PHX Arch team heads to Denver for the AIA National Convention. Scott Carson AIA, recaps his trip

July 22, 2013 by PHX Architecture
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July 20-22 PHX Arch Principals Erik Peterson, Scott Carson, and Associate Architect Ivonek Badilla headed to Denver, Colorado for the  Annual American Institute of Architects National Convention. The team attended classes throughout the 3 days where they learned about International Architecture Practice, Green Building, and Architectural Trends for the Future.

This year’s theme “Building Leaders” was more than a catchy phrase. It’s the outcome of a commitment to spark a national discussion about the value of architecture and the important role architects play as visionary leaders who make the world a better place.

Here’s Scott’s recap of the courses he attended while at the convention and what he took away from them. 

– Knowledge Transfer in the fast lane- adding value for your client, your firm and yourself- The younger generation entering the profession have computer/3D skills but not a lot of technical knowledge, while the older generation has the technical knowledge and lacks the 3D skills. The focus of this class was discussing the cross training for firms to be successful in the future.

– Leading on Sustainability: Serving your client while avoiding the green monster of liability- While designing more sustainable building Architects and owners must understand the fees and timelines have to increase.

Master Planning for Net-Zero Energy- Buildings and their relationship to the climate (orientation) is key to passive design in any master planned community. Too many communities are planned without any regard to homes being oriented properly.

-The Construction Outlook: Implications for Architecture Firms- The current outlook is great for Multi Family Housing, Single Family Housing and the Commercial Sector including Retail, Warehouses, Hotels and Office Buildings.

– Integrating Energy Modeling in the design process- Architects need to be engaged in Energy Modeling and not  leave it to the engineers.

– Architects: Regaining the Master Builder Role- ” Design, Bid, Build, does not work”- If you want to see more successful projects that come in on time and on budget, then we need to use Integrated Project Delivery, where every member of the team including the builder is on board from day one as an integral part of the team.

– Experiential Architecture: Beyond the Box– Neuroscience can inform the design of human space… The organizational and functional properties of the brain like rhythm and order. Great Architecture uses these as guiding principles without even knowing it…


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