Nearly 20,000 attendees joined us in Chicago for AIA Convention 2014. Every minute—from Wednesday’s preconvention events and workshops through Saturday’s final keynote—was packed with smart insights, trends, inspiration, and so much more. None of this would have been possible without you: The architects, design professionals, exhibitors, sponsors, and media partners that keep our industry moving forward and changing the world we live in.
THANK YOU for making 2014 among the best, most inspiring, most informative, and most enjoyable conventions to date.
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Thursday, June 26—AEC Cares service project, architecture photo competition, the latest AB
Friday, June 27—Keynotes: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Theaster Gates, and Jeanne Gang, FAIA; Whitney Young Award; Topaz Medallion
Saturday, June 28—Election results, Board governance vote, Day 2 resiliency keynote panel, Firm Award, Kemper Award
Attendees received a warm Chicago welcome from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who talked about the city’s inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial happening in 2015. Emanuel joined two of his city’s design stars—Jeanne Gang, FAIA, and artist Theaster Gates—in underscoring how and why Chicago is still at the forefront of American architecture today.
Friday’s keynote session convened a group of design resilience experts and one of the sustainable design movement’s most influential leaders to talk about the urgency of using architecture to fight climate change and new ways that sustainable buildings must serve their communities.
Closing keynoter Tony Hsieh shared details on his Downtown Project, an urban revitalization project in Las Vegas, where Hsieh recently moved the Zappos headquarters. “What downtown Vegas is becoming, it’s like we’re throwing a mini-TED conference every weekend,” said Hsieh.
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