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Design Colloquium 
AIA CES Learning Objectives

SESSION 1:
Design Professionals as Active Agents of Change

Course Description: Three advocates for public involvement to shape our cities and raise awareness about environmental urgency and social inequities will discuss their activities and suggest how others can use their expertise as design thinkers to solve problems of society and environment.

Learning Units: 2

Attendees will:

  • Become more sensitive to the public policy implications of design of buildings and spaces on underserved segments of society
  • Learn actions being undertaken by design professionals who are influencing public policies and public spaces
  • Learn how to work in one’s own community to advance important civic and equity goals
  • Learn how to influence co-workers to become more active as agents of change

SESSION 2:
Exploring the Future for Architects, Engineers and Designers

Course Description: Panel discussion among three leading thinkers with diverse perspectives and experience in the major forces shaping design today.

Learning Units: 2

Attendees will:

  • Learn the eight mindsets necessary to capture opportunities related to convergence in architecture today
  • Learn new ways of thinking about project delivery by integrating end-to-end building services into their work
  • Learn how data driven/computational design can be applied to capacity to draw out the invisible dynamics of human perception and allow us to explore more rigorous design solutions.
  • Synthesize major forces shaping design today and consider new strategies for deepening the impact of their work

SESSION 3:
Imagining the Future Firm

Course Description: This is a collaborative design charrette curated to allow design professionals to reimagine how a design firm might be configured and operate in 10-20 years. Each group will be lead by a facilitator and will discuss topics such as skills and competencies of staff, service lines, customer value, funding and office logistics.

Learning Units: 3

After attending this program, participants will be able to:

  • Explore new models for firm organization and governance in their own practices
  • Identify key skill, management, and staffing gaps in their firms as they plan for the future
  • Predict which new service lines might enhance the future client experience in their specific areas of focus
  • Explain what skills and areas of experience will be needed from their staff as they hire with an eye to the future