Defining Architectural Design Excellence: an AIA Committee on Design Conference, Columbus, Indiana, April, 2012 By John Morris Dixon, FAIA
March 2, 2013
The Committee on Design visited Columbus, Indiana in April, 2012. Click here to read the conference report written by John Morris Dixon, FAIA. Photos courtesy of Jim Childress, FAIA, Ann Thompson and Aaron Trahan.
February 4, 2013
Member Slideshows are created each year for the Spring Conference to illustrate the recent work of the attendee’s firms. All COD members are welcome to participate. Attendees have 6 slides and 60 seconds to present their projects, or whatever is on their mind. Many of the 2012 Member Slideshow slides are posted on the COD Pinterest page.
Lynn Wolff, FASLA of Copley Wolff Design Group presented her slides.
February 3, 2013
In April, 2012, about 120 members of the Committee on Design went to Columbus, Indiana for our spring conference. Together we explored the architecture of the community, talked with many of the architects who designed the projects, and met with citizens who have been active in championing modern architecture. We also discussed and considered how to measure design excellence. The following film was created by Boaz Ashkenazy and his crew at Studio216 as an overview of what we saw and experienced.
For a guide of the projects we saw, and the people we met, please see the Committee on Design to Columbus, Indiana here.
You are all invited to attend the Committee on Design Conference in Japan this November. If Japan has been on your bucket list, this is a great way to see the best-of-the-best architecture in a short time. The conference has been planned by our colleagues in the Pacific Northwest along with their extensive contacts in Japan.
The conference registration is open and the information for the event can be accessed through www.aia.org/craftingthefuture.
Specific highlights of the conference you might be interested in include:
- 10.5 AIA CES (10.5HSW)NWPR Portion, 21.5 AIA CES (9.5HSW, 3SD) COD Portion
- A keynote talk by 2011 AIA Gold Medal recipient, Fumihiko Maki, Hon. FAIA
- A visit to the Meiji Village, an open air museum highlighting Japanese architecture of the Meiji period (1868-1912)
- A visit to the Hida Folk Village, an open air museum of 30 farmhouses illustrating traditional architectural styles.
- A visit to Kenrokuen, one of the three best gardens in Japan.
Speaking from experience, these conferences are extremely well organized and full of constant inspiration. Your batteries will be recharged and you’ll come home with some extraordinary memories.
(One way to help limit the cost of travel is to make use of direct flights from cities on the West Coast to Tokyo. Check the Registration page for more travel tips.)
August 5, 2011
Over the next few months we are going to run a series of blog posts that describe the ideas and projects we discovered at the recent COD Seattle Conference – entitled The Culture of Craft.
This conference was put together by Anne Schopf, FAIA ( 2012 Chair of the Committee of Design, and Design Partner at Mahlum, Seattle) and Susan Jones FAIA, ( the Conference Chair, founder of Atelier Jones in Seattle and an Affiliate Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Washington).
Anne and Susan were our incomparably cheerful tour guides, and provided insight to the distinct nature of Seattle Architecture. Additional speakers at this conference included David Miller, FAIA, of The Miller Hull Partnership, who talked about how the craft of architecture has evolved in this region over the last 60 years. We saw a film entitled ‘Modern Views: A Conversation on Northwest Modern Architecture’, produced by Boaz Ashkenazy, Assoc. AIA, studio/216 that gave us a glimpse of the founding fathers, and mothers, of modern architecture in this region.
We met Jim Cutler, FAIA, Cutler Anderson Architects, at one of his favorite buildings and heard about how it was designed. Richard Haag, FASLA, Richard Haag Associates, one the nation’s eminent landscape architects, talked about his experience designing the Bloedel Reserve. Peter Bohlin, FAIA, Bohlin, Cywinski, Jackson, gave a wonderful hour-long talk about craft and how the Pacific Northwest has influenced his work. The conference ended with a thoughtful overview presented by Daniel S. Friedman, FAIA, Dean, College of Built Environments, University of Washington.
Our next post will give you an overview of the projects we visited and then, with the help of our colleagues who also visited Seattle, we will share our impressions of what we discovered. You can also visit the COD website and download the Conference Guide, beautifully crafted by the Mahlum office.
Jim Childress, FAIA