Lead By Example
July 6-9, 2017
The AIAS Grassroots Leadership Conference is the platform to discuss chapter leadership, business leadership, community involvement and innovation. Learn from local CEOs, founders, government officials and professionals.
Build your community
Shape the future
Early Bird (May 1 at 11:59 PM ET Deadline)
Early Bird Member $275
Early Bird Non-Member $325
Regular (June 15 at 11:59 PM ET Deadline)
Late (Including on-site registration)
The 32nd annual Grassroots Leadership Conference will be held at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, in the heart of Washington, DC.
The hotel is offering all AIAS members a discounted rate of $155 per night before tax and fees.
Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
999 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
|Start Time||End Time|
|9 a.m.||4 p.m.||Registration Open|
|12 p.m.||2 p.m.||Capitol Center Visitor Tour|
|3 p.m.||4 p.m.||Council of Presidents (COP) Orientation (Chapter Presidents are required to attend, but others are welcome to watch.)|
|5 p.m.||8 p.m.||AIAS Grassroots 2017 Opening Ceremonies at the National Building Museum
Keynote: Jeanne Gang
|8:30 p.m.||11 p.m.||Alumni Celebration|
|9 p.m.||12 a.m.||Student Lounge|
|10 p.m.||11 p.m.||COP Meet ‘n’ Greet|
|Start Time||End Time|
|8 a.m.||5 p.m.||Registration Open|
|8 a.m.||9 a.m.||Faculty Breakfast|
|8 a.m.||11 a.m.||General Session
|11:30 a.m.||12:30 p.m.||
Breakout Session #1
Leadership Track: Stop, Collaborate, and Listen: Working with Collaterals
Details to come.
Freedom By Design: The History of FBD
This session will brief all participants on the history of the program. It will give a background on how the program came into being and where it has gone from then on. How the mission and vision of freedom by design has expanded from design built to design think. The session will also showcase some great program structure and the reasons for the success.
Career Track: Designing Your Future - Creating Value in Your Career
Join an NCARB representative for a presentation about your career in architecture, licensure and beyond. Topics will include:
· The entities involved in the licensure process · How to progress successfully through the Architectural Experience Program (AXP)
· Brief overview of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE)
· The value of the NCARB Certificate
· Recent changes to NCARB programs
The presentation will also cover tips to making a successful transition from school to work and pursuing licensure once employed. Following the presentation there will be a question and answer session.
Innovation Track: Yulio VR and Your Career
Through an informative session and interactive workshop, students will be introduced to Yulio VR, a software revolutionizing the design and architectural industries by transforming flat, outdated designs into immersive virtual reality experiences. Not only will you get to interact with these headsets, Yulio representatives will be on hand to discuss best practices in using VR and how you can prepare to set yourself apart once you step into the profession.
Lifestyle Track: Personal Development - Understanding Thinking Styles
Speaker: Cherie Descorbeth, MBA, PMP
Attendees will be able to do a Life Styles Inventory (LSI) assessment. The LSI provides feedback on an individual’s thinking and behavioral patterns and will help attendees gain a clearer understanding of their personal, management and leadership styles. Following discussions will center on strategies to strengthen effective communication and leadership.
**You must RSVP for this session by June 9th to participate in the assessment.** RSVP here.
|12:30 p.m.||1:30 p.m.||Lunch|
|1:30 p.m.||2:30 p.m.||
Breakout Session #2
Leadership and FBD Tracks: Like a Boss: Leadership Excellence
Details to come.
Career Track: DRRd - Design Research Rundown
Speakers: AIA – Panel Discussion
Get in the know about design research. Meet practicing architects and AIA leaders who are at the forefront of investigating new technologies and practices in the built environment. Learn how to get involved with research as a career path and what the future holds for this exciting part of the architecture profession.
Innovation Track: Designing for the Future - Sustainability and Resilience
Speaker: Jay Wilson, RA, LEED AP BD+C
As architects, the projects that we design are 50- to 100-year investments in our communities. Given the projected impacts of climate change, changing energy markets, and emerging technologies, design professionals needs to think more about 2080 than 2020. Hear from an architect with the DC Department of Energy and Environment about the actions to make DC a sustainable and climate ready city and the impacts that it has for the design and development community.
Lifestyle Track: IBM's Design Thinking - Ideas-to-Action
One of the most difficult tasks of a design thinker and a design team is to transition between ideas and action. Given the opportunity, every design team will diverge endlessly. There are always more interesting insights to gather, more ideas to generate and more inspiration to be gleaned to help solve our challenges. But…creating options is just an exercise if we don’t move to action.
Ideas-to-Action will teach attendees how to change problems into innovative solutions through Design Thinking. This hands-on workshop will give participants an opportunity to join in the making of a Journey Map, using the IBM Design Thinking methodology, to co-create ideas.
|2:30 p.m.||2:45 p.m.||Networking Break|
|2:45 p.m.||3:45 p.m.||
Breakout Session #3
Leadership and FBD Tracks: BBHMM: Finance and Event Planning
Details to come.
Career Track: Designing for the Future - Research in Practice
Speaker: Deanna Siller, LEED AP
Research has always played a vital role in our profession – as architects, we need to continue to challenge ourselves to integrate research in our daily design decisions. Join us as Deanna talks about her experience as the Regional Director of Gensler’s consulting arm and how she establishes thoughtful approaches in working with clients.
Innovation Track: Better Buildings are WELL
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), with the goal to create a workplace for health and well-being, followed the highest levels for LEED and WELL Building standards in the design of their headquarter office in Washington, DC. This conversation among the designers, researchers, and occupants will dive into the way that buildings are designed, constructed and maintained impacts the way we work, what we eat, and how we feel. The WELL Building StandardTM uses innovative, research-backed strategies to advance health, happiness, mindfulness and productivity in our buildings and communities.
Lifestyle Track: Getting it Together - How to Harness Your Creativity and Accelerate your Development
Speaker: Suzanna Kelley, MBA, FAIA
In this session, we’ll tackle life planning – personal and professional. What does a career plan look like? How can you stay on track when you’re not exactly sure “what you want to be when you grow up”? What can you do ensure you balance a successful career with maintaining your sanity? We’ll talk jobs, hobbies, books, podcasts, movies, and anything else that informs a well-rounded, purpose-driven life. And you’ll get some tips for how to stay grounded while striving for your goals at home and at work.
|3:45 p.m.||4 p.m.||Networking Break|
|3:45 p.m.||4 p.m.||
Breakout Session #4
Leadership Track: #VisibleValue: Membership Recruitment
Details to come.
FBD Track: FBD: How, What, When, Why?
Most Freedom by Design Programs run on a tight timeline and work schedule. This session will focus on how to schedule your calendar, for what events and why to take the best practices to map out an efficient timeline to start with. The Freedom by Design Advisory Group will act as liaisons to all programs throughout the year and with help them plan their year and offer general advice. The importance of project binders and their relationship to planning will also be highlighted.
Career Track: Bridging the Gap - What to Expect on Your First Day
Speakers from FOX Architects, Gensler, and more
Hear from the professionals on what you can expect in the first days, weeks, and months in your new job. Attitude is KEY. Roll up your sleeves and be proactive.
Innovation Track: Design Thinking and the Human-Centered Design Methodology, Part I
Speaker: Elizabeth Anderson
Human-centered design is a design and management framework that develops solutions to problems by involving the human perspective in all steps of the problem-solving process. It’s a process that starts with the people you’re designing for and ends with new solutions that are tailor-made to suit their needs. Hear from researchers on how human-centered design is being applied to building public spaces in the UK and Denmark and what the effect is on its citizens.
Lifestyle Track: Citizen HKS - Empowering Employees to Make a Difference
90% of the world’s population do not have access to design services. Only two percent of new homebuyers in the United States work with an architect. This means that architecture as an industry have built our businesses around very low percentage of the global population that can afford access to our services. Public Interest Design seeks to address this through the practice of design with the goal that every person should be able to live in a socially, economically, and environmentally healthy community. Universities have taken on community partnerships to address this issue, often through design-build studios, giving students opportunities address this gap, but what about after graduation? We will focus on public interest design through community organizations, partnerships and firm led approaches to making a positive impact on the systemic problems that face our global community.
|6 p.m.||8 p.m.||Networking BBQ with AIA + AIAS at the AIA Building and AIAS National Office|
|8 p.m.||10 p.m.||Monuments Tour with the Past President|
|Start Time||End Time|
|8 a.m.||5 p.m.||Registration Open|
|8 a.m.||11 a.m.||General Session with keynotes:
|11 a.m.||11:15 a.m.||Networking Break|
|11 a.m.||2:30 p.m.||
Breakout Session #5: Workshops
Leadership Track: Starting Your Path as a Citizen Architect
Interested in becoming a leader and learning how architects become leaders and key influencers in their companies and communities? Join us for this workshop with guest speakers from the AIA Center for Civic Leadership (CCL) and Leadership Institute who will teach you how to form a path of leadership and civic engagement opportunities in your career. Each participant of this workshop will receive a copy of the newest version of the AIA Living Your Life as a Leader workbook that includes a “Creating Your Leadership Plan” guide to get started on designing your individual leadership road map. Come ready to engage and think about what impact you want to make on the world.
FBD Track: Let's Play!
The best way to master something is to practice! This session will be an interactive session in which we will play two games. The first hour will be dedicated to a question, answer session. Following the question, answer participants will be divided into teams to mimic a Freedom by Design Board, each team will be tasked to finish a project following all rules and regulations an actual program has to. First to finish wins!
Career Track: Design Thinking and the Human-Centered Design Methodology, Part II
This workshop will be led by OpenIDEO, an open innovation platform for social impact, which trains participants in the human-centered design methodology for creative problem solving. The attendees will break up into small groups where they will focus on gaining empathy, framing problems, ideating, and iterating through writing, sketching and discussion.
Innovation Track: Elevate Your Pitch
An elevator pitch is a quick description of your business and/or idea in the time it would take to ride up an elevator (60 seconds to 2 minutes). Presenting yourself effectively is an essential tool in the architectural profession. A well-planned elevator pitch can open the doors to success in your future endeavors. The purpose of a pitch is to quickly get the potential investor’s attention, let them know what you have and what you are offering with the goal of leaving them wanting more. Join us as we bring in the professionals to help you create that pitch and sell it!
Lifestyle Track: Connecting With The World Through Art
Speaker: Candace Rose Rardon
In January of 2011, I was living in London and studying towards a Masters in Travel Writing. On a whim, I booked a solo weekend trip to Porto, Portugal; on an even bigger whim, I decided to bring a sketchbook and set of 12 watercolor pencils with me. And it was there, on the edge of Porto’s Douro River, that I completed my first on-location travel sketch.
I immediately loved sketching for the way it slowed me down and helped me be more mindful. The second thing I noticed was how sketching makes your whole body pay attention — it brings every one of your senses to life. After years of traveling with my Canon SLR, it was my turn to be the camera. As though my eyes were the aperture and my mind a square of film to be exposed, I was absorbing each place more deeply than I ever had before.
Finally, I was living in the here and now.
Join me as I share my journey, processes, and experiences and we set out to sketch together in this workshop.
Design Spotlight: Market 2050
Speaker: Deana Moore
The AIAS and Fairway Market have teamed up again to bring you a competition aimed at exploring the grocery store and shopping experience of the future. Fairway Market wants your help to be sure it lives up to its tagline “Like no other market” long into the future.
Conducted by Fairway Market, this design charrette will focus on the competition. Entrants interested in getting direct feedback from Fairway Market on an in-progress submission or kicking off their entry with a charrette are encouraged to attend.
|2:30 p.m.||4 p.m.||Networking Break|
|4:30 p.m.||5:40 p.m.||General Session
Keynote: Tony Vanky
|5:45 p.m.||6:30 p.m.||Quad Chair Orientation|
|5:45 p.m.||6:30 p.m.||Leadership + Committee Q&A|
|6:30 p.m.||7 p.m.||Assemble in lobby and commute to Quad Receptions|
|7 p.m.||9 p.m.||Quad Receptions at Firms in D.C.|
|Start Time||End Time|
|8:30 a.m.||12 p.m.||Council of Presidents (COP) Meeting at the AIA Boardroom
(Chapter Presidents are required to attend, but others are welcome to watch.)
There are a variety of other things you could do if you are not part of the COP Meeting. D.C. is known for its Sunday brunches and Smithsonian Museums are free of charge.
Learn from the Quad Directors about best practices of AIAS chapters across the country concerning running your successful and thriving chapter. Join us for the discussion about what your chapter excels in and where you can improve, and participate in Saturday’s workshop with the AIA’s Leadership Institute!
Freedom by Design
Become owners in a process that radically impacts the lives of people through design-build solutions. Learn the fundamentals in financing, planning projects and running a team. Leaders in Public Interest Design discuss current initiatives; learns ways to utilize those initiatives within your programs to better our communities.
*If you are the only representative from your school’s Freedom By Design Program, you must attend every session in this track.
Innovation | Sponsored by Schindler Elevator Corporation
Hear from the experts who are using design thinking and human-centered research to tackle community problems, understand the impact that human trends will have on the future of architecture, explore the new tools for virtual reality, and participate in the innovation workshop where you will learn from the pro’s on how to pitch your ideas to anyone.
Professionals share their adventures from education to practice–their successes and failures; learn what it takes to get through the licensure process; and hear from a panel of professionals about the future of practice.
Join us for this exciting new track where we dive into personal development and understanding your thinking styles; learn what it means to be a design thinker and how to transition those ideas into action; hear what professionals in the community are doing to engage the everyday citizen; and hear from one of the best on her tips and tricks for how to get your sh*t together, balancing that creative side with the realistic.