University of Southern California


Digital leader in architecture merges virtual reality with big data

Karen Kensek thinks of buildings as living organisms, self-adjusting and self-correcting, as they transmit a constant stream of data about themselves. Unlike most living organisms, however, many of a building’s attributes can be predicted before construction. Kensek, assistant professor at the USC School of Architecture, is a pioneer in these predictions, using computer applications to model a building’s features.