AIA Ohio 2014 Convention
September 18-20, 2014
Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

A Future Practice

AIA Ohio, along with AIA Akron and AIA Eastern Ohio, is pleased to announce that this year’s conference will be held in association with Kent State University, Kent Ohio.  The conference, planned for September 18-20, 2014 will bring together more than 350 architects and allied professionals from around the region and across the state for three days of programs and activities. The Kent State Hotel and Conference Center in downtown Kent at 215 S Depeyster St., Kent, OH 44240, (330) 346-0100, will be the host hotel. More information on the hotel is available at

The Programming Sub-Committee of the AIA Ohio Convention Committee is interested in providing a wide range of programs that will appeal to needs of all of the convention attendees.  With a focus on business and the emerging trends in practice, it is the committee’s hope that programs submitted will address the needs of a broad representation of the Institute’s membership and allied professionals.  Presenters are asked and encouraged to provide programs that address at least one of the conference themes.  Those programs deemed to address the needs of the widest range of participants will be given the highest consideration. 

Please submit you presentation online at the AIA Ohio website at 2014-aia-convention at the Convention tab at the top of the AIA Ohio webpage

Thematic Tracks and Example Topics 

Track 1: The Future of Architecture: Design & Opportunity

The track on design is one of opportunity and approach. The track provides an open dialogue on design as well as thoughts on the direction of the profession. The idea of future is always present. Future is not about age or experience, but about opportunity. It can be a rethinking of common practice, a rethinking of technique of detailing or a rethinking of approach to the studio culture. This allows one to rethink not only context of the subject or approach, but also the presentation of the subject matter. It is about our future presence.

·         Significant Ohio projects

·         Future Use of Classic Buildings

·         Building Types (Educational, Healthcare, Institutional, etc.)

·         Urban Place and Development

·         Sustainability and Urban Planning

·         The City as Campus

·         Accessibility

o    Universal Design

o    New ADA guidelines

·         Education as Research, a series of papers by the teaching professionals

·         The Academy, a round table on educational approach

·         Sustainability as a design element

·         Emerging trends in design

·         Student design

·         Social Issues/Design

·         Sustainability Opportunities

·         The studio culture, the office!


Track 2: The Future Studio: The Business of Architecture

The practice of Architecture continues to evolve as changes in project delivery, complexity of design and client demands change.  This track is intended to provide a discussion on how firms, and architects in general, adapt and adjust to the changing trends in business. Often overlooked, the business of architecture continues to become an ever increasing factor in not only growth and survival, but also design.

·         Marketing best practices

·         Business Development best practices

·         Social Media

·         Transition Plans

·         Ohio’s Construction Reform

·         Risk Management

·         Project management excellence/trends

·         Business models

·         HR/employee interaction

·         Motivating your employees

·         Contracts/lawyers

·         Is profit a dirty word?

·         How to read a financial statement/cash flow/banking relationships

·         Strategic planning

·         Public relations

·         Electronic rules – Internet/website/social media and managing your electronic practice

·         Joint Ventures/partnerships


Track 3: The Future Practitioner: From Day One to Partnership

The profession of architecture is one of continuous learning.  From classes and graduation to IDP and the ARE, architecture has been a profession designed around a traditional approach of education and internship.  This track looks beyond the business and studio aspects of firm life and explores potential opportunities for both seasoned practitioner and emerging professional.

  • Leadership
  • Emerging professionals
  • Working with emerging professionals; traits of your new hire
  • Alternate Career Paths
  • Future firm leader development
  • What is expected of you on Day One
  • Examination and licensure
  • The future of the profession


While we encourage presentations applicable to one of these focus areas, the Convention Program Committee will review and consider alternate program submittals related to the conference theme.  The presentations submitted are encouraged to address either business, design, or future practice trends in keeping with the theme of the convention.   All programs should endeavour to obtain health, safety and welfare (HSW) credits as defined by the American Institute of Architects, as they will be given preference over programs that do not qualify for HSW.  The committee is also interested in programs that would be eligible for LEED/USGBC CE or Engineering CEU requirements. 

Presentation Formats

Sessions:  Sessions are educational presentations, including panel discussions and lectures, and are planned to be presented at the Kent State Hotel and Conference Center or at sites on the campus of Kent State University.

Roundtables and Workshops:  Roundtables or workshops may be included as part of the programs.  Programs will be evaluated for roundtable consideration based on the type and number of programs submitted.  We encourage experts in practical, possibly controversial, topics to generate and contribute to the roundtable conversation. Programs may be considered for workshops depending upon the strength of the subject and the need as determined by the Programming Sub-Committee.

The Committee reserves the right to assign any format to any of the proposals submitted. 

Please complete the online Presentation Submittal Form with the topic title, abstract and learning objectives, contact information and a brief biography for each presenter.  The number of presenters for each program proposal should not exceed three.  Refer to the Presentation Submittal Guidelines at the beginning of the online form for additional requirements.   


February 28, 2014               Call for Presentations issued
March 28, 2014                    Proposals must be received by EOB
May 1, 2014                          Final Selection results sent to all proposal entrants
August 15, 2014                   Hand-out materials due to AIA Ohio
September 18-20, 2014      AIA Ohio Convention, Kent, Ohio

If you have questions, contact:  Kate Brunswick, CAE, Hon. AIA, AIA Ohio, 614.221.0338, ext. 225; Fax:  614.221.1989; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Click here to submit your Presentation online