Purpose, practice, & plan

“We don’t choose this profession, it chooses us.” As architects, we are inspired by purpose—a sense of meaning, aesthetic, sustainability, and function. Architecture is a purpose–driven profession. Join us in Chicago this June to reignite your passion and purpose.

This year’s event has been designed with purpose and is built on the theme “Design With Purpose.”

Leaders, luminaries, and legends from within and outside architecture will share their insights on the opportunities, challenges, and possibilities that we face as a profession and as professionals.

2014 sets a new standard for the AIA National Convention. This will be the most inspiring, engaging, and thought-provoking annual event ever presented by the AIA. See for yourself the experience that we have designed to provoke, stimulate, celebrate, and inspire you.&

Day 1
MacArthur “genius grant” winner Jeanne Gang, FAIA, LEED AP, founder of Chicago-based collective Studio Gang Architects, kicks off day one with the radical creativity and cross-disciplinary collaboration that has made her work, such as the Aqua Tower, so compelling.

Gang joins internationally acclaimed artist, urban planner, and Rebuild Foundation creative director and founder Theaster Gates. In his work, Gates explores architecture as a tool for both mediation and meditation, transforming spaces, perceptions, relationships, and communities.

Get there on time—you won’t want to miss 2014 AIA President Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, joining ARCHITECT Live host Stephen Chung, AIA, in introducing a speaker who will make your welcome to Chicago uniquely memorable.

Day 2
On day two, a powerhouse panel will offer insights on how sustainability, resiliency, and security will drive building decisions in the future.

Stephen Chung, AIA, will frame the discussion with international perspective straight from his new travel and architecture show, “Cool Spaces,” on public television.

Day 3
Stay tuned! We’ll announce the keynote speaker for day three very soon!

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