Leland Curtis

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“I want to demystify AI and machine learning,” says Leland, who seems to have already made great strides toward that goal. He founded co.de.D (Computational Design Detroit), originally a program for AIA Detroit that has grown into a national platform for integrating computational thinking into design. “I believe that tech empowers our profession to design more intelligently by integrating data and knowledge into the design process,” suggests Leland. “I strive to invent new methods that will transform the way our entire industry designs for a more sustainable future.”  Leland also appreciates the simple pleasures of unplugging from it all—especially if it can be with his guitar at his parents’ hobby farm in Pennsylvania. “The creative process of writing music is what drew me to architecture in the first place,” he explains, “And no exotic adventure is more fulfilling than coming home.”