AIA CONTINENTAL EUROPE CONFERENCE: PORTO l SPRING 2020

Event Space is limited. Registration opens in 2020

AIA Continental Europe offers approved CES continuing education

Porto - the city of futures

Following up on the 2004 Spring Conference of AIA Continental Europe, in Porto, where we had contact with a city that had begun with a deep process of modernization, we had visited several projects in execution that were anchored into the transformation of a peripheral city, and currently in the ranking of the 100 most visited cities of the world.

In an era when it was thought that historic cities would be doomed to simple tourist destinations, and that the economic and technological proponents would be of the new Asian cities built from scratch, Porto is an example that the urban centers of the old world are competitive.
 

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AIA CONTINENTAL EUROPE CONFERENCE: BRUSSELS l FALL 2019 I October 3rd - 6th, 2019

Brussels

Thursday, Oct. 3rd – Sunday, Oct. 6th, 2019

Event Space is limited. Registration opens in Summer, 2019

AIA Continental Europe offers approved CES continuing education

During this conference you will visit/experience:

a glass courthouse

a transatlantic headquarters

a suspended train station

some art nouveau

a renovated belfry

some great food

a former customs building with design boutiques

a new museum in a former garage

a new museum in a former coal mining headquarters

a new museum in a former brewery

more great food

a port authority rooftop extension

a gothic cathedral

some great beer

more art nouveau

a new museum on water

an art nouveau restaurant in the sky

an art deco palace

AIA Continental Europe Member Murat Soygenis elevated to AIA Fellow

We are so thrilled to announce that AIACE Chapter Member, Murat Soygenis, has been elevated to Fellowship with AIA for his significant contributions to the profession. Congratulations!

Murat Soygenis, FAIA, a founding partner at S+ ARCHITECTURE and a professor at Bahcesehir University, is an architect practicing in Istanbul. He received his architectural education in Istanbul, Turkey (B.Arch., ITU) and in Buffalo New York, USA (M.Arch., University at Buffalo). He has served as the Dean of School of Architecture (YTU) and received awards for his contributions to profession. Soygenis has given numerous lectures in various countries, received architectural firm awards including from the RIBA Journal among many, participated in exhibitions and served as a jury member in many international architectural prizes and competitions. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA), a member of the Chamber of Architects in Istanbul (UIA), and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

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REGISTRATION FOR SPRING CONFERENCE IN COPENHAGEN CONTINUES

If you are planning on attending AIA Continental Europe's Spring Conference you can still register here.  Several area hotels are offering special discounts, some of which expire March 11th.  For more information about suggested hotels and their special offer codes see here.  Want to learn more?  Here are a few things to look forward to during the Copenhagen Conference:

  • The Gala Dinner will be at the Søren K restaurant at the Black Diamond Royal Library with a cocktail hour in the atrium lobby.

  • Other venues include the BLOX / DAC building by OMA and the Danish Design Museum (a former 18th century courtyard hospital).

  • Walking tours will include visits to 17/18/19/20th century buildings and modern buildings by Arne Jacobsen, BIG, and Lundgaard & Tranberg.

  • Office tours include COBE Architects and Schmidt Hammer Lassen.

  • Presenters include Chapter members Kristian Ahlmark (International Associate AIA) from Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Louis Becker (International Associate AIA) from Henning Larsen.

Registration is nearly 75% full, book now to confirm your spot.

A 72 hour public transport travel pass is included in the cost of registration.

SEE IT IN COPENHAGEN: Grundtvig’s church is by far one of the most recognizable churches in Scandinavia. It was built as a memorial to the Danish philosopher, pastor, historian and author Nikolaj Frederik Severin Grundtvig (1783-1872).  Be sure to check it out when visiting Copenhagen this spring at the AIA Continental Europe Conference from April 11-14. Photo courtesy of Ryan Wakat @rwakat

Upcoming AIA Committee on Design Conference in San Francisco

Innovators

Registration is now open for the AIA Committee on Design San Francisco Conference, “The Innovators and Maintainers”. This is the first of a two-part conference, about Innovation in architecture, infrastructure and technology and will take place in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, April 4th-7th. For continuing education, earn up to 21 LUs; HSW TBD. For more information on the Committee on Design, or to register see here.

AIACE Vice President, Stefan Bieri, Int’l. Assoc. AIA, and Tiffany Melancon, Int’l. Assoc. AIA, are co-chairs of the second part of this conference, which will take place in Switzerland, September 21-29, 2019. Check back later for information on the Committee on Design Switzerland Conference details.

A WELCOME FROM THE NORTHERN SECTION DIRECTOR

An AIA Europe Conference on Architecture and Urbanism
#AIACPH2019  l  Copenhagen, Denmark  l  April 11th - 14th, 2018

Things are really picking up here in Copenhagen as our team is busy finalizing the Spring 2019 Conference program. With a little over two months to go, registration is about half full. We are looking forward to seeing all of our members again, especially our Emerging Professionals, who receive a reduced rate of €100 for participating in the Copenhagen Conference. More information can be found by reaching out to our EP Committee chair, Carrie Wilbert or by emailing myself, Ryan Wakat

Check our EP Facebook page to find out more about upcoming Emerging Professionals events and to stay up to date on discussions about the AREs, NCARB, and working abroad and join the discussion with other EP’s in our Private Facebook group. We are also finalizing an EP event in London this spring, so stay tuned for more information.

If any of our members, particular those based in the Northern Section especially our Danish or Swedish members, have an interest in getting involved with the conference, please email Jake Spruit, AIA and Ryan Wakat as soon as possible.

AIACE Swiss Section Event Recap: Baldegg Monastery

AIACE Swiss Section Event Recap: Baldegg Monastery

The consequent joining of the classic cloister typology and the modern architectural vocabulary allows for a wonderful play of light and shadow over the precast concrete elements used throughout the interior and exterior. The extensive glass on the cloister garden facade allows sunlight to warm and brighten the regular interior. The cloister gardens soften and enliven the otherwise strict building plan. Perhaps the rhythmical repetition in the facade, plan and section underscore the clarity and calm of the Sister’s daily lives inside and outside of the cloister and chapel walls.

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AIA Continental Europe Announces 2019 Fall Conference

Brussels International Conference and Chapter Meeting
Fall season of 2019 (date to be determined)
Event Space is limited. Registration opens in Summer, 2019
AIA Continental Europe offers approved CES continuing education

During this conference you will visit/experience:

a glass courthouse
a transatlantic headquarters
a suspended train station
some art nouveau
a renovated belfry
some great food
a former customs building with design boutiques
a new museum in a former garage
a new museum in a former coal mining headquarters
a new museum in a former brewery
more great food
a port authority rooftop extension
a gothic cathedral
some great beer
more art nouveau
more beer
a new museum on water
an art nouveau restaurant in the sky
an art deco palace
Zaha Hadid
Santiago Calatrava
Victor Horta
Joseph Hoffmann
Daniel Liebeskind
Sir Richard Rodgers
Paul Hankar

and many other known and unknown architects



From the AIA Continental Europe 2019 President, Les Jordan

Les Jordan, AIA, LEED AP BD+C AIACE President, 2019

Les Jordan, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
AIACE President, 2019

I would like to offer my best wishes to you, your families, and colleagues for a joyful and healthy new year. This coming new year offers a fresh opportunity to address the challenges that confront us as planners in Europe, the USA and globally. With our ever-increasing membership of international architects, our Continental Europe chapter begins strong in 2019, hopefully with the optimism and will to elevate our shared environment through conscious design.

I won’t kid you. This optimism will be tested, and advocacy begins with awareness and understanding the issues and difficulties that face us. Fortunately, we as an institution stand together, sharing the same common values, which support equity and human rights, standing for a sustainable future, addressing the powerful impact of global climate change, and supporting a quality of life for the public good through responsible planning practices. We recognize and place our trust in science, which enables us to provide energy-saving and environmentally sound facilities, addressing our ever/changing climate with real solutions. Architects are visionaries and problem solvers.

Our Continental Europe chapter will be offering an exciting lineup of educational conferences and events this year, bringing our American institute together with local planners and decision makers throughout Europe. We will be working together to address our pending global issues through dialogue, visiting exciting and innovative buildings with their respective planners, and offering opportunities for architectural students and young professionals to
participate and interact with our members.

Finally, we will be supporting our institution by encouraging our members to confront policymakers, locally and globally, with their concerns. Our voices as architects are essential for designing a better future for our planet.

  
Les Jordan, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
AIACE President, 2019

A BRIEF FROM THE AIA IR ANNUAL CONFERENCE - CONVERGENCE: CROSSROADS IN SINGAPORE

The AIA International Region conference was held in Singapore on November 2nd - 4th. On the theme of 'Convergence' about 120 professionals from all over the world gathered to assist at highly interesting conferences by leading local architects. 

Hosted by the Singapore team of AIA International Region, the conference was a huge success and left the participants impressed with the discovery of the quality work being done locally. The combination of modern architecture, historic preservation and the tropical climate of Singapore made the whole conference feel like a discovery of a whole new world.

2018 AIA CE chapter president Carsten Hanssen took part in the program as a representative of our chapter at the IR board meeting that was held during the conference. He reports back that the next AIA IR conference is probably to be held in Shang Hai.

Photos and Summary by Carsten Hanssen.

The Fall 2018 Budapest Conference

BUDAPEST CONFERENCE: AN ALL-AROUND SUCCESS!

Over 110 architects, sponsors, related professionals, and friends gathered in the Hungarian capital for a rich and multi-faceted conference late last month: Culture Along the Danube. Highlights included a guided visit through the ruin pub district, a complete tour of Müpa, the Palace of the Arts, a visit to a contemporary winery outside of the city, the new building complex for the Central European University and much more. Please see the next issue of the newsletter for a complete gallery of photos from the conference.

RECAP: October Italian Section Event in Florence

This one day event, hosted by AIA Europe Italian Section Leader Royce Lanier, was packed with a diverse program with attendees from all over Europe, starting at the Florence Institute of Design International (FIDI).  FIDI was founded by Italian section member Marc Di Dominico in 2008. Having begun as a small 'study abroad' program, FIDI has grown to a school offering both undergraduate and graduate programs in several areas of design with more than 150 students.  It is housed on the Piano Nobile of two 18th Century, Category 0 (the highest) historic landmark structures, originally built as grand residences of important Florentine families. The program is detailed below.

Fresco Restoration

The first discussion of the day’s program was a fresco restoration presentation by fresco restoration expert, Sig. Daniella Dini. She showed us a technique of fresco recovery developed by her father following the Florence floods in 1966 and many examples from her own work on recovering and restoring frescos so badly damaged by floods or water penetration that they were seemingly irretrievable. To continue this theme, Arch. Marc Di Dominico discussed the process of uncovering (removing later overpainting or plaster overlay) and restoration of the frescos at FIDI and a tour of the facilities.

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Surprises and Setbacks: Rome and Venice Stadium Projects

Next, a presentation by section member Arch. Steven Scamihorn whose firm, BEAR PM, serves as project manager on both projects. His presentation covered two large privately financed urban development projects. Steve explained the national context that led to the creation of a new 'streamlined' project approval process to encourage private financing of new sports stadium projects by allowing them to be integrated with larger development projects that provide additional income streams.

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A Decent Simplicity

Last, A Decent Simplicity: Architectural and Compositional Features of Raffaello Fagnoni's 1936-38 Project for the Scula di Guerra Area at Cascine - the afternoon began with a presentation by Arch. Matteo Fagnoni, of the man Raffaello Fagnoni, his grandfather and what it was like to be an architect in Florence in that period. This was followed by an insightful presentation of the project itself by Arch. Simone Barbi, a professor of Architecture at the University of Florence who has extensively studied the works of Raffaello Fagnoni. The presentation was followed by a site visit and tour of the campus, which consists of 9 buildings set within an existing arboretum on the edge of Florence's largest park. The project is without doubt an architectural masterpiece achieved under tight constraints including material shortages requiring special engineering solutions during a period of war by a very young architect who managed the entire process from programming to site planning and design through building and furnishing in less than two years! It continues to serve as Italy's Air Force Academy, where all air force officers receive training as they progress up the ranks. It is an active military facility and access is restricted, so we were fortunate to be allowed to visit.

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Photos by Royce Lanier, Steve Scamihorn, Michelle Montgomery,.  Summary written by Royce Lanier.

2018 AIA EUROPE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT ANNOUNCED

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AIA Europe is pleased to announce the 2018 AIA Europe Scholarship has been awarded to Amanda Bryant, a graduate student at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. Amanda is from Louisville, KY and received her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from The University of Kentucky in 2014. 
TU Delft Urbanism offers an approach of research by design that is unique when compared to planning and policy studies in the U.S. Amanda’s master thesis applies this way of working to the U.S. context and focuses on The Effects of Automobile Dependence on U.S. Cities as her main topic. She aims to make the connection between the U.S. and European approaches to urbanism in order to improve the built environment at both the street and city level. Amanda will present the findings from her master thesis at the AIA conference in Budapest in September.

reSITE and AIA Europe Announce New Collaboration!

AIA Europe Members receive 40% Discount on this year's reSITE events. See Program for the upcoming reSITE Festival in Prague: ACCOMMODATE. To receive your discount, purchase a standard registration ticket and add AIA2018 in the "promo code" box. Click to register.

About reSITE: reSITE is a non-profit platform supporting the understanding and synergies of architecture, urbanism, politics, culture and economics. It presents the ideas and projects of internationally renowned experts to professionals and to the wider public, through events, media and consultancy. For the past six years, reSITE became a leading voice in Europe in the field of rethinking urban planning, architecture and urban development, attracting political leaders of inspirational cities to its Prague’s flagship event. Being a bottom-up start-up, reSITE connects leaders across disciplines and brings a multitude of side events, debates, film screenings, exhibitions and bike rides for the general public. reSITE was founded in 2011 by Martin Barry, landscape architect, originally from New York.

AIA Europe Spring 2018 Conference "Youth Space & Urban Transformation" in Pristina, Kosovo - A Great Success!

Photos by Gentiana Thaqi and Carsten Hanssen.  Read Full Conference Summary written by Lorraine King, AIA.

We saw an interesting country, full of contrasts and contradictions. The youngest and poorest of Europe, but with great potentials. A country with a communist background that now is facing global and open markets and “western” economy models.

The average age in Kosovo is 27. There is the good and the bad, but these young guys are industrious, they will have great results in the next 10 years. I was also speechless about the welcome and kindness of Kosovo people. Everywhere.

At the end, I came home with 1,746 photos! It’s a lot and this means that we visited a pretty stimulating place. I really liked and enjoyed the conference and I’m proud to say that I learned a lot.

Thank you Bard, Thank you Kosovo, Thank you AIA.
— Sergio Accatino, Int'l Assoc. AIA, Honolulu, Hawaii

ALAN SCHWARTZMAN, FAIA (1923 - 2018)

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From Tom Vonier, FAIA - 2017 AIA President, 2018 President of the International Union of Architects:

With regret, we note the death last night of Alan Schwartzman in his ninety-fifth year. Alan was a founding member of AIA Europe. We first met in Paris in 1992. At the time, he was a partner with Davis Brody Architects, dividing his time between Paris and Manhattan.

Alan helped to form the AIA Chapter in Europe and was its second president. A Chapter stalwart, with his wife, Ruth, who died last year, Alan was a man of constant and generous counsel. He became a Fellow of the Institute 42 years ago, earning this citation: “Through his imaginative and creative involvement in design, the practice aspects of architecture, education, and service to the profession, Alan Schwartzman has become the very personification of the complete architect.”

That is a fitting epitaph for a generous and kind man who will be remembered fondly by all who knew him. The photograph is from a 1998 Chapter meeting in Paris.

AIA EUROPE ANNOUNCES NEW EMERGING PROFESSIONALS COMMITTEE (EPC)

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AIA Europe's Emerging Professionals Committee (EPC) has been formed to support professionals in the early stages of their careers. We are associate members, members on the path to US licensure, and newly licensed architects working and living in Europe. Through communication and education, the EPC hopes to encourage the participation and leadership of emerging professionals within AIA Europe. Engaging the next generation of architects is fundamental to a strong and vibrant chapter, and the AIA. Email Committee Chair Carrie Wilbert at emergingprofessionals@aiaeurope.org to learn how to get involved.

Call For Entries: IABSE Future of Design Conference in NYC, April 28, 2018.

2017 AIA Europe Scholarship Recipient Jasmin Sadegh is organizing the IABSE Future of Design Conference in NYC, April 28, 2018. The theme of this year's conference is Intersections: insights and ideas about creative collaborations. They are currently seeking stories of interesting collaborations! Submit a 30-120 second video before 15 March and get 50% off your conference admissions price. See call for entries here.

2018 President Looking Forward To Year Ahead

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Dear AIA Europe colleagues and friends,

It is my honor and pleasure to serve as your president in 2018. A year in which we will continue our conference tradition with two very interesting venues coming up, in the spring, in Pristina, Kosovo, April 5th 8th, and in the fall, in Budapest, September 27th-30th, where we hope to welcome many of you.

Let me thank here again, our past 2017 president Tiffany Melençon, for the excellent work that was achieved in reaching out to students and emerging professionals, and also in the upkeep and feed of our website and newsletters ensuring our monthly reach out to our members.

We’ve started off the year in action with an intense and constructive board meeting which was held on January 13th in Paris. For several years in a row, the board has initiated actions to attract students of architecture and emerging architecture professionals to our chapter, to help and participate in our conferences and eventually join us and become members. This is the next generation and the future of our chapter. Our board has acknowledged this again and it was decided to create a chair for emerging professionals on the board, and make financial aid available to help EP to attend our conferences. The board would like to thank here especially Robert Zinkhan, AIA who donated a 1000$ stipend for helping students to attend our conferences. A warm thank you, Robert !  Another new task the board voted in this year is to establish more formalized collaborations with external partner organizations in order to broaden the visibility of our chapter in Europe.

Our AIA international Associate members received notice last December that AIA National will start to require yearly continuing education credits from this member category as well. Our AIA Int'l Assoc. members, like myself, are often locally in Europe registered architects. So in my role as president this year, I will reach out to local architect’s orders and organizations to try to set up partnership allowing recognition of our conference learning units in the European national continuing education requirements. This will not be an easy task and I will reach out to all of you who have the right connection in order to set this up. More especially I have asked our founding member and last year’s AIA national president, Tom Vonier, who has taken up responsibilities as the UIA 2018 president to help in this. In March, I will present our chapter at AIA national grassroots leadership conference in San Diego, Ca and in June again at AIA’18 national conference in New York.

A big thank you to all our board members for their dedication and time they invest in our organization, and all of our members for continuing support and participation in the past and in this upcoming year. Special thanks to our treasurer Sandra Zettersen, for her longlasting and ongoing investment in AIA Europe and to Elisabeth Heudebourg for the great logistic help, without whom all this would not be possible.

Looking forward to a promising year in advancing our members and chapters interest, I wish all of you and your families all the best for 2018.

Carsten Hanssen, AIA Int’l Assoc.,                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Architecte du Patrimoine, Architecte DPLG                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2018 AIA Europe President

A Great Year For AIA Europe

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Dear Colleagues,

2017 has been a special year for AIA Europe in many ways. First, we were privileged to see one of our own serve as AIA National President and successfully lead the organization to a 90,000 record-level membership. As both AIA President and active chapter member, Tom Vonier's participation in our Spring and Fall Conferences this year helped bridge the gap between local and National interests like never before, and our members will continue to benefit from this going forward.

We also hosted our first joint conference with the AIA International Region. The 150 who attended October's Prague 20/20 experienced first hand the unlimited potential of our truly global network. It’s well known that AIA Europe conferences make good friends, and we can now include members from AIA Middle East, AIA Japan, AIA Shanghai, AIA Hong Kong, AIA U.K., and AIA Canada among them.

As the 2nd oldest of the seven International chapters, AIA Europe has developed a unique conference format that has sustained our chapter over the last 23 years. The conference structure is solid – confirmed by the four terrific locations planned through 2019 – but we must focus on widening the participants and attracting new members to the chapter. One way we’re doing this is by talking directly with the younger generation. Through the great efforts of our past, present, and future Board of Directors lead by Carsten Hanssen in 2018, we will continue to support recent programs like the AIA Europe Scholarship and local student design competitions in our conferences. With half the city population under the age of 25, Pristina, Kosovo will be the perfect conference location to highlight the youth perspective on architecture and urban development, and welcome new friends to the chapter. We hope to see you there next Spring.

I thank the conference organizers and the entire Board of Directors for their precious time and volunteer efforts this year, and all of our members for your continued membership and support in 2018.

Tiffany Melançon, Int’l Assoc. AIA, SIA

2017 AIA Europe President