Arc US 2018
America’s Leading Architects Forum
November 1-4, 2018
The program below is from 2018
Seminar content and/or timings may vary at our discretion.
- Day 1
- Day 2
- Day 3
- Day 4
Thursday, November 1
We are living in a time of increased climate stress – record-setting global temperatures, rapid sea level rise, forest fires, drought, flooding, and more frequent and severe heat waves. As these events intensify, they are dramatically changing how we live, build and relate to the natural environment.
Edward Mazria, architect and founder of Architecture 2030, will deliver a riveting and eye-opening presentation illustrating the climate change and emissions problem, and the transformations underway in the U.S and global built environments to address this issue – urbanization, energy and adaptation. He will vividly illustrate the next steps, processes, and tools necessary to accelerate the current transformation in order to keep climate change from becoming irreversible.
BiographyEdward Mazria is an internationally recognized architect, author, researcher, and educator. Over the past decade, his seminal research into the sustainability, resilience, energy consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions of the built environment has redefined the role of architecture, planning, design, and building, in reshaping our world. He is the founder and CEO of Architecture 2030, a think tank developing real-world solutions for 21st century problems, and host of the AIA+2030 Professional Education Series, 2030 Palette, China Accord, and the 2030 Districts movement in North American cities. He developed the “Roadmap to Zero Emissions” and is currently working with cities across the U.S. to develop pathways for “zero” to “80%” greenhouse gas emissions reductions by 2050.
Friday, November 2
In a world where technology, project structures, contracts, and construction processes are becoming ever more complex, teams helmed by collaborative leaders are emerging as an alternative to separate parties who guard their individual interests. The teams themselves must be carefully structured in order to support effective behavior, develop innovative solutions, and deliver successful outcomes. To do so requires leadership — collaborative leadership — from architects and other project stakeholders. Leadership and collaboration may at first seem to be contradictory terms. How can architects and design professionals lead and collaborate at the same time? The traditional concept of leadership as a topdown, authoritative structure is re-examined in this book relative to today’s evolving collaborative project delivery models and innovative forms of practice. Who leads project teams when architects, contractors, and owners equally share risks and rewards? What role do leaders play in championing change and innovation? How can leaders and team members learn to better understand and communicate with one another? As leadership is re-examined to allow for a more situational approach, so too, does the book question the concept of collaboration as it may typically be used in practice. Beyond merely “working together,” collaboration as defined in this book is a much deeper commitment to a respectful, co-creative process that includes a multiplicity of people, processes, and tools that allow for each project team to more effectively, efficiently, and elegantly respond to the changing needs of today’s practice environment. Though every project, firm, and design professional is unique, this presentation will outline the fundamentals of collaborative practice that foster client buy-in and foster collaboration on project teams.
BiographyErin Carraher AIA | NCARB | LEED AP is a licensed architect and assistant professor at the University of Utah's School of Architecture. Her academic work focuses on building relationships by engaging students, practitioners, and community partners in collaborative projects related to issues of gender and social equity, creative place-making, and sustainable design. Additionally, Erin researches collaboration and leadership in integrated project delivery and emerging modes of architectural practice. She co-chaired the 2013 AIA Center for Integrated Practice conference on this topic and is the co-author of Leading Collaborative Architectural Practice (Wiley 2017). She has received several awards for teaching and creative work, including the ACSA New Faculty Teaching Award, Collaborative Practice Award, and Diversity Achievement Award; AIA Utah and AIA National Young Architect Awards; and design awards from AIA Utah, Design Arts Utah, WoodWorks, and Architizer.
Cities are the centers of culture, far-reaching design, and broadly reflect who we are — and want to be — as a people. At the same time, cities have historically been the incubators for new ideas and technology, from place-based experimentation to world changing shifts like computers, and the trains and planes that take us between cities. Technology is now transforming our urban places almost overnight, especially in the realm of mobility. In just the last decade, Uber and the advent of ride-hailing applications have fundamentally changed the way we get around. Meanwhile, “micro-mobility” options like dockless electric bikes and scooters have blown up so rapidly that municipal governments, and even technology experts, can’t keep up. Add to that the upcoming wave of autonomous transportation options like driverless cars and buses, and the picture starts to get very complicated, but quite exciting.
Within all of these new mobility modes, it is not the technology that is the most interesting, but rather the current and potential impact on cities – and fundamentally the future of our cities must be predicated on a holistic, community-driven process. For years, the National League of Cities has focused on the issue of technology and cities, and the ultimate effects on mobility, the future of work and, most importantly equity within our communities. This seminar will explore the future of cities, and how we can continue to make our communities human-centered hubs where people will want to live for generations to come.
BiographyBrooks Rainwater is the senior executive and director of the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Center for City Solutions. Rainwater drives the organization’s research agenda, community engagement efforts, and leadership education programming to help city leaders create strong local economies, safe and vibrant neighborhoods, world-class infrastructure, and a sustainable environment. As an advocate for strong local leadership, Rainwater has published numerous reports and articles on innovative solutions that lead to vibrant and successful cities. He also speaks regularly across the country and overseas on issues facing city leaders. Rainwater’s recent research and interests include advancements in technology and city innovation, the sharing economy, and how the rise of state preemption is impacting local authority. Rainwater’s expertise is a draw for media outlets, including the TODAY Show, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, CNN, NPR, and the New York Times. He also frequently contributes to publications such as Fast Company, Forbes, CityLab, Business Insider, TechCrunch, and Fortune. Prior to joining NLC, Rainwater was Director of Public Policy for the American Institute of Architects (AIA). While there he developed the Local Leaders research series, and spearheaded the Cities as a Lab initiative focused on the key role cities play as creative instigators of innovative practices. Rainwater is an International Advisory Board Member for the City of Rotterdam. He also serves on the Board of Directors for STAR Communities and the American Library Association Public Policy Advisory Council.
Saturday, November 3
Natural disasters are having a profound impact on communities. In 2017, the U.S. experienced 16 disasters causing over $1 billion of damage each, with a total cost of over $300 billion. How and where we build has a significant impact on the ability of communities to weather the storm and recover from hazard events. As the designers, constructors and owners of the built environment of today and tomorrow, the building industry has an opportunity and a responsibility to build resilient communities. This presentation will explore the path forward including the identification of cost-effective mitigation strategies; the evolution of codes, standards and other guidance (including rating systems) to address current and future risks; and assuring the industry is prepared to meet the needs of the building owners, occupants and communities it serves.
BiographyRyan M. Colker is Vice President at the National Institute of Building Sciences where he leads the Institute’s efforts to improve the built environment through the collaboration of industry stakeholders from both the public and private sectors. He directs the Consultative Council which develops findings and recommendations on behalf of the entire building community and transmits those recommendations to Congress and the Administration. He also serves as staff director of the Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate; the National Council on Building Codes and Standards; the Off-Site Construction Council and the Institute’s STEM Education Program. He is a recognized expert on emerging issues within the built environment including resilience, building performance, and off-site construction and speaks and writes frequently on these subjects. Prior to joining the Institute, he served as Manager of Government Affairs for the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). While at ASHRAE, he assisted in the formation of the High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus and the development and piloting of the Building Energy Quotient, ASHRAE’s building energy labeling program. Previously, Colker served as the Program Director of the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation, where he was the lead staff member in charge of interdisciplinary programs for a 14-member consortium of professional and scientific organizations. He is a graduate of The George Washington University Law School, and holds a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, in environmental policy from the University of Florida.
Sunday, November 4
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
Perched on a high ridge overlooking lush rolling hills and the shimmering Pacific beyond, Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa is a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond luxury destination located in the seaside community of Carlsbad, close to San Diego’s vibrant attractions while offering a personalized and relaxed escape.
7100 Aviara Resort Drive