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ATLANTA – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is still seeking members, new members and young professionals interested in registering for this year’s convention, which will be held here May 14-16 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

If nothing else, this year’s event offers a once-in-a-lifetime lineup of keynote speakers, leading off with former President William J. Clinton.

Other speakers include Welby Altidor and Julie Dixon, who will headline day two of the show. The creative director of Cirque du Soleil (Altidor) and a pioneer in creative communications (Dixon) will share their insights on how embracing failure and finding your narrative arc can generate new ideas and push you to greater success.

Day Three will offer up an expert panel narrated by Trish Regan, multi-Emmy-nominated investigative journalist and Fox Business Network anchor. The discussion is expected to be high-energy and cover myriad aspects of the business of architecture.
Because all work and no play can make for some dull times, the three day convention will be broken up on Friday night, May 15, with the AIA Tailgate Experience at the College Football Hall of Fame.

Along with drinks and dancing, the hall of fame building offers multiple floors of high-tech interactive fun, including a 45-yard indoor field, the ESPN Game Day set, and a 52-foot touch screen wall. All this takes place within steps of the convention site, and a $35 ticket includes admission and two free drinks.

Of course no convention is complete without educational opportunities and a tradeshow floor. AIA is offering a day of pre-convention workshops with an emphasis on in-depth, small-group education. Nearly 30 half-and full-day programs cover everything from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to disaster planning to LEED v4 materials credits.

Special programs are on the schedule for academics and graduate students.

During the three days of the convention, more than 200 seminars are on the schedule with top leaders in architecture, business and academia.

Along with its seminars, attendees have the opportunity to let Atlanta be their classroom. Education credits can be had through tours of areas such as the city’s Old Fourth Ward or the Sweet Auburn neighborhood. Nearly 40 different tours take in sights exclusive to the city.

Finally, learning units are also available by bringing questions about technology and new products to the expo floor Simply chat with one of the hundreds of experts displaying tomorrow’s products and services – today.

The expo itself will cover more than 170,000 square feet and expose attendees to almost 800 different companies and their products. The expo will be open all three days of the convention, although times vary by day.

Yet another look at the future comes at FutureHAUS™, a fully functional working prototype of a next-generation responsive home. Developed by Virginia Tech, it “learns” residents’ needs and responds to changing conditions, adapting, temperature, security, lighting and more based on voice recognition, touch, gestures and motion. It also keeps track of how much food you have on hand and how much energy you use.

For registration information, go here.


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