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.

ArchEx 2019: Practice 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 Practice Zone to focus your ArchEx experience on practice management. In this zone, you’ll discuss practice management methods and explore the topic of firm culture.

View the complete agenda or register online today. Discounted Registration ends Oct. 9.

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

WEDNESDAY

04: AIA Virginia Firm Roundtables
Leaders from various firm sizes come together to discuss pertinent practice topics in a structured and facilitated format. 

THURSDAY

50: Why Should I Choose You?
There’s one question you’re faced with every day that matters above all else: Why should I choose you? It’s the most difficult question to answer and it comes from three directions: business development; employee experience; and customer experience.

103: Building Belonging: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
How do you foster a diverse firm culture where every individual feels empowered to contribute? Hear from leaders whose organizations have devised and implemented a strategy to build and sustain a culture that celebrates human differences.

203: The Missing Middle: Surviving the Mid-Career Phase
Engage in an open dialogue on firm culture, the recession, and the art of delegating. Discuss firm culture, work/life balance, time management, goal setting, and mentorship. Emerging professionals, mid-career professionals, and firm leaders are all welcome.  

303: Building a Cohesive Firm Culture Across Offices
Quinn Evans Architects has expanded rapidly in the past few years, having merged with both Baltimore’s Cho Benn Holback + Associates and Richmond’s BCWH since 2017. The directors of QEA’s Richmond, Baltimore, and Washington, DC, offices will discuss their experience with the mergers and their impacts on firm culture.

FRIDAY

404: The Culture of Value
Understanding key points such as building a management team, building a client base, building a growth strategy for the firm and individuals, and effective financial controls shows the employees (and perspective future owners) that the firm’s value culture is one they’ll want to buy into.

450: Focus: Your Most Valuable Skill
Distraction is derailing your projects. It’s also making you stressed, burned out, and less innovative. Dive into how our brains function best and discover secrets to overcome distraction individually — and as a firm.

603: Culture Catalyst: Workplace Design as a Leadership Tool
Does your office align you’re your culture, or does it get in the way? Learn how design impacts the culture you have and how it can support the culture you want.

703: Enriching Culture: Diversity Groups in Practice
FXCollaborative shares how the firm’s mission-driven groups foster an inclusive and equitable environment. Hear about the firm’s diversity groups including FXWomen, FXMosaic, and FXOne, which are designed to help women, racial/ethnic minorities, and the LGBTQ community to thrive.

803: Creating a Business Development Culture
Building a corporate culture that embraces business development can be one of the most effective ways to achieve your company’s growth objectives. Discover how to engage in a systematic cultural change process that will allow you to create this type of culture.

903: Purpose-Driven Performance: Connecting Culture to Success
Assess your firm’s culture and learn how to leverage a sense of purpose to drive better performance.

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.

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

Patricia Gruits with MASS Design Group to Speak at ArchEx 2019

AIA Virginia is pleased to announce that Patricia Gruits with the non-profit firm MASS Design Group will be a keynote speaker at Architecture Exchange East (ArchEx). In keeping with the theme of re:culture, she’ll share her approach to working with communities as well as the story behind the firm’s culture during the ArchEx General Session on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 in Richmond, Va.

About Patricia Gruits
Patricia Gruits is a Director with MASS Design Group leading 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.

Ruhehe Primary School
The redesign of Ruhehe Primary School offers the first proof of concept for design interventions piloted by MASS Design Group at Mubuga Primary School in 2015. Photo by Iwan Baan.

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. She has lectured at SCAD, RISD, Kunstfack University, Tufts University and BuildBoston and has taught design studios at Northeastern University and the Rhode Island School of Design. Patricia received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan.

About MASS Design Group
The Boston-based MASS Design Group is organized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit to create a model of practice optimized to deliver maximum impact to their  partners and the communities they serve. They take on projects that are mission-aligned, that serve the public, and that their board of directors believes are worthy of consideration.

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.