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Welcome to the 2020 AIA Iowa Central States Region Convention.

Welcome to the first AIA Iowa CSR Convention held in your home or office.

That's right, we're coming to you! Stay in your pajamas, invite your puppy, social distance with a few coworkers, this year you're in control.

We know your continuing education is important to you and right now, the health, safety, and welfare of your clients is at the top of your mind. Join us for all the education you need. 

You'll find topics ranging from building codes to building comfort and pandemic considerations to modern innovations. From curtain walls until the curtain falls, you're sure to get the education and connections that you need.

Scroll through to view schedule, read course descriptions, make note of your workshops, and register



Monday September 21

Convention App is open! Kick off your experience by browsing the app, learning where things are, setting your agenda for the week. Take some time today and throughout the week and check out the profiles of over 60 virtual exhibitors. Check out their product demonstrations, apply for their offers, enter to win their giveaways, make new connections! AIA Iowa will be giving away some grand door prizes for the convention attendees who have the highest interaction statistics at the end of the convention. Get mingling!

12:00 Legislative Forum

Tuesday September 22

Take some time to view all the special exhibits as well as messages from organizations such as the Iowa Architectural Examining Board, Iowa Architectural Foundation, and more, you can find them listed on the homepage of the convention app. Visit the profiles of the convention sponsors, the event would not be possible without their support. Also, continue perusing through the virtual exhibit hall today and throughout the week.


LIVE EVENT: 8:30 AM- Emerging Professionals Feed Your Future Breakfast-Networking Event

Wednesday September 23- All Live Events 

8:30 Speaker: Lisa Gray (1.25 LU HSW)

9:50 Workshop Session 1: 1 LU or LU HSW 

1. Dirty Hands (HSW)
2. Craft Distilleries = Code Conundrum (HSW)
3. Building Science: Air Barriers 101 (HSW)

10: 55  Workshop Session 2: 1 LU or LU HSW 

4. Ingenuity (HSW)
5. Evolving Design Standards to Improve Health (HSW)
6. Zero-Energy Buildings: How Innovative Concrete Systems Are Making It Happen (HSW)

12:00  Workshop Session 3: 1 LU or LU HSW 

7. Design, Fabrication & a Mission of Meaning
8. Post-Pandemic Workplace Considerations (HSW)
9. Total Precast Systems - Storm Shelters (HSW)

Thursday September 24- All Live Events 

8:30 Speaker: Carol Ross Barney, FAIA (1.25 LU HSW)

9:50 Workshop Session 4: 1 LU or LU HSW 

10. Whichcraft
11. A Pleated Façade: Innovative solutions for custom curtain wall systems (HSW)
12. 2030 Vision: Architecture's CO2-Neutral Future (HSW)


10:55  Workshop Session 5: 1 LU or LU HSW 

13. Design is Design KEM Studio
14. New Tall Wood Code Provisions: Understanding Advanced Design Topics (HSW)
15. Old Assumptions Out the Window: the future of energy efficiency and indoor environments (HSW)

12:00  Workshop Session 6: 1 LU or LU HSW 

16. Design for the Post-Pandemic World (HSW)
17. Parametric Modeling through Automation and Computational Design
18. Address Embodied Carbon with the EC3 Tool (HSW)

2:00 CSR Annual Meeting (CSR Leadership only)


5:00  AIA Iowa & CSR Award Celebration


Friday September 25- All Live Events 

8:30 Speaker: Jared Della Valle, FAIA (1.25 LU HSW)

9:50 Workshop Session 7: 1 LU or LU HSW 

19. Design and Construction: Hand and Mind (HSW)
20. Building the Practice You Can't Find in Job Ad
21. Building Air Leakage and Effects on the Building Envelope 

11:00 AIA Iowa Business Meeting 

12:00  Speaker: Carrie Strickland, FAIA (1.25 LU HSW)


The earlier you register, the more $$ you save!

Attendee Type
AIA Member (AIA, Prof. Affiliate, Hon. AIA, Int'l AIA)
Assoc. AIA Member
Pella AXP Sponsored Registration (Assoc. AIA Member enrolled in AXP)
AIA Iowa Emeritus Member
Full-time ISU Dept. of Architecture Student or Faculty
Full-time CSR Univeristy Architecture Student or Faculty
(with promo code)
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Week of Convention
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The complete convention experience- all workshops, keynotes, entry for special prizes, and more.

*Due to the nature of event planning no refunds will be available for this event once registration has been processed.* 


REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. Please contact us as if you have any questions. 


AIA Iowa is registered with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System and is committed to developing quality learning activities in accordance with AIA/CES criteria. Participants in the 2020 AIA Iowa Convention will receive one learning unit (1 LU or LU/HSW) for each hour of programming.

The number of LU’s available for each workshop and
keynote session is listed with each description.

Pella AXP Sponsorship 


Pella recognizes the importance of the future of the architectural profession and our emerging professionals by graciously funding the Pella AXP Sponsorship at the 2019 AIA Iowa Convention. This program celebrates AIA Iowa Associate members (those enrolled in the Architectural Experience Program (AXP) by providing funding for them to attend the convention at a reduced rate. AIA Iowa Associate members may sign up for this program by entering a discount code during convention registration that will be emailed to those eligible for the discount.

Keynote Speakers

Lisa Gray,FAIA

Gray Organschi Architecture

New Haven, CT

A Material Practice - Building Along the Carbon Transect

The presentation will examine the use of low-impact ecologically-conscious construction techniques in Gray Organschi Architecture’s award-winning architectural design practice. The imperative to protect our natural environment and lessen our sector’s significant contributions to global warming informs our approach to design and construction. Our ongoing research initiative into the use of timber as a sustainable construction solution demonstrates methods of resource management in the protection of urban and rural landscapes.


By attending this keynote address participants will:

  • Further understanding of the relationship between material sourcing and specifications and carbon impacts that effect the health of our environments..

  • Mass timber sourcing, details and deployment in various project types. Investigate how these materials can result in a more ecologically friendly building.

  • Managing the relationship between architectural design goals and maintaining a commitment to environmentally-conscious construction within a small practice with the focus being on the best outcome for all parties.

  • Through the creation of new spaces and the careful adaptation of existing structures, we work to nurture communities by protecting their health, safety and welfare through sustainable design practices that celebrate the individual experiences that form and enrich them.

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Workshop Descriptions

Workshop Session 1 ​

Wednesday, September 23, 9:50 a.m.-10:50 a.m. 


1. Dirty Hands 

Since its inception, El Dorado's steel fabrication shop remains a critical component to the services we provide to our clients. We routinely fabricate and experiment, prototyping concepts to help our clients achieve their vision. Through this course, participants will learn about the history of El Dorado, the tools and philosophies that guide our design and fabrication processes, and how our maker ethos allows us to push the boundaries of what might be. 

By attending this workshop participants will be able to: Participants will learn the importance of a hands-on design process through a selection of el dorado's design, prototype, and fabrication work. Participants will become familiar with how El Dorado integrates fabrication into its design processes from schematic design through construction documents, project bidding, and construction. Participants will gain a knowledge of techniques and approaches that enable efficient and cost-effective fabrication projects. Participants will learn the importance of creating full-scale, in-house mock-ups to better inform detailing and documentation prior to on-site construction. 


Presented by: David Dowell, AIA & Ted Arendes el dorado inc (1 LU HSW) 


2. Craft Distilleries = Code Conundrum 

In this presentation participants will learn about the building code differences between craft distilleries and breweries, and how to use the building code to create a safe production environment that can also be enjoyed and experienced by the public. 


By attending this workshop participants will be able to: Determine if a distillery is an F or H occupancy. Determine what is the flammable liquid classification of alcohol. Learn how to calculate the quantity of flammable liquid and determine what that means for the building design as per IBC table 307.1. Understand control areas and how they can be useful to isolate high hazard areas. 


Presented by: Evan Shaw, AIA INVISION Architecture Planning & Design (1 LU HSW) 



3. Building Science: Air Barriers 101  
Code requires the use of air barriers, but the selection of the proper type and appropriate transition details are essential to the overall health and longevity of any building. This course will look at the building science of air barriers so participants can better understand their use and function. 


By attending this workshop participants will be able to: Participants will learn how energy code requires air sealing and how to prove compliance. Participants will learn the general types of air barriers and which wall assemblies they will work best with. Participants will go over important transition details including different wall types, windows, and proper roofing transitions. Participants will learn the best way to physically prove compliance with testing to energy code and building enclosure commissioning (BECx) standards. 


Presented by: Dave Ruffcorn, AIA, Iowa State Fire Marshal's Office, Janna Alampi, AIA, EPICx Studio, Larry Steinbronn, Building Works USA (1 LU HSW) 


Workshop Session 2  

Wednesday, September 23, 10:55 a.m.-11:55 a.m. 


4. Ingenuity Dake Wells  
The work of Dake Wells Architecture is rooted in the pragmatic problem solving of the Ozarks, focusing on ingenuity over innovation. This presentation will provide background to the practice, its method of operation, its values, and its approach to design thinking as illustrated through recent projects. 


By attending this workshop participants will be able to: Presenter will demonstrate how Dake Wells Architecture’s design approach responds to real world challenges of budget limitations, social purpose, and technical achievement through collaborative engagement and analytical research in a market removed from the architectural centers of the country. Presenter will illustrate Dake Wells Architecture’s approach to research as pragmatic problem solving as well as lifelong learning that supports the firm's goals of design excellence, while providing an engaging workplace that attracts talent. Attendees will examine case studies ranging in project scale and complexity where Dake Wells Architecture has successfully challenged conventional thinking in terms of design, material detailing and construction, thereby improving building performance, lifespan, and user experience. Attendees will be able to compare their own place of practice with a mid-sized Midwestern city and how it's issues, challenges and opportunities inform their practice of architecture. 


Presented by: Andrew Wells, FAIA, Dake Wells Architecture & Brandon Dake, FAIA, Dake Wells Architecture (1 LU HSW)


5. Evolving Design Standards to Improve Health  
Buildings are designed to serve occupants and maintaining occupant wellness is a primary objective of the building design. Recent experiences have highlighted the importance of incorporating design strategies that support health and reduce the spread of illness in all building types, not just healthcare. Experts are providing guidance on strategies to maintain high indoor air quality, and building owners are relying on design professionals to provide guidance on implementation of these strategies. A panel discussion will provide perspectives from architecture, engineering, and energy disciplines on how architectural and mechanical system design standards are evolving to incorporate these owner needs. The panel will present real-world experiences as they have worked with clients. Several case studies will be discussed, showing how strategies are to be implemented and how they impact building energy use. The relative benefits of the strategies will be compared to their upfront and operating costs. 


By attending this workshop participants will be able to: Assess how architectural and mechanical system design standards are rapidly evolving to meet current client objectives to reduce illness and improve health. Explore the changing expectations clients have for their buildings in response to need to reduce spread of illness. Understand how these changing design standards impact building energy consumption. Analyze the relative benefits of different strategies to improve health compared to both initial and operating costs 


Presented by: Joel Logan, Willdan, Nathan Griffith, AIA, Neumann Monson Architects, & Dwight Schumm, Design Engineers (1 LU HSW) 


6. Zero-Energy Buildings: How Innovative Concrete Systems Are Making It Happen 

Zero energy construction is a growing trend across the country. A combination of advanced energy-efficiency strategies, affordable solar power and an innovative concrete building system called Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF's) is making it possible. ICF's combine the strength and durability of reinforced concrete with the versatility and energy efficiency of rigid insulation. This presentation provides designers with zero-energy strategies along with details on how to take advantage of high R-value and thermal mass to offer affordable buildings with significant cost savings over the long term.   


By attending this workshop participants will be able to: Understand the principles and strategies behind zero-energy design and construction. Understand how innovative concrete systems such as ICFs are being used to achieve zero-energy schools. Understand how a combination of energy-efficiency strategies, high-performance envelopes and solar power are used to meet zero-energy criteria. Understand the contribution concrete makes to safe and productive schools by providing energy-efficient, quiet and resilient structures. 


Presented by: Kenny Stanfield, AIA, Sherman Carter Barnhart  (1 LU HSW) 


Workshop Session 3  

Wednesday, September 23, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. 


7. Design, Fabrication & a Mission of Meaning 
Doing something different is hard. Doing something meaningful and different is downright emotionally challenging. Since founding his eponymous firm 15 years ago, Matthew Hufft has steadily built the practice into a full-service design and custom fabrication studio rooted in one mission - to create meaning. This workshop will provide a look into how design and fabrication work hand in hand in pursuit of this mission. Hufft was founded on the belief that an open dialogue between designers and builders leads to innovative design and projects that are ultimately more valuable for the people they serve. The firm's designers and craftsmen employ a rigorous approach to design that seeks to identify, understand, and use our client’s biggest challenges as a catalyst for innovation. Matthew will share more about how the firm has evolved with time, and what he expects will continue to evolve as we look to the future. 


By attending this workshop participants will be able to: Attendees will understand how design and custom fabrication can work together to create meaningful design, through specific examples shared from Hufft's experience. Attendees will begin to learn, through an overview of Hufft, how to potentially integrate custom fabrication into their design process. Attendees will understand why a mission and vision that is about more than just wanting to create great design is important for establishing and growing a design practice. Attendees will hear the story and evolution of Hufft as a design firm and may form a more empathetic appreciation the challenges every firm faces in growing their practice. 


Presented by: Matthew Hufft, AIA, Hufft (1 LU) 


8. Post-Pandemic Workplace Considerations  

In this session, we will review Herman Miller's perspective on the impacts of COVID-19 on the workplace, and outline a series of design, administrative and behavioral considerations that will help clients to develop their back-to-the-office strategies. 

By attending this workshop participants will be able to: Review of Health and Safety behavioral and administrative protocols for returning to the workplace. Review of pandemic climate, and the impacts of these conditions on the workplace. Review of what we learn from Healthcare best practices. Review of design considerations we should be making to ensure health and safety of employees.  


Presented by: Jason Rosenblatt & Chelsea Schultz, Herman Miller (1 LU HSW) 


9. Total Precast Systems - Storm Shelters 

Total Precast Systems is an overview of components, details, connections, of a Total Precast Concrete System Storm Shelters is an overview of FEMA 361 and ICC 500 on Precast Concrete Storm Shelters. 


By attending this workshop participants will be able to: Learn about total precast concrete characteristics, advantages, typical construction methods and applications Storm Shelters - Introduce the requirements for FEMA P-361. Understand precast applications and uses Storm Shelters - Identify components of a precast concrete structure. Discuss precast concrete characteristics and advantages. Learn about the manufacturing processes that give precast concrete its consistent high quality Storm Shelters - Compare materials and their utility and sustainable benefits. 

Presented by: Paul Todd, AIA, Todd Architecture (1 LU HSW) 


Workshop Session 4 

Thursday, September 24, 9:50 a.m.-10:50 a.m.  


10. Whichcraft 

There comes a time in any design process when the designer must make a choice, “which type of craft is appropriate for this project?” While there are many available paradigms of craft, each with a preferred standard of tolerance in the final product, the choice is often situation specific. “Custom-craft” is based on unique demands of an end user to produce a bespoke product, “techno-craft” applies computer aided design and fabrication to reduce cost and increase quality, and “farm-craft” is based on expedience, pragmatism, but not necessarily aesthetic coherence. In all there a question of resolution. Some projects require a high degree of precision and refined workmanship, while for others cost, expediency, or available talent may necessitate a looser approach. For example, fine furniture carries an expectation of refined craft and precise tolerances while “stage-craft” – specifically, the art of building stage scenery, requires a deliberately low degree of precision because the work is to be viewed at a distance. In architecture, the craft paradigm may vary between different aspects of the same project. Architecture occupies an interesting position in this discourse - architects have a kind of craftsmanship that defines how they work – disciplinary-specific design and representational techniques - but they also engage other craftspeople to realize our creations. Architects must select the category of craftsmanship that is not only appropriate to the practical task at hand but also matched to our cultural expectations as represented in the project. The lecture will discuss craft, tolerance, and conflicting expectations within a range of projects by Actual Architecture Co. and the student design-build practice, FACT. 

By attending this workshop participants will be able to: Introduce the concept of craft paradigms and their relevance to contemporary architectural practice. Learn how different approaches to craft embody varying expectations of accuracy, precision, and tolerance. Understand how juxtapositions of technique and cleverly misappropriated craft paradigms can yield unique and unexpected results. Explore a range of projects from an office merging professional and academic practices. 



Presented by: Jeffrey L. Day, FAIA, Actual Architecture Co. (1 LU) 


11. A Pleated Façade: Innovative solutions for custom curtain wall systems 

This course explores the collaborative approach to the design, development and execution of a custom, glass façade system for Iowa State University’s Student Innovation Center. With complex, pleated geometries, learn how design and construction teams put their heads together to fine-tune, test, and install this innovative unitized system. Attendees will take away considerations for concept through completion. 

By attending this workshop participants will be able to: Understand the design and development process for a custom Canadian Rainscreen System. Understand how to tune a glass façade to the site’s solar orientation for daylighting and energy modeling. Understand the importance of performance testing custom wall systems and the benefits of visual mock-ups. Learn the considerations and tolerances for installing a custom unitized wall system. 


Presented by: Stephanie Heckroth, Ryan Keairnes, Architectural Wall Systems, & Leah Rudolphi, AIA, substance architecture (1 LU HSW) 


12. 2030 Vision: Architecture's CO2-Neutral Future 

In this course, attendees will learn about the Architecture 2030 Challenge and the AIA 2030 Commitment. Learners will come away understanding the 2030 vision, resources and information publicly available regarding carbon-neutral design, and performance metrics being used by the organizations in pursuit of a carbon-neutral future. The focus will be on giving architects resources to help lead the transformation of the built environment into a more sustainable one. 


By attending this workshop participants will be able to: Introduction of the Architecture 2030 Challenge and the AIA 2030 Commitment. Learners will come away understanding their shared vision, resources available to them, and reporting metrics being used to set the standard for design excellence. Introduction of the AIA's Framework for Design Excellence, formerly known as the COTE Top Ten. These 10 measures set the standard for designing environments that are safe, healthy, beautiful, and high-performing for both occupants and the community as a whole. Introduction of the 2030 Challenge's Carbon Smart Materials Palette. This palette offers methods for architects to reduce the impact of harmful carbon dioxide emissions in all stages of the design process, from site selection to interior finish selection. Following the course, learners will understand the importance of integrating these metrics and strategies into the design process and come away with strategies and precedent studies on how to do so. 


Presented by: Noah Diemer, AIA, Shive Hattery Architecture Engineering (1 LU HSW) 


Workshop Session 5 

Thursday, September 24, 10:55 a.m.-11:50 a.m.  


13. Design is Design KEM Studio 

KEM Studio has created a signature fusion of architectural and industrial design, with a portfolio that includes children’s microscopes; kayaking helmets; a Kickstarter-funded, Eames-inspired frame that turns a skateboard into a bench; a playground of trapezoidal bridges fashioned from salvaged decking; a modern renovation of a ’60s duplex that is on the National Register of Historic Places; and a taxicab-dispatch-turned-startup-office. How are all of these connected? Founding principal Brad Satterwhite, Assoc. AIA, explains the core values that he and his fellow founders—architect Jon Taylor, AIA, and industrial designer Jonathon Kemnitzer—use to develop their disparate projects: A holistic approach to design, an immense amount of research, and a tireless pursuit of the “big idea.” 


By attending this workshop participants will be able to: Describe the philosophy of the “big idea” for the job. Learn how the KEM researches context, the constraints, the user, the manufacturing, and the way these pieces will fit together. Discuss how design is design. KEM Studio has created a signature fusion of architectural and industrial design, with a portfolio that includes children’s microscopes; kayaking helmets; a Kickstarter-funded, Eames-inspired frame that turns a skateboard into a bench; a playground of trapezoidal bridges fashioned from salvaged decking; a modern renovation of a ’60s duplex that is on the National Register of Historic Places; and a taxicab-dispatch-turned-startup-office. Discuss how the firm using both architecture and industrial design under the same roof helps provide a unique opportunity to execute both professions in every project type. Identify how KEM sets the mentality for innovative design before a single line is drawn. How the studio comes to understand their clients’ life- and work-styles. They are user- and human-focused and merge the qualitative and quantitative. 

Presented by: Brad Satterwhite, AIA & Jonathon Kemnitzer, KEM STUDIO  (1 LU) 


14. New Tall Wood Code Provisions: Understanding Advanced Design Topics 

In January 2019, the International Code Council (ICC) approved a set of proposals to allow tall wood buildings as part of the 2021 International Building Code (IBC). Based on these proposals, the 2021 IBC will include three new construction types—Type IV-A, IV-B and IV-C—allowing the use of mass timber or noncombustible materials. These new types are based on the previous Heavy Timber construction type (renamed Type IV-HT) but with additional fire-resistance ratings and levels of required noncombustible protection. This presentation will take a detailed look at the new code provisions and methods of addressing the new requirements. Topics will include tall-wood specific high rise and sprinkler requirements, methods of demonstrating fire-resistance ratings, fire design for penetrations, connections and abutting panels, allowances for exposed timber, exterior walls, concealed spaces and more. 


By attending this workshop participants will be able to: Explore the three new tall wood construction types and discuss related code provisions such as allowable heights and fire-resistance ratings. Discuss code-compliant options for exposing mass timber, where up to 2-hour fire-resistance ratings are required and demonstrate design methodologies for achieving these ratings. Review code requirements unique to tall wood buildings, focusing on items such as sprinklers, shaft construction and concealed spaces. Highlight design options for addressing topics such as fire stops at penetrations through mass timber assemblies and exterior walls fire-resistance in tall timber. 


Presented by: Archie Landerman, WoodWorks Inc. (1 LU HSW) 


15. Old Assumptions Out the Window: The Future of Energy Efficiency and Indoor Environments

All sustainability toolkits advise the practice of integrative design. It is a nice theory, but how do projects sincerely accomplish this and carry it through design? We will look at recent projects that pursued integrative design with varying levels of success. What are the advantages and challenges of different software and management tools? How can you craft a meaningful sustainable site assessment and realistic performance goals? 

By attending this workshop participants will be able to: By attending this workshop participants will be able to: Explore how energy modeling is used to predict and understand commercial building energy usage. Evaluate how operational assumptions, changes in space configuration and other design decisions impact a building’s energy consumption. Analyze how health-driven changes in baseline assumptions about a building can impact the relative merit of different mechanical system approaches. Assess how an optimized set of energy efficiency strategies may be affected if currently-accepted best practices are changed to accommodate new design considerations, such as increased indoor air quality requirements.

Presented by: Jacob Serfling, & Vinoth Sekar, Willdan (1 LU HSW)


Workshop Session 6 

Thursday, September 24, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.  


16. Design for the Post-Pandemic World 

As the world struggles to cope with the global pandemic, there are numerous questions being raised about how this crisis will impact the design professions. After months of social distancing and working remotely, most designers have already seen a radical shift in the process of design. But many of the most lasting impacts of the pandemic have yet to be fully understood. These impacts include how the design of institutions and public spaces themselves may ultimately change. As society begins to return to a new normal, there are many unanswered questions about what this new normal will look like. We know that the design professions evolve in tandem with cultural changes. Will the pandemic create a heightened level of awareness about health that challenges longstanding practices and assumptions about how we design spaces? The aim of this session is to explore these questions so that design professionals may be better prepared to anticipate and adapt to these changes as they unfold. This session will be a panel discussion between three market sector experts led by a moderator. Each expert has been chosen to represent a sector that will likely see significant impacts in the months and years to come. The discussion will be followed by a 15-minute question and answer period with the audience. 

By attending this workshop participants will be able to: The workshop will discuss how the design of the built environment can directly impact the behavior of occupants and the communicability and transmission of disease. It will discuss strategies that designers can employ to reduce communicability and improve overall public health, wellness, and comfort. To help prepare design professionals for a heightened level of awareness and sensitivity about public health, wellness, and communicability in public and institutional design. To learn from industry experts what major institutions such as universities and hospitals are doing to adapt to a post-pandemic future. 


Presented by: Steve King, AIA, & Phil Hodgin, AIA, RDG Planning and Design (1 LU HSW) 


17. Parametric Modeling through Automation and Computational Design 

This course will provide an overview and general information related to Parametric Modeling and Computational design through the use of automated tools and visual scripting. 


By attending this workshop participants will be able to: Better understanding that Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a process and not a software or hardware. Better understand of what Parametric Modeling is and why it is crucial for Atomated BIM workflows. Learn about methods to leverage automation in the AEC industry. Gain a better understanding of what Computational and Generative design is and how and what it can be used for. 


Presented by: Sean Page, AIA, RDG Planning and Design (1 LU) 


18. Address Embodied Carbon with the EC3 Tool 

This course will introduce the topic of embodied carbon in the supply chain of buildings, connect embodied carbon to human health, and demonstrate a free online tool - the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) - to take action today on commonly specified interior and exterior materials. 


By attending this workshop participants will be able to: Define embodied carbon and be able to talk about it with suppliers. Understand how climate change impacts human health. Understand carbon smart building beyond operational efficiency. Know how to access and navigate the free Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3). 


Presented by: Stacy Smedley, Building Transparency, Lisa Conway, Interface (1 LU HSW) 


Workshop Session 7 

Friday, September 25, 9:50 a.m.-10:50 a.m.  


19. Design and Construction: Hand and Mind 

Rockhill will give an overview of the origins of a modern vernacular from the work of Rockhill and Associates. Their work is tightly bound to the natural milieu and culture of the Kansas region. In the spirit of regionalism, the area’s archetypal forms, Spartan aesthetics, frugal methods, and relationship to nature permeate the results.  

In addition, he will explain the importance building has in architectural education and why he feels “having their hands in the concrete” is critical in the development of young professionals and why he teaches the course Studio 804. 

By attending this workshop participants will be able to: Evaluate their design concepts and environmental goals. Rockhill will present a dozen projects; The Forum at Marvin Hall, EcoHawks, Galileo’s Pavilion, The Center for Design research, Greensburg Art Center, Springfield House and the Prescott Passive House. All are LEED Platinum, design and built by Studio 804 and are; part of the fifteen Platinum projects they have created. Attendees will access the use of construction materials for improved and efficient building performance recycled materials as a means to reduce the amount of new material required and as an educational opportunity for the buildings’ occupants. The Greensburg project used lumber that was harvested from a former ammunition production facility. The Springfield house is “off the grid” and the Passive House uses windows made in Austria because few if any North American manufactures could meet the performance specifications. Attendees will comprehend how the projects relate to their surrounding, both physical and cultural, what sustainable design applications have been incorporated , promote indoor/outdoor connections (ex., natural daylighting and open ventilation), and how the project was designed to promote long-term use and/or adaptive reuse potential. Attendees will be able to interpret how the strategies and technologies he has incorporated in his projects might work for the average client enabling them to reduce their carbon footprint and maintain a pleasant living environment. 


Presented by: Dan Rockhill, ACSA Distinguished Professor, Studio 804 (1 LU HSW) 


20. Building the Practice You Can't Find in Job Ads 

This course seeks to mentor Emerging Professionals and practitioners who are searching for an alternative to traditional practice within the architectural profession. This course offers insight into how you can piecemeal your practice together to align other creative passions with your work and more directly address emerging needs in your community. Most importantly, this workshop is about building your community of support and balancing learning while getting work. Build confidence in your skills, build your community, and be the opportunity you can't find in job postings. 


By attending this workshop participants will be able to: Building your community: -Identifying mentors. -Finding "your people" - those who inspire you and feed your creativity - in architecture and in the allied professions. - Utilizing your strengths to serve your community. How to integrate other types of work into your creative practice alongside traditional architectural projects. -Finding the right opportunities that align with your creative skill sets and the importance of saying no to the wrong opportunities. Getting work while still learning. (AKA How to balance working and learning as a sole practitioner/independent contractor). - The role of mentorship in professional work. - Collaboration and consulting work. - Balancing creative space and business operations. Identifying a gap in service and finding alternative funding strategies for your practice: - Finding a gap in service in your community, building relationships, and plugging into the existing system. - Going outside your comfort zone, pitching ideas and finding the people with the right expertise to create a feasible project. 


Presented by: Miranda Moen, Assoc. AIA, MO/EN (1 LU) 


21. Building Air Leakage and Effects on the Building Envelope 

This presentation is for architects and other design professionals interested in increasing their knowledge of the application and use of air barriers in the building envelopes of commercial and multi-family residential buildings. Researchers, architects and code writers have shown that attention to specific details in both new and retrofitted envelopes result in better performing buildings with better comfort and long durability as well as lower energy consumption. 



By attending this workshop participants will be able to: How better building envelopes can reduce energy demand on heating and cooling and reduce energy and increase comfort. The significance of each part of the building envelope (the top, bottom, vertical shafts and the walls) relative to the efficient operation. What problems can occur with the lack of compartmentalization and/or decoupling between floors in buildings over 3 stories? Reducing the chance of viruses and other airborne contaminants from floor to floor or zone to zone. Discover the materials and methodology used in air sealing buildings 

Presented by: Steven Tratt, CANAM (1 LU HSW) 

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