Public Architects Committee
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Message from the Chair

Marilyn Wong WittmerGreetings from the Public Architects Advisory Committee. 2019 promises to be another engaging year for our Knowledge Community and committee.  

For those not familiar with us, the Public Architects Committee (PA) is one of the AIA’s 21 Knowledge Communities. Our mission is to promote excellence in public architecture and enhance the role of the public architect as an essential element in the planning, design, construction, and management of public facilities. As such, we strive to provide interesting and current programs with our annual pre-conference Public Architects Workshop and informative articles in our Cornerstone Newsletter. Our members are located around the country, affiliated with various forums and agencies. We meet by teleconference every month. 

The Public Architects Committee welcomes all AIA and non AIA members to join us in the effort to provide a forum for communication of interest based issues affecting public architecture by both public agency architects and private sector architects, who work in public architecture.

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Featured articles
Julia Laue, LEED AP, AIA
Pre-conference workshop summary
By Julia Laue, LEED AP, AIA
The Public Architects Knowledge Committee is very pleased to announce that our A’19 Public Architects pre-conference workshop has been approved and will occur on June 5, 2019. We expect this to be one of the most interesting and engaging workshops to date, so please be sure to sign up early. I'd like to give you a summary of the workshop and an introduction to the speakers.
Breakfast in NYC
Ed's blog at the AIA 2018 Conference: friends, colleagues and NYC
By Edmond G. Gauvreau, FAIA
Ed kept an interesting blog while attending the AIA Conference in NYC. In New York, I know—sounds almost too good to be true. Architects converging on New York City.

Here’s a bit of his experience.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz playground
Project: Watkins Regional Park
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz playground
By Brenda J. Iraola
Have you read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz storybook or seen Dorothy and her friends the Scarecrow, Tin Woodsman, or Cowardly Lion storybook characters? The Watkins Regional Park playground theme is based on the original storybook “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” written by L. Frank Baum in 1899 and the basis for the classic movie seen all over the world.
Map of Largo Town Center park
Largo Town Center park
By René M. Albacete and Brenda J. Iraola

Largo Town Center Park is located in Largo, Maryland, a rapidly growing suburb in Prince George’s County outside of Washington, D.C., with a population of approximately 11,000. The Largo Town Center Park site is owned by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). The park site is surrounded by residential communities and is adjacent to a large pond, which serves as a regional storm water management facility. The pond resembles a lake due to its large size and meandering beauty bordered by mature woodland trees. 

Public Architects at A'19
Built to last: How public architecture stands the test of time
June 5 / 8:30am-5:30pm / Earn 7.50 LUs/HSW/RIBA

For centuries, our civic buildings have been pillars of excellence, representing the best of art, architecture, innovation, and technology. 

In four sessions, this workshop will explore how public architecture stands the test of time. You'll dive into renovation and restoration in morning sessions focused on San Franciso City Hall and the Transbay Terminal. Afternoon sessions will leap forward to the 2030 zero carbon challenge for buildings and the influence of machine learning and AI on the future.

You'll gain insights into the various ways public architects work with the private sector to deliver civic architecture and placemaking.

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