Convention Events

Join the AIA Small Project Practitioner's community at the National Convention in Chicago, IL at the McCormick Convention Center from June 25-28, 2014. 

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Profitable Project Management for Small Projects
Wednesday, June 25 | 1:00 PM -5:00 PM | Fee: $175 | Earn 3.75 LUs

Even in the Windy City, not every architect designs skyscrapers. Most firms design at least some small projects, which fall into a range of building types. This workshop will provide tools and strategies to help firms of all sizes manage small projects profitably. The session will focus on four content areas followed by interactive activities. 

Participants get an overview of different small project types using several case studies from past AIA Small Project Award-winning projects. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between design issues and management challenges within each project type. 

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Small Firm Sustainable Strategies: Applying Sustainable Principles to Small Projects

Thursday, June 26 | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM | Earn 1.50 AIA HSW LUs + GBCI + RIBA

Being green ain’t so easy when there’s not much green (funding) to begin with. For small projects with modest budgets, the added upfront expense of designing sustainably may seem cost-prohibitive. However, leading small firm design professionals will highlight key opportunities to implement strategies that not only have lower up front costs but also provide key environmental benefits, such as rainwater harvesting, innovative material use, appropriate siting strategies, and incentive programs that make being green possible for smaller projects. 

Specifically, this program suggests how participants might produce a workshop series directed at small-scale practitioners based on how we build, the way we build, and what we build. 


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Small Project Practitioners + Custom Residential Architects Network + Housing Knowledge Community Reception

Thursday, June 26 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


For the past several decades, architects have abandoned the Design Build delivery method because the AIA considered it unethical and a conflict of interest for the architect. This is no longer the case. Now the time is right for more emerging professionals and small practitioners to join the ranks of those who have been practicing as Design Build with great success. This workshop brings mature companies to enlighten young professionals to the merits of Design Build as a profitable delivery method. Design Build project delivery is cutting edge because we dare to reposition residential architects as leaders in the burgeoning custom home industry, and bring quality design to the forefront of communities on a local as well as national level.


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2014 AIA Small Project Design Awards: Designing Resourcefulness—Doing More with Less

Friday, June 27 | 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM | Earn 1.50 AIA LUs

This annual event draws attention to the frequently overlooked category of small and inexpensive projects. In spite of diminutive sizes and budgets, these recognized projects are elegantly designed, sustainable, and contextual. This year's Convention theme of Change: Culture, Community, Commitment, is addressed by publicly recognizing design leadership, and starting a discussion on what makes architects agents of change through design. The meaning and value of "small" projects are celebrated for their exemplary standard in architectural design. Attendees will learn how some architects put imaginative, out-of-the-box thinking to work for outstanding results.

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