From Thursday October, 10 to Saturday October 12, AIA Colorado held their annual Practice + Design Conference and Annual Business Meeting at the Keystone Resort and Conference Center. The weather was typical for an autumn weekend in the mountains – some snow and blustery wind, but also plenty of sunshine.
The presenters were mainly architects from cities across the country practicing on a range of design-build projects. Lisa Iwamoto from IwamotoScott in Los Angeles discussed projects ranging from art installation and fabric canopies to their progressive design for a tower spanning Edgar Street in New York City. The presentation from Gary Sheldon with Gehry Technologies reviewed several of their research projects and the connections to their projects. Peter Gluck with GLUCK+ discussed the current state of standard design build processes and their ideas on Architect-Lead Design Build.
In the Expo Hall, we reconnected with consultants and manufacturers and learned about some new products and services, including the Denver Passive Haus Alliance with Mark Attard of A&E Building Systems, the LightLouver light shelf and shading system manufactured in Louisville with Gary Dvorak with solargreen, and had a great discussion about BIM capabilities for manufacturers with Bryan Silvers of Andersen Windows.
At the Annual Business Meeting, the Executive Committee lead by Mike Wisneski, 2013 President of the Board of Director, discussed the goals for AIA Colorado in 2014 including establishing a Program Evaluation Committee to assess current programs and redefine programming for the future. Linda Purcell also discussed the recent successes of the Government Affairs Committee including the passing of SB 13-161: Architect Sunset Licensing Law.