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2023 Procrastinator's Pro Con
Thursday 07 Dec 2023
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
7 Dec 2023 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Procrastinator's Pro Con is AIA Philadelphia's annual year-end continuing education symposium. Still need credits for 2023? Earn up to 7 AIA CES LUs at this year's Procrastinator's Pro Con! The event will be held in a virtual format.
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Sustainable Waterfront Development, Revitalization, and Resiliency Presented by: Ken Huber, PE, Langan Credits: 1 AIA LU (HSW) Program Description: This course will provide suitable waterfront design approaches to encourage sustainable development, clean up contaminated waterways and waterfront properties, enhance ecology and wildlife habitats at the shoreline, improve resiliency during natural disasters, and provide safe public access to our waterways for future generations to enjoy.
10:05 AM - 11:05 AM Fundamentals of Room Acoustics in Common Applications Presented by: Nathaniel Fletcher, AKRF Credits: 1 AIA LU (HSW) Program Description: Acoustical design has been a consideration in the built environment for thousands of years. However, aside from amphitheaters, cathedrals, and concert halls, the topic of room acoustics did not achieve much ubiquity in architectural design until about 100 years ago, when Wallace Clement Sabine redesigned the acoustics of Harvard’s Fogg Lecture Hall. Since then, architects and acoustical consultants have discovered the far-reaching benefits of acoustical design in supporting a space’s intended programming and fostering its users’ comfort and wellness. The benefits of interior room acoustics have been so well-documented and researched that the U.S. Green Building Council, the Facility Guidelines Institute, the International WELL Building Institute, and other organizations have begun to provide guidelines for room acoustics design in common applications. This course will explain industry standards and best practices that drive acoustical design and review case studies in which common acoustical design approaches have been used to address these standards.
11:10 AM - 12:10 PM Utilizing Account-Based Strategies to Build Profitable Design Firm Backlog Presented by: William Long, WRL Consultants Credits: 1 AIA LU Program Description: It is often difficult to resist pursuing “everything that is out there” in an attempt to build backlog at a design firm. However, research in the design and construction industry has concluded that this is not an appropriate and cost-effective way to prepare your firm for the future. In this program, Bill Long – a veteran seller-doer and business developer at both design and construction firms – will present an overview of an Account-Based Strategy that will reduce your marketing and business development expenses while simultaneously increasing your firm’s revenue and profits. The proven strategy that Bill has implemented and will present is a Five-Step process that he refers to as the TREATTM Strategy. This acronym refers to Target, Research, Execute, Assess, and Track – the steps in an account-based approach that will lead a firm to the desired financial results. Utilizing a Target Client Classification Worksheet, Bill will lead the attendees through a process of focusing on a firm’s clients (existing and new) that will lead to more profitable work. Specific account planning for the firm’s Targeted Clients encompasses the Research step and Bill will provide an Account Plan template to assist firms with this effort. The Execution step that Bill will discuss will focus on activities in the AEC Services Sales Cycle, specifically on the heart of that effort where a firm needs to establish both credibility and trust. Ongoing Assessment and Tracking round out the strategy that will be presented. Finally, a concluding summary is provided that highlights the advantages, challenges, and suggested tactics associated with utilizing an Account-Based Strategy.
12:10 PM - 12:40 PM Break for lunch
12:40 PM - 1:40 PM The New Age Starchitect Presented by: Sadie Maney, MADE Credits: 1 AIA LU Program Description: This presentation will be a ‘how to’ for turning aspirations into prestige and impact in the modern world. We will explore a contemporary approach to the field of architecture that incorporates innovative and forward-thinking ideas, practices, and technologies. We will discuss navigating a departure from traditional or conventional architectural methods and embrace new approaches and philosophies in the pursuit of architectural excellence and impact. Sadie will share a helpful outline for getting rid of the outdated path to “success” in the business of architecture and embracing new tools and best practices to embrace your technical skills. What does this look like within your firm, within the industry, and in the world? How do you leave your mark? How do you create a legacy when technology is everchanging, and expectations are increasing? What happens to those that are not designers?
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM Reawakening Our Eyes: Tools for Stretching and Fertilizing a Visual Imagination Presented by: Stuart Shils Credits: 1 AIA LU Program Description: How we arrive at solutions other than what we expect begins with the quality of our OBSERVATION. How we make our moves and how we read form - in design, in drawing, in visual speculative dream time, in using the camera - is all intimately related to an improvisational imagination able to see and navigate beyond the algorithms of habit. Are we on auto pilot or can we respond with freshness, as if seeing and feeling (because seeing IS feeling) for the first time? What Suzuki called Beginner’s Mind. A provocative and guided visual adventure with slides, examining the possibilities of how we use our eyes to locate ourselves within the hierarchy of the visual moment. Using examples from so called ordinary moments on the streets of Philadelphia, as well as drawing, architecture, painting and graphic design, this presentation will emphasize relearning to pay closer attention to the shape and particularity of the visual moment and, the ways we move within it. A question to begin might be, how is this moment different from other moments?
2:50 PM - 3:50 PM Improving the Health of a Building and It’s Occupants Presented by: S&S Resources Credits: 1 AIA LU (HSW) Program Description: Discuss the benefits of a ventilated rainscreen façade as it applies to the health of the building structure and managing moisture intrusion. Many façade products discussed. Discuss effective daylighting utilizing exterior windows and interior partitions and walls. Understand the difference between STC, NRC and IIC ratings. Identify the negative impacts of poor acoustics and identify ways to absorb, diffuse or reflect sound in a space to improve acoustics.
3:55 PM - 4:55 PM Basics of Sustainability in the Parking Garage of the Future Presented by: Michael App, THA Consulting Credits: 1 AIA LU (HSW) Program Description: Parking Garages are a key component in the Sustainability of any development. Parking Garages will become the gas stations of the future, as all automobiles transition to electric vehicles, and refueling (charging) occurs at the vehicle owner’s home or work. This presentation will discuss the trends in sustainability, electric vehicle ownership, the strategies for providing charging stations, and the available technologies for on-site energy generation through photovoltaic panel, and the analysis of a case study garage that is energy independent and providing charging to electric vehicles.
Please note: Non-AIA Member certificates are $10/course. AIA Members will see their credits reported directly to their online transcripts and can request complimentary program certificates.