Annually around this time of year, the American Institute of Architects convenes for its National Convention and Design Exposition. This year, the convention takes place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., where the theme this year is “Design Connects”. Now that the third and final day of 2012 AIA National Convention is complete, I wish to provide a few briefs about the stories made today at the show. As with CES 2012, I will be doing this for the rest of this convention, so now, here are my favorite stories from day three of the 2012 AIA National Convention.
During a special general session today at the convention, the AIA honored the architects involved in the post-9/11 memorials and rebuilding efforts at the three main sites: World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, PA, site of ill-fated Flight 93.
In case you missed and/or were unable to attend the convention this year, the AIA website has put together a photo slideshow of many of the sights, meetings, and get-togethers that occurred during the event. Apparently, if you view these pictures of the local landmarks of Washington, D.C., the smiling faces of the3 various gatherings and receptions, and some of the shots from the show floor, you might start feeling like you were actually there (**disclaimer: prior claim may or may not be true**).
Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, of AIA Blue Ridge in Virginia, was elected 2013 AIA first vice president/2014 president-elect. While serving with the national AIA for 18 years, Dreiling has held numerous leadership positions including national board membership (1997-98 and 2000), national vice president (2000), and AIA secretary (2011-12). She is a former member of the board of trustees of the American Architectural Foundation, as well as a past president of both the Virginia Society AIA and AIA Blue Ridge.
Architectural Record staff member Linda Lentz made note of some of the newer technological innovations to be presented at this year’s convention. These products range from: Accoya’s modified, sustainable wood with improved durability and dimensional stability, Louis Poulsen and KiBiSi’s Silverback (a new ceiling/wall light fixture), Bendheim’s “Jelly Bean-hued” and ultra-low-iron glass, Cambridge’s satiny stainless steel forced entry system, Tile of Spain’s ceramic wall system that conceals and supports MEP equipment/devices, Lucifer Lighting Company’s Y Series of adjustable downlights, and HP’s new/updated mobile and cloud-based, large-format printing solutions.
Architectural Record staff member Joann Gonchar visited several of the exhibitors involved in making data on the environmental and health impacts of building products more readily and easily available to the architecture/design community at the convention. While this strategy is not in full transparency mode yet as many companies are focusing solely on more ways for the community to “buy-in,” some professionals with these product companies are hopeful that transparency will improve in the near future. Heather Gadonniex, a member of UL’s strategy and innovation team, stated that the goal is to make data “accessible and actionable.”