A’22: Architects, exhibitors and a former US president gather in Chicago to define a shared vision

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The Conference on Architecture 2022 drew almost 12,000 attendees, all\neager to interact in person with fellow architects, speakers, and exhibitors."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"On Day One, CEO Lakisha Woods, in her opening\nkeynote, noted the goal was to \u201cdelight, inspire and inform\u201d attendees,\nchallenging them to use their time at A\u201922 to \u201cconsider how you will use your\ntalent and expertise to continue to advance a future that is more equitable,\ninclusive, and sustainable.\u201d "]]],[1,"p",[]],[10,0],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Woods congratulated the "],[0,[0],1,"newly-elected\n2024 board"],[0,[],0," \u2013 President-elect Kimberly Dowdell, AIA; Secretary-elect Britt Lindberg, FAIA; and 2023-2025 At-large Director Ilya Azaroff,\nFAIA."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Host Lee Bey, a Chicago-based\nphotographer, author, lecturer, and architecture critic, along with Woods and AIA\nPresident Dan Hart, FAIA, honored the 2020-2022 recipients of the "],[0,[1],1,"Whitney\nM. 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Woods\nnoted that assuming the leadership role at AIA affords her the exciting opportunity to help\nthe organization strengthen both sustainability and equity in the built\nenvironment."]]],[10,1],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"On the second day of the\nconference, Woods and Hart honored the 2020 to 2022 "],[0,[4],1,"Gold Medal recipients"],[0,[],0,", the\nawards conferred by AIA Presidents from the year they won, including 2020\nPresident Jane Frederick, FAIA, and 2021 President Peter Exley, FAIA."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"The 2022 AIA President (Dan\nHart, FAIA) reminded architects of their \u201cresponsibility do good while we do\nwell,\u201d a role that AIA and its members\nundertook during the COVID crisis, creating the COVID-19 Alternate Care Sites\nAssessment Tool. \u201cWhen we are relevant, we become valuable. When our true value\nis clearly understood, we have expanded opportunities to prosper as a profession.\u201d\n"]]],[10,2],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"The Day Two keynote included a\n"],[0,[5],1,"panel\nto address design\u2019s most pressing issues"],[0,[],0,". Moderated by Bey, architects\nVishaan Chakrabarti, FAIA; Renee Cheng,\nFAIA; and Jeanne Gang, FAIA, discussed diversity, public safety, and America\u2019s\ncities."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"President Obama headlined the "],[0,[6],1,"June 24 closing session"],[0,[],0,", drawing thousands of attendees eager to hear his opinion\non his relationship to architecture, the issues facing the country and advice\nfor attendees."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[7],1,"Education and Expo"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Architects at McCormick Place\npacked their schedules with a selection of seminars and sessions drawn from 328\neducational opportunities, including keynotes, expo hall credit classes,\npracticums, and tours. Dynamic interactions during seminars highlighted\narchitects\u2019 passion and curiosity, along with the enthusiasm of in-person\ninteractions. The seventy-seven tours took attendees to city neighborhoods to\nview iconic buildings, skyscrapers, affordable housing, and parks, including\nJackson Park, site of President Obama\u2019s presidential library."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"The theme of the show floor\nwas the city of Chicago with areas named after parks and neighborhoods\nscattered throughout, providing places for informal gatherings and networking\nand to relax. "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Attendees learned about the\nlatest technologies and products from the 440 exhibitors that filled 123,000\nsquare feet in the South Hall. They earned education credits at the Learning\nLounges and booth sessions. Exhibitors met with current clients and wooed future\ncustomers, with many of the customers asking for help negotiating market shifts\nand firm growth."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Next month, an additional fourteen\ncourses are available through "],[0,[8],1,"A\u201922\nVirtual Ed"],[0,[],0," for 30 days. Platinum and Gold pass holders have access;\nSilver and other pass holders have the option to add this virtual component;\nothers can purchase for $249."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Next year, A\u201923 will\nbe in San Francisco, scheduled for June 7-10. "]]]]}
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AIA’s first in-person Conference on Architecture in three years took place June 22 to 26 in the architecturally significant city of Chicago. The Conference on Architecture 2022 drew almost 12,000 attendees, all eager to interact in person with fellow architects, speakers, and exhibitors.
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