The American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention–with keynote speakers Blake Mycoskie, Cameron Sinclair, and General Colin Powell inspiring attendees with a focus on building leadership–concluded in Denver this past Saturday. Thom Mayne, FAIA, accepted the AIA Gold Medal, and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects was honored with the AIA Firm Award.
Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, was elected as the AIA’s 2014 First Vice President and 2015 President. She will be the fourth woman to serve as AIA president.
Also, the AIA national board of directors voted to allow two architects practicing together to be eligible for the AIA Gold Medal beginning in 2014. To date, the AIA Gold Medal has only been conferred on one individual at a time, and no women have won the honor.
Here are a few scenes from the convention:
Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS Shoes, gave an inspirational opening keynote presentation at the AIA Convention.
Architecture for Humanity founder Cameron Sinclair described his organization’s mission and programs in an AIA Convention keynote.
For his childhood in the Bronx to his work at Secretary of State, General Colin Powell entertained the AIA audience with stories that focused on the role of leadership in action.
Tod Williams and Billie Tsien accept the AIA Firm Award.
AIA Gold Medal winner Thom Mayne with members of his firm, Morphosis.
Bob Greenstreet, dean of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning, was the winner of the AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for excellence in architectural education.
At the AIA Expo, the Emerging Professionals Town Square was a hub of activity, where architects and emerging professionals connected.
Winners of the AIA Young Architect Award and Associate Award were honored.
At the start of the Saturday General Session, Contract Editor in Chief John Czarnecki took the stage with 2014 AIA President Helene Dreiling to give a brief preview of the 2014 convention in Chicago. Czarnecki is the chairman of the AIA Convention Advisory Committee for the 2014 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition, to be held in Chicago, June 26-28, 2014. Photo credit: Megan Chusid.