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RIBA-USA New England Annual Discourse

  • COST

    Free and open to the public

Change: Creating opportunity from external challenges

The year 2016 could be referred to as the year of change. Across the world, the political status quo is being challenged and altered. Architects are trained to analyze and come up with possible scenarios to answer the “What if?” question. However, the AEC industry overall can be slow to respond, and it is questionable if the profession of architecture has adapted enough to recent changes in the way cities, suburbs, and buildings are being developed and procured. The profession globally is under threat and fees are stagnant while the risks increase, yet architecture of the few disciplines that can help combat the effects of climate change. Architects are desperately needed in the world, so why are they not considered valuable, and what can be done to change that?

This discussion will look at different aspects of architecture and urban design and how they are—or should be—responding to future challenges that architects face.

Frank Mruk FAIA, RIBA, founder, New York Center for Strategic Innovation
Bradford J. Prestbo AIA, CDT, CSI, senior associate, Sasaki Associates; founder, BSA MakeTANK committee
Deborah Bentley RIBA, Transition I Space; board member, RIBA-USA.

The discussion will break for a plenary session for audience discussion and participation and then return for a summary session.

This event is sponsored by Autodesk and is in conjunction with the Boston Society of Architects/AIA.

For those who qualify, 2 LUs are available.