SPD at A'20

Starts:  May 14, 2020 8:00 AM (PT)
Ends:  May 16, 2020 5:00 PM (PT)
Associated with  Small Project Design

Small Project Design at A'20

May 14-16, Los Angeles



TH115 - Small Projects, Enormous Impact: Designing for Climate Change
May 14, 8am-9am | LA Convention Center | 1 LU/HSW/RIBA

Small projects can have an outsized role in climate action efforts.

You’ll learn about a broad base of solutions to maximize learning. You'll discuss rightsizing projects, reuse of materials, designing for resilience, passive measures, integrated design, energy recovery solutions, offsetting energy loads, designing for future needs, and strategies to build on your knowledge with each project.

Strategies will consider different climate zones and density factors across the country so solutions can be tailored to your specific work. A wrap-up recap will demonstrate how solutions can be selectively combined to impact the climate landscape with your next small project.



FR204 - Small Project Success by Design
May 15, 9:30am-11am | LA Convention Center | 1.5 LU/RIBA

Why do small projects take just as much work, if not more, than larger ones?

The AIA National Small Project Design Knowledge Community has heard your struggles. This session will deliver strategies for marketing your work, managing expectations, enduring legal challenges, getting paid, and more.

This session builds on resources from the archives and previous open forums and will leave you with ideas and action items to solve your most pressing questions. Join colleagues to share and brainstorm solutions that will enhance your small project delivery techniques—and make your small project a big success!


EV311 - AIA Small Project Design Forum
May 15, 1pm-2:30pm | Los Angeles Convention Center | Cost is $20

Join the Small Project Design knowledge community to support, celebrate, and promote small projects. At this networking forum you’ll meet peers that share your belief that small projects can contain big ideas, and you'll gain an inside look at the trends from the recent Small Project Awards.



SA503 - 2020 AIA Small Project Design Awards: "Sanctuary"
May 16, 3:30pm-4:30pm | LA Convention Center | 1 LU/RIBA

​Sanctuary—the theme of this year's Small Project Design Award—has always evoked a sense of retreat. In recent times, the word has also evoked issues of refuge, asylum, safety, and security.

In this session, jury members and award recipients will host a lively discussion of creative response to opportunities of design excellence, inclusion and equality, peace and community, and safety and preservation. Their discussion will include analysis of the winning projects, including design process constraints and opportunities.