Foresight 2020: The Complete Guide

Foresight 2020 is AIA Virginia’s online event platform featuring its signature programming for 2020, including:

Foresight 2020 programming will be accessible online from anywhere in the world. Nearly every session (except our social events) offers AIA learning units. See the complete Foresight 2020 agenda and speaker list or register online today.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Architecture Exchange East

DAY 1: Design Justice and Impact
Monday, Nov. 2

Featured Sessions
Noah Scalin — ArchEx kicks off with a creative challenge from artist Noah Scalin to re-energize your imagination and creative spirit!

Ace Callwood — JEDI consultant Ace Callwood shares a roadmap for creating a sustainable DEI program in your firm.

Joel Sanders — Hear about MIXdesign — a think tank and design consultancy dedicated to creating designs that respond to the specific needs of traditionally marginalized individuals.

Riding the Vortex:  African American Women Architects in Practice — Hear the unique perspectives of the Vortex Collaborators as they reflect upon the issues facing their unique cohort.

DAY 2: The Climate Crisis
Wednesday, Nov. 4

Featured Sessions
Ed Mazria — The founder of the 2030 Challenge and CEO of Architecture 2030 shares the steps designers must take right now to address the climate crisis and create lasting change.

Demystifying the 2030 Commitment: Firm Panel Discussion — Leaders from small, mid-sized and large firms share their research, best practices, and lessons learned.

Andrea Love — Hear about 2017 Young Architects Award winner Andrea Love’s groundbreaking work at Payette and the state-of-the art analytic tools used to minimize the impacts of buildings on the environment.

DAY 3: The Future
Friday, Nov. 6

Featured Sessions
The Economic and Construction Outlook— AIA and Harvard economist Kermit Baker shares his forecast for the industry.

Construction Site Data Automation with Agile Mobile Robots — Hear from Brian Ringley with Boston Dynamics and learn about the latest advancements in robotics.

LMNts: Design Research in Practice — Design research has fueled innovation and has had a profound impact on the practice, culture, and work of LMN Architects.

Resilience and Disaster Planning — Hear lessons learned from an A&E team who quickly responded to the COVID-19 crisis to identify and implement strategies to reduce the risk of virus transmission and build overall organizational resilience at the Institute of Defense Analyses.

Design Forum: In Praise of Shadows

Thursday, Nov. 5

Featured Speakers
Steven Holl, FAIA (Steven Holl Architects | New York, NY)
Steven Holl is widely recognized for his ability to blend space and light with great contextual sensitivity and to utilize the unique qualities of each project to create a concept-driven design.

Kirsten Murray, FAIA (Olson Kundig | Seattle, WA)
Throughout her 30-year tenure at Olson Kundig, Kirsten Murray has created buildings and spaces that strengthen and enrich communities. Long inspired by Scandinavian modernist traditions, her architecture emphasizes warmth, natural materiality, tactility and refinement.

Herve Descottes (L’Observitoire International, New York, NY)
Descottes creates the lighting concepts for all projects designed by L’Observatoire and has been recognized numerous times by the lighting design and architectural community.

David J. Lewis, AIA (LTL Architects, New York, NY)
David Lewis, founding principal of LTL Architects, develops solutions that work within project constraints to inform the design trajectory, exploring opportunistic overlaps between space, program, form, budget, and materials.

YAFCON 2020: The Empathic Architect

DAY 1: Monday, Oct. 26
Join a lunchtime conversation on entrepreneurship and practice models and an evening panel discussion about Intentional Leadership

DAY 2: Tuesday, Oct. 27
Join a lunchtime conversation about non-traditional project financing and an evening panel discussion about Unconventional Clients

DAY 3: Wednesday, Oct. 28
Join a lunchtime conversation about work/life balance and taboo topics and an evening workshop about Active Listening/Effective Storytelling

DAY 4: Thursday, Oct. 29
Join a lunchtime conversation about the impact of the pandemic on EPs and an evening presentation of the 2020 class project from the Emerging Leaders in Architecture

DAY 5: Friday, Oct. 30
Join a lunchtime conversation JEDI issues and an evening PK focused on the topic of “From the Ground Up: Cultivating the Next Generation”

REGISTRATION OPTIONS AND PRICING

Foresight 2020 All Access Pass
Choose this option if you want to do it all! Take your pick of any the sessions in our signature events or join us for everything.

  • AIA Member: $140
  • Assoc. AIA: $120
  • Non-member: $200
  • Student: $15

Design Forum: In Praise of Shadows Pass
This ticket gives you access to the Design Forum on Thursday, Nov. 5. The program features Steven Holl, Kirsten Murray, Herve Descottes, David Lewis, and Kendall Buster — plus, a bonus virtual tour of the ICA on Oct. 29!

  • AIA Member: $70
  • Assoc. AIA: $60
  • Non-member: $100
  • Student: $10

Architecture Exchange East Pass
We’ve assembled three incredible days of programming for ArchEx. This ticket gives you access to all of the sessions on Monday, Nov. 2, Wednesday, Nov. 4 and Friday, Nov. 6. And, ArchEx registration includes admission to YAFCON 2020, so there’s no need to purchase a separate ticket!

  • AIA Member: $70
  • Assoc. AIA: $60
  • Non-member: $100
  • Student: $10

YAFCON 2020 Pass
Virginia’s Young Architects’ Forum (YAF) leaders have curated a week-long event designed to serve emerging professionals. ArchEx admission includes YAFCON, so use this option if you aren’t planning to attend any ArchEx programming.

  • AIA Member: $50
  • Assoc. AIA: $30
  • Non-member: $100
  • Student: $10

Visions for Architecture & Social Events Only Pass
We’re offering lots of free programming through Foresight 2020.

  • Visions for Architecture
  • Firm Roundtables
  • Women in Design: Lunch and Conversation

Additional free events may be added, so check our agenda or watch your email for announcements.

Admission to Visions for Architecture and other social events are included free with all the other registration options, so choose this one if you aren’t planning on attending any of the other ticketed programming.

Register online.

ABOUT THE VIRTUAL EXHIBIT HALL and SPONSORS

Check out the latest innovative products, services, and solutions from the industry’s best building product manufacturers in the Foresight 2020 virtual exhibit hall. Be sure to make time to speak with these important supporters of the program.

And, please take a moment to thank our sponsors.

Registration for Foresight 2020 Now Open

Registration for Foresight 2020 is now open.

This virtual event is designed for architects, designers, and industry professionals seeking inspiration and insight. It takes place online Oct. 1–Nov. 7, 2020, and features the following AIA Virginia signature programming:

Design Forum: In Praise of Shadows
featuring Steven Holl, Kirsten Murray, Herve Descottes, David Lewis, and Kendall Buster

Architecture Exchange East
featuring Ed Mazria, Andrea Love, Joel Sanders, Kermit Baker, and many more

YAFCON 2020: The Empathic Architect
featuring a program curated by Virginia’s emerging professionals

Visions for Architecture
featuring a celebration of AIA Virginia’s Honors Awards and a live announcement of our Design Award winners.

Plus, other social events like firm roundtable discussions, facilitated lunch conversations, happy hours, and more. All tickets include access to our virtual exhibit hall.

As we’ve all seen recently — change is inevitable. Be prepared to design the future, instead of catching up to it.

Registration for Foresight 2020 open to all.

Tickets

There are a variety of ways to participate in the program – depending on your interest. Pick one element of the program or join us for everything. Pricing is below.

Visions for Architecture
Visions is free, but registration is required.

Foresight 2020 All Access Pass
This VIP ticket includes everything on the agenda.

  • AIA Member: $140
  • Assoc. AIA Member: $120
  • Non-member: $200
  • Student: $15

Architecture Exchange East
Includes all daily programming on Nov. 4 and Nov. 6 and admission to YAFCON (plus a few extras!)

  • AIA Member: $70
  • Assoc. AIA Member: $60
  • Non-member: $100
  • Student: $10

Design Forum: In Praise of Shadows
Includes all programming on Thursday, Nov. 5, plus a virtual tour of the ICA on Oct. 29

  • AIA Member: $70
  • Assoc. AIA Member: $60
  • Non-member: $100
  • Student: $10

YAFCON: The Empathic Architect
Includes daily programming Oct. 26-30. YAFCON is included free with your ArchEx admission, so there’s no need to register for it separately if you’re going to ArchEx. Use this ticket option if you’re only interested in attending YAFCON.

  • AIA Member: $50
  • Assoc. AIA Member: $30
  • Non-member: $100
  • Student: $10

Love, Mazria Announced as ArchEx Keynote Speakers

AIA Virginia is pleased to announce the first round of keynote speakers for Architecture Exchange East (ArchEx) 2020. On Wednesday, Nov. 4, ArchEx is bringing together internationally recognized leaders in the profession’s efforts to combat the climate crisis  — Andrea Love and Ed Mazria.

Edward Mazria, FAIA
Founder and CEO, Architecture 2030

Edward Mazria is an internationally recognized architect, author, researcher, and educator. His seminal research into urbanization, climate change, sustainability, energy consumption, solar energy, and greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment has redefined the role of architecture, planning, design, and building, in reshaping our world. He is the founder and CEO of Architecture 2030, a think tank developing real-world solutions for 21st century problems, and host of the AIA+2030 Professional Education Series, China Accord, the 2030 Districts movement in North American cities, the Zero Tool and Achieving Zero – a framework of incremental building sector actions to ensure a carbon neutral built environment by the year 2050.

This past year, he delivered the Roadmap to Zero Emissions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – a flexible approach to achieve zero CO2 emissions in the built environment by mid-century. He also issued the 2050 Imperative – a commitment to plan and design to carbon neutral standards – which has been adopted by the International Union of Architects and all regional professional organizations (representing over 1.3 million architects) in 124 countries worldwide.

Andrea Love, AIA, LEED Fellow
Payette – 2019 AIA Architecture Firm of the Year

Andrea Love’s groundbreaking work is helping to define the emerging role of a building scientist. At Payette, she works across projects to bring rigor and state-of-the art analytic tools to minimize the impacts of buildings on the environment. The winner of the 2017 AIA Young Architects Award, Love has helped to nurture a culture of sustainable practices that are now deeply embedded in the firm’s design philosophies.

She leads a number of research projects, and was the Principal Investigator on the 2012 AIA Upjohn Research Initiative-funded “Thermal Performance of Facades.” She also leads the firm’s efforts on the AIA 2030 Commitment, tracking and benchmarking the performance of projects across the firm.

Delivered virtually through AIA Virginia’s Foresight 2020 event platform, ArchEx takes place during the first week of November. Registration opens in late August. Stay tuned for additional announcements.

About Architecture Exchange East

ArchEx is the mid-Atlantic region’s premier conference and expo for architects, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects and planners. This year, the program will be delivered virtually during the first week of November. Each day will focus on a critical theme and will bring together local, national and international leaders to explore the topic.

On Wednesday, Nov. 4, we’ll consider what changes designers must make to respond to the climate crisis.

On Thursday, Nov. 5, the Design Forum: In Praise of Shadows takes center stage.

On Friday, Nov. 6, the program looks to the future to explore emerging business models, technologies, design research, and how the pandemic might impact practice and design.

About Foresight 2020

AIA Virginia’s signature programs for 2020 will be delivered through our virtual event platform  Foresight 2020Visions for Architecture, Design Forum: In Praise of Shadows, and Architecture Exchange East will be accessible online from anywhere in the world.

Embracing Change: Signature Events Go Digital

AIA Virginia is pleased to announce that our signature programs for 2020 will be delivered virtually under the umbrella of Foresight 2020. You’ll get to experience Visions for Architecture, Design Forum: In Praise of Shadows, and Architecture Exchange East in exciting new ways.

While we’ll miss getting together in person, keeping you safe and healthy is more important. And, because that face-to-face interaction is so critical, we’ve invested in a virtual event platform that encourages connections and interactions.

What stays the same?

High-quality speakers and content. Our planning committees are committed to delivering the very best speakers and most compelling discussions.  They’ve already confirmed an incredible set of speakers for the Design Forum and the lineup at ArchEx is going to be just as impressive.

Exhibit Hall. We’ll still feature the latest products, services, and solutions from the industry’s best building product manufacturers in our virtual Exhibit Hall.

Networking and relationship building. We’ve built plenty of time into the schedule to engage with your colleagues.

What’s different?

No travel cost. You can login to the event wherever you happen to be on the day of the program.

Schedule. We’ve spread the programming out over a month.

Location. We’re planning to host everything in one virtual “spot.” After you register, you’ll download an app that will serve as our event lobby and hangout. It will work on any of your devices — your desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone.

Registration fees. It will cost less than ever before to attend. You can get a ticket to just one event, like the Design Forum or ArchEx, or get an all access pass to all of the Foresight 2020 programs.

And, Visions for Architecture will be free for everyone. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Registration for Foresight 2020 opens in August.

Foresight 2020

Architecture Exchange East. It’s our reunion, research lab, Academy Awards, election day, and graduation ceremony, all rolled into one annual, three-day event.

So, what’s it going to look like this year? To be honest, we’re not exactly sure — but we do know it will be pretty different from anything we’ve done in the past. Like everyone else, we’re learning new technologies and exploring innovative ways of doing business. We’re imagining all the possibilities. And, right now we’d love to hear from you.

Our theme, suggested by a brilliant (and possibly psychic) board member last October, is Foresight 2020. What topics and trends will be critical in the next 5, 10, 20 years? Let us know who you want to hear from and what research and innovations you need to know about.

With crisis, comes opportunity. Growth. Change is inevitable — let’s prepare to design the future instead of catching up to it.


This form is now closed. We hope you'll suggest a session next year!

Architecture Exchange East: Foresight 2020

Breakthroughs in technologies, research, and thinking are dramatically transforming the AEC industry at an unprecedented pace. For 3 days this November, come together to envision what the future holds for the profession at Architecture Exchange East: Foresight 2020.

Identify critical changes designers must make to address the climate crisis and learn how to effectively advocate for systemic change. Consider how “the internet of things,” design automation, autonomous transportation, and AI will change the way you work. Discuss what the “city of the future” looks like and understand how you’ll need to adapt as a designer now and over the next 5, 10 and 20 years.

Change is inevitable — be prepared to design the future instead of catching up to it.

Save the dates for Nov. 4–6, 2020

Suggest-A-Session

We believe community-driven content is the cornerstone of a great conference — which is why we want you to have a voice in the programming at ArchEx.

Our call for presentation proposals will launch in late March, but you don’t need to be a speaker to help shape ArchEx. Simply let us know what you want to discover.

Is there a topic you’ve been wanting to explore or experts you want to hear from that align with our theme of Foresight 2020? Maybe you have a panel discussion idea that has been percolating in your head for a while. Or a project you’ve always want to tour. Or a workshop concept that just needs to become a reality.

The idea can be rough around the edges, but we’re looking for something a bit more refined than “sessions for emerging professionals” or “historic preservation.” (Don’t get us wrong. We’ll definitely be curating content on those topics.)

Suggest a session below and we’ll help make your vision come alive. Plus, if your idea is selected, you’ll receive a discount code for 25% off your registration. Deadline: May 15, 2020

This form is now closed. We hope you'll suggest a session next year!

Highlights from Visions for Architecture 2019

The profession came together at Visions for Architecture on Nov. 8, 2019 to celebrate AIA Virginia Honors Awards and Design Awards. Photos by Yuzhu Zheng.

Visions for Architecture is generously supported by:

Underwriter Sponsors
3north
VMDO

Patron Sponsors
Clark Nexsen
Glave & Holmes Architecture
Hanbury
O’Hagan Meyer
Riverside Brick & Supply Co., Inc.

ArchEx 2019: In Review

For 3 days in November, the profession came together at Architecture Exchange East 2019 for a dynamic exploration of culture and design. Here are a few highlights from the program.

Some of the speakers have given us permission to share handouts and presentations. Check them out.

Registration Open for ArchEx 2019

I don’t know about you, but the anticipation has been killing us. Registration is now (finally!) open for Architecture Exchange East 2019 — one of the largest and most exciting annual gatherings of architects and design professionals in the mid-Atlantic.

ArchEx 2019 features dozens of educational sessions, spectacular behind-the-scenes architectural tours, engaging special events, and more than 60 vendors in the ArchEx Exhibit Hall — all organized around our theme of re:culture. Check out the complete agenda. (View as a PDF)

This year, during the Early Bird registration period, we’ve frozen registration fees. Register today to secure your tickets at last year’s best price – but don’t delay. Discount registration ends Oct. 9. Check out all the registration options and fees.

Keynote Speakers

Our general session features three keynote speakers. We kick off with an opening talk by Dwayne Oyler from Oyler Wu Collaborative. The firm has been published globally and widely recognized for its excellence in architectural design, research, and fabrication. Learn about the firm’s approach to fostering creativity and collaboration, and then hear about their experimentation around fabrication and 3D printing — including their LACE line of products.

Then, hear from Pascale Sablan, AIA. She’s a Senior Associate at S9ARCHITECTURE as well as the Founder and Executive Director of Beyond the Built Environment. Pascale is the 315th living African American woman in the United States to attain her architectural license. She was recently appointed to AIA New York’s Board of Directors and to the AIA National Strategic Planning Committee. Pascale was named one of 25 Young Architects to Watch in 2019 by Architizer and recognized with the 2018 AIA Young Architects Award. She is an architect, mentor, intrapreneur and a passionate advocate for bringing visibility and voice to the issues concerning minority designers. 

The general session wraps up with an address by Patricia Gruits, Senior Principal and Managing Director of MASS Design Group. Gruits leads both design and research projects in health, education, and equity. Since joining MASS in 2013, she has led the design of the Maternity Waiting Village in Malawi with the Malawi Ministry of Health, a series of primary schools in East Africa with the African Wildlife Foundation and the M2 Foundation, and is currently leading the development of an assessment tool to measure the impact of design and infrastructure investments.

Prior to joining MASS, Patricia worked with Kennedy & Violich Architecture in Boston and co-founded the global non-profit, Portable Light, which provides a portable and sustainable source of power and light to those in resource limited areas of the world. Her work has been featured in journals of architecture and design as well as on the BBC World News and the Discovery Channel.

About the Program

This year, we’ve organized our carefully-curated program into learning zones. You can pick and choose sessions from any of the zones or do a deep dive into a particular theme.  Check out descriptions of learning zones below or see the seminar titles in a grid.

The Inspiration Zone: In this zone, you’ll attend design-focused sessions that are intended to recharge your creative batteries.

The Future Zone: In this zone, you’ll discover emerging technologies, methods, and research and find out what’s on the horizon for the profession.

The HSW Zone: In this zone, you’ll focus on health, safety, and welfare – and earn up to 15 HSW learning units.

The Practice Zone: In this zone, you’ll discuss practice management methods and explore the topic of firm culture.

The History/Community Zone: In this zone, you’ll hear case studies, discuss preservation, and deliberate the power of building community.

The Public Work/Good Zone: In this zone, you’ll discuss the opportunities (and challenges) of engaging in public work as well as the benefits of working for the public good.

The Crowd Sourced Zone: In this zone, you suggested the sessions, we invited the speakers.

About Architecture Exchange East

ArchEx is AIA Virginia’s annual conference and expo. This year, it takes place at the Greater Richmond Convention Center from Nov. 6–8, 2019. The program is curated to bring together the brightest minds and most engaging speakers to explore the theme of culture.

ArchEx 2019: HSW Zone

This year, we’ve organized our carefully-curated program for Architecture Exchange East into learning zones. You can pick and choose sessions from any of the zones or do a deep dive into a particular theme.

Join us in our HSW Zone to focus your ArchEx experience on Health, Safety and Welfare programming. If you attend all three days, you can earn up to 15 HSW credits.

View the complete agenda or register online today.

Some sessions in other Learning Zones offer also offer HSW credit. All ArchEx seminars offer 1 AIA/CES learning unit unless otherwise noted in the agenda.

Health Safety and Welfare Learning Zone

WEDNESDAY

01: 2015 Virginia Existing Building Code Overview

02: ADA Really Stands for Accessibility Done Awry

03: Crime Prevention through Environmental Design Workshop

THURSDAY

102: Acoustics in Architecture

202: Designing with Architectural Insulated Metal Panels

302: Designing a Safe and Compliant Automated Vehicular Gate System

FRIDAY

412: Wood is Structural and Beautiful but Can it be Healthy?

502: Noise and Vibration Control in Contemporary Fitness Centers

602: Next Generation Classroom Evolution

702: Prefabricated Ornamental Railing Systems

802: Fire Safety in the Built Environment

902: Creating Healthy Environments with Advanced Paint Technology