We are on the last leg of summer this week, even though it still feels like the height of summer with some of these temperatures. We are also closing in on one of the most anticipated AIA Colorado events of the year — the Practice + Design Conference in Keystone, CO. Whether you have been going for years or contemplating going for the first time, we are hoping our next few blog posts will convince you that it is an event that cannot be missed!
Great Expectations … and the AIA Colorado Conference
Like so many architects, I continually find the end of the year approaching and I need to complete my continuing education requirements to maintain my license and standing with the AIA. I had never been to the AIA Colorado Practice + Design Conference until a few years ago, but I had received very positive feedback from the community.
It was the perfect opportunity to complete a year’s worth of continuing education in just three (3) days. At the time this was ideal, my practice (Arch11, Inc.) was very busy while teaching graduate students at the University. I don’t recall having great expectations going into the conference beyond obtaining my credits, but my opinion drastically changed after attending.
The Practice + Design Conference has been an invigorating break in my very busy routine for several years since. Not only is it a fantastic way to obtain credits, but in the process a spectacular way to intensely focus on design and our profession. Through sharing of ideas as a community with thought leaders from around the world, I always leave the conference invigorated.
The past several conferences have been very impressive; the caliber of speakers and the relevancy of conference themes with regard to the issues the profession face today have been invaluable in fostering greater design conversations in AIA Chapters, our design community, in my practice and teaching. It is now an event that I look forward to every year.
Ken Andrews, AIA