Stephen Sun is a Licensed Architect and CEO/Co-founder of Development Integration Group, or DIG. His team is building an AI-based “digital architect” that will eventually allow anyone to design their own fully-compliant home or building. One glance at Stephen’s LinkedIn profile will tell you he never stops learning — his job roles have spanned from Elementary School Teacher to Real Estate Developer, Adjunct Professor of Architecture, Urban Designer, all the way to Ice Cream Scooper (not listed in LinkedIn).
What Stephen cares deeply about, and what we spend the bulk of this hour talking through, is the crisis that architecture is going through, why the industry is worth saving, and one compelling case for using technology to automate away the mundane parts of an architect’s job. We also discuss Stephen’s experiences at three of the top architecture schools in the country — Carnegie Mellon University, SCI ARC, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Plus, Stephen gives us the inside scoop on his co-founder drama that led to dropping out of the coveted Y Combinator accelerator program, and his #1 piece of advice for anyone looking to start their own company.
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