Stephen Hopkins, IDSA

Stephen Hopkins, IDSA
President
Shield Casework

Stephen Hopkins, IDSA, has launched products for Fortune 500 companies and unleashed the innovative, solid surface architectural company, Shield Casework.

Previously, he worked for architecture and design firms. Hopkins has been LEED accredited since 2005. In addition to being an IDSA member, he serves on the Board of Directors at the Missouri state level of The American Institute of Architects,  and belongs to the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

Hopkins holds an MBA from the University of Missouri and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Kansas.


How Digital Fabrication Delivers Customized Client Solutions

Flexibility in product design and manufacturing has steadily risen since Henry Ford’s Model T, when consumers could pick any color—as long as it was black. In the last decade, there has been a mainstreaming in advanced digital fabrication processes such as 3D printing, CNC milling and rapid prototyping. Designers now have the freedom to explore complex shapes, regardless of difficulty in construction or schedule constraints.

Stephen Hopkins, IDSA, will cover case studies in digital fabrication and prototyping in solutions for clients. He’ll focus on The University of California-San Diego Jacobs Medical Center, where mass customization techniques were utilized in patient rooms. Hopkins also will provide resources to improve the knowledge and abilities of attendees, enabling them to deliver customized solutions.