Judson University's Fall 2012 Architecture Practice Symposium Assesses the AIA 2030 Commitment | Judson University Christian College
Judson University's Fall 2012 Architecture Practice Symposium Assesses the AIA 2030 Commitment

(Elgin, IL - September 4, 2012) Judson University's Department of Architecture will host its second annual Fall Architecture Practice Symposium Thursday and Friday, September 13-14, which will focus on issues of energy consumption and sustainable design as they relate to the American Institute of Architects' (AIA) 2030 Commitment. 

The symposium will begin Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in the Heritage Ballroom at the Centre of Elgin, with a keynote address titled, “The Economics of Biophilia and the Aspirational Goals Informed by Biophilia and Biomimicry," from William Browning of Terrapin BrightGreen, based in Washington D.C. and New York. Browning is one of the green building and real estate industry’s foremost thinkers and strategists, and an advocate for sustainable design solutions at all levels of business, government, and civil society. His expertise has been sought out by organizations as diverse as Fortune 500 companies, leading universities, non-profit organizations, the U.S. military, and foreign governments. Browning’s session is free and open to the public. The City of Elgin and AIA are co-sponsoring the public event, which includes AIA continuing education credit.

The symposium will continue with a full day of sessions on Friday, beginning at 10 a.m. in Judson's Herrick Chapel and will feature practicing architects and engineers as well as faculty from regional schools of architecture. The Friday presentations and panel discussions relate to the AIA 2030 Commitment. Symposium speakers include William Sturm of Serena Sturm Architects, Ltd.; Rand Ekman of Cannon Design; Gail Borthwick of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill; and Eric Truelove of Renschler, Inc.; Aaron Consentino of the City of Elgin; James Wasley of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Walter Grondzik of Ball State University; Judson University Professors Robin Randall and David Ogoli; and Judson University Department Chair and Symposium Planner Keelan Kaiser. Those who wish to attend Friday's lectures may register online at a cost of $50 per person.

The AIA 2030 Commitment is a voluntary association of architecture offices committed to reducing energy consumptions in new and existing buildings. The 2012 AIA Second Annual Report demonstrates that the participating offices are falling short of the 2030 Challenge goals. This fall symposium will examine the 2030 Commitment's recent progress reports and the projections for the coming years. It will also look at how local and national municipal leaders are addressing issues of energy consumption and sustainable design, with a special focus on recent initiatives begun in the cities of Chicago and Elgin.

The symposium will conclude with a reception in the Harm A. Weber Academic Center, where guests will learn more about the building’s energy efficiency. The Weber Center, a state of the art LEED Gold building designed by international architect and Cambridge University professor C. Alan Short, houses the architecture and art and design programs, as well as the Benjamin P. Browne Library and Jerry's Cafe.

This second annual Fall Architecture Practice Symposium is part of a bi-annual series open to Judson's architecture students along with Chicago-area businesses, architects, city planners and those interested in working and serving the architectural and manufacturing industries worldwide.

Founded in 1997, and accredited in 2004, Judson's Architecture program is widely acknowledged for its innovative approach to architectural education including a one-year preceptorship (internship) and its context of an evangelical Christian institution. Environmental stewardship is a design philosophy that guides the program and its approach to architecture education.

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