At the beginning of last month, 8 members of the architecture department attended the 2018 AIA Western Mountain Regional Conference at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Arizona. This two day experience brought together architects from all over the region to discuss many pertinent and interesting topics that are shaping the profession today. With names in the industry like Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu from Oyler Wu Collaborative, Gregg Pasquarelli of SHoP Architects, Reed Kroloff, and Claire Weisz as keynote speakers, the discussions of the conference turned towards themes of practice, ethics, and the processes of making. Various break-out sessions fostered topics of management, and professional practice, scale of design, biophilic design, and the future of the architectural community. GLHN architects left the conference feeling inspired about the future of architecture and the opportunities it holds for growth and development of the built environment.
“Having the opportunity to attend the conference and interact with professionals from all over the region was a very eye-opening experience to the state of the greater profession. It’s one thing to discuss these topics among coworkers and classmates, but being able to network with other professionals from all over the region with similar interests and see how they are furthering the profession in their own ways was incredibly inspiring.” ~Sacha Kessler, Architectural Intern and 4th Year Bachelor of Architecture Student