2019 AIA Nebraska Mid-Year Symposium

AIA Nebraska Mid-Year Symposium

Friday, April 26, 2019 | 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Younes Conference Center | 416 W. Talmadge Rd, Kearney, NE 68845

The AIA Nebraska Mid-Year Symposium, formerly the AIA Western Nebraska Spring Conference, brings architects, community leaders, suppliers, manufacturers, and other design professionals together to explore the industry's best practices and emerging technologies, techniques and materials.

Continuing Education : The 2019 AIA Nebraska Mid-Year Symposium offers AIA Members to receive 5 AIA Learning Units.

Prize Giveaway: Exhibitors will be collecting business cards from attendees for visiting their booths. Make sure you bring enough to share and register to win various prizes. Winners will be announced during lunch.

Questions: Contact Nathan Ehmke, Marketing & Membership Coordinator at nathan@aiane.org, or (402) 858-1929.

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Registration for the 2019 AIA Nebraska Mid-Year Symposium is now available. Deadline is Friday, April 12, 2019. Registration fees are non-refundable after April 12th.

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Program Schedule

Preliminary Schedule (subject to change)

7:00 am - 9:00 am | Member Registration | Exhibitor Interaction | Breakfast | Crystal 2 Ballroom

9:00 am - 10:00 am | Crystal 1 Ballroom

Welcome by Kearney Mayor Stan Clouse

Case Study: National Willa Cather Center | Red Cloud Main Street

In 2017, the National Willa Cather Center opened as an arts and cultural center that serves as a living memorial to renowned writer, Willa Cather. Located in Cather’s childhood hometown of Red Cloud, Nebraska, the Center provides almost 20,000 square feet of space that includes a public museum, archive, research center, classroom, bookstore, art gallery, and performing arts center. The Center occupies Red Cloud’s historic “Moon Block,” an 1887 structure that was fully restored and given new life as the National Willa Cather Center.

Discover the National Willa Cather Center’s vision, financing, challenges of this mixed-use retail, residential, and museum facility in rural Nebraska. Learn about the positive economic benefits to the community.  

10:00 am - 11:00 am | Exhibit Interaction / Breakout | Crystal 2 Ballroom

11:00 am - 12:00 pm | Mid-Day Session | Crystal 1 Ballroom

Tools and Resources Available for Historic Preservation  

Deep dive into funding options and technical assistance available through state, federal agencies, as well as non-profits for historic preservation projects. Discover from the experts which funding sources work well together.

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm | Lunch / Prize Giveaway | Crystal 2 Ballroom

1:15 pm | Exhibits Disassemble

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm | Walking Tour (Downtown Kearney) | To Be Announced

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm | Roundtable Discussion with Community Leaders | World Theatre, 2318 Central Ave, Kearney, NE 68847

The Community Roundtable discussion will provide community leaders and stakeholders an opportunity to discuss challenges, lessons learned and future opportunities with architects/designers and community members about development in Kearney with an emphasis on downtown revitalization/preservation.


  • Stan Clouse, Kearney Mayor
  • Eric Hellriegel, Assistant City Manager, Kearney
  • Bryce Jensen, World Theatre Manager/DT Business Owner/Board Member of Downtown Improvement Board, Kearney
  • Brent Yaw, DT Building Owner, Kearney
  • Jon Abegglen, Kearney CRA President, Kearney (invited)
  • Walter Martin, DT Business Owner/Building Owner, Kearney (invited)
  • Jon Bokenkamp, World Theatre CEO/founder (invited)

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Keynote Address / AIA Nebraska Lecture Series | World Theatre

"I follow an idea. The idea that architecture can be sourced from the simple, everyday experience of life is essential to my mode of design. I believe the resultant architecture as derived from these experiences can be inspiring to all people in a daily, practical way. I believe people deserve good space and good buildings derived from good ideas."

We believe that through observation, the world reveals itself as an inspirational primer for design and an unwritten instruction manual for living. In a region where the terms rural and urban are almost interchangeable, modus champions architecture as a means of navigating the threshold between the natural and manmade world. We have chosen to embrace simple, low-tech design solutions to improve the quality of life for our clients and community.

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Social - (No Host)

McCue's Nebraska Taproom, 2008 Avenue A, Suite A, Kearney, NE

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