Perkins+Will thought leaders will make ten presentations and six will be named Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) at the 2016 AIA National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 18th to May 21th. The AIA represents the professional interests of more than 81,000 licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners in design express their commitment to excellence and livability in our nation’s buildings and communities.
Wednesday, May 18
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
WE204 - Innovative Technologies in Design and Delivery: Intersections Between Academy and Practice
John Haymaker will present at this workshop to discuss which new technologies are most innovative, impactful—and even revolutionary. Hear from a range of speakers discussing new mechanisms and profound ideas with the potential to transform the industry.
Thursday, May 19
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
TH103 - Materials Transparency: Risks and Opportunities for Architects
As architects, we know materials transparency is a good thing. But are we morally or legally bound to disclose materials documentation? Find out in this enlightening session co-presented by Brodie Stephens.
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
TH316 - Healthy and Happy: The Importance and Value of Human Capital
Healthy, happy employees lead to a more productive, profitable workplace—and it all starts with design. Leigh Christy will present during this session and will explore the use of design strategies to achieve optimal results not only in terms of environmental quality, but also economics and human equity.
TH304 - Latrobe Prize Update: Designing Climate Adaptation in Drylands
John Haymaker joins the Latrobe Prize team to give an update on their progress. Water is a precious resource in many environments, which is something architects must carefully consider when designing structures. With this in mind, the Drylands Resilience Initiative Team has developed a digital modeling tool, Hazel, to aid architects and planners in designing water-smart, neighborhood-scale infrastructures.
TH303 - COTE Top Ten: Performing Beautifully... a Restorative Future
The AIA Committee on the Environment Top Ten and Top Ten+ Awards are the profession's foremost recognition for integrated, holistic design. This program celebrates projects that exemplify high-performance architecture with stories from the winning design teams. Paula McEvoy will share comments from the jury.
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
TH419 - Materials Matter: What is Our Material Legacy?
Join Robin Guenther and Paula McEvoy for a future-casting journey examining the characteristics of our materials and help create the vision for our materials legacy. Architects and designers are responsible for selecting thousands of products and materials for projects. Many of these are structures sure to outlast us.
TH406 - Three New Resilience Rating Systems: What's the Role for Architects?
Resilient design is at the forefront of the architectural field, but this concept is often difficult to apply to practical situations. This interactive panel will guide you through three new and emerging resilient design rating systems and demystify what it means to be resilient. Doug Pierce will present the RELi Resiliency Action List.
Friday, May 20
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
FR207 - Understanding the Owner: Insights to Help Firms Find Success
Ed Feiner will be among experts representing three types of owners—office, healthcare, and public buildings. Today is a great time to be an architect. Our economy is growing, work is increasing, and there's more research and data on the profession than ever. However, insights into client behavior and needs often seem elusive. Questions will be answered using new quantitative data from AIA's market research, complemented by a discussion with the experts.
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
FR324 - The Next Decade in Green: Resilient Design
In the face of ongoing economic and climatic changes, resilient design is the next wave in sustainability. Co-led by Doug Pierce, an accomplished innovator, this session will explore the challenges and opportunities surrounding resilient design at multiple scales.
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
College of Fellows Investiture Ceremony
Perkins+Will’s Robert Bracamonte (San Francisco), Jane Cameron (Chicago), David Dimond (Minneapolis), Paula McEvoy (Atlanta), Dan Watch (Atlanta), and Gregory Waugh (New York) have been appointed Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The AIA’s Fellowship recognizes members who have made significant contributions to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession.
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
FR406 - Equity by Design: Win-Win Strategies for Work/Life Flexibility
How can you build balance into your practice in a field that demands long, unpredictable hours? For firm leaders as well as employees, the payoff is well worth the effort. Jeff Till will share insight from those who've seen equilibrium push the profession to a better place.
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