This conference, produced by the national AIA Committee on Design, focuses on projects that embody the past and future role of craft and the influence of Pacific Rim design. Featuring tours, lectures, film, and other educational opportunities for design professionals and enthusiasts.
Open to all AIA members and anyone interested in the architecture of the Pacific Northwest, the conference will explore the development and influence of craft. Beginning with mid-century northwest modern architecture and continuing into the present, our conference will explore the importance of the region's climate, resources, culture and industry in influencing today's building forms, construction and details.
This conference will illustrate how designers today can learn from both sustainable and economic choices made over 50 years ago by a small, yet influential group of architects heavily influenced by the notion of "less is more" in a period that shared some of the same economic challenges we face today.
The work of Arne Bystrom, Wendell Lovett, Gene Zema, Ralph Anderson and Fred Basetti will be connected to that of the generations that have followed including the local yet nationally recognized Miller|Hull, Cutler Anderson and Olson Kundig Architects, continuing on to young firms exploring these same issues in new ways; Graham Baba, Workshop AD, SHED and more.
The exploration of tradition and influence of craft will connect the work over these three generations looking at local industries outside construction which create a regional climate that supports innovations in both project and construction delivery.
About the AIA Committee on Design
The Committee on Design (COD) was founded to promote design excellence among members of the AIA, the broader design community, and the public at large, both nationally and internationally. The Committee on Design is led by a volunteer advisory group of five architects. In realizing our mission, we promote a range of activities intended to encourage a dialogue on the art of building.
Anne Schopf FAIA
Good design makes a difference