AIA Convention Probes Livability
Other highlights of the three-day event:
Gordon Chong, FAIA, principal of Gordon Chong & Partners, is the new president-elect of the AIA. He will serve as the institute's president in 2002. He says of his new challenge: "I believe that within the next decade, architects have an opportunity to capitalize on our unique design and leadership skills to propel our profession to new heights."
Announcement of the DuPont Benedictus Awards. This annual international competition honors architects and students who excel at design with laminated glass.
Visits to the new Charter High School for Architecture & Design, the only one of its kind in the U.S. The school was founded by the Philadelphia Chapter of the AIA for its Legacy Project for the Year 2000. It has hired local architects, designers, and artists to teach young adults "an appreciation for and understanding of this built and manufactured environment so that the world we produce will sustain us and be sustainable." The school was adorned with promising work by tomorrow's professionals.
"Technology in Architecture," a series of hands-on computer workshops presented by the AIA's Computer-Aided Practice Professional Interest Area. Seventy-five networked workstations were available for three days of instruction in areas such as project extranets, financial management, and building modeling.
This year's DuPont Benedictus Awards for commercial architecture went to the German firm Fink + Jocher Architects for the Audi Development Center in Ingolstadt, Germany. A glazed hall on the building's south side serves as a climate buffer.
Photo: Michael Heinrich
The residential Benedictus Award went to Fourgeron Architecture of San Francisco for a house in Palo Alto, California. Glass is integral as both walls and floors, transmitting and filtering light between rooms.
Photo: Richard Barnes