It was fascinating being a part of the 10,000 person event which had hundreds of presentations and hundreds of exhibitors in the historic city of Philadelphia.
The opening keynote was set in a huge auditorium on a circular stage with the delegates positioned on all sides. Past presidents of the AIA were thanked, the best places to visit in Philadelphia were mentioned and credit was given to a number of architects who had worked on significant projects in the last year.
The award for the firm of the year went to LMN Architects from Seattle. Their video giving an overview of their practice is below...
The opening event was very much a celebration of the architectural profession - turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. The AIA talked about their digital transformation strategy with new website and social media campaigns. Their short film below has also been showing on American TV promoting the benefits of architecture...
The opening keynote speaker is traditionally one from outside the industry. This year it was the actress Julia Louis Dreyfus who is best known for her roles on Seinfeld and Veep. As I am a huge fan of Veep it was pretty good to listen to her speak first hand.
|That's like using a croissant as a...|
|The RIBA Enterprises delegation does their bit on the RIBA exhibition stand|
Another notable presentation was from Brian Skirpac from Canon Design. I had met Brian at the European BIM Summit earlier in the year so it was good to have the chance to hear him present for an hour. Many of the things we are trying to introduce into the UK such as responding to employer's information requirements and putting together a BIM execution plan were covered by Brian.
|Brian Skripac talks LOD as part of a BIM at planning process|
It's hard to do justice to all of the things that were on in a single blog post. But it was a great few days in the USA...
|Welcome to the USA|
|An English gents beats the Americans at their own game and wins the IPAD 2 at the convention basketball competition ;)|