19 September 2014

2014 AIA NWPR Regional Conference

invites AIA Northwest and Pacific Region Members
 to the

2014 AIA Regional Conference
Tacoma, Washington
October 2-4, 2014

The AIA Southwest Washington Chapter would like to invite you to join them October 2-4 in Tacoma, Washington for the AIA Regional Conference, The Future of Mid-size Cities. Invited speakers and area tours will explore  the opportunities and challenges of the development of mid-size cities.  

AIA Regional Conference Preview

Thursday, October 2
6:30 pm - The Conference kicks off with the AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Honors and Awards Reception at UW Tacoma, Phillip Hall.  The reception will toast the 2014 Design and Honor Award winners from around the Region.  For more information and purchase tickets visit the AIA NWPR website at www.aianwpr.org.

Friday, October 3
8:00 am -  The Conference opens at the Museum of Glass with morning workshops and panel discussions and tours.  A special luncheon at the Lemay Car Museum will provide a presentation by the Museum's curator.  The afternoon will continue the discussion with invited speakers.  
5:30 pm - We'll close the day with a special event, Luxuries of Life Dinner Auction at the historic Pantages Theater. 

Saturday, October 4
Conference attendees will tour the Tacoma Art Museum Expansion, the newly-completed Bullitt Center in Seattle, and Tacoma's Stadium High School.
Transportation is sponsored by The Masonry Institute.

Hotel accommodations
Two special rate room blocks have been set aside for Conference attendees.  For more information click here.  Book by September 1 to take advantage of special rates.

Friday Speakers and Tours:

Michael Pyatok, FAIA

Michael Pyatok has been an architect and professor of architectural design for more than 40 years.

Michael Pyatok will describe the state of affordable housing in our post-recession economy. He will show a series of case studies explaining the context of affordable housing in an imbalanced economy, neglected by the political and financial establishment, unable to meet the need of a struggling working class. While architects rise to meet the challenges of inadequate and ill-suited affordable housing, it often serves to mask the larger issue of a leadership vacuum unable to do the planning and funding required to provide appropriate housing for a stagnant middle class. Michael Pyatok will explore what is required to realize the creative future we envision.

Joel Sisolak

Joel Sisolak is the Project Director of the Capitol Hill Housing EcoDistrict.

Mr. Sisolak will explore how the eco-district paradigm can be implemented to improve our own neighborhoods and communities. Specific case studies of eco-districts that have been formed in Seattle and Portland will be discussed. The presentation will describe the various potential functions of eco-districts, how they are formed and how their scale can increase the impact and lower the cost of the environmental and social benefits

Michael Powe  

Michael Powe is Senior Research Manager of the National Trust for 
Historic Preservation's Preservation Green Lab.

Mike will connect new ideas drawn from Big Data to the writings of Jane Jacobs and discuss how planners, policymakers, and designers can leverage the unique fabric of small and midsize cities to strengthen local economies and foster distinctive commercial corridors.In 1961, Jane Jacobs issued the now-famous argument that the most thriving urban streets and neighborhoods are comprised of a mix of old and new buildings, used in a variety of ways by diverse people and groups. Today, more than fifty years later, many of Jacobs' ideas are widely accepted among urban professionals, but city policies and plans often continue to favor large-scale redevelopment projects over more fine-grained approaches that utilize existing community assets and preserve a communities' built fabric. Newly released research from the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Preservation Green Lab shows that neighborhoods with a mix of small, old and new buildings outperform districts of large, new buildings on a wide variety of social, economic, and cultural metrics. 

Dr. Sharon E. Sutton, FAIA

Dr. Sharon Sutton is professor of architecture and urban design, adjunct professor of social work, and director of the Center for Environment Education and Design Studies at the University of Washington.  
This seminar engages participants in a critical analysis of Tacoma's long-range plan for the Hilltop Subarea, one of seventeen areas of the city that have been targeted for growth. Using tools of the community planning process she will provide the participants an opportunity to characterize the strengths and weaknesses of the plan. She will review the historic roots of this core neighborhood in Tacoma and explore how those roots might affect its future.

Michael Sullivan (Prairie Line Tour)

Michael Sullivan serves as President of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Washington Department of Architecture. Michael Sullivan will conduct a tour of the reconstructed Prairie Line Trail bisecting the UW campus in downtown Tacoma, portraying the colorful history of the first rail connection to Tacoma from the northern transcontinental passage. The properties along the trail tell a story of the ambitious and optimistic beginnings of Tacoma that was to be the continental terminus and today give the city a sense of place and history. The tour will provide an example of how Tacoma is shaping its future by recounting its past.

David Boe (Downtown Tacoma Architecture Walk)

A brisk walk around Downtown Tacoma with Tacoma architect David Boe.  The walk will cover the legacy of the 1873 planning of the 'New Tacoma' with the arrival of the Northern Pacific Railroad, the buildings of the boom years at the turn of the 19th Century, the various attempts of urban renewal in the 20th Century, and the buildings and planning of Downtown's rebirth 100-years after its incorporation.  David has had an architectural practice on Pacific Avenue since 1996, is a member of the Tacoma City Council, and also received an AIA Merit Award for his architectural blog 'Imagine Tacoma.' 

Saturday Tour Descriptions:

Tours Sponsored by the Masonry Institute of Washington and includes round trip bus transportation to Seattle

Tacoma Art Museum
Approximately 16,000 square-foot addition to the Tacoma Art Museum designed by Olson Kundig Architects to house the newly acquired Haub Western Art collection. The expansion includes 6,000 square feet of new gallery space, 3,000 square feet of expanded new lobby space, and 9,000 square feet of new back-of-house service and mechanical space.Tacoma Art Museum Expansion 

The Bullitt Center
The Bullitt Center, designed by The Miller Hull Partnership is the first urban building of its kind and is commonly regarded as 'the greenest office building in the world,' it represents the level of sustainability possible in a city setting, while also signifying a shift in the actual process of how buildings are designed.  The project demonstrates the range of opportunities for inventiveness and creativity that are possible when integrated design teams target aggressive efficiency goals.

Stadium High School
Stadium High School (featured in the movie 10 Things I Hate About You) is a more than 100-year-old high school in Tacoma, Washington.  A historic landmark, the school is part of the Tacoma Public School District and is located in the Stadium District, near downtown Tacoma. The original building burned to a shell while it was still a partially constructed hotel designed by Hewitt & Hewitt. It was reconstructed for use as a school according to designs by Frederick Heath.

The AIA Regional Conference is hosted by

Email aia@aiasww.org     
Phone 253-627-4006 FAX 253-650-1626
708 Broadway, Suite 100B, Tacoma WA 98402.  

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