Practice Innovation Lab


AIA and Young Architects Forum, an AIA member group

We often talk about the future. Here’s your opportunity to define it! You’re invited to be one of 60 emerging professionals, architecture leaders, and entrepreneurs this fall at the Practice Innovation Lab, hosted by the Young Architects Forum, an AIA member group.

We’ll explore ideas to redefine the practice of architecture and move our profession forward. The event is happening this October outside of Washington, DC, at the Crystal City campus of 1776 Startup Incubator, a global incubator whose members are bringing new technologies and entirely new business models to market.

Interested in being a part of the event?

Applications are now being accepted. Any professional working in the architectural space with ideas and a passion for evolving the profession is eligible to apply. An architecture license and/or AIA membership are not required.

Applications are due by July 10 at 11:59pm PT.

Application timeline

June 5 Application period opens

July 10 Application period closes

Late July Jury deliberations

Early August Selected applicants invited

October 12-14 Practice Innovation Lab


Thursday, October 12, 2017

6pm Welcome reception

Friday, October 13, 2017

8am Breakfast

9am Keynote: Experience Design and the Built Environment by James Patten

10am Elevate session

11:30am Lunch

12:30pm Keynote: Innovation for Public Good by Susan Chin, FAIA, Hon. ASLA

1:45pm Innovate session

3:15pm Innovation Pecha Kucha

4:30pm Breakthrough session

6pm Networking Happy Hour + Dinner

After dinner Workshopping

Saturday, October 14, 2017

8am Breakfast

9am Team Pitch Face-offs

12pm Lunch

1pm Adjourn


James Patten

James Patten is an interaction designer, inventor, and visual artist, whose practice pushes the edges of interactivity at the intersection of the physical and digital worlds. He is a TED Senior Fellow and Director of Patten Studio, a creative agency that specializes in ground-breaking interactive activations. His work has been exhibited or performed in venues such as the Cooper Hewitt, the Museum of Modern Art, the Transmediale festival in Berlin, the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao and the Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria and recognized in several international design competitions.

Susan Chin, FAIA, Hon. ASLA

Susan Chin, FAIA, Hon. ASLA leads the Design Trust for Public Space, a nationally recognized incubator that transforms and evolves the city’s landscape with public agencies, community collaborators, and private sector experts—design professionals and artists--since 1995. She has overseen key projects, such as Five Borough Farm, Making Midtown, Under the Elevated, The World’s Park, Laying the Groundwork, Opening the Edge and Future Culture. Prior to joining the Design Trust, Ms. Chin served as Assistant Commissioner for Capital Projects at NYC Department of Cultural Affairs for over 20 years. Her role as public architect, client, advocate, funder, and policy maker supported hundreds of projects at 200+ cultural organizations.

Laura Weiss, Assoc. AIA (Moderator)

An architect by training, Laura Weiss has successfully applied her design and management skills to a career that addresses the innovation challenges of organizations across the private, public, and social sectors. As a skilled strategist, facilitator, and consultant she specializes in helping senior leaders and their teams define service design and customer experience strategies as well as the organizational change requirements that make them actionable. Laura’s passion is to make the innovation process accessible, understandable, practical, and relevant to organizations that seek to grow their business and evolve their operations and culture through the transformative power of collaborative design.

Apply today

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