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A Higher Calling: New Technology & Conserving St. Patrick’s Cathedral, NYC

Designed by James Renwick and completed in 1879, St. Patrick’s Cathedral embodies Catholicism in the United States. But by 2005, the building fabric had reached a state of disrepair, including stone, plaster, and stained glass windows failures: the entire physical plant was outmoded and well beyond its useful life.  In responding to the conditions found at the Cathedral, Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects, along with their primary collaborators, restoration consultants, and Building Conservation Associates, employed a full range of best practice and conservation measures.

This workshop will present the exterior and interior fabric conservation, describe the approach to stained glass restoration, the new water mist fire suppression system and the nine well geothermal system that reduces energy consumption at the Cathedral by 40%. It will explore methods that solved major technical challenges, including schedule, budget, and quality control; present research leading to innovative conservation strategies; and describe cutting-edge solutions for energy efficiency and fire suppression. The use of cutting-edge mobile technology incorporating speedier and more precise document management by processing hundreds of drawings, field changes, and over 30,000 conditions and treatments during construction, with information distributed in real time to the project team, will be presented within the workshop.

Using AIA Tools to Manage Legal Issues on Sustainable Projects

Sustainable design and construction provides exciting opportunities to reduce negative impacts on the planet, improve energy efficiency and building performance, and enhance the health and comfort of building occupants.

New and updated green building codes, rating systems and standards continually impact sustainable design and construction practices (including the 2015 IgCC, LEED v4 and ASHRAE 189.1-2014). As sustainable design and construction continues to evolve, Owners, Architects and Contractors are faced with an increasingly complex array of green codes, rating systems and standards to apply to their projects.

Through an exploration of the design-bid-build and construction management deliver models, participants in this course will understand the unique roles, responsibilities, risks and opportunities unique to sustainable design and construction projects and discover how to reduce, or better allocate, contractual risks using the AIA’s Sustainable Projects Contract Documents and the revised AIA Sustainability Guide.

This program will provide those attending with contract provisions, including the language required to mitigate risk and get a green building constructed.

Preparing for the A.R.E. – Programming, Planning, and Practice Short Course

Cost includes breaks and materials

This program is only available to Associated who are preparing for the NYS Licensing Exam.

Prepare candidates for the Architect Registration Exam (A.R.E.) Programming, Planning, and Practice Exam by using the instructor’s professional experience and education in architecture.

  • The PP&P short course will cover the following:
  • A brief overview of the Programming, Planning, and Practice Exam.
  • Review of the NCARB Programming, Planning, and Practice Division Statement.
  • Review of the NCARB tested competency areas over which ARE candidates will be evaluated.
  • Problem solving with the instructor. The attendants will learn how to categorize the problem, identify what is being asked to solve, start the problem, identify why incorrect answers are incorrect and why correct answers are correct.
  • Review of Site Zoning Vignette

From Design to Academic Research: Deep Investigation of Building Performance at RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability

The Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS), completed in 2013, is at the vanguard of education and research in sustainability across disciplines such as manufacturing, energy, mobility, and information technology. Certified LEED Platinum, the institute is an advanced laboratory for scientific discovery and experiential learning with flexible research labs, student work areas, classrooms and conference rooms, auditorium spaces and offices.

The building also serves as a living laboratory for high performance buildings where students, faculty and visitors investigate how the building functions in response to climate and occupancy variations. The interrelationship between the sustainable systems of the building and the institute’s research is fundamental to the building’s program and is manifest in the design approach for the project. A wide array of technologies has been integrated, coupled with extensive monitoring and sub-metering equipment, with the goal of evaluating the long-term performance of the overall building and the specific systems within.

This session will present the current research and recent findings of GIS students on both overall building performance and on specific high performance systems. The panel will present these findings in the context of the original project’s design and predicted performance, focusing on lessons learned and unexpected results.


Valuing a Professional Design Firm – How Does Your Firm Measure Up?

What happens when new practice methodologies and innovative design propel firms into great success?  The answer for most includes a plan for expansion or merger and acquisitions.  For design companies who need to think about shareholder expansion or transition or M&A, a valuation of their business and innovative design becomes essential. This program will help owners, business managers and shareholders gain a better understanding of how to value their firms for ownership transition and poise their firm for sale or transition.

NCARB & New York State: A Joint Venture Towards Licensure

The architecture profession is presently undergoing major changes.  NCARB has recently announced a streamline which will change how professional experience is logged and how the ARE’s will change for version 5.0.  What do interns need to know about transitioning, and how do these changes affect New York States present policies?  This seminar will update on the topics of experience, testing, titling, and requirements for international architects.  You will hear from NCARB and New York States IDP coordinator.

Using Video to Explain Design

Video as a design and analysis too is often underutilized by architects, even though the technology and results are more readily accessible and  can be created and viewed more creatively now than ever before. Videos have the capacity to explain architecture in ways that still photographs, drawings and words cannot. This seminar intends to explore the role of video in various forms within the architectural education and professional environments.  Through a hands-on approach, the workshop will cover the process of planning and producing a video in an interactive setting.  The use of new media as a design tool will allow attendees to conceptualize new ways of exploring and presenting their designs

Resilient Design and the Adaptability of Architectural Practice

The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy made clear that traditional approaches to natural disasters – after-the-fact evacuation, relief, and rebuilding – are insufficient. Conversely, “Resilient Design” pre-emptively approaches our environment as a complex adaptive system – one constructed of multiple independently behaving agents, containing both physical and social components. Planning and designing resilient buildings, cities, and regions means engaging this complexity and developing integrative strategies.

As governments and private developers begin attempting to deliver Resilient projects, it is critical for the design industry itself to also adapt. The Architect’s role in Resilient Design should not be limited to beautifying engineering solutions, but to be an integral part of a comprehensive team; incorporating problem analysis, community collaboration, and multi-scalar and multi-disciplinary approaches.

In this seminar we will explore critical questions raised by this new paradigm, such as:

  • Can we develop a role for design at the risk management table?
  • How do we bring together communities and decision makers with designers, scientists and engineers?
  • How do we link short and medium term resilience to long-term adaptation?
  • Can we link design intelligence to the economic models that make resilience possible?

Travis J. M. Bunt, AIA
One Architecture & Urbanism
New York, NY

Matthijs Bouw BNA 
One Architecture & Urbanism
New York, NY

RURAL STUDIO: Twenty Years of Designing and Building in Hale County West Alabama

Andrew Freear will present a series of case studies of Auburn University’s Rural Studio, the design-build projects and pedagogy which has created innovative and affordable structures for underserved communities in Western Alabama.  By exploring the “living where we work” concept that operates through observing the existing context, learning from it, and allowing the information to inform design, architects can be actively involved in more aspects of the community.  These community based designs are shaped by the needs, concerns, and aspirations of the local residents to promote social wellbeing and healthy communities.

When designing in underserved communities, it is important navigate socioeconomic changes and anticipate need for social / environmental sustainability, managing local resources, how to use design to address preservation, adaptive reuse, ethics, and issues of social justice.

These issues are used to promote programs which support safe and healthy domiciles and promote sustainable micro economies in underutilized communities with limited resources, yet maintain a focus on health, safety, welfare, and education of the community in the construction of large scale community projects.

Presented will be case studies entitled “The 20K House Program” describing creation of affordable housing for $20,000, “The “Thinnings” Project” to repurpose underutilized local lumber bi-products and small scale sustainable farming and agriculture.

AIANYS Expo 2015

Attend the Design Conference Expo for many opportunities to network, learn and win.  Our vendors will not only be exhibiting, but will be available to one-on-one demonstration and informational exploratory sessions.  If you do not have time for a one-on-one, vendors will be hosting short programs for new products where you can get more information quickly in an informal session.

Included in the trade show registration is a lunch to meet and mingle with fellow AIANYS members and the vendors.  This provides an informal setting to get to know members and industry professionals.

Let’s not forget our “selfie” promotion where if you take and submit your selfie, by yourself or with friends, you will be entered to win a fantastic hi-tech prize.  We will also be holding raffles and giveaways for other great prizes throughout the expo.

The early bird catches the worm….and cup of coffee!  Register now before the early bird period is up!  The first 50 to register by September 14th will receive a special AIA gift on arrival at the Hilton.  So register soon!


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