5 Reasons to attend AIA ’23 for Small Firm Architects:
This year we all meet up in San Francisco for the 2023 American Institute of Architect’s National Convention. And just like last year we have come up with the 5 best reasons for you, a small firm architect, to join a few thousand other colleagues on the convention floor.
5. It’s San Francisco - #sunnyand75yearround #reallybigbridge #charlesmansonhouse
4. Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - #weallneedthis #becauseitmatters
3. Small Firms Matter - #wearethemajority #theaianeedsus
2. Professional Enrichment and Development - #alltheceus #wellallneedceus #getalltheceus
And finally the number one reason to attend AIA ’23 in San Francisco for Small Firm Architects….
1. Social interaction, engagement, and networking - #beer #itsallaboutthebeer #openbar #whatanarchitectdoes #whatanarchitectdrinks
Here is the event list and why you should attend!
Wednesday, June 7
9:00 AM- 11:30 AM. WE 106. Strategies for a Successful Residential Design Process.
Learn a design methodology that will enhance the chances for successful and responsible residential projects.
10am-11:30. WE204. Digital/Hybrid Practice: a new paradigm for owner, architect and contractor.
10am-11:30. WE209. Progressive design-build: delivering peak performance.
1:00 PM – 3:30 PM. WE 305. Sustainability & Small/Medium Firm: High-Impact Strategies for Success.
The session explores the unique role of small-and medium-sized firms in introducing sustainable design concepts to less-motivated clients and public by using tech that does not explicitly invoke sustainability or climate change.
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. WE 401. Seize the Opportunity of Historic Passive House Retrofits.
Gain insight into seeking local opportunities for energy-efficient retrofits of historic masonry buildings.
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM. WE 520. Preserving American Midcentury Modern Houses.
Use multiple methods to preserve midcentury modern houses through preservation, marketing, occupancy, and sustainable development strategies.
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM. EV 107. $50. Opening Night Celebration.
Thursday, June 8
8:30 AM – 9:45 AM. GS 100. $50. Day 1 Keynote.
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. EV 201. $5. Small Firm Meetup: Collective Resources.
11:00 AM – 12:00PM. Free Firm Performance Audit.
11:30-1:00. EV 205. Parsing out the 2030 Commitment: open forum
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. LL 402a. Neighborhood Approaches to Mitigate Urban Heat.
The session outlines the various solutions to help mitigate urban heat, explains the impact of reflective roofing, including rooftop solar.
1:30 – 2:30. EX 503. Cohousing Communities: Designing for high functioning neighborhoods.
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM. TH 114. Planning with Compassion: Emergency Homeless Housing in California.
Tiny Homes Village development. Learn the guiding zoning and land use requirements necessary to process those projects.
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM. TH 219. ADU’s in California: A Sustainable Solution to the Housing Crisis.
Use tips and tricks for design. Take information back to your local and state jurisdictions to help implement similar program.
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM. EV 208 A’23 Block Party.
Friday, June 9
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM. GS 200. $50. Day 2 Keynote.
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. EV 310. AIA Small Project Design Forum.
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM. FR 104. Achieving the American Dream: Stories from an Immigrant Firm Owner.
All small firm owners will be sharing the stories about discovering business opportunities available to architectural firms owned by minority architects.
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM. FR 205. Exploring Employee-Ownership: Cooperative Models in Practice.
Summarize the benefits of the work-owned cooperative model for small firm owners, hopping to retired, or emerging professional trying to achieve work/life balance.
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM. EV 501-509. Open Studios.
Saturday, June 10
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM. EV 402. AIA Small Firm Exchange Forum.
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