AIA Adds 15 Economic Survival Sessions to National Convention Programming

March 11, 2009 |

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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