My Journey through the AIA Conference on Architecture

This year, TURNERBATSON blessed me with the opportunity to attend the AIA Conference on Architecture in New York City. I was able to join with architects from all over the country in lectures focused on making the world better by design. I had an amazing time and learned about some interesting topics:

Eero Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center: The Rebirth of an Icon

Architects need to design with the future in mind. This icon was set in the jet age and designed for planes that held 150-200 passengers. Unfortunately, it became obsolete due to advancements in technology and was left vacant for more than a decade. TWA will now be accompanied by a hotel, restaurants, conference center, and observation deck: http://lcnyc.com/project/twa-hotel/.

From Young Female Designers to Firm Leaders: The Boston Experiment

The Girl UNinterrupted Project is an experiment that served three functions. It “offered a manual to young designers on how to jump-start careers, it provided firm leaders with an understanding of young designers' struggles, and it offered suggestions for creating an office culture that is equitable and maximizes talent.”

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My Main Takeaways:

Saving History: Landmarks Preservation in NYC

Without the tangible remnants of the past, we can’t plan the future. Because of this, designers should approach all projects as if they are in a historic district. TURNERBATSON is currently practicing this approach through the design and redevelopment of a better downtown Trussville.AIA ConferenceAIA ConferenceManaging Uncertainty: New Project Planning Guide for Owners and Architects

The AIA Roundtable has created a “Project Planning Guide” that has tools and data to help identify ways to assist clients in anticipating major uncertainty factors and establishing budgets.

Setting the Stage for Positive Outcomes: 3 Ways to Structure a Sustainability Design Charrette 

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Think differently: instead of trying to make something “less bad,” ask yourself “what does good look like?” One of the best practices for putting together a charrette is to throw open the doors to many individuals (team, users, builders, community).

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For more information on the architects, designers, presenters, and topics, please visit: http://conferenceonarchitecture.com/2018-highlights/.

Samantha Parr, Intern Architect

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