Keynote Address 2019

Hilda Espinal, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CDT, MCSE
Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer
Cannon Design

Architect 2.0: Designing The Future With New Technologies
1 LU Hour


Hilda Espinal is CannonDesign’s Chief Technology Officer, responsible for the evolution and implementation of computational tools and workflows, immersive technologies, building information modeling, advanced building analysis and design intelligence. A licensed architect and technology leader for more than 19 years, she helps clients and project teams around the world leverage technology and intelligent data to make informed decisions in the design process and innovate, while reducing risk and maximizing the impact of investments.

Hilda sits on the national board of directors for Women for Economic Leadership and Development (WELD), advisory board for Mars Home Planet Urbanization Challenge and leads CannonDesign Diversity and Inclusion Council. She is a regular speaker at both national and international industry and educational events. Hilda is actively engaged in the Autodesk Executive Council and the AIA’s CIO/CTO Large Firm Roundtable. In 2016, Hilda Espinal was named one of the “Top Women in Technology” by the Dallas Business Journal.

As Architecture graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Hilda began to identify ways in which technology enhanced the design process to the extent that it inspired her to get a master’s in information systems at DePaul University and has since 1999, carved a career path where design and technology intersect.   Hilda built a Digital Practice at Perkins and Will and led this exciting space, as CTO for the global practices of HKS and Cannon Design for the past 5 years.