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Young Architects Forum in D.C.

Published March 12, 2012 in Conferences, Staff, Elizabeth Morgan

Elizabeth Morgan attended a summit in Washington, DC hosted by the Young Architects Forum (YAF) to consider the future of the architectural profession.  The forum brought together 50 architects who have been licensed 10 years or less (which is the definition of a “Young Architect” within the AIA, and has nothing to do with age) from across the country to discuss the unique concerns and possibilities they face as practitioners. 

Nicole Baden, AIA, KRA's Elizabeth Morgan, AIA, and Scott Busby, AIA

First established by the AIA in 1989, the YAF held a previous summit in 2007 to develop a “top 10” list of issues most pertinent to its demographic.  This year’s summit followed up on findings of the previous conference by maintaining the four highest ranked issues (Mentorship, Human Capital, Leadership/Interaction Skills, Practice Management) and redefining the remaining six. 
After much consideration and blind voting, the six areas identified as most important to Young Architects today were: Career Advancement, Advancement of the Profession, Value of Design, Starting Your Own Firm, Value of Licensure, and Economy and Change.  Small groups were formed to expand upon each of these issues, and their findings were then presented to the larger group at the end of the conference.  A summary of these discussions can be found on the YAF web site.


Architect’s Lecture Series

Published March 9, 2012 in Conferences, KRA Extracurricular, Staff, Ann Marshall, Sustainability, Teaching

Ann Marshall will be speaking tonight at Mount Holyoke College as part of their Architect's Lecture Series.  Starting at 6:00 pm, Ann will present a case study on our LEED Platinum building for New England Environmental.


AIA Convention 2011

Published May 17, 2011 in Conferences, Staff, Jonathan Salvon

KRA's Jonathan Salvon spent a few days in New Orleans last week at the AIA 2011 National Convention and snapped a few photos between conference seminars.

Victorian shotgun house on Louisiana Avenue in the Garden District

These bottles are examples of nineteenth-century ingredients for medicine in the Pharmacy Museum on Royal Street in the French Quarter.     Shuttered French doors on an unrestored Creole cottage in the French Quarter

One of thousands of street-side balconies in the French Quarter

Shine a light!

Published July 30, 2010 in Conferences

Today, some of us are in Milwaukee, touring a lighting factory.

Protective eyewear is going to be big in 2011.

Greenbuild 2010

Published June 16, 2010 in Conferences, Staff, Aelan Tierney, Sustainability

We’re headed to the Windy City this November!

KRA’s Aelan Tierney will be in Chicago to lead a seminar about our Northeast Veterans Training and Rehabilitation Center at the 2010 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo on November 17.

The seminar, “A Net Gain for Social Equity,” will describe how the project team broadened the definitions of sustainability beyond environment and economics to include social equity. The panel will discuss the unique collaboration between two service/educational organizations, Veteran’s Homestead and Mount Wachusett Community College, as well as the technology that went into the project (e.g. 28 geothermal wells and over 8,300 square feet of photovoltaic panels).

Aelan will be joined by Neetu Singh from The Green Engineer, LLP, and Leslie Lightfoot, founder of Veterans Homestead.

More information can be found here.

We’re also going to be leading multiple workshops/seminars at BuildBoston this year. More to come on that later!