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.

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.

Already registered?

If you’ve already registered, you can join the live event by clicking the link below.

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.

Non-Profit Design: General Architecture Collaborative — hear about GAC, a non-profit landscape architecture design firm focused on housing, healthcare, and educational projects that serve underrepresented and developing communities.

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.

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.