AIA 2012 National Convention and Design Exposition

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Early Bird Deadline: March 20

Don’t wait to register! Attendees who register by March 20 will qualify for the early bird rate and receive special discount pricing. Visit the Registration section on the Convention Web site for specific package pricing.

Full Convention Packages

Registration includes most education seminars, AIA Expo2012, and keynote presentations. Preconvention workshops, tours, and networking/ business events are available at an additional cost.

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Reserve your convention hotel today at the lowest possible rates. Choose from more than 30 official AIA convention hotels. Visit the Housing & Travel section on the Convention Web site for a list of hotels and amenities.

Continuing Education

Nearly 200 education sessions allow you to create a learning experience tailored to your own needs and interests—and earn all of your Learning Units (LUs) in one place. Plus, you can choose from more than 70 sessions that meet your health, safety, and welfare (HSW) and sustainable design (SD) requirements.

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8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (CDT)

We Honor Those Who Helped Heal a Nation

The AIA 2012 National Convention looks to the architect’s role in the past, present, and future, including a tribute to those who are responsible for the rebuilding and memorial projects in the wake of September 11.

Special Ceremony: Architects of Healing

Saturday, May 19, 2 p.m. (1 LU)

Join us in honoring the architects involved in the rebuilding and memorials at Ground Zero, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. They sought to help our nation when we all needed their unique gifts. Now, it’s our opportunity to simply say “thank you” to those who represented the best of the values architects hope to convey in service to others.

The honorees will share their feelings and observations in a first-person account about how they used their passion and the architect’s skill to inspire hope for a better world. That is the essence of what it means to be an architect.

Daniel Liebeskind, FAIA, David Childs, FAIA, Michael Arad, AIA, Craig Dykers, AIA, Steve Davis, FAIA, and Santiago Calatrava, FAIA

In addition to the inspiring stories of the rebuilding and memorial at the Pentagon and Flight 93 National Memorial, six architects who offered their training and experience to help rebuild and memorialize Ground Zero will share their emotions, observations, and anecdotes, including Daniel Libeskind, FAIA; David Childs, FAIA; Michael Arad, AIA; Craig Dykers, AIA; Steve Davis, FAIA; and Santiago Calatrava, FAIA.

Add your applause as they receive a specially-cast medal commending them for their contribution to our national healing and showing a way forward. Architect members of their teams will also be honored on stage with an AIA Presidential citation.

Express your heartfelt thanks directly to the honorees at the reception immediately following.

Keynote Presentations

David McCullough David McCullough

Thursday, May 17, 8:15 a.m. (I LU)

The award-winning author and historian shares his profound understanding of the cultural forces that have influenced architects and architecture in the United States since the founding of the AIA.

Hon. Shaun Donovan Hon. Shaun Donovan

Friday, May 18, 8:30 a.m. (1 LU)

An architect currently serving as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development looks ahead at ways the profession and practitioners can help lead the change in light of a slowly gaining economic recovery.

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Attend the AIA 2012 National Convention and Design Exposition, and add your voice to a national conversation that will lead the profession toward an inspired future.

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Credits. Banner Image: One World Trade Center, New York City; Architect: David Childs, FAIA; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Architect images: Daniel Libeskind, FAIA, Photo by Michael Klinkhamer; David Childs, FAIA, Photo by Greg Betz; Santiago Calatrava, FAIA, Photo by Suzanne DeChillo, The New York Times

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