An Invitation To The Committee on Architecture for Education

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:

  1. 10.5 AIA CES (10.5HSW)NWPR Portion,  21.5 AIA CES (9.5HSW, 3SD) COD Portion
  2. A keynote talk by 2011 AIA Gold Medal recipient, Fumihiko Maki, HFAIA.
  3.  A banquet at Kengo Kuma’s recently opened Capitol Hotel Tokyu.
  4. An all-day tour of educational facilities — including a tour of Fuji Kindergarten led by Tezuka-san of Tezuka Architects– highlighting how  Japanese architects’ innovative designs are influencing teaching environments.

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.)

Jim Childress, FAIA   Committee on Design

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