Education tracks and focus areas

Three tracks and six focus areas make it easy to find seminars and workshops in areas of major interest. Follow a focus area or mix and match from 200+ seminars and workshops to create your perfect agenda.

The big picture

We’ve organized all 200+ seminars, workshops, and expo education sessions into three big-picture tracks:


How should it look? How does it function? What’s its purpose? Design track sessions include establishing a parti, evolving a project, and working with both new and existing elements.


How do you streamline a project or keep a firm flourishing? Sessions in the practice track address topics including project management, contracts, risk management, marketing, international projects, client relations, and business trends.

Building Science

What is it made of—and how does it work? Sessions in the building science track focus on advancing technology, research, and data in building design and construction. Topics include efficient operations, sustainability, and systems integration.

You can browse by track in the online schedule.

Get focused

Six focus areas help you zero in on what’s important to you. Register for seminars, workshops, and tours from any area, in any combination.


We spec materials all the time—and these decisions affect health, community, and the environment. These courses look at the latest in the evolving body of knowledge on materials and their larger impact.


Aging infrastructure, disasters, and risk pose complex challenges—challenges that only increase with a changing climate. Look here to discover how architects and designers can lead the way in creating more resilient and sustainable practices and innovations.


Net zero, net positive—getting there is now possible at all scales and types of buildings. Seminars in this area help you learn how.

Small Firm Practice

If you’re on your own or would like to be, check these seminars for guidance, inspiration, and new ideas in entrepreneurial architecture and design—risk management, mentoring, employee relations, and more.

Design and Health

Get a broad view of this booming area, pushing away from formulaic approaches. Explore how innovative architects are using design to combat obesity, build community, and promote well-being.

Design Award Winner

Learn from the winners in this up-to-the-minute area. This series of panel discussions and celebrations examine the challenges and successes of AIA design awards recipients and offer networking opportunities with winning firms.


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