AIA 2022 Convention on Structure Recap

Final month I had the chance to attend and current on the nationwide American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2022 convention on structure in Chicago. I needed to share a recap of my expertise of the occasion on this weblog publish.
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The convention was held at McCormick Place in downtown Chicago. This can be a nice venue for 10k architects to get collectively to find out about and discover nice structure. I like the Dale Chihuly artwork glass piece however I do want they might appropriate the spelling of his title as I wrote about on this publish.

Listed here are just a few subjects I’ll cowl on this publish:

  • Predominant stage highlights
  • Whitney Younger award
  • Shows
  • AIA Bookstore and guide signings
  • Lake Flato awards
  • Dinners/enjoyable

For what it is price, most photographs are shared in chronological order… 

Adjoining Pre-Occasion

Kate Sector, Lake|Flato Design Efficiency Coordinator, and I arrived a day early to attend the BuildingGreen SDL mini-summit hosted on the HKS Chicago workplace. 15 sustainability leaders gathered for a working session and displays, as proven within the following three photographs.

My Presentation

I used to be a co-presenter in one of many first courses on the primary day! The session title was Constructing Design Cultures for Local weather Motion: Know-how, Workflows, and Groups which you’ll be able to learn extra about right here

The audio system had been:

  • Panelist:  Daniel Stine – Director of Design Know-how, Lake|Flato Architects
  • Panelist:  Misha Semenov – Senior Architect & Sustainability Coordinator, Centerbrook Architects & Planners
  • Panelist:  Jack Rusk – Sustainability Analysis Affiliate, EHDD Structure
  • Moderator:  Mark Herter – Affiliate Principal, Centerbrook Architects & Planners

The calm earlier than the storm… able to current!

The day ended with a dinner to rejoice the numerous conferences making ready for what turned out to be a profitable presentation! Becoming a member of us from EHDD was SiJing Sanchez, AIA, who later spoke in a session about their AIA COTE Prime Ten award!

On the Mainstage

There was so much that occurred on the mainstage… from inspiring AIA CEO and AIA president messages to award bulletins and a stay in-person interview with President Barack Obama (no photographs allowed for this)!

The mainstage host all through the convention was Chicago native Lee Bey, Chicago Solar-Instances Structure Critic. I introduced my copy of his guide Sourther Publicity and was capable of get it signed!

I heard attendance was roughly 10k.

A number of nice messages and interviews led by:

The founding father of Madame Architect, Julia Gamolina, Assoc. AIA, interviewed Lakisha Woods about her plans as the brand new CEO of the AIA. All I can say is that we’re in good palms!

An area pupil singing group carried out as attendees arrived for one keynote session.

AIA Whitney M. Younger Jr. 2022 award

This 12 months’s AIA Whitney M. Younger Jr. 2022 award went to Using the VORTEX. To be taught extra about this award, please click on right here.

AIA Convention Bookstore

The convention had a bookstore that includes many fantastic books, together with one from Lake|Flato!

Paired with the guide providing had been a number of guide signings!

As I already talked about, I introduced my copy of Lee Bey’s guide with me and managed to get it signed!

Lake|Lake Awards

Our agency gained three awards at convention this 12 months…

Training Facility Design…

COTE Prime Ten…


Colleague Presentation 

I sat in on a session led by 4 of my colleagues titled Classes from Submit-Occupancy Vitality Analysis. Total, seven Lake|Flato employees had been concerned in 5 periods.

The audio system had been:

  • Panelist: Sam Rusek – Challenge Designer, Lake|Flato Architects
  • Panelist: Sunnie Diaz – Challenge Director, Lake|Flato Architects
  • Panelist: Gus Starkey – Challenge Designer, Lake|Flato Architects
  • Moderator: Kate Sector – Design Efficiency Coordinator, Lake|Flato Architects

Lake|Flato Awards Celebration Dinner

Wednesday night Lake|Flato hosted a small dinner at Cindy’s (rooftop restaurant in Chicago) to rejoice the awards we gained this 12 months.

Pictured, are:

AIA COTE Session

I’m on the nationwide AIA COTE subcommittee on Local weather Motion | Local weather Justice. We had a session led by Lori Ferriss, AIA, PE, LEED AP, Director of Sustainability and Local weather Motion at Goody Clancy. I helped lead a breakout session throughout this session, as did Sam Rusek in our workplace!

The desk I used to be at additionally included (selfie beneath):

Throughout this COTE session, we additionally heard from Angela Tovar, Cheif Sustainability Officer for the Metropolis of Chicago. Town is doing nice issues on this space. A favourite quote “fairness is like yoga, it’s a must to maintain at it”. Unsure if that’s the actual wording, however the sentiment is evident!

Lori shared our committee’s working definition of local weather motion and Local weather Justice (in structure).

Right here is an instance of one of many breakout group’s actions… 

A selfie with our fearless committee chief, Lori…

COTE Prime Ten Awards Session

One other COTE session I attended (however was not concerned in) was titled Performing Fantastically: The COTE Prime Ten Awards. Led by considered one of this 12 months’s jurors, Margaret Cavenagh, AIA, Studio Gang, gave a quick overview of every profitable challenge. Then, every agency member had a couple of minutes to speak about their challenge.

Lewis McNeel, Affiliate Associate, Lake|Flato, spoke about our profitable COTE Prime Ten challenge he labored on, Knox Faculty Whitcomb Artwork Middle in Galesburg, Illinois.


I extremely advocate it when you’ve got by no means been to the nationwide AIA conference. There are numerous studying alternatives, an important exhibit corridor (which I didn’t even cowl), improbable networking, and way more!

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