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Introducing the AIA Conference on Architecture
The theme of AIA Conference on Architecture 2017, “anticipate,” takes a bold, fresh look at how the architecture profession is evolving, and what it means to anticipate needs, challenges, and changes in our shared world. Registration is now open for the conference, held this year in Orlando (April 27-29), which promises three immersive days focused on design’s vanguard and how architects can seize opportunities to design a better world.
“Architecture and urban design are keys to improving the lives of our globe's urbanized billions, so many of whom are living on the margins,” says AIA President Thomas Vonier, FAIA. “Our Day 1 keynoters—Alejandro Aravena, Francis Kéré, and Michael Murphy—are architects who anticipate such needs, and show the way forward.”
Day 1: Alejandro Aravena
Last year was a big year for Chilean-born Alejandro Aravena, who received the Pritzker Prize and directed the Venice Biennale. Aravena has spent his career focusing on public interest projects with social impact. His ground-breaking social housing projects and urban planning carefully define and anticipate needs and challenges, including poverty, pollution, congestion, and segregation. His built work reduces energy consumption, mitigates the impact of natural disasters, and shapes lives.
Day 1: Francis Kéré
West Africa’s Francis Kéré employs architecture as a social tool. Kéré’s brand of community architecture uses design, planning, and construction as a platform for local expression and empowerment, and a catalyst for social, economic, and ecological progress. In 2005, he founded Kéré Architecture to reinvest in his Burkina Faso community and beyond. Radically Simple, the most comprehensive exhibit of his work to date, is currently on exhibit at Architekturmuseum in Munich.
Day 1: Michael Murphy
Boston area’s Michael Murphy creates has been exploring the relationship between architecture and social justice since graduate school. In 2010, He co-founded MASS Design Group, which has since expanded into 10 countries. In 2012, MASS Design and Michael’s project, Rwanda’s Butaro District Hospital, set a “new standard for public interest design,” according to the New York Times. Subsequent projects continue to explore the critical role architecture can play in offering beautiful, functional solutions to deeply embedded social problems.
Together, they’re pushing the boundaries of collaborative practice and architecture’s unique role in communities and building a better tomorrow. In the process, they’re creating powerful works of architecture that address key challenges for clients, society, and our planet. Hear their powerful words on Day 1 of A’17.