Session 06: Industry Game Changers

Date:        August 5th, 2022
Location: 1011 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Led by:  Danielle Encela and Saakshi Terway
Session Sponsor:   Architectural Record, EYP, Patcraft, Chesapeake Lighting, Federated Lighting, Pella, Pella Mid-Atlantic Windows &Doors Commercial
Session Downloads:  Session Program


This session explored the importance of advocacy within the AEC profession, and how it shapes our practice. In this session we focused on three different topics that we believe are great examples of the impact of advocacy has on people, place, and policy. The areas of advocacy being discussed during this session are environment justice & resiliency (EJ&R), social justice, and technology. The scholars heard from experts of each area on their approaches to advocacy and how their mission translates in their professional work.

Presentation #1

Environmental Justice & Resiliency
Speakers: Ellen Dunham-Jones, Georgia Institute of Technology; Heather Jauregui, Perkins Eastman; Ryan Hand, District of Columbia Office of Planning

The four speakers, share their experience regarding environmental justice and resiliency. Elizabeth Blasius talked about the resilience of vernacular elements and her advocacy work at preservation futures. Ellen Dunham Jones presented case study as a tool for advocacy.  Her take on disrupting automobile and leveraging social capacity to co create with community sparked conversation amongst the scholars. Heather Jauregui shared Perkins Eastman tools kits on addressing environmental justice. She emphasized on data gathered from pre and post occupancy and leveraging that information for informed design decision. Ryan Hand from DC Office of Planning briefly talked about DC Cultural Plan and various initiative led by them to implement cultural scene in Washington DC.

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Presentation #2

Social Justice
Speakers: Dayton Schroeter, SmithGroup; Yiselle Santos Rivera, HKS; Kavitha Matthew, KPF

In this part of the presentation, the speaker shared their personal journey and passion for JEDI initiative and how they navigated in their respective firms to be torch bearer of this important and much needed cause. .

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Presentation #3

Panel + Workshop: Technology
Speakers: Ricardo Rodriguez, MBCC Group

The last presentation focused on technology impacts on the future of AEC industry. Ricardo shared a graphic compelling presentation using AI. In his presentation he questions the traditional way/dogmatic approach to architecture. He concludes his presentation by stating that the approach to keep up with technology is to reinvent the wheel using the tools available. It is not about making dramatic change but to add value and opportunity brought to us by technology. The way to move forward in the future of our profession is by increasing our agency, embracing failures, engaging life with meaning and passion.

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