AIA 06 National Convention and Design Exposition Los Angeles Preview

The 2006 convention of the American Institute of Architects commences June 8 at the Los Angeles Convention Center with three keynote speakers, including Frank Gehry, FAIA, Arata Isozaki, Hon. FAIA and José Rafael Moneo, Hon. FAIA, kicking it off. The theme this year is Architecture on the Edge: Innovation, Engagement, Inspiration.

“There are numerous seminars that revolve around sustainability,” says Scott Frank, director of media relations, AIA, who adds that the general focus for the event is on sustainability. “Sustainable building products are more popular today in consumers’ minds.”

One seminar residential architects should find beneficial is titled: Green Housing Now: The Nuts and Bolts of Design. Based on studies and projects that utilize green design, this seminar offers architects a platform for discussion on design trends related to green products, Frank says.

Many other presentations and services during the convention are designed for the residential architect. “There are scores of interesting tours on architecture at homes in the Los Angeles area, plus over 800 product vendors at the expo showcasing the latest and greatest products, services and materials,” Frank adds. “There will be a theme presentation by Frank Gehry, FAIA, one of the most famous architects in the world at the moment. William McDonough, FAIA, who is a renowned architect on sustainable architecture, will also be giving a presentation.”

Residential focus
Other presentations geared to the residential architect include: Feng Shui for Residential Architecture; Outside the Not-So-Big House; Housing and HUD Awards; and the presentation of results of the Home Design Trends Survey.

“The first year of the quarterly survey was 2005. We changed the themes each quarter which meant that we went through four different modules of questions to find trends,” Frank says. “Now we have a year’s worth of data on the trends. We can compare the first quarter of 2005 with the first quarter of 2006.”

New for 2006 is the conference on integrated practice, which encourages collaboration to reduce cost and create efficient processes. Norman Strong, FAIA, national vice president of AIA, and other members of the industry lead a series of seminars, presentations, panel discussions and open forums to educate attendees on new ways to practice architecture.

Early bird events
Continuing education opportunities include preconvention workshops, seminars, 60@6 sessions, professional tours, Expo Education and CES Theater. “Continuing education should encourage residential architects to attend the show,” Frank says.

The 60@6 program is new to the 2006 convention. This program offers attendees the opportunity to earn additional continuing education credits by attending one-hour sessions beginning at 6 p.m. each day. It’s available on Thursday and Friday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The preconvention workshops take place on Wed., June 7 and are available in half- or full-day versions. Attendees can choose from 150 seminars in seven time slots. These seminars include slide and video presentations, panels and lectures.

New products
A plethora of opportunities is available to the attendees at the 2006 AIA Expo, with 100 professional tours, 75 special events and 800 exhibits offered at this year’s show. The new product expo includes nine product pavilions, including: fabric architecture; green products; software and high-tech; interiors; kitchen and bath; lighting; metal construction; restoration products; and stone and tile.

Attendance for the 2006 show is expected to reach approximately 25,000 people. “Last year it was a record number of registrants at 24,444,” Frank says. “That was an increase of over 10 percent from 2004. We expect this year’s number to be about the same.”

The 2006 AIA Convention and Design Exposition
Los Angeles Convention Center
Thu., June 8 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fri., June 9 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sat., June 10 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
For details call 800-242-3837,
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