Recapping AIA24 in Washington, D.C.

Submitted by Nancy Odenweller on Tue, 07/02/2024 - 15:04
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In the "],[0,[1],1,"Annual\nBusiness Meeting"],[0,[],0,", the delegates voted to reject Amendments 2 \u2013 5, with numbers\n3 and 5 rejected by over 90% of the vote tally. Resolution 4, which would have\nallowed virtual voting, was also rejected but by a much smaller margin: 53% of\nthe votes were cast to reject the resolution. "],[0,[2],1,"Matt Toddy"],[0,[],0,", recent President of\nthe Columbus Ohio Chapter was elected as AIA At-Large Director for 2025 \u2013\n2027. "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[3],1,"Programming at AIA24"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"While the host chapter and venue typically characterize and\ninform the events, this year\u2019s conference placed an emphasis upon the\ndevelopment of AI in the design world. While several learning tracks were\noffered, the real strength of the conference was to provide an assortment of\nwide-ranging topics and presentations, allowing for an expanded sampling of\ntopics. While the AI presentations were very popular, and required considerable\ntime in line to attend, other opportunities were fascinating as well."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"I would like to highlight two presentations with tours as\nbeing outstanding examples of design teamwork and constructive urbanism: the\nFolger Shakespeare Library renovation and the Washington Alley Project."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"The\n"],[0,[4],1,"Folger Shakespeare Library"],[0,[],0," renovation by KieranTimberlake with new garden\ndesigns by OLIN was presented by the design partners and was inspirational both\nin terms of the updated entry sequence but especially in terms of the\ncoordination of architecture, landscape and exhibition design manifested in the\nproject as well as the presentation. The individuals and firms had great\nrapport with each other and seemed to have fun both presenting and touring the\nproject. "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[5],1,"Michael Witmore"],[0,[],0,"\nDirector - Folger Shakespeare Library"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[6],1,"Stephen Kieran, FAIA"],[0,[],0,"\nPartner - KieranTimberlake"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[7],1,"Wendy Joseph, FAIA"],[0,[],0,"\nPresident, FAIA, LEED AP - Studio Joseph"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[8],1,"Hallie Boyce, RLA, FASLA"],[0,[],0,"\nPartner - Olin"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"One salient point was Steven Kieran\u2019s emphasis on the\nimportance of educational training that incorporates the use of existing\nbuildings; he indicated that renovations and additions have become more than\nhalf of their work and feels that the architectural graduates hired in his\noffice are underprepared for this aspect of the work."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"In 2023 I attended a lecture by EL Studio on\ntheir work with Washington Alleys: the "],[0,[9],1,"Washington Alley Project"],[0,[],0,". The topic was\nfascinating, providing a rich history of Washington D.C. alley conditions,\nespecially front of house\/back of house housing options, and the political\nclimate that removed alley housing as an affordable option within the city.\nWashington D.C. itself is a masterclass in urban planning, infill and alley\narchitecture as well as response to climate change, especially rising ocean\nlevels. AIA 2024 provided an updated lecture and tour \u201cActivate: Community\nDriven Design in D.C.\u2019s Alleyways\u201d from EL Studio founder and partner Elizabeth\nEmerson and Associate Sarah McKay. I continue to be impressed by the work, EL\nStudio diagramming and design processes are endlessly fascinating, and the\ninstalled projects, both alley conditions and the design\/build of alley and\nstreetscape furnishings were great to see in person. "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[3],1,"Networking at AIA24"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"While in D.C. I was able to meet two\nof my favorite podcasters, Bob Borson and Andrew Hawkins from the \u201c"],[0,[10],1,"Life of an\nArchitect"],[0,[],0,"\u201d podcast; my former colleague in the Thesis Pit Michael Pinto from the\nSCI-Arc class of 1998 elevated to FAIA; and a former student, Michael\nMacDonald, (who claims that neither he nor Alice Park could have passed\nstructures without me, that is a massive overstatement\u2026.!)."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Bob Borson and Andrew Hawkins had, I think, the best\ndescription of the conference: they have both been attending for more than 10 years\nand believe that the conference is \u201cinspirational\u201d. Both Bob and Andrew have\nprofessional practices, and both teach at the University of Texas, and believe\nthat focusing on the evolution and growth of the individual requires creativity,\nand an approach to finding inspiration. "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"One of the reasons they attend the\nconference yearly is a belief that architects need to remain inspired: remaining\nknowledgeable about advancements in design and technology and the realization\nand acceptance that design is always an iterative process. Their goal is always\nto \u201cremain relevant and forward thinking\u201d, and while I did not join them on\ntheir \u201cmidnight scootering\u201d adventure through the mall, they and their blog remain\ninspirational."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Linda Beall, AIA"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"AIA Toledo President"]]],[1,"p",[]]]}
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