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    Future Now business model charrette, team “Nubran Imaginit I.T. with Stanley Stark, FAIA. Photo by Austin Reed.

    Future Now Summit: Transforming the Architecture Profession

    By Tatyana Brown, Manager, Public Policy

    Whether emerging or seasoned professionals, everyone can learn from the experience of the first annual Future Now Summit organized by AIANY and its Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA). With support from the final 2012 round of Component Assistance Leadership Grants, ENYA continues to share insights on leading our profession in times of change.

    At a nontraditional one-day forum in September 2012, more than 120 emerging and established practitioners explored the imperative to become civic leaders. They also shared solutions for better communicating architects’ value and experience with new social technologies and novel practice models, like think tanks and research-based work. “We should be teaching public policy in architecture school,” said David Fano, Partner at the BIM and integrated-practice consultancy CASE that offers services ranging from strategic advisement and implementation to software development.

    Future Now presentation by team “Pop-Up Pods”, photo by Ehsanul Hague.

    In the spirit of transformation over a dozen Fellows mentored younger colleagues in their career goals. They then facilitated an analytical charrette that asked participants to think beyond designing buildings – toward creating new business models of future practice. For instance, team “Pop-Up Pods” envisioned 12-feet cubes that would be accessible publicly for printing in 3D in order to promote affordability, flexibility, adaptability, and recyclability.

    “One day in the near future we will be the leaders of the profession, and now is the time to meet, collaborate, and lead the conversation,” said Alex Alaimo, AIAS, an ENYA Summit Committee member. The future is now, and the summit’s content and planning process are a guide for others considering similar events. For additional information, contact Tatyana Brown at or 202-626-7385.

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