1. Two for One
Trade events: Lots of products, tons of promotional tsotchkes, and a chance to connect with the building industry. This year marks a decade for the U.S. Green Building Council Illinois chapter’s “Greening the Heartland” conference and, as an added bonus, they have teamed up with AIA Chicago, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, and SGC Horizon to put on BUILDINGChicago, a new trade event for commercial building design and construction industry folks. Both take place at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza on Sept. 9.
2. Health Advocacy
With a lot of national attention focusing on the relationship between public health and design, AIA Academy of Architecture for Health members have their work cut out for them. Obesity rates are higher than ever, healthcare costs are skyrocketing, and the construction industry is just now emerging from the credit crisis—so improving public health has become a question of marshaling intellectual and financial resources to advocate for real change. “Healthcare Architecture in the Public Realm,” the AAH annual conference, will be held at Clemson University, Aug. 22–23 in conjunction with the Clemson University School of Architecture Centennial Symposium entitled “Southern Roots + Global Reach.”
3. Head Space
If you’ve ever designed a house for a client, you’ll know that the process is much more than a business transaction. It’s a courtship that involves listening and—this part is far easier than it sounds—understanding what’s at stake. “Psychology,” according to the environmental psychologist Toby Israel, “is the principal design tool,” whether you’re an architect, a planner, or an interior designer. Join CRAN and Israel for “Elevating the Art of Residential Design & Practice,” Aug. 22–25, in Santa Fe, N.M.
Learn more at aia.org/cran.
4. Master Murcutt
Looking to get out of the country for a few weeks? Consider the Glenn Murcutt International Architecture Master Class, where you can rub shoulders with Australian Institute of Architects gold medalists, educators, practitioners, and Murcutt himself. On the docket for participants are lectures and a design studio, leading to a final critique, and excursions to see notable houses throughout New South Wales. The master class is sponsored by Architecture Foundation Australia and takes place Sept. 22–Oct. 6 at Riversdale, south of Sydney.
Learn more at ozetecture.org/masterclass/glenn-murcutt-master-class/.
5. A Whole Month of Architecture
Baltimore is a city of contrasts, where Permastone siding and quoining sits cheek by jowl next to Cockeysville marble slabs. Its moniker, “Charm City,” is entirely accurate and deeply ironic. It’s also a historic city that holds evidence of every era in American architecture as well as the thrum of a forward-looking design culture. AIA Baltimore will examine these contrasts in equal measures through tours, lectures, exhibitions, and events during its annual Baltimore Architecture Month celebration, which runs Oct. 1–31.
Learn more at aiabalt.com.