Embracing Disruption Keynote Speakers Educate and Inspire

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On September 12 and 13, eighty participants from across the state gathered at the Drury Broadview in Wichita to learn the art of embracing a rapidly changing world. With 10.5 HSWs and 7.5 LUs offered at this year's conference, attendees found a variety of learning opportunities to meet their interests and needs.

Keynote speaker David Zach, a futurist from Wisconsin who was sponsored by Hutton Construction, offered a thought-provoking presentation on "Designs on the Future." He emphasized the importance of curiosity and making connections between ideas. Reaction to his talk was enthusiastic.

Merris Dozier, a facility engineer from Irwin Army Community Hospital, appreciated Zach's observation that "the most sustainable building is one that is loved.

"Steve Clark of Clark Huesemann valued Zach's "reinforcement of the philosophy that design is at the center of what we do. . . it is our unique contribution to the process, integrating beauty and the immeasurable to architecture.

"The second keynote speaker, Jason Smith, was sponsored by PEC. Smith is a partner at KieranTimberlake and gave a presentation on "Collective Inquiry," where he discussed the company's approach to clients' needs as well as the needs of the environment.

Architect Tony Rangel wrote that he was impressed with KieranTimberlake's strategic vision for being "inclusive and measured, with an eye toward positive evolution. Knowing that an architectural practice can drive technical innovation is inspiring."

Jacquelyn Rakoski-Diedikes, a project manager at Architect One, Inc., appreciated Smith's presentation too, observing that "learning about the way in which a building can help embrace lower energy use was wonderful."

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