Five HKS Speakers Slated to Present at the AIA’s 2019 National Conference in Las Vegas

By HKS

HKS’ Holly Arnold, Cory Brugger, Julie Hiromoto, Dr. Upali Nanda and Craig Williams are among the featured speakers at the AIA’s 2019 Conference on Architecture at the Las Vegas Convention Center, June 6-8.

The “Blueprint for a Better Future” event asks the thousands of industry professionals gathering at A’19 to consider the critical challenges facing cities — and our world — today and explore how to design a better future for all.

The five HKS presenters will share actionable insight and inspiration from the firm’s research, technology innovation, project takeaways, lessons learned and more. Here’s the HKS line-up – we hope you’ll join us.

How to Build a Successful Research-Minded Practice 

One size does not fit all when it comes to the perfect research model, yet many firms are finding success by incorporating research into practice. What’s their secret? This session will present three firms’ approaches to a research-forward practice. You’ll hear about which models and processes they employ and how they navigate challenges while reaping rewards.

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The Housing Crisis: How Architects Can Drive Change

One size does not fit all when it comes to the perfect research model, yet many firms are finding success by incorporating research into practice. What’s their secret? This session will present three firms’ approaches to a research-forward practice. You’ll hear about which models and processes they employ and how they navigate challenges while reaping rewards.

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Panelists:

  • Todd David, Executive Director, San Francisco Housing Action Coalition
  • Jay Bradshaw, Director of Organizing, Northern California Carpenters Regional Council

2+2 Achieving Outstanding Design: College of Fellows & Young Architects 

What qualifies as excellent design? And what can we learn from the practice of others to inform the future of exemplary design practice? Join this panel session and Q&A to pick up lessons learned from participants in the 2+2 Program and recipients of the Young Architects Award. You’ll learn how to identify and integrate sustainable practices into design—and how to engage multiple building systems and programs along with site development.

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The AIA Innovation Awards

Today’s cutting-edge advancements are quickly becoming tomorrow’s standard practices. The AIA Innovation Awards celebrates firms and projects that embody the spirit of innovation and demonstrate advancements in the practice of architecture. This session highlights the achievements of award winners, current professional trends, and the implications on everyday practice. The awards jury and leadership from the Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Knowledge Community will share innovations from all aspects of practice and across the entire project lifecycle. This is an opportunity to see how new tools and processes advance the profession and practice of architecture, and ultimately the built environment.

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Condos Happen: How is Your Multifamily Practice at Risk? 

Multifamily residential continues to be hot market sector and offers attractive design opportunities for architects. But these opportunities carry significant risks. Condo projects, including market-driven conversions of rental properties, exponentially increase that risk, which can affect a firm’s insurability.

This session covers how to mitigate multifamily risk through contractual provisions, client and team evaluation, condo documents and more. Participants will leave with the tools and information they need to determine whether multifamily projects are a good fit for their firm and how to best manage associated risks.

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HKS

HKS is a team of more than 1,400 architects, interior designers, urban designers, scientists, artists, anthropologists and other professionals working together across industries and across the globe to create places that delight, heal and stimulate peak performance. The firm has nurtured a culture of extraordinary people with curious and creative minds who are passionate about delivering elegant solutions. HKS has a dedicated research team that digs deep to discover processes and ideas that improve outcomes for everyone. In everything HKS does, it is mindful of the fragility of all life and of the planet.