A’17 MN – The Minnesota Conference on Architecture
November 14, 15, 16, 17, 2017

Minneapolis Convention Center

Keynotes

T12. Design for Culture – Expressing the Story in Built Form
Zena Howard, AIA, LEED AP, managing director, Perkins+Will
http://perkinswill.com/people/zena-howard

W34. Fear Less. Build More
Emily Pilloton, founder and executive director, Project H Design / Girls Garage
www.projecthdesign.org / www.girlsgarage.org

F66. Closing Keynote Address
Emma Birchall, head of Insight and Forecasting, Hot Spots Movement
http://www.hotspotsmovement.com/news/267/89/Emma-Birchall/d,teamdetail.html

Honor Award Jurors

TH53. Jurors Show and Tell and Announcement of Winners

Wendell Burnette, FAIA
https://wendellburnettearchitects.com/biography/

Mimi Hoang, AIA
http://narchitects.com/people/principals/?p_key=0

Hao Ko, AIA
https://www.gensler.com/people/hao-ko

MFBA Programs

Mastering the Future Business of Architecture

MFBA was introduced in 2015 with seminars designed in response to the Architects in Commerce Research Initiative. Based on client observations from this research, MFBA sessions are designed to address a variety of topics to help architects improve their soft-skills that fall under the umbrella of “the business of architecture”. Two MFBA programs have been scheduled for this year’s Conference. Due to the interactive nature of these sessions, attendance is limited. Secure your spot and sign up early.

  • W16. Defining and Aligning Values, Culture, Quality, and Profitability
  • TH36. Case Studies of Business Strategy in Architecture

Ethics Credits

Minnesota licensing (due June 30, 2018) now requires at least two of the 24 professional development credit hours be for programs addressing professional ethics. Two separate programs will be presented at this year’s Conference, each providing 2.0 LUs and ethics credits.

  • T1. Ethics Past, Present and Future: Tales from the Grey Zone
    Co-sponsored by the Construction History Society of America (CHSA)
  • TH35. Jeopardy and Ethics
    Co-sponsored by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)

Tours and a Sketching Workshop

Take a break and sign up for one of the three tours and/or the sketching workshop that have been scheduled for this year’s Conference. An additional fee is required; and for the tours, shuttle bus transportation will be provided. Attendance is limited for all four and will likely fill up fast. So to get your spot reserved — sign up early.

  • W26. Being Green at the Ballfield: Target Field and Sustainability
    A walking tour and classroom session highlighting sustainability features around the Twin’s LEED-certified ballpark.  2.0 HSW LUs and GBCI Credit Hours
  • TH52. Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
    “The Power of Can: Designing Spaces That Everyone Can Experience”  1.25 HSW LUs
  • F60. Urban Collections: Sketching Beyond Buildings to Capture Place
    Walk down newly-completed Nicollet Mall to sketch pieces and parts of the city to create a record of this re-envisioned place.  1.5 LUs
  • F67. Minnesota State Capitol Tour
    An insider’s “backstage” tour led by a team of architects, engineers, and contractors.  1.25 HSW LUs

Other highlights

Program tracks: Residential/Housing; Healthcare/Wellness; Emerging Professionals; Historic Architecture – Restoration/Preservation; Diversity & Inclusion
GBCI credit programs
New! A “Pecha-Kucha”-like program of “Firms Giving Back”
New! Expo Education Programs
Insight into the ARE 5.0