*Please note the program below is subject to change.

Detailed Program 

Thursday, 13 October 2011

17:30 Registration opens, 1: Swiss Architecture Museum

17:30 Welcome apéro with SIA Basel, sponsored by Itten + Brechbühl AG  

18:30 Basel conference introduction, Conference Chairs   

18:40 AIA Europe presentation, Gregg Broderick, Assoc. AIA, 2011 President, AIA Europe   

18:50 SIA Basel presentation, Christoph Gantenbein, SIA/BSA   

19:10 Apéro continues / Preview SAM exhibition "The Object of Zionism about modern architecture in Israel", the location of the Spring 2012 AIA Europe Conference   

20:30 Apéro ends / dinner on your own; some suggested restaurants   

Friday, 14 October 2011

Day 1: Building Basel — Small City, Tri-National City, Global City  

08:00 Registration continues, 2: Museum der Kulturen

08:30 Welcoming address: Helene Combs Dreiling FAIA, Secretary, American Institute of Architects   


08:45 Lecture 1: "Building Basel" — the MetroBasel 2020 vision, an urban plan for Basel by Manuel Herz, Co-Director of ETH Studio Basel, Co-Author of "MetroBasel"  1 

10:00 Coffee break in museum courtyard   


10:20 Guided tour of Museum der Kulturen and Basel Münsterplatz  1.5 

12:00 Lunch at Museum der Kulturen   

13:15 Tram Transfer to Voltahalle, Via Meeting Point 3: Marktplatz   

13:45 4: Voltahalle (Afternoon lectures open to the public)   


14:00 Lecture 2: "Growing Together and Together Growing in the Tri-national Region" — Northern Basel’s New Housing Policies: Results and Outlook, Dr. Martin Jann  1 

14:40 Break   


14:50 Lecture 3, pt. 1: "The North Tangent as Motor of the Urban Development in Basel North" — Building Basel's Contemporary City: Basel North / Basel's New Housing, Katrin Amtmann  2a


15:30 Lecture 3, pt. 2: "The Basel Housing Policy: Results and Outlook" — New Housing for Basel, Regula Küng  1.5 b

16:00 Coffee break   

16:15 Panel Discussion: "How Is a Global Workforce Shaping the Basel Region?" — Dr. Martin Jann, Katrin Amtmann, Regula Küng, Massimo Fontana, Maureen Carlson Reinertsen AIA, SIA (Note: this session combines with Lecture 3 pt. 1 for continuing education hours.)  a

17:00 Guided walking tour of Volta / Basel Nord with tour of Volta Mitte apartment building, Katrin Amtmann (Note: this session combines with Lecture 3 pt. 2 for continuing education hours.)  b

5: St. Johann Boat Launch18:00 Guided boat tour of Rhein Harbor (Note: this session combines with Lecture 3 pt. 1 for continuing education hours.)  a

19:00 Apéro sponsored by Laufen Forum, with Laufen guests   

21:00 Apéro ends, self-pay dinner option available at 6: Das Schiff Restaurant   

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Day 2: Building a Global Workplace – Innovation, Technology, Novartis  

08:20 Arrive Venue 7: Basel 360°


08:30 Presentation of exhibit "Basel 360°: Seeing the Region in a New Way", Christian Blaser, Int‘l. Assoc. AIA, SIA  1

09:30 Foot transfer to Venue 8: Voltahalle  

09:30 Coffee break   

10:00 Lecture 4: "Design and Technology Trends in the Built Environment: Things that Happened While We Were Working" — Technology in Design by Tim Canfield, Chief Executive Officer, Downstream 1 


11:00 Lecture 5: "Innovations in Green Technologies: Novartis Case Studies" — Gerd Voith, Steffi Neubert, Thomas Auer: Façade design with Transsolar  1.5 


12:30 Lunchtime sponsor presentation: "Sustainability of Windows", John Fowler, Marvin Windows and Doors 1

13:45 Foot Transfer to Venue 9: Novartis Campus


14:00 Guided tour of Novartis Campus: "Novartis campus building façades" by Gerd Voiht  2 

16:00 Tram transfer to Basel town center, Marktplatz   

10: Kunstmuseum

17:00 Optional self-pay bus tour of Basel architecture with delivery to 11: Foundation Beyeler (Note: self-report for CES continuing education hours.)   

18:20 Arrive Venue 11: Foundation Beyeler   


18:30 Guided architectural tour of the Fondation Beyeler by Renzo Piano  1 

19:30 Cocktail reception   

20:15 Gala dinner at Fondation Beyeler, Restaurant Berower Park   

23:00 End gala dinner   

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Day 3: Building a Global Workplace – Vitra   

08:20 12: Voltahalle  

08:30 Charter bus transfer from Basel to Weil am Rhein, Germany   

08:50 Arrive Venue 13: Vitra   

09:00 AIA Europe Chapter Meeting   

10:30 Coffee break   


11:00 Vitra Campus guided architectural tour  1.5 

12:30 Charter bus transfer to Basel 1 (for those not attending lunch)   

12:30 Lunch at Vitra   


14:00 Guided architectural tour of VitraHaus, by Charlotte Von Moos, project architect for Herzog & de Meuron  1 

15:00 Charter bus transfer to Basel 2 (for those wishing to stay longer at Vitra, there is a public bus to Basel departing every 47 minutes on the hour, e.g. 15:47)   

 Total AIA CES Continuing Education Hours:  17 

Optional Extension

Monday, 17 October 2011

Day 4: Actelion, Laufen   

14: Marktplatz

08:30 Public bus transfer to Allschwil   

08:40 Arrive Venue 15: Actelion  


09:00 Tour of new Actelion Business Center & New Actelion Lab (under construction), guided by Stefan Marbach, Senior Partner Herzog & de Meuron 2 

11:00 Charter bus transfer to Laufen  

11:30 Arrive Venue 16: Laufen Forum, Lunch   


12:15 Guided tour of Laufen Forum building by Nissen Wenztlaff + Laufen ceramic factory  1 

14:00 Charter bus transfer to Basel   

Total AIA CES Continuing Education Hours for Monday program extension  3 

Total AIA CES Continuing Education Hours (including Monday extension)  20 


a Full CES credit for the 14:50 Lecture 3, pt. 1 includes the 16:15 Panel Discussion and 18:00 Guided boat tour of Rhein Harbor.

b Full CES credit for the 14:50 Lecture 3, pt. 2 includes the 17:00 Guided walking tour of Volta / Basel Nord.


Basel has its own airport (BSL) that connects to most major cities within Europe. 

Transatlantic flights arrive in Zürich Airport (ZRH). Direct train travel from Zürich Airport to Basel Central Station is available. The cost for the 60-90 minute train journey on SBB is typically 36 CHF. Trains depart Zurich Airport for Basel at least every 30 minutes. 

Basel is a world class destination for cultural tourism, registrants securing accommodation and travel arrangements will find exceptional support in commonly available travel resources. 

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General information about the city from the Basel Department of Tourism.