Foresight 2020: ArchEx, Design Forum & Visions

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.

Registration opens in August.

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.

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!

yafCON 2019 Announces Speakers

yafCON is pleased to announce the panelists for the 2019 micro-conference at Architecture Exchange East. This year’s theme is The Architect of the New Era: critical issues of the 21st century designer. The program is free with your ArchEx registration or you can simply register to attend the [yaf]CON micro-conference on Friday, Nov. 8 from 1:30-5 p.m.

The panel features four distinguished emerging professionals with experience within at least one these focus areas: socially-sensitive design, emerging technologies and data in design, sustainability and environmentally-conscious design, and equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Sydney Covey
Sustainable Solutions Manager, Structr Advisors, Virginia Beach

“Our industry plays a critical role in climate change and sea level rise. We have to shape our perspective to begin to think about how the building impacts both the occupant and the environment.”

Yiselle Santos Rivera
Director of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion, HKS, Inc., Washington, DC

“We are the ones that ignite the fire. When we show there’s value in pursuing equity, diversity, and inclusion, we make sure that everyone is engaged in the conversation and accountable, there is no space for failure.”

Edward Becker
Professor of Architecture, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg

“Faced with the pressing global challenges of rapid urbanization and human-induced climate change, we should focus on the development and implementation of low-carbon construction.”

Pascale Sablan
Founder & Executive Director, Beyond the Built Environment, New York City

“We need to address the inequitable disparities in architecture by providing a holistic platform aimed to support numerous stages of the architecture pipeline.”

The yafCON team is looking to crowdsource questions for its engaging panel.

SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS HERE

ArchEx 2019: Social Zone

Attendees tell us that some of the most important work that happens at Architecture Exchange East is reconnecting with colleagues AND expanding their professional networks. In fact, some business leaders assert that networking is the most important benefit of attending a professional conference.

Here’s what the experts at the Harvard Business Review say:

“[E]ven if you’re an introvert who dreads the multi-day extravaganza of breakout talks and cocktail-infused networking sessions, you must resist your impulse to stay home, says Francesca Gino, a professor at Harvard Business School. ‘Skipping conferences is problematic because you’re missing out on the benefits of networking,’ she says. ‘Today, probably even more than ever before, networks are a key form of social capital for achieving goals in both your professional and personal lives.’”

Excerpted from How to Get the Most Out of a Conference, Harvard Business Review

View the complete agenda or register online today. You can pick and choose sessions from any of the zones or do a deep dive into a particular theme. 

Check out some of the tours and social events that help you reconnect with old friends and build relationships with new ones.

WEDNESDAY

05: AIA Virginia Annual Meeting and Toast to Newly Licensed Architects
Join your colleagues for a toast to Virginia’s newly licensed professionals – plus elect officers for the 2020 Board.

06: Exhibitor Appreciation and Welcome Reception
Kick off the first evening of ArchEx with a welcome reception. Grab a drink and help us thank our exhibitors for all of their support.

THURSDAY

Explore 3north’s renovation of the Martin Agency’s lobby and atrium.

107: Tour: Martin Agency Lobby and Atrium
The Martin Agency envisioned their lobby as a gallery. Explore this inviting and dynamic space – embedded with the character of Richmond.

108: Tour: The Future of Engineering Research at VCU
Get a first look at this research hub at Richmond’s VCU campus.

350: CONNECTIONS Party
Before heading out to dinner, join your colleagues (old and new) for drinks and hors d’oeuvres in the Exhibit Hall.

351: ELA Reunion Dinner
Reconnect with your fellow ELA alum and check out AIA Virginia’s new office space.

352: Women in Design Dinner
Join Virginia Women in Design at for dinner, drinks, and fellowship. All are welcome!

FRIDAY

807: Tour: Ancient Space Planning Principles in Residential Design
4525 and 4529 Springfield Rd. homes are based on the ancient Vedic principles of space planning. The design is minimalist and functional in nature and is devoid of futile bells and whistles normally found on builder homes that serve to impress neighbors rather than enrich the lives of the homeowners. The homes are designed keeping in mind a busy young family and features 3300 sq. ft. of usable space. These homes are an architect’s answer to the builder and realtor driven cookie cutter housing market.

Join us for a tour of this dynamic conversion project by Poole & Poole Architecture.

808: Tour: Converting a Barn into a Home
Built in 1977, the barn is not technically historic but having been built by the Cochrane family who founded Overnite Trucking and were incredibly generous to Hanover County, it is considered an important part of the county’s history. When the current owners saw the stately hay barn with a “for-sale” sign they knew they would save it by making it their home. Their design goals were clear; on the exterior there was to be minimal changes to respect the original Dutch gambrel design. On the interior it was important to express the impressive two story volume of the barn, to keep the existing structural elements and to re-use and re-purpose any materials removed.

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.

All ArchEx seminars offer 1 AIA/CES learning unit unless otherwise noted in the agenda.

ArchEx 2019: Crowd Sourced Zone

You picked the sessions in our Crowd Sourced Zone at Architecture Exchange East this November 6–8, 2019. Check out the highlights from this Learning Zone below.

View the complete agenda or register online today. You can pick and choose sessions from any of the zones or do a deep dive into a particular theme. Discounted Registration ends Oct. 9.

Crowd sourced learning zone

THURSDAY

106: A+D = C3: Architects + Designers as Catalysts. Connectors. Change Agents.
Architects and designers focus on creating environments and shaping and re-shaping the human experience. How can our internal professional and social infrastructures best support this focus (and passion)? 

206: Storytelling for Designers
Bring your work to life through authentic storytelling in both verbal and written communications.

306: Navigating the New Tax Code: Strategies for Reducing Tax Liability for Closely Held Businesses
Discuss changes to the new tax codes and how they affect architecture and engineering firms.

FRIDAY

414: Understanding Your Role
Explore the relationship between an AXP supervisor and a licensure candidate as well as the roles each play in the path to licensure.

504: The Dark and Difficult Side of Change Management
Examine the basic goals and methodologies of change management and explore the impediments and opportunities that lie within.

606: How Can Immigrant Architects Prosper in the U.S.?
Immigrant architects share their experiences overcoming the challenges of cultural differences, language barriers, and discrimination. 

706: Residential Code Compliance Panel Discussion
Discuss common residential code compliance issues.

806: Culture as a Matter of Design
What is the connection between culture, brand, work product, and work place?

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.

All ArchEx seminars offer 1 AIA/CES learning unit unless otherwise noted in the agenda.

ArchEx 2019: Public Work/Public Good Zone

Join us in our carefully-curated Public Work/Public Good Zone at Architecture Exchange East this November 6–8, 2019. In this zone, you’ll discuss the benefits and challenges of engaging in public work and working for the public good. Check out the highlights from this Learning Zone below.

View the complete agenda or register online today. You can pick and choose sessions from any of the zones or do a deep dive into a particular theme. Discounted Registration ends Oct. 9.

Public Work/Public Good Zone

WEDNESDAY

07: NCI Facilitation Skills Boot Camp for Contentious Meetings
This workshop covers the top tools and techniques for keeping meetings on track. Participants will learn on their feet through role playing exercises that simulate various meeting types.

THURSDAY

52: Design for Emotional Well-Being in Military Communities
Examine strategies for designing in opportunities for increased social connectivity, recreation, and overall community resiliency through dynamic and well-researched master planning and placemaking.

105: Planning Washington Union Station: The Architect’s Skills
Discuss how the architect’s wide-ranging skillset is especially useful in leading multi-disciplinary teams to solve the unique design problems encountered in a complex project.

205: Visibility: Risk Mitigation for School Design
Hear tips on visibility — one of the greatest tools for risk mitigation in school design.

305: Public Owner Roundtable
Engage in a dialogue about upcoming projects and the ways that owners and members of the profession can best work together.

FRIDAY

413: JUSTice for All: Reviewing Practice Through An Equity Lens
Hear one firm’s experience undergoing ILFI’s JUST certification—what they did, what they learned, how it‘s changing the way they operate, and what it means for their workplace culture.

503: Re-imagining Benefield: A Catalyst for Hope
Join community leaders and designers for a journey through a project designed by the people of Highland Park for the people of Highland Park.

605: Y!MBY: Facilitating Enthusiastic Community-Based Design
Hear stories of lessons learned — from triumphant fiascoes to unsuccessful victories — in order to reinforce a design culture that encourages open and immersive conversations and embraces equity in development.

705: Architecture as a Catalyst for Social Change
Join us for a discussion highlighting several case studies of how architecture has had a profound effect on a community.

805: Humanitarian Design: Tilt the Planet
Explore the practice of Humanitarian Design and the ways architects can participate meaningfully in humanitarian work.

905: Sustainability: The New Form Giver
Discuss how sustainability as a design goal can influence architectural forms, material choices, and building appearance.

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.

All ArchEx seminars offer 1 AIA/CES learning unit unless otherwise noted in the agenda.