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.

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.

New Date for Virtual Design Forum Announced

The Design Forum: In Praise of Shadows has been rescheduled as a virtual event on Thursday, Nov. 5. Delivered under the umbrella of our month-long, online program Foresight 2020, the packed, one-day program will feature engaging talks by Steven Holl, Herve Descottes, Kirsten Murray, and David Lewis.

Through a series of conversations, the Design Forum showcases the work of talented individuals whose shared craft extends beyond the calculated and strictly quantitative into more holistic practice — whose leading-edge preoccupation with light and shadow extends the diversity of approaches to how designers seek beauty through form, space, and materiality.

Registration for Foresight 2020 will open in August. Virtual attendees can purchase a ticket to attend the Design Forum, Architecture Exchange East, Visions for Architecture, or an all-access pass to each of the Foresight 2020 programs.

Current Design Forum ticket holders have the option to transition their tickets to an all-access pass or obtain a refund for the difference.

A tremendous thanks to our sponsors. Without their support, this event wouldn’t be possible.

Platinum
Clark Nexsen

Gold
AIA Richmond
Nydree FlooringSchool of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech
UVA School of Architecture
William & Mary, Art & Art History

Sterling
American Hydrotech, Inc.
Moseley Architects
Quinn Evans

Silver
Ascent Engineering Group, Inc.
Glo Windows and Doors
Hanbury
Lighting Environments
Reader & Swartz Architects

Bronze
AIA Northern Virginia
Dunbar Milby Williams Pittman & Vaughan
Gulf Seaboard General Contractors, Inc.
Pella Windows of Virginia
Pyrok, Inc.
Sustainable Design Consulting, LLC

About the Speakers
These thought leaders come from diverse cultural and professional contexts, yet their work shares the power and nuance of how architects and allied professionals shape form through light. Through engaging the continuum of dim to bright, these designers shape our experience.

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. He specializes in seamlessly integrating new projects into contexts with particular cultural and historic importance.

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. By translating the innate conditions of a site—its nature, culture, topography and history—into built form, Murray’s designs create new interpretations of place that remain relevant over time.

Herve Descottes (L’Observitoire International, New York, NY)
In 1993, Hervé Descottes co-founded the lighting design firm L’Observatoire International in New York City after eight years of design practice in Paris, France. Descottes creates the lighting concepts for all projects designed by L’Observatoire, and oversees project development through project completion. He has been recognized numerous times by the lighting design and architectural community.

David J. Lewis, AIA (LTL Architects, New York, NY)
David Lewis is founding principal of LTL Architects, a design intensive architecture firm founded in 1997 with Paul Lewis and Marc Tsurumaki, located in New York City. LTL Architects develops solutions that work within project constraints to inform the design trajectory, exploring opportunistic overlaps between space, program, form, budget, and materials.

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!