Director, Digital Building Lab
Associate Professor, Georgia Tech
An expert in applications of digital technology to building design, construction and operations, Dennis Shelden’s experience spans across research, technology development and professional practice including multiple architecture, building engineering and computing disciplines.
Dr. Shelden lead the development of the architect Frank Gehry’s digital practice as Director of R&D and Director of Computing from 1997-2002. In 2002, he co-founded Gehry Technologies, a building industry innovation company. He served as Chief Technology Officer, launched the development of several commercial software products, and was Project Executive on many of the world’s most recognizable and advanced construction projects.
Prior to joining Gehry’s practice, he performed work for a diverse set of technology and engineering companies including Arup, Cyra Systems and Consultant’s Computation Bureua. He was an Associate Professor of Practice at MIT in the Design and Computation program from 2005 to 2015, and has taught at other institutions including UCLA and SCIARC. He has served on industry standards bodies for the National Institute of Building Sciences and BuildingSmart, and served as chair of the BIM Standard Legal and Contracting Committee. He holds three degrees from MIT including an MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering and a PhD in Design & Computation, and is a licensed Architect in the State of California.