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Registration Information:

Attendee Pricing:​
  • AIA Member- Full Access- $210
  • Non-Member- Full Access- $240
  • ISU Arch Full-time Faculty & Students- FREE 


Designing with Embodied Potential ( 1 LU/HSW )
Corbin Keech, AIA 

This course will expand attendees' skills and knowledge related to adaptive reuse design thinking through analyses of two recently completed higher ed projects by Studio Gang Kresge College Expansion at the University of California Santa Cruz and the University of Kentucky Gray Design Building. An emphasis will be placed on multi-scalar integrations of sustainability and universal design strategies. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will learn approaches to the adaptive reuse of industrial buildings through the sustainable design methods that emphasize the improvement of physical, emotional, and social well-being of occupants and users.

  2. Participants will learn strategies for deploying principles of universal design at multiples scales into adaptive reuse projects, with a focus on protecting occupants and users through safe and accessible circulation strategies. 

  3. Participants will learn how to engage the context of higher ed projects through participatory design techniques that enable equitable access, elevate the human experience, encourage social interactions, and benefit the environment.

  4. Participants will learn to link decarbonization strategies across multiple scales: material assemblies, building design, and campus planning.

Sponsored by IMEG



Revitalizing Downtowns in Iowa One Building at a Time ( 1 LU/HSW )
Sarah Lembke, AIA

Interested in historic building rehabilitation in downtowns throughout Iowa? This session will demystify important aspects of working on buildings in historic downtowns from historically appropriate design and regulations, to impacts and resources at the community level.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand how to determine which building codes apply to an existing building project in a historic downtown.     

  2. Understand when and how Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements come into play in historic downtown buildings and their businesses.

  3. Learn to determine what historic reviews a project may need to go through.

  4. Learn what resources and funding are available for historic building projects in downtowns.

Sponsored by 10Fold Architecture



The Existing Building Code Performance Path  ( 1 LU/HSW )

John P. Curley, AIA

An introduction to the purpose of the Existing Building Code Performance Path and the benefits of learning these tools.  We will follow several case study examples demonstrating their strategy to pass and demonstrate code compliance. 

Learning Objectives

  1. The IEBC Performance Path is an underutilized and undertrained code compliance tool, which mathematically demonstrates an equivalent level of safety to the IBC new structure compliance.  Attendees will learn the purpose and power of this tool.

  2. Attendees will understand a the Performance Path tool and learn multiple strategies to attempt to pass the objective and mathematical safety compliance tool.        

  3. Attendees will see multiple case studies for buildings that have utilized the IEBC Performance Path to overcompensate in some safety appurtenances and features  to offset the scoring deficit of a lack of a fire suppression system.

  4. Attendees will learn why Aurora IL feels it is so important to teach and train our design professional community of our willingness to use these tools and the benefits that their owner's could realize by our potential partnership in it's use

Sponsored by Northern Facades


Restoring Vitality: Insights into Three Historic Building Transformations  ( 1 LU/HSW )

Mindy Aust, AIA, and Jessica Terrill, AIA

Three dilapidated late 19th century buildings in three unique community settings, were transformed by MA Architecture and Black Swan Developers.  The underutilized buildings were adapted to serve modern uses and invest in local economies while applying the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation.  The story behind the purchase, programming, and renovation of these three projects will be told from both a  development and architectural lens with dramatic before and after images.

Learning Objectives

  1. Gain an understanding of the current standards for historic building rehabilitation and code compliance issues unique to historic structures.

  2. Recognize the balance of integrating modern systems, construction methods and building used while preserving historic character.    

  3. Understand the nuances of working on historic renovation in rural and urban areas, including regulatory requirements, labor availability, and communication strategies in each context

  4. Learn from the unique perspective of property owner, developer, and architect as a single entity.

Sponsored by Raker Rhodes Engineering


Branching Out: Avenues of Involvement within AIA Iowa and AIA National ( 1 LU )

It is common for emerging professionals to have the drive to volunteer, but do not have the knowledge of how to get plugged in. This panel presentation will feature representatives from state and national committees, offering a brief description of their group's purpose and objectives. This session is intended for Students, Young Professionals and those licensed less than 10 years.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will have acquired a baseline understanding of multiple volunteer opportunities within AIA Iowa and AIA National. 

  2. Participants will be able to recognize the personal and professional impact that increased involvement in AIA can offer. 

  3. Participants will have more confidence in navigating the initial steps in getting connected with these organizations..

  4. Participants will be able to identify local contacts who can assist them in their volunteerism aspirations. 

Sponsored by RDG Planning + Design



Thanks to these sponsors for making this conference possible

10Fold Architecture + Engineering - Workshop Sponsor
Baker Group - Promotional Emails Sponsor
Bluestone Engineering - Virtual Event Platform Sponsor
Commercial New Construction Program -
Virtual Event Platform Sponsorship
DCI Group - Impact Awards Sponsor

IMEG - Workshop Sponsor
ISU Dept. of Architecture- Presenting Sponsor
MODUS - Virtual Event Platform Sponsor
Northern Facades - Workshop Sponsor
Raker Rhodes Engineering
- Workshop Sponsor
RDG Planning & Design- Workshop Sponsor
Simonson & Associates - Virtual Event Platform Sponsor

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