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Welcome to the 2013 CAE Fall Conference


Save the Date: April 27-30, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain

Known for being a locus of innovation, the San Francisco  Bay Area has long been an incubator for thinking outside the box and generating solutions that are unique to  local surroundings and the collaborative input of workers, grass roots activists, entrepreneurs, writers, environmentalists, educators, gardeners, business leaders, hands on tinkerers, and anyone seeking to make their way in a world that can feel at times more as if a cookie cutter approach has been taken than finding unique creative solutions that mediate the multitude of realities of world we live in. In recent years innovative institutions in the San Francisco Bay Area have blossomed, expanding with a hands-on way, MAKING the physical world a living educational place.

Please join us in San Francisco, California for the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) 2013 Fall Conference from November 6th though November 9th. We will explore ideas of Design Thinking and Creativity as uniquely demonstrated in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Unique to the Bay Area are several collaborative models that rely on a hands- on approach in designing and learning through Making and Tinkering. Our emphasis will be on visiting provocative examples and, discussing spaces and practices that engender the intersections of Systems Thinking (comprising empathy, creativity and rationality of human centered design approaches) in our local context and culture. Discussions include how Design Thinking informs the physical indoor and outdoor spaces we create to make these realities happen.  What is the mix of environments and desires that motivate us to learn freely and allow the building-up of ideas for the betterment of individuals and the greater good?


This Fall we will be looking at examples that include K-12 schools, post-secondary schools, museums and corporate learning environments. Themes of learning though design thinking, environmental responsibility, technology, and making & tinkering will be emphasized. Our dialogue and tours will include thought leaders supporting the conference themes, and educators, allied professionals, architects, and designers speaking to “What the future may soon look like in a Learning Environment near you”.

We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco this November. 


Sincerely, the AIA-CAE Fall 2013 Conference Steering Committee

Amy Eliot, AIA
David Hurley, AIA, Co-Chair
William Leddy, FAIA
Caroline Lobo, AIA, CAE National Committee Chair
John Long, AIA
Peter Pfau, FAIA, Co-Chair 


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