2013 Programs (click here to download the Keynote description PDF)
Expect dynamic programs! The four days of Convention will be packed with speakers addressing everything from practice, design, sustainability, technology, and more.
Tuesday, November 12 - Member Congress Keynote Address
The Way Forward: Becoming the Architects of Change, Community and Culture
Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, is Executive Director of the Virginia Center for Architects, dedicated to enhancing the public’s appreciation of architecture. As AIA’s 2013 First Vice President/Presidentelect, Dreiling will focus her presentation on recognizing and building a successful future that positions our members as architects of change, community and culture. Change as discovered through AIA’s Repositioning Initiative. Community through advocacy and leadership. And Culture by elevating an appreciation and understanding of the value of architecture and the design process.
Tuesday, November 12 – Kick-off Keynote Address
el dorado inc: Designing + Making
Dan Maginn, FAIA, and Doug Stockman, AIA, are founding partners of el dorado inc in Kansas City, Missouri. el dorado was born out of a commitment to community and craft that has driven the mindset of their hybrid studio and collaborative approach. This respect for a team approach will be highlighted in their duo keynote address. Their presentation will look at the challenges, risks, and the rewards of an architect-led design build practice. The address will feature several recent projects including the iModules Building, the Johnson County Justice Annex, the Prairie Logic Art Project, Boulevard Brewery, and the Lockton Residence.
Wednesday, November 13
Buildings that Heal
Michael Murphy serves as the Chief Executive Officer of MASS Design Group, a nonprofit
architectural firm based in Boston, Massachusetts and Kigali, Rwanda. MASS was founded in 2008 to bring exemplary design services to communities otherwise excluded from its benefits, innovating new processes to thwart negative health outcomes. MASS judges success by evaluating the degree to which radical improvement on community health is produced. MASS aims to improve people’s lives through design and to be an example for how designers can rethink their role in the world.
Thursday, November 14
Jurors Show and Tell - Co-sponsored by the AIA Minnesota Committee on Design
This keynote address features three architects, serving as this year’s AIA Minnesota Honor Award jurors, who will each speak of their practice and unique projects through a presentation of their work. Ben Gilmartin, AIA, is a Principal at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, a 90-person, interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture, the performing arts, and visual arts. In 2010, Fast Track named the firm the most innovative design practice in the profession and among the top 50 most innovative companies in the world. E.B. Min, AIA, is the San Francisco-based principal of Min | Day. Her work is influenced by her background in art, landscape, and architecture. The firm explores opportunities for innovation in program, materials, and fabrication through a diverse set of project types and scales. George Z. Nikolajevich, FAIA, is Design Principal with Cannon Design in St. Louis, MO. His architectural background is rooted in Europe. Using simple materials his education and healthcare projects combines a mid-western sensibility with a flair for sophisticated design.
Friday, November 5 – Closing Keynote Address: The Trust Edge
Co-sponsored by the Minnesota Architectural Foundation/Beverly E. Hauschild-Baron Leadership Fund
David Horsager, MA, CSP, is a business strategist and author of the national bestseller, The Trust Edge: How Top Leaders Gain Faster Results, Deeper Relationships, and a Stronger Bottom Line. Trust is a fundamental, bottom line issue. Without it, leaders lose teams and organizations lose reputation, retention of good people, relationships and revenue. But with trust, individuals and organizations enjoy greater creativity, productivity, freedom, and results. Horsager’s keynote address combines humor and illustrations with business insight and analysis, providing tangible steps that audiences can immediately use to keep The Trust Edge and improving their lives and careers.
The Exhibit Hall at the Convention is filled with nearly 200 exhibitors, showcasing their products and services. There are games, prizes, silent auctions and a chance to learn about organizations in our community that are in need of volunteers! The hall is FREE and open to the public.
Exhibit Hall Hours
Tuesday, November 12: 4:30p.m.-7:00p.m.
Wednesday, November 13: 11:15a.m. –2:30p.m. and 3:45 – 6:00p.m.
Thursday, November 14: 11:30a.m. – 2:00p.m.