2021 PD+C [Re]Place Series

[Re]Place Keynote Address

Local Solutions with Big Impact: 4 Keynote Addresses
This 2021 Practice + Design Conference Keynote explores the Conference theme PLACE by examining local solutions with significant impacts. 
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1.5 AIACES HSW

This 2021 Practice + Design Conference Keynote explores the theme “Place” through innovative firms, materials, and methods. Today’s guest host is Trey Trahan, FAIA. With offices in New Orleans and New York, his firm brings humility and awareness into the design process and creates authentic spaces that elevate our lives. He will challenge the audience to approach design by considering soils, watershed, spatialized design, extracting materiality from place, and ultimately, seeking the truth of place for healing and connection. Then join three innovative practitioners who have challenged conventional solutions.
  • Participants will explore architecture and real estate disciplines through unique organizational culture by questioning existing practices and proposing new ways to benefit the social and built environment.
  • Participants will explore innovative materials and methods to create sustainable and resilient structures.
  • Participants will investigate adaptive re-use and speculative development while advocating for design as the basis for urban interventions.
  • Participants will learn to approach design by considering soils, watershed, spatialized design, extracting materiality from place, and ultimately, seeking the truth of place for healing and connection.
  • Through case studies, participants will understand the value of innovation and experimentation to support design excellence.
  • Through exploration of existing environmental elements, participants will understand the mitigation of challenges within an urban context.
1.5 AIACES HSW Learning Unit

Course Lessons

Patrick Jones - Course author
Meet the Speakers

Trey Trahan, FAIA

Founder and Principal Architect, Trahan Architects

Victor F. "Trey" Trahan, III, FAIA, is the founder and CEO of Trahan Architects, established in 1992 with a belief that bringing humility and awareness into the design process helps create authentic spaces that elevate our lives. In both his personal and professional life, Trey is continually exploring ways to cultivate generosity and inclusiveness in our relationships with each other and with our environments

Jared Della Valle, FAIA

CEO, Alloy

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

Skylar Tibbits

co-director and founder, Associate Professor, Self-Assembly Lab, MIT

Skylar Tibbits is a designer and computer scientist whose research focuses on developing self-assembly and programmable materials within the built environment. Skylar has a professional degree in architecture and a minor in experimental computation from Philadelphia University, and a masters in design computation and masters computer science from MIT. He has worked at a number of design offices including Zaha Hadid Architects, Asymptote Architecture and Point b Design. 

Tsz Yan Ng

Assistant Professor in Architecture, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Design, University of Michigan

Tsz Yan Ng's material-based research and design primarily focus on experimental concrete forming and textile manipulation, often times in direct exchange and incorporating contemporary technologies to develop novel designs for building and manufacturing. She’s the principal of an independent architecture and art practice with built works in the US and China. Her practice, collaborative in nature and interdisciplinary in scope, ranges in scale from textile manufacturing facilities to commercial retail interiors and installations. 
Patrick Jones - Course author
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