Institute of Architecture
A futurist with an artist's eye
and an inventor’s mind, Monika Bielskyte prototypes culturally diverse, socially and environmentally engaged future world
designs for the entertainment industry, technology companies, and cities/countries.
As an expert in future of content and immersive media technology space (XR/AI/UX), Monika's work
consists in connecting bleeding edge technological innovation with some of the world's most original creative visions that
brings Sci Fi to reality.
Monika was born in Lithuania, but has since worked on 6 continents and for
the past 7 years has lived as a digital nomad researching futures in 80+ countries. Monika’s past clients include Universal,
Google, DreamWorks, BBC, Microsoft, Mexico City, United Arab Emirates, Anonymous Content, Ridley Scott Associates, Reliance
JIO, Telefonica, Intel, Aston Martin, MTN, TATA, Xerox PARC & Rick Owens, among others.
is an internationally renowned public speaker in the field of innovation represented by London Speaker Bureau.
Almost all challenges societies around the globe face today are complex, interconnected
and placed in a rapidly changing environment. The rhetoric about what is to come is swinging between utopia and dystopia,
between nostalgia and techno-utopias. The only fact about the future is that it is inevitable.
grandfathers of futurism, the Italian Futurists, showed that the future is not only a domain of time but also of ideology.
Subsequently the fathers of futures studies developed principles on how to study the future. Hence, according to futures studies
scholar Jim Dator: "The future cannot be 'predicted' but alternative futures can be 'forecasted' and preferred futures 'envisioned'
and 'invented'- continuously." (Dator, 1996)
Yet, the world as it is has its own impact on the
future and according to another futures studies scholar Ziauddin Sardar the relevance of futures studies resides within
the present. According to Sadar the value of change in people's perceptions and motivations, channeled into an evolution of
present values and immediate action, can only be judged within its present or immediate future.
at design proposing bigger technological and cultural innovations the lecture series gathers thoughts and approaches also
inspiring for the discipline of architecture, aiming for a greater world after tomorrow.