After a couple of consecutive years I wasn’t able to make it to the AIA Convention in Chicago this year. I had better places to be, namely, Maine. It’s a little bittersweet because Chicago is a great town and Pharrell Williams was the keynote speaker this year. I was holding out for him to speak on any of the following topics, though, so I would have ended up disappointed. Without knowing anything about what he did talk about, here are talks that probably would have been better.
Up All Night to the Sun:
The life of an architecture student, a true memoir
A Room Without a Roof:
Innovation through subtraction
Navigating the intricacies of historic facade renovations
Move That Dope:
Diversifying your service offerings through money laundering
When the Pigs Try to Get at You:
Negotiating with code officials
Can I Have it Like That?
How to manage your most demanding clients
All the Girls Standing in the Line for the Bathroom:
Are fixture counts sexist?
Up All Night to get Lucky:
The life of an architecture student, a fictional memoir
The life of an architect, a fictional memoir
Shake it Fast, but Watch Yourself:
Liability concerns in seismic zones
“My printer is doing something weird”, and other things your IT guy is tired of hearing
I Know You Don’t get a Chance to Take a Break This Often:
Strategies for stress and family management in design careers
These are still great topics for any future speakers, and I know I’d love to see them, so feel free to “borrow”.