The Forum will offer:

  • over 30 accredited continuing education programs and tours

  • compelling keynote sessions featuring nationally/internationally recognized industry leaders

  • opportunities to network and socialize with leaders in the building and design professions

  • NEW location at Convene, a world-class meeting and conference venue located in the heart of Center City Philadelphia at 30 S 17th St

Meejin Yoon + Eric Höweler
Friday Afternoon Keynote

Co-founders of Höweler+Yoon, a design-driven architecture practice and creative studio that believes design is an instrument for imagining and implementing change – social, cultural, technological, and environmental.

Julie Eizenberg, FAIA, RAIA
Friday Morning Keynote

Julie Eizenberg, FAIA, RAIA has been a frequent advisor to the U.S. Mayor’s Institute on City Design and on the board of Public Architecture and the School of Architecture at Taliesin. Under her leadership, Koning Eizenberg has earned over 150 awards and has been honored as AIA California’s Firm of the Year. In 2012, AIA Los Angeles awarded the firm the Gold Medal for their lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture.

Bryan Lee
Thursday Afternoon Keynote

Bryan Lee is the Design Director of Colloqate and a national Design Justice Advocate. Lee is the founding organizer of the Design Justice Platform. He organized the Design As Protest National Day of Action and has led two award-winning architecture and design programs for high school students through the Arts Council of New Orleans and the National Organization of Minority Architects.

Nader Tehrani
Thursday Morning Keynote

The Weight of Thinness

Presentation of a series of projects that probe the challenges of working with contemporary modes of construction, in particular, laminar construction which lacks the sense of weight and density of classical materiality.

The Logan Square
at Convene

Catch up on emails or just relax and take a break in one of Convene's many flex spaces.

The Forum Room
at Convene

See keynote speakers in this state of the art facility with Center City as your backdrop.

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Conference Schedule

8:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Outlaw House Tour – a Passive House Expedition Coming Soon 1.5 AIA LU

Presented By

Firm: Bright Common Architecture & Design (Architects), Future & Sons (General Contractor) Tour Leaders: Jeremy Avellino (Bright Common), Amanda Bonelli (Bright Common), and Travis Douglas (Future & Sons)

A detailed tour of a recently completed zero-energy ready home in Fishtown. Tour attendees will get to experience the interior of an urban infill, Passive House guided rowhome, and learn about the challenges and successes encountered while building a holistically sustainable, contextual Philadelphia rowhome.

Travel time: 25 minutes each way, included in tour time. Bus will leave Center for Architecture at 8:00 AM.

Tour

8:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Richard Neutra’s Hassrick House 4201 Henry Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144 1 AIA LU

Presented By

Andrew Hart, Assoc AIA, Assistant Professor; James L. Querry, MRP, RLA, ASLA, Director, Geospatial Technology for Geodesign, Associate Professor; Suzanne Singletary, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Director Center for the Preservation of Modernism

The Hassrick House was designed in 1958 by famed modernist architect Richard Neutra for Doll and Ken Hassrick. As a wedding present, the Hassricks were given three acres and a Bugatti Coupe. The land was gifted from Doll’s family parcel off Schoolhouse Lane in the East Falls Neighborhood of Philadelphia. Residents of the house included constitutional lawyer Henry Sawyer, amoung several in the community who lead a surge in midcentury modern designed homes.

Travel time: 25 minutes each way, included in tour time. Bus will leave Center for Architecture at 8:00 AM.

Tour Location
(Official University Address for parking) 4201 Henry Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144
(House location, no parking available, not suitable for GPS navigation) 3033 Cherry Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Tour

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Tour of Penn Medicine Presbyterian Pavilion for Advanced Care Penn Medicine Presbyterian Pavilion for Advanced Care, 38th and Market Streets, Philadelphia 1.5 AIA LU

Presented By

TBD

In February 2015, Penn Medicine’s Level 1 Trauma Center moved from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania to the Pavilion for Advanced Care at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Thoughtfully designed and built to save time, the 178,000 square-foot, acute care building, The Pavilion for Advanced Care, features the latest technology and 24/7, in-house surgeon coverage. Join us for a tour of the state-of-the-art, seven-story pavilion designed to facilitate and expedite the coordinated flow of care for the critically ill or injured patient.

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), and the American Institute of Architects Academy on Architecture for Health (AIA) have presented the ICU Design Citation Award to the trauma surgical intensive care unit (TSICU) at PPMC. The international design award recognizes intensive care units that successfully combine functional design with humanitarian delivery of care.

Travel time: 15 minutes each way, included in tour time. Bus will leave Center for Architecture at 11:00 AM

Tour

11:30 AM - 1:40 PM

From Aging Icon to Revitalized Gem 1 AIA LU

The University of Pennsylvania recently underwent two renovations of iconic buildingsPenn Dental’s Schattner Clinic and Penn’s Ringe Squash. This program would include a tour of both facilities starting at Schattner, we would present in the commons, and give a tour of the clinic. Then we go to Penn Squash, give a short presentation, and tour that facility. Stakeholders from both institutions will contribute to the presentation to discuss some of the challenges and the benefits of reusing rather than replacing their respective facilities.

Travel time: 20 minutes each way, included in tour time. Bus will leave Center for Architecture at 11:30 AM.

Tour

3:00 PM - 5:10 PM

Tour of Two 21st Century Libraries Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street and Charles Library at Temple University, 13th Street and Polett Walk 1.5 AIA LU

Presented By

James Pecora, Vice President of Property Management, Free Library of Philadelphia; Joe Lucia, Dean of Libraries, Temple University

Tour two of Philadelphia’s most innovative new library projects and gain an understanding of how well-designed libraries can effectively serve their communities in the 21st century.

Tour

3:00 PM - 5:10 PM

Wharton Academic Research Building Hard Hat Tour 37th and Spruce Streets 1.5 AIA LU

Presented By

Mark A. Kocent AIA AICP; Cary Trochesset, AIA, Architect University Architect; Allie Lukachik, PE, SE, Associate; Kevin Burns, MBA, Project Manager

Join multiple team members for a guided construction tour of the new 80,450 GSF Wharton Academic Research Building. The signature building includes a replacement of the university’s electrical substation #2, necessitating complex construction sequencing and connection to the south side of the existing Steinberg Hall-Dietrich Hall.

Travel time: 20 minutes each way, included in tour time. Bus will leave Center for Architecture at 3 PM.

Tour

8:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Keynote: Nader Tehrani - The Weight of Thinness The Forum 1 AIA LU

Presented By

Nader Tehrani

Presentation of a series of projects that probe the challenges of working with contemporary modes of construction, in particular, laminar construction which lacks the sense of weight and density of classical materiality.

Keynote

The Broad Hub East

A Mixed-Mode Approach to Shading Devices- Design, Implementation, Performance 1 AIA LU (HSW)

Presented By

Aishwarya Katta-Adiseshaiah; Jonathan Weiss, AIA, LEED AP, WELL AP

For many years shading devices have been a part of architectural design and expression. New tools allow for more complex simulation of performance. This session will look at how we use these tools to make the case for increased comfort, mitigation of glare, and energy efficiency in designed projects.

Design

The Pavilion Hub West

Build A Better Brand: 5 Steps to Deliberately Designing a Personal Leadership Brand That Matters 1 AIA LU

Presented By

Angel M. Taylor

We all have a Personal Brand. But do you have a Personal “Leadership” Brand? Having the right or wrong one can directly effect how you show up as an impactful leader. This is for architects who are emerging and current leaders, or simply want to (re)connect to your passion.

Firm Management + Practice

The Pavilion Hub East

Defining Human-Centric Lighting 1 AIA LU (HSW)

Presented By

Ryan Conover, EDAC, Assoc. IALD

Human-centric lighting, a concept that suggests carefully designed lighting can positively impact a person on a physiological level, has become a highly discussed topic. This session will provide a brief overview of human-centric lighting and available solutions followed by a panel discussion featuring the client and architect’s perspective.

Technology

The Broad Hub West

Top Ten Code Lessons to Learn 1 AIA LU

Presented By

Emma Raymont, MaGrann Associates

Project teams will need to comply with the new PA codes in order to avoid unnecessary first costs and schedule delays. We will review lessons to help teams successfully navigate their first 2015/2018 code projects. We will review code compliance pathways, packaging permit submissions, field verification, design details and more.

Codes

The Pavilion Hub East

3D Imaging for Digital Preservation and Design Collaboration 1.5 AIA LU

Presented By

David Landrecht, PLS; Jonathan Sever

3D High Resolution Imaging, also known as 3D Scanning, is an advanced technology which has propelled the field of existing conditions documentation from 19th Century methods (pencil, paper and measuring tape, captured over days, weeks or months) into the 21st century (millions of 3 dimensional point data captured along with RBG values obtained in minutes.). It is now possible to capture refined data at an accelerated rate. Allowing for the capture of dimensionally accurate date in a photo realistic format. This digital data can be easily viewed and queried to extract information that is relevant to a project. The resulting virtual model can be revisited anytime without the need to mobilize and revisit the site. 3D Scanners capture literally everything within the line of sight of the instrument. By carefully selecting multiple observation locations and entire subject of interest can be documented and preserved digitally in one cohesive 3 dimensional model.

Technology

The Market Studio

Bridge-Branding for Todays Decision Makers 1.5 AIA LU

Presented By

Shannon Creamer-Franke, Agency Creative Director, Odd Graphic Company

This session is all about EDUCATION, offering a 90-minute whole-brand assessment workshop and Q&A period. It will address corporate culture, visual brand strength, messaging, and different delivery vehicles (both traditional and new media), so to, start bridging the gab between generations.

Marketing
Workshop

The Broad Hub West

City of Philadelphia: Code Updates and Process Improvements 1 AIA LU

Presented By

Elizabeth Baldwin, P.E., Chief Code Official for the Department of Licenses and Inspections

The City of Philadelphia was the second City in the country, and first City east of the Mississippi to adopt the 2018 IBC Codes to keep our City safe and prospering. With these codes adopted there are impactive changes to both the Energy and Plumbing Codes that will impact the way we design and build in the City. In addition to the new codes, the Department of Licenses and Inspections is revolutionizing the way it does business, by bringing the power of access to you through the launch of eClipse. The new easy-to-use online portal allows more swift and efficient management of your license and permitting needs. This session will provide valuable details on code updates, process changes, and technology resources.

This program will end at 12:00 PM. Attendees will receive 1 AIA LU.

Codes

The Pavilion Hub West

Core: A Best Practice Green Building Standard That Is Holistic and Simple To Use 1 AIA LU

Presented By

Drew Lavine, LFA, Living Future Community Council Co-facilitator; Scott Kelly, AIA

There has been a rather large, unaddressed gap between LEED and the Living Building Challenge green building systems. To fill that gap and move the market forward at an appropriate pace, there is now a framework to use that is simple and outlines 10 best practice achievements for projects to pursue while still defining a high-level environmental responsibility.

This program will end at 12:00 PM. Attendees will earn 1 AIA LU.

Sustainability

The Broad Hub East

Design Strategies to Create Inclusive Environments 1 AIA LU (HSW)

Presented By

Merilee Meacock, AIA, LEED AP; John Herrington, PhD

Designing for today’s world is more nuanced than ever, but through good design we can foster inclusive environments where all individuals feel seen, supported, and engaged. This session will present design approaches for designing inclusive environments, in conjunction with research and insights from a clinical psychologist.

This program will end at 12:00 PM. Attendees will earn 1 AIA LU (HSW).

Design

The Market Studio

3D Listening - BIM For Your Ears 1.5 AIA LU

Presented By

Ben Markham, Director of Architectural Acoustics – Acentech

3DListening is a technology that allows us to hear what a space will sound like before it is built or renovated, giving the design team a direct auditory experience of the impact of room shaping, surface finishes, and potential noise sources.

Technology
Workshop

The Broad Hub West

Impact of New Energy Code Requirements on Glass Building Enclosures

Join us for a lively discussion of how the new energy code requirements in Philadelphia impact glass building enclosures. Hear from industry experts from the fabrication, product manufacturing, design, installation, and legal profession about what designers need to know when designing buildings with glass enclosures. 

Codes

The Broad Hub East

Leftovers – The Development and Design Potential of Odd Lots 1.5 AIA LU (HSW)

Presented By

Brian Phillips, ISA, Principal; Deb Katz, ISA, Principal; Nino Cutrufello, Callahan Ward Companies, Development Director

Coming soon.

Design

The Pavilion Hub West

Mastering the Client Interview 1.5 AIA LU

Presented By

Coming soon

Preparing for interviews can be challenging, and it is becoming a more common practice in this industry. Join SMPS Philadelphia and lead decision-makers in the higher-education, healthcare and corporate/commercial markets as they share insights, experiences, and tips on how to ace the interview process.

Firm Management + Practice

The Pavilion Hub East

The AIA COTE® Top Ten Toolkit: Closing the information gap 1.5 AIA LU (HSW)

Presented By

David Hincher, AIA, LEED BD+C; Daphne More, AIA, LEED BD+C, EcoDistricts AP; Paul Thompson, AIA, NCIDQ, LEED BD+C, CPHC; Jonathan Weiss AIA, LEED BD+C, WELL AP

The COTE® Top Ten Toolkit is a new, free design tool to help make all projects more sustainable using the AIA’s COTE® (Committee On The Environment) Top Ten Awards program as a framework.

Sustainability

3:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Keynote: Bryan Lee The Forum

Presented By

Bryan Lee

Keynote

8:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Keynote: Julie Eizenberg, FAIA, RAIA The Forum

Presented By

Julie Eizenberg

Founding principal of KoningEizenberg

Keynote

The Pavilion Hub East

Achieving Business Outcomes with Data Driven Design 1 AIA LU

Presented By

R. (Wess) Luke, AIA, NCARB

Most architects are familiar with basic building commissioning however significant client business outcomes can be achieved when combined with occupant and business analytics. This session will be a discussion about leveraging the power of data and expanding the value architects can add to projects and the enterprises behind them.

Technology

The Broad Hub West

Building Strong Communities: Connecting Neighborhoods through Inclusive Design 1 AIA LU

Presented By

Alesa Rubendall, AIA Design Moxie architecture + planning; Karen Blanchard, AIA, panelist, Board Member of Fairmount CDC SITIO architecture + urbanism

Want to make a positive impact? GET INVOLVED!!! This session will highlight the benefits of synergies between our City’s neighborhoods and the design community. We will hear from many leaders from various non-profits throughout the City about recent work as well as projects and initiatives in the pipeline. They will share their philosophy on generating economic development and the role of design as well as how they have engaged their neighbors in inclusive design processes and how it has shaped the process and the resultant design. They will illustrate the collaborations with success stories, lessons learned, and highlight their specific community ongoing needs and opportunities to support positive change throughout the City.

Community Design

The Broad Hub East

Context Conversations - Exploring the Relationship between Photography and Architecture 1 AIA LU

Presented By

Timothy Kerner, AIA

This cross-disciplinary panel will discuss the relationship between photographic composition and architecture to address the influence of photography on our conceptions of spatial design.

Design

The Pavilion Hub West

Secrets of Success: Stories of our recent AIA National Award Winners 1 AIA LU

Presented By

Lonny Rossman, AIA

Join us for a captivating discussion recognizing recent recipients of AIA National Design Awards. Winners will discuss their design process, constraints, and opportunities for innovation.

Firm Management + Practice

The Pavilion Hub East

How to Create Paths to Firm Ownership and Successful Retirement Strategies 1 AIA LU

This panel discussion will address best practices in transition and succession planning in architecture firms. Panelists will discuss tools and techniques that helped create pathways to firm ownership and enabled successful retirement from a firm. The panel will also explore the complexities of creating consensus around business value and financial tools and planning to ensure individual and firm success.

Firm Management + Practice

The Pavilion Hub West

Life lessons - Business Sustainability for Architects 1 AIA LU

Presented By

Joshua Zinder, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP; Bob Hillier, FAIA

Two architects draw from their experiences to provide clarity for those considering establishing their architectural own practice. Topics include benefits of integrated multidisciplinary practice, the risks of ‘specializing’ in a building type, identifying the right partner mentoring and retaining talent, and others.

This program will end at 12:00 PM. Attendees will earn 1 AIA LU.

Firm Management + Practice

The Broad Hub East

Pushing the Boundaries of Architecture Precast Concrete 1 AIA LU (HSW)

Presented By

Jeff Goldstein, AIA; David Altenhofen, AIA; Jamie Sweigart

The past ten years have seen tremendous innovation in the design, fabrication, and installation of precast concrete wall panels to achieve envelope systems that uniquely combine durability, sustainability, and architectural design flexibility.

This program will end at 12:00 PM. Attendees will earn 1 AIA LU (HSW).

Design

The Broad Hub West

Sacred Places/Civic Spaces: Re-envisioning Underutilized Religious Sites as Community Hubs 1.5 AIA LU (HSW)

Presented By

Heidi Segall Levy, AIA; Caitlin Youngster, Assoc. AIA; David Quadrini, AIA

How can historic sacred places support civic engagement, social cohesion, and neighborhood equity? Philadelphia is losing its historic churches, synagogues, and mosques to demolition and adaptive use. Sacred Places/Civic Spaces brought congregations, communities, and design professionals together to pursue a new preservation strategy—re-envisioning underutilized religious spaces as community hubs.

Community Design

The Pavilion Hub East

20 Years of Design Evolution: Exceptional science teaching and research buildings on college campuses and in dense urban areas from 1999 to 2019 1.5 AIA LU (HSW)

Presented By

Rob Voss, AIA, LEED AP; Alexa Hansford, RA; Ajay Prasad, PE

This session will explore ideas for creating exceptional science teaching and research buildings on college campuses and dense urban environments. Using 20 years of case studies and post occupancy surveys, themes for discourse will include analysis of science building designs, codes, and trends that lead to successful discovery and learning.

The Broad Hub West

Complete Streets and Vision Zero Training 1.5 AIA LU (HSW)

Presented By

David Kanthor; Kelley Yemen, AICP; Jack Conviser, RA, AICP

The City of Philadelphia adopted Complete Streets standards to: Improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety, enhance civic and community use of our streets, and make our streets welcoming to visitors. Session discusses the history and purpose of Complete Streets and defines the documentation and review processes necessary for compliance.

Community Design

The Market Studio

Get to Know AIA’s Guides for Equitable Practice

Do you know what unconscious bias is? Do you want to know how to build an office culture that makes all employees and colleagues feel welcome and supported? Join us for a review and conversation about the newly published AIA Equitable Practices Guidelines. AIA National and the University of Washington have released six chapters of "Guides for Equitable Practice.” Guides are developed using current research on gender, race, and culture in the U.S. They include perspectives from architects on what equity, diversity and inclusion mean as well as moral, business, ethical and societal cases that can help individuals, architecture firms and others build equity in their organizations. The six chapters cover: intercultural competence; workplace culture; compensation; equitable recruitment and retention practices; skills for equitable and inclusive negotiations; and insights for how mentorships and sponsorships can make workplaces more diverse and inclusive.

Workshop

The Broad Hub East

Tiny House Alternative for Affordable and Workforce Housing 1.5 AIA LU (HSW)

Presented By

Laura Blau AIA,CPHC; David Gould, builder,Chiseled Homes, LLC, andTiny Homes Pittsburgh, LLC; Stephanie Sena, Professor Villanova University, Founder and President Student-Run Emergency Housing of Philadelphia

The Tiny House revolution is afoot in the USA. These modest homes provide dignity, privacy, and independence. Housing equity must include future proofing homes for health, durability, energy efficiency and resiliency, thoughtfully integrated into our communities. We will explore policy, process, and examples in PA, the USA, and abroad.

Design

The Pavilion Hub West

Women in Architecture + Design 1.5 AIA LU

Presented By

Casey Gallagher; Sarah Epifano; Sara Schonour, LC, Assoc. IALD

Firms can promote equity in architecture and design with mentoring and sponsoring women. Join us in a panel discussion of representatives of firms, with women’s organizations within their company, to speak about their experiences – how they formed, how to make changes within firms, how to engage men.

Firm Management + Practice

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Keynote: Meejin Yoon + Eric Höweler The Forum

Presented By

Meejin Yoon + Eric Höweler

Co-founders of Höweler+Yoon, a design-driven architecture practice and creative studio that believes design is an instrument for imagining and implementing change – social, cultural, technological, and environmental.

Keynote
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