A Human-Centered Approach to Artificial Intelligence


The built environment requires careful crafting. Technology can relieve professionals of mundane tasks, which amplifies productivity. Could this become a balance between the built environment and digital environment?

Welcome to the second season of Architecture 5 10 20! I’m your host, Guy Geier, Managing Partner of FXCollaborative Architects in New York. Guests from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences related to the built environment will come to share their thought leadership. Our conversations will start with understanding how they arrived at what they’re doing now. More importantly, we will focus on discussing their vision for the future, looking out 5, 10, and 20 years.

Today, I’m joined by Lori Mazor, an architect and educator who is guiding organizations towards a future of creativity, collaboration, and growth with generative AI and metaverse technologies. Lori is the CEO and founder of Synthetivity where she teaches AI with a human touch. She inspires exploration of this evolving field and how it can impact the design industry.

Listen to Lori speak about her perspective of the current AI landscape, how she envisions the technology impacting the design industry, and what AI can potentially do for the good of the world as it develops. Lori’s stumble into the AI space led her to a new way of contributing to the built environment. She also imagines the development of the digital environment and how society will integrate the technologies.

Lori’s creative, human-centered approach to the use of AI inspires us to experiment with these tools while infusing them with our own individual perspectives. Keeping in mind the 50/50 process of working with a machine, we can leverage AI to strategically assist us with tasks while avoiding the fantastic banality of over-use.


Time stamps:

[01:13] – Lori Mazor says she stumbled into AI as a happy accident.

[03:42] – What is Lori’s perspective of the current AI landscape?

[06:19] – How can people be sure the information of generative AI is accurate?

[08:59] – What is AI with a human touch?

[10:59] – Lori experiments with using ChatGPT as an assistant.

[12:44] – Can AI bring balance to the work of architects?

[15:03] – Infuse AI with your own originality.

[16:54] – Lori talks about how she helps organizations understand and utilize AI.

[18:23] – How does AI impact the approach to design and the built environment?

[20:47] – What could AI look like applied to production in architecture? PART 1

[22:11] – What could AI look like applied to production in architecture? PART 2

[24:45] – Lori imagines the development of the digital environment and how society will integrate virtual spaces into daily life.

[26:52] – How can people stay present while interacting with technology?

[29:40] – What are Lori’s predictions about the upcoming years for AI and architecture?

[31:26] – What happens to analog experiences in the future?

[33:07] – Thank you Lori for reminding us we can find a creative, human-centered approach in using AI while infusing our own individual perspectives.


Links / Resources:

Guy Geier – Instagram | Twitter

Lori Mazor – Synthetivity


Guy Geier

Guy Geier FAIA, FIIDA, LEED is Managing Partner of FXCollaborative and host of the architecture 5 10 20 podcast.

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