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tentative schedule for the Virtual Conference 

8:30-9:45 AM             Welcome/Morning Keynote: Catherine Baker, 1.25 HSW

10-11 AM                   Workshop 1 :  O-Zones and Brownfields Redevelopment, 1 HSW

11-12 PM                   Workshop 2 :  Form Based Code, 1 HSW

12-1 PM                     Workshop 3 :  WHAT MATTERS MOST? Contemporary Issues in Architectural                                                              Practice, through the lens of ISU students, 1 LU

1-2 PM                       Chapter Business Meeting: Years of Membership & Impact Awards 

2-3 PM                       Workshop 4 :  Urban Campus : expansive community experience,1 HSW

3-4 PM                       Workshop 5 : Rural Development in Iowa: Best Practices, 1 HSW

4-5 PM                       Workshop 6 : The Space Between: How Performance Based Design can lead                                                           to a Healthy, Safe and Equitable Public Realm, 1 HSW

5-6:15 PM                  Afternoon Keynote: Lorcan O'Herily, 1.25 HSW

Continuing Education

By attending the AIA Iowa Spring Conference on April 1 at the Memorial Union, AIA members will have the opportunity to earn up to 7.5 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.

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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 Tuesday March 31 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 18, 2020. 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 name tag 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.

What about the Coronavirus?- AIA Virtual Spring Conference 

AIA Iowa has decided to continue on with the AIA Iowa Spring Conference but transition the entire event to a webinar format. The schedule of events will shift slightly but the program will still run in the previously slotted time frame of 8:30 AM -6 PM. With the shift to the virtual event we plan to be able to offer double of the amount of AIA CES credits as attendees will have the opportunity to attend every single keynote and workshop presentation, if they so choose. If an attendee chooses to stay logged on for the entire event they could earn up to 7.5  HSW credits and 1 LU credit. The event will be flexible so you can choose which presentations to attend and earn credit for if your schedule does not allow you to attend every part of this event. 

We will still host the Chapter business meeting with the years of membership and AIA Iowa Impact Awards as part of the virtual event. 

With this change of plans the committee has decided to extend the early bird deadline for one more week until March 18th. If you have already registered you are set and ready to go, if this change of format to a webinar event means you would no longer like to participate full refunds will be available for you until March 18th. Please email if you need a refund

For the general public, who are unlikely to be exposed to the virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is low. Symptoms of the coronavirus (viral infection) or COVID-19 (resulting disease) in people who have been exposed can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying. For the safety of AIA Iowa event attendees, if you are feeling ill, traveled to or have come in contact with anyone that has traveled to or from China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand please refrain for attending any AIA Iowa events.

At this time AIA Iowa has no plans to cancel this event but we will continue to monitor it as the safety of our members and attendees is our top priority. 
For information and updates related to COVID-19 in Iowa, visit and follow IDPH on Facebook and Twitter.


Keynote Speakers

Catherine Baker, FAIA 

Landon Bone Baker Architects  

Catherine Baker received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Ball State University and a Master of Arts in Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. Both disciplines share some fundamental underpinnings that pertain to the work of LBBA; understanding people, understanding problems, making connections, and developing programmatic solutions. In 2002, Catherine became a Principal at Landon Bone Baker Architects where she applied these skills to develop a direct neighborhood outreach program, which fosters better-informed communities while simultaneously gathering the data that informs design. She runs the firm’s locally and nationally recognized LBBA Community Workshop. The summer program employs high school students and college-age mentors to study building design and initiate change in their neighborhood through environmental assessment studies and community asset mapping.

LBBA Labs: Building the Future of the Profession: In 2010, Landon Bone Baker Architects founded LBBA Labs, a nationally-recognized summer employment program that provides an entry point for high school students with an interest in architecture, design, and planning, while providing leadership opportunities for college-age mentors. The course will show you how the participants' work, ideas, and energy have a direct effect on the work of the firm and are the catalyst to encourage community involvement and change creating better buildings that focus on the health, safety, and welfare of the building occupants.


By attending this keynote address participants will be able to… 

  • Demonstrate how the Labs encourages equitable access to the profession through expanding the pipeline of young people pursuing a career in architecture and related fields.

  • Demonstrate how the Labs elevates the human experience by getting the next generation of the profession involved in projects that they will be using in their community that focus on the betterment of quality and the safety of the end user.

  • Demonstrate how the Labs encourages social interaction among students with their communities through advocacy and research, how BUILD focuses on neighborhood health and wellness issues for youth—encompassing ideas of violence reduction and prolonging the lives of neighborhood youth.

  • Demonstrate how the Labs benefits the environment by enacting new and emerging technologies that help create more resilient and sustainable buildings.

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


Lorcan O'Herlihy, FAIA 

Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects
Lorcan O’Herlihy FAIA, founder and principal of LOHA, seeks opportunities to engage the ever-changing complexities of the urban landscape while embracing architecture as a catalyst of change. Lorcan spent his formative years working in New York and Paris on the Grand Louvre Museum as a designer at I.M. Pei Partners. The project, in which the harmonious coupling of art and architecture was paramount, instilled a passion toward aesthetic improvisation and composition which eventually found its way into Lorcan’s own work. Lorcan has also worked as a painter, sculptor, and furniture maker. The methodologies of material exploration and formal inflection, derived from the looseness of abstract art, have played a significant role across all media and are a critical driver of his architecture. Lorcan’s professional practice has run in parallel to his academic and intellectual pursuits, enriching and heightening both. He received a Master of Arts in History and Critical Thinking from the Architectural Association in London, writing a dissertation on social connectivity and generative urban strategies. He has taught and lectured extensively over the last decade, including at the Architectural Association in London, Southern California Institute of Architecture [SCI-Arc], Cranbrook Academy of Art, Columbia University, Carnegie Mellon University, Pratt Institute, and the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California.

Keynote: Social Occupation 

As architects, we have a responsibility to cities and the people who occupy them. O'Herlihy's presentation, "Social Occupation," will highlight the idea that architecture is a social act—a tool for engaging in politics, economics, aesthetics, and smart growth. As global cities become denser and the need for housing greater, it is more critical than ever to design spaces that promote equity, human interaction, and cultural evolution.

By attending this keynote address participants will be able to… 


  • How to respond to a constantly evolving urban landscape by working within a layered context of political, developmental, environmental and social structures

  • Learning the complexity of building housing at various scales and for diverse populations focusing on the health, safety, and welfare of all members of our communities.

  • How to provide essential housing that enriches society with spaces that facilitate culture and community, the welfare of all.

  • Building within an urban context while engaging the sidewalk and the street. Focusing on design in every part of the project.

1.25 AIA HSW LUs 


Workshop Session 1


1. O-Zones and Brownfields Redevelopment 
Mike Fisher, Impact7G


This course will present variables that should be addressed when planning and designing redeveloment projects in Qualified Opportunity Zones (O-Zone).   An opportunity zone is an economically-distressed community where new investments, under certain conditions, may be eligible for preferential tax treatment. Understanding the environmental conditions of an O-Zone property are critical to the financial success iof O-Zone Fund investment. 


By attending this workshop panel participants will be able to… 


  • Learn about Qualified Opportunity Zones and Opportunity Zone Funds being used as a private sector urban revitalization tool.

  • Learn about critical environmental variables affecting construction of projects in Qualified Opportunity Zones.

  • Learn about critical environmental variables affecting building and infrastructure design in a Qualified Opportunity Zone.

  • Learn the benefits of effective environmental due diligence as a planning and program tool providing project benefits Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) liability protections.  




2. Implementing & Understanding Form Based Code
Mike Ludwig, City of Des Moines and Bill Micheel, City of Cedar Rapids, Panel Discussion  


This panel discussion with focus on the fundamentals of form based code. The panel will compare and contrast form based code to euclidean or "traditional" zoning ordinances. Overview of the elements and benefits of a form-based code, from its necessary foundation in built form, as compared to land use, to its regulatory emphasis on the public realm.

By attending this workshop participants will be able to…  


  • Describe how form based code impacts the physical character of the built environment and how this impacts building design, transportation, land use, etc., at various scales—the scale of a region, community, neighborhood, corridor, block, or building.

  • Review examples of implementation of form based code and understand the benefits and challenges of form based code and how the goal of a safer and healthier environment is at the center of this code.

  • Review examples of the planning process used by communities to create a form based code and the goals and objectives a community hopes to achieve its implementation with the goal of creating a safe and healthy environment for the end user.

  • Discuss how zoning has significant impacts on the design of the built environment. The design of the built environment has implications for the ability to support multi-modal transportation systems, environmental justice, affordable housing, social interactions, and other elements imperative for the health, safety, and welfare of the community.




3. WHAT MATTERS MOST? Contemporary Issues in Architectural Practice, through the lens of ISU students

Ann Sobiech Munson, AIA, Iowa State University + Student Panel  

The course highlights contemporary issues in architectural practice, as seen by Iowa State students in the required professional practice course during fall semester 2019. For the class, each student chose a topic from current architectural discourse; they researched context and history of their selected issue, and then arrived at their own position in response to the research. This session provides an overview of the course and assignment, presents the most pressing issues that surfaced in the exercise, and features students discussing specific project examples.

By attending this workshop participants will be able to… 

  • Review current curricular requirements and course content related to professional practice in architecture in Iowa State's accredited professional BArch and MArch programs. 

  • Summarize a range of contemporary issues in architectural practice that are most pressing or important to advanced students / emerging professionals.

  • Understand how advanced students / emerging professionals are researching and addressing specific issues related to equity, access, and culture in the practice of architecture.

  • Understand how advanced students / emerging professionals are researching and addressing specific issues related to sustainability, energy use, ecology and resilience in the practice of architecture.



Workshop Session 2

4. Urban Campus : expansive community experience

Dan Drendel, AIA, Slingshot Architecture + Drake University and Grinnell College Panelists

Drake University and Grinnell College have both set out to have a positive and collaborative impact in their community. In this panel workshop, we will study how targets of inclusion, increase safety and urban vitality begin to stack benefits for the city, neighborhood and campus.


By attending this workshop participants will be able to… 


  • Define groups of project stakeholders broadly to create project parameters improving the physical, emotional, and social well-being of building occupants, public/private users, and any others affected by buildings and sites.

  • Create sites with high dimensions of visibility, connectivity, destination and walkable loops to promote safety passively protecting occupants, users, and any others affected by buildings or sites from harm.

  • Find program overlaps leading to public realm site amenities that enable equitable access, elevate the human experience, encourage social interaction, and benefit the environment.

  • Address the intent of funding source programs aligning various stakeholder groups to common goals benefiting private development, higher education and local communities.



5. Rural Development in Iowa: Best Practices 

Panel Discussion: Michael LeClere, AIA, Martin Gardner Architecture, Mark Reinig, Economic Development Program Manager Center for Industrial Research & Service, Iowa State University, Julia Badenhope, Director of ILR Community Visioning Program & Professor of Landscape Architecture Iowa State University 

This speakers panel session will discuss tips, tools, tricks, best practices, and resources to catalyze rural revitalization throughout the state and beyond.  With a focus on our often overlooked rural communities, speakers will present success stories, lessons learned, and answer questions about facilitating design, planning, public engagement, and economic development initiatives in communities with limited capacity or little experience with such undertakings.  Attendees should leave feeling empowered to improve the health, safety, and welfare of small town communities. 

By attending this workshop participants will be able to… 


  • Participants will understand similarities and differences in transportation use among user types in rural communities. Participants will learn about impacts of transportation system elements and qualities on various user types focusing on the safety and implementation of these resources.

  • Strategies for making design and designers more accessible to rural communities and the general public. Small town communities deserve and need redevelopment to focus on improving the safety of abandoned properties.

  • Help familiarize communities with existing resources, funding opportunities, and how to utilize them in order to catalyze local projects 

  • Participants will be introduced to how  focus group research and survey research is used to describe the transportation system and its impacts on users at a community level


6. The Space Between: How Performance Based Design can lead to a Healthy, Safe and Equitable Public Realm

Jim MacRae, Design Workshop, Inc. 

This presentation focuses on how a performance based design process and design metrics can lead to public realm that is healthier, safer and more equitable for everyone who uses the plazas, parks and open spaces that architects and landscape architects design. 


By attending this workshop participants will be able to… 


  • The presentation will show how a sustainability program can result in policies and/or design requirements for the health, safety and welfare of the public realm. This will provide knowledge for designers to use in their own design work 

  • The design of complete streets can improve the health of the urban environment by improving the quality of storm water run-off. The presentation will show ways in which this can be done so designers will have a sense of the different ways to which it can be done. 

  • The design of Iowa's first agrihood encourages better social engagement/ inclusivity for new neighborhoods and the presentation will show designers how the programming of outdoor amenities and activities can lead to better social equity and community building 

  • The design of a public library can help renew a tornado ravaged landscape while also incorporating storm water management and landscape lighting strategies that improve the health, safety and welfare of the public. The presentation will show designers design concepts that they can use in their own work. 


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