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              8:30 am      Registration
              9:00 am      Welcome
     9:15-10:30 am      Keynote: Ryan Cameron, AIA 
   10:30-10:45 am      Break
   10:45-11:45 am      Workshop Session 1

                                  1. Developing New Service Offerings  

                                  2. 20 Year History of The Avenues of Ingersoll & Grand Restoration Panel (HSW)

                                  3. Recognizing and Eliminating the 8 Wastes of Lean 

     11:45-1:15 pm      Lunch

     12:00-1:15 pm      Student Lunch (Dept. of Architecture Students Only)-

                                   Ins and Outs of HR- Answering all your questions on the professional world
     12:30-1:15 pm      AIA Iowa Business Meeting
       1:15-1:30 pm      Break

       1:30-2:30 pm     Workshop Session 2
                                  4. Computational Sustainable Analysis for

                                       First Cost Neutral High Performance Design 

                                  5. Future Ready Iowa/Pillar Technology Panel 

       2:30-2:45 pm     Break
       2:45-4:00 pm     Keynote: Vanessa Hostick, AIA (HSW)
       4:30-6:00 pm     Connection Reception at the College of Design 

AIA Iowa Spring Conference
continuing education

By attending the AIA Iowa Spring Conference on April 18 at the Memorial Union, AIA members will have the opportunity to earn up to 4.5 AIA CES LUs/HSW. AIA Iowa is an AIA CES Approved Provider (#A023) with The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System. Credit earned on completion of this program will be reported to AIA CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion are available upon request. Questions? Contact AIA Iowa at

AXP & AIA continuing education

Interns may earn Supplemental Experience hours by completing approved AIA Continuing Education programs – one AIA CEU/LU is equal to one AXP experience hour. When submitting to NCARB, Learning Units (LUs) must be documented on the intern’s AIA transcript.

Find more information here.



AIA Iowa has secured reduced rates for attendees the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center: 

Gateway Hotel

2100 Green Hills Drive | Ames, Iowa 50014

Room Rate: $104
Reservations:   800-367-2637
Mention: American Institute of Architects


Who can I contact with questions?

Email Amy Spike at or call her at 515.244.7502.

What's the onsite registration fee?

Registration increases by $25 if you wait to register until you arrive. Register by Wednesday, April 17th at 3:30 PM to avoid the fee!

What's the refund policy?

As with all AIA Iowa events, no refunds will be given after the early registration deadline, in this case March 28, 2019. To make a cancellation or for questions related to refunds please email Vicki Scott at or call her at 515.244.7502.

Do I have to bring a printed ticket/registration form to the event?

Nope, we've got you covered! Your nametag will be waiting for you at the event. We'll also have a full record of registrations in case you can't remember which workshops you signed up for.

Keynote Speakers

Ryan Cameron, AIA 

DLR Group   

Ryan Cameron is an Architect with DLR Group. He is leading computational design efforts at the firm that range in practice from data analysis, data strategy, parametric modeling and data- 

driven design. He is evidence based certified as well as a licensed architect in several states. He is a technology enthusiast and designer with degrees in architecture and engineering. Ryan’s long list of public presentations and innovative work have been commonly cited as representing the vanguard of critical directions for the industry. 

Keynote: Practice in an Era of Digital Transformation 
This keynote presentation that will set the stage for an understanding of how practice is evolving. How the suppression of advanced tools has led to a new era of design understanding. Gone are the ways drafting techniques as this presentation welcomes a new era of digital transformation that helps inform design on an entirely new level. Join us on a journey to discover what the future of practice means for the industry! 


By attending this keynote address participants will be able to… 

  • Learn about the social-economic health impact that today's design tools are having on the profession. 

  • Understand that the design tools out there today are far more impactful over a shorter amount of time and take a new design methodology to understand the true impact on the safety and health of the occupants. 

  • Create avenues for your firm's practice to implement and share knowledge about the changes occurring in the profession that impact occupant health, safety and welfare. 

  • Learn about the advantages and disadvantages that computational design can bring to your design process that help the occupants of buildings. 

1.25 AIA CES LUs 
Sponsored by Iowa State University College of Design, Department of Architecture 

Vanessa Hostick, AIA 

In her position of Senior Sustainable Design Specialist, Vanessa works to improve the design, planning, and construction of projects through resource management and design analysis. She works directly with clients and project teams to help guide their application of sustainable best practices in all phases of design and construction for a variety of projects types and sizes. She also has experience with existing building O&M, life cycle analysis, green policy writing and implementation, energy optimization and Sustainable Certification.

Keynote: Community and Civic Engagement in the Age of Information 

Architecture shapes the urban landscape, but how often do the people who live the very buildings and neighborhoods we impact get a say in the design process? Projects large and small can have a lasting effect on the stability and identity of a neighborhood. This presentation will review the impact of community and civic engagement through the planning, design, and construction process; reveal lessons learned and highlight successful methods and tools for engaging the public. 

By attending this keynote address participants will be able to… 


  • Attendees will be able to offer a value proposition for community and civic engagement, identifying the added value of involvement for those outside the typical design and construction team.  

  • Attendees will understand how community and civic engagement fits into the design process. Tips and timing for engaging those typically outside of the design process in a meaningful way.  

  • Attendees will understand some of the tools and methods available to conduct successful community engagement meetings or focus groups.  

  • Attendees will have case studies and lessons learned from past projects with community and civic engagement. 

Sponsored by Raker Rhodes Engineering


Workshop Session 1 


1. Developing New Service Offerings 
Ryan Cameron, AIA  DLR Group


Create a path for development at your firm for new service offerings that may include design technologies that deliver projects faster, better and cheaper than ever before. Unlock the business potential of your ideas by attending this workshop that will guide you through a design problem built around solving your client's problems that do not involve a building. 


By attending this workshop panel participants will be able to… 


  • Learn how to offer new service offerings as a firm 

  • Dive into design technologies that will help you deliver projects faster  

  • Learn the ins and outs to new solutions to your design issues  

  • Navigate how to solve a client’s problems that do not involve a building  




2. The Avenues of Ingersoll and Grand - 20 years of Revitalization  
Matt Coen, RDG Planning + Design, Panel Discussion  


For the last 20 years the Avenues of Ingersoll and Grand, located on Des Moines West Side has undergone a transformation.  Thanks to the tireless efforts of citizens, city staff, and elected officials, this district is now safer, more beautiful, and valuable than before.  This panel discussion will include the perspectives of the citizens, city staff, elected officials, and design professionals working on the economic development, promotion, and beatification of the Avenues of Ingersoll and Grand. 

By attending this workshop participants will be able to…  


  • To learn about design strategies for improving intermodal safety including pedestrian, bicycle, public transit, and vehicular. 

  • To gain a better understanding of how zoning changes and public policy decisions have impacted the perception and safety of The Avenues.  

  • To learn about strategies that improve the human experience and benefit the environment by creating walkable and accessible communities.   

  • Discuss the roles of community volunteers, regulatory agencies, design professionals, and elected officials play in community revitalization projects. 




3. Recognizing and Eliminating the 8 Wastes of Lean 

Ryan Tingey, Turner Construction  

This workshop will dive into the 8 Wastes of Lean and through a hands-on, interactive and fun exercise (process), will learn how to identify, understand and cut some of those wastes out of the process. 


Understanding the 8 Wastes will help the participants see their environment in a new way and give them a new 'lens' through which they can improve processes that constitute their daily experience. 

By attending this workshop participants will be able to… 

  • Learn to look for and identify the 8 Wastes of Lean. 

  • Discuss 8 waste application in the design industry. 

  • Develop a problem-solving mindset. 

  • Engage with a team to problem-solve and innovate in a hands-on simulation. 



Workshop Session 2 

4. Computational Sustainable Analysis for First Cost Neutral High Performance Design 

Vanessa Hostick, AIA, HOK  

Computational sustainable analysis from daylighting to energy is often seen as a costly add-on service that is left out of the design process when buildings only need to be code complaint. This presentation shows how integrated and iterative sustainable modeling can identify first cost savings, shift investment from 

mechanical to architectural systems, and protect high performance systems in the value engineering process.  


By attending this workshop participants will be able to… 


  • Attendees will be able to offer a value proposition for sustainable analysis that will help make the case to clients for employing it in the design process. 

  • Attendees will understand how computational sustainable analysis fits into the design work flow and what kind of feedback it can provide at each stage of design. 

  • Attendees will understand some of the tools available to assess and conduct computational sustainable analysis.  

  • Attendees will have case studies and cost metrics for reference when advocating for integrated modeling in the design process. 



5. The Story of a Rural Tech Transformation  

Panel Discussion: Chris Deal, Zach Mannheimer, Peg Raney , Linc Kroeger 

Join us for a conversation of how an idea for a rural school project turned into an initiative that has brought the likes of a LinkedIn Co-founder, Microsoft CTO, and many other Silicon Valley executives to Jefferson, Iowa, a small Iowa town with a population of 4,500. The session will focus on what is possible when a community creates a collective vision, as well as highlighting how a variety of design professionals have helped to enable the project. 

By attending this workshop participants will be able to… 


  • Session attendees will be able to describe the impact and role that design professionals can play in rural communities.  

  • Session attendees will be able to compare and contrast the challenges of development in rural vs. urban areas.  

  • Session attendees will be able to critique the impact that collective visioning & buy-in has on community improvement projects.  

  • Session attendees will be able to apply lessons learned from this session with future interactions with rural clients. 


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