstrations.

The seminar, from 5:30-6:15 p.m., will address how 3D printing is impacting architecture and design. Speakers Iinclude:

David Hill, AIA, Associate Professor of Architecture, NC State University College of Design

Lee Cherry, Research Associate in Art and Design, NCSU College of Design Graduate Program

Chris Beorkrem, Associate Professor at the UNC-Charlotte School of Architecture

Aly Khalifa, co-founder of DesignBox in Raleigh and Lyf Shoes (“the digital cobbler”)

Jay Smith, AIA, of Duda Paine Architects in Durham.

Architects in attendance May receive 1 HSW Continuing Education credit.

This event is part of Activate 14’s ongoing mission to strengthen the civic role of architecture and design in the community. For more information and to keep up with future events, visit

About Activate 14:

Activate 14 is an outreach initiative from AIA NC to strengthen the civic role of architecture and design in the community by organizing events and discussions to accomplish these goals:

1. Promote the Center for Architecture and Design as a public resource.

2. Engage architects, artists and designers in exploring “big picture” questions.

3. Convene the public around environmental and social issues.

Each event is a call-to-action for those interested in building community. Events are designed to empower people to make a difference in shaping the world around them. Visit and follow on Facebook at


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