AIA Adds 15 Economic Survival Sessions to National Convention Programming

August 11, 2010

WHO: The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
WHAT: In an effort to assist AIA members and firms during this prolonged economic downturn, the AIA has added 15 educational sessions devoted to addressing the current economic situation.
Educational sessions addressing the economic downturn:
·        Blueprints for Brighter Tomorrows: The Upside of the Downturn
·        Business Strategies and Tactics to Survive and Thrive in an Economic Downturn
·        Firm Valuation in a Turbulent Economy: The Best of Times/The Worst of Times
·        Making the Cut: The Pyschological Impact of Downsizing and Surviving a Layoff
·        Maximizing Firm Human Resources in a Complex World; Key components to success with Human Resources during good economic times and bad
·        Best Laid Plans: Business Planning for Small Firms
·        Redefining Your Practice in the Turbulent Global Economy: The Global Perspective and the Regional Context
·        The Construction Outlook: Implications for Architecture Firms
·        Coping with Stress in a Complex World; Tools to manage stress, create balance and harmony in your career, life and company.
·        Firm Closure: What You Should Know (working title)
·        Define Your Career Vision: Practical Tactics and Strategies to Execute a Targeted Job Search
·        Downsizing: What You Should Know (working title)
·        Expanding your Firm with Minimal Capital Investment: How to Expand and Diversify Your Practice through Strategic Mergers and Acquisitions
·        Designing the Emergent Firm
·        The Research Frontier of Risk Management in an Economic Downturn
The AIA will also have representatives from a number of federal agencies on hand to advise members on how they can contract with the federal government and get their firms’ involved with stimulus related projects.
WHEN: April 30-May 2
WHERE: The Moscone Center, San Francisco.
WHO: To get more information about these sessions or press registry, please contact Matt Tinder or For more information regarding the 2009 AIA convention visit
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Theme Presentations:

Thursday, April 30

Focus on Diversity and Global Practice
Peter Head, OBE, FReng, ARUP, London/Worldwide

Friday, May 1

Focus on Practice in a Complex World
Moderated by John Hockenberry, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Amale Andraos, WORK Architecture Company, New York City
Minsuk Cho, AIA, Mass Studies, Seoul, Korea
Craig Dykers, AIA, Snohetta Architecture, Design & Planning PC, New York City
Julien De Smedt, JDS/Julien De Smedt Architects, Copenhagen, Denmark

Saturday, May 2

Focus on Emerging Voices of Practice
Randy Brown, AIA, Randy Brown Architects, Omaha
Teddy Cruz, Estudio Teddy Cruz, San Diego
Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang Architects, Chicago
Philip G. Freelon, FAIA, LEED AP, The Freelon Group, Raleigh
Sheila Kennedy, AIA, Kennedy & Violich Architecture Ltd, Boston
Tom Kundig, FAIA, Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen, Seattle
Lisa Iwamoto, IwamotoScott Architecture, San Francisco
Paul M. Lewis, AIA, Lewis Tsurumaki Lewis, New York City
Qingyun Ma, AIA, USC School of Architecture, Los Angeles
Sebastian Schmaling, AIA, Johnsen Schmaling Architects, Milwaukee
Cameron Sinclair, Architecture for Humanity, San Francisco
Nader Tehrani, office dA, Boston
Kulapat Yantrasast, Assoc. AIA, wHY Architecture, Culver City, Calif.


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