141st AIA National Convention Emphasizes Diversity, Sustainability, and Economic Viability Print
Wednesday, 13 May 2009 01:59

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2009 National Convention and Design Exposition concluded with a theme presentation with thirteen-person panel discussing contemporary architecture. Other keynote presentations focused on design and global practice, and firm diversity.
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The convention attracted 22,400 registrants, and over 900 exhibitors. In addition, there were more than 10,000 people who accessed the virtual convention and seminars via a live web streaming option. In order to address the challenges facing architects in the current uncertain economic climate, a comprehensive track of seminars were added to the program that focused on the skills and resources needed in an economic downturn

“As the world grows smaller, faster and more competitive with every moment, national and political boundaries grow less relevant so the theme chosen for the convention was: The Power of Diversity: Practice in a Complex World,” said AIA President, Marvin J. Malecha, FAIA. “The profession of architecture is in the midst of incredible change–from the people it serves, to the people who comprise it, to the means by which it is practiced. In San Francisco, we turned to a broad representation of the emerging voices in our profession to discover how they face the future and learn ways that the architecture profession can benefit from their perspectives.”

The AIA 2010 National Convention and Design Expo will be held June 10 - 12, 2010, in Miami. For more information about next year’s exhibition contact AIA Infocentral at 1.800.242.3837.


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