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The Architectural Institute of British Columbia’s annual conference brings together architects, intern architects, architectural technologists, builders, engineers, interior designers, faculty, students and other members of the design community to learn about new industry and professional trends, technological advances and best practices. This annual gathering, the largest of its kind in British Columbia, is also a chance to network, socialize and celebrate the innovative, valuable work of practitioners and theorists. The conference runs over three days and includes plenary sessions, seminars, workshops, panel discussions and an industry exhibitor show.
Due to the positive feedback we received last year, we are excited to introduce a plenary format for 2015. This year, the conference will feature four plenary sessions led by prominent speakers from Canada and the U.S. The session presentations will be followed by a question and answer period that allows for a more interactive audience experience. On the following day, participants can choose from four session streams that are based on the previous day’s four plenary themes. These sessions will be led by one or more of the same plenary speakers who presented on the previous day. Conference attendees can attend all the lectures based on a particular theme or choose from the selection available.
The 2015 conference theme is What’s Now – Insights and Directions. The theme acknowledges that, as a society, we are continually re-inventing the way we think, live, work and play in our world. Architects respond to this ever-changing landscape by evolving in many ways – from the way they communicate and conduct business to the way they design and build for the future. Naturally in the process, points of friction arise, which keep architects engaged and excited. How architects respond to this ever changing landscape will determine the relevance of the profession in the future.
This year’s conference is expected to include a particular focus on matters related to cutting edge trends and issues in the practice of architecture, including future design directions, innovative technologies, community needs and business practices. As in previous years, the conference will be rich in professional development, dialogue and network-building opportunities. Anticipated attendance is approximately 400–450 delegates.