Join us at the 2015 Spring Conference!

2015 CAE Spring Conference
Rejuvenation & Reinvention
April 15 - 18, 2015, Detroit


4/10 - Online registration is closed. Extended registration including one-day options are available (via emailed PDF form) until Monday, April 13, 2015, at Noon ET.

3/24 - Conference Debrief at AIA Convention on Thursday, May 14 at 3pm ET
3/20 - Six scholarship recipients selected. Stay tuned to hear who!
3/1 - Educator and Emerging Professional Scholarship Application posted.
2/12 - Wednesday reception moved from 8pm to 7pm.
2/3 - Registration open including a 40% discount for members under 40. 
2/1 - 18.5 HSW LUs available with full participation. 

Welcome Message from the Planning Committee

Detroit holds an important place in history.  Its rise, collapse, decades long struggles, and current rebirth have created a potentially unique microclimate for exploring examples of “anything goes” thinking when it comes to the challenges of inclusive education.

Detroit retains a deep sense of place, while experiencing significant economic and social challenges over the last several decades. From its “rise” as an early 20th century industrial juggernaut, with massive growth and buildup of its educational and civic infrastructure, and the culmination of its influence on mid-century architecture and design in the 1950’s and 1960’s, to its “fall” as a result of industrial decentralization, automation, massive de-urbanization, racial tensions and the collapse of its public schools, this city and its surrounding communities share a wide and varied perspective of educational promise and ideals.

Please join us this spring as we examine the rebirth of Detroit and how it is being fueled by a consortium of 21st Century educational and business models that are quickly changing the “perception” of Detroit from economic wasteland to a viable alternative and opportunity for a new generation.  We will explore the connections between creative learning, knowledge spaces, history, and revitalization. At the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education 2015 Spring Conference, we will look at the lessons from the past that Detroit continues to provide, while at the same time looking to its future, as an unexpected model for the evolution of a new cultural, economic and educational urban environment.

You will experience first-hand how Detroit has dealt with the departure of manufacturing jobs, the focus on cultivating the creative class that exists in Detroit, luring cutting edge high technology companies to the city, and the challenges of rejuvenating and reinventing its schools and infrastructure. In addition, more than a century of evidence based design will be experienced at the Cranbrook Educational Community in Bloomfield Hills. Founded in 1904, the campus is one of the world’s leading centers of education, science, and art. Decades of timeless design will be explored, from Eliel Saarinen and Albert Kahn to Steven Holl and Rafael Moneo, with the evolution and adaptation of design to changes in building technologies, economics, and how we teach and learn. On the last day of the conference, we will hear from a panel of leading visionaries and futurists on what education and its architecture will be as we drive towards the next “mid-century” milestone.

2015 Conference Planning Committee:  
Theo Pappas | Bob Varga | John Castellana | Dale Jerome | Stephen Vogel | Stuart Pettitt | Alan Cobb | Jack Bullo | Steve Shiver


Advance Registration Ends March 18th!

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Before March 18th
After March 18th
Member $495 $595
Nonmember $595 $695
Emerging Professional Member $295 $395
Guest - Events Only $100 $150

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