2021 PD+C [Every]Place Series

[Every]Place Keynote Address

A Global Perspective: 4 Keynote Addresses
This 2021 Practice + Design Conference Keynote explores the Conference theme PLACE through a Global Lens.
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This 2021 Practice + Design Conference Keynote explores the theme "Place" through a global lens. Today's guest host is Thomas Vonier, FAIA. With offices in Washington DC and Paris, Tom is an AIA past president and immediate past president of the International Union of Architects (UIA), the global organization representing the world's 3.2 million architects. He will be speaking on the importance of urban infrastructure at the human scale. The first keynote presentation is by Dana Getman, SHoP Architects in New York City, with international project reach. Next, we'll travel to Bangkok, Thailand, to tune in for a presentation by Twitee Vajrabhaya Teparkum, founder of Department of ARCHITECTURE Co. The session concludes with a presentation from Mexico City by Tatiana Bilbao, Tatiana Bilbao Estudio.
  • Participants will explore the importance of urban infrastructure at the human scale. During this session, participants will gain an understanding of urban community resilience and occupant retention through use of greenspace. Today's major public health and economic crises have only served to reinforce a need to build back greener and more resilient and to transform cities for a sustainable future. Architects will learn strategies to support community development through human-scale design.
  • Participants will explore the UIA's UN17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this era of population shifts, climate change and unprecedented levels of urbanization, architects have an important role in responding to the complex challenges of the built environment. The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set a framework for this agenda, as well as for alleviating poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring prosperity at a global scale. By attending this session, participants will understand the goals and methods to champion the importance of architecture in the development of well-functioning sustainable societies and gain knowledge of global resources.
  • Participants will be introduced to sustainable architecture specific to local culture and environments. Participants will discuss infill projects and building reuse initiatives through case study analysis to address sustainable building practices. Participants will understand the importance of cultural influences to create community spaces in densely populated areas and the value of local material selection as a sustainable design practice. Participants will explore examples of how the built environment can contribute to sustainable development goals through the integration of local design and construction strategies.
  • Participants will explore designs supportive of the health and well-being of all people, considering physical, mental, and emotional effects on building occupants and the surrounding community. Participants will be introduced to the economic impact on businesses as people are moving out of big cities due to panic moving and a demographic shift. Participants will gain tools to design resilient community spaces that address changing needs and future uses. 
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Meet the Speakers

Thomas Vonier, FAIA, RIBA

Founder and Principal Architect, Trahan Architects

Thomas Vonier, FAIA, RIBA, works from Paris and Washington DC for clients in Africa, East Asia, Europe, North America, and the Middle East. He is the immediate past president of the International Union of Architects, the global organization representing the world's 3.2 million architects, and previously served as president of the 95,000-member American Institute of Architects. 

Dana Getman, AIA

Principal, SHoP Architects

Jared Della Valle, FAIA, has been a real estate professional and architect for more than 20 years and has managed the acquisition and predevelopment of more than 2 million sf in New York City along the Highline, In the Hudson Yards, in DUMBO, and Downtown Brooklyn. 
Patrick Jones - Course author
Patrick Jones - Course author

Twitee Vajrabhaya

Principal, Department of ARCHITECTURE Co.

Twitee Vajrabhaya is one of the two principals of the Bangkok based design studio: Department of ARCHITECTURE Co. She received a Bachelor of Architecture summa cum laude from Virginia Tech and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University. 


Tatiana Bilbao

Principal, Tatiana Bilbao Estudio

Tatiana Bilbao began her eponymous studio in 2004 with the aim of integrating social values, collaboration and sensitive design approaches to architectural work. Prior to founding her firm, Bilbao was an Advisor in the Ministry of Development and Housing of the Government of the Federal District of Mexico City, during this period she was part of the General Development Directorate of the Advisory Council for Urban Development in the City. 
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