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Connect with Perkins+Will at the 2015 AIA National Convention

Perkins+Will thought leaders will make four presentations, give six project tours, and three will be named Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) at the 2015 AIA National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia on May 14th to May 16th. The AIA represents the professional interests of more than 81,000 licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners in design express their commitment to excellence and livability in our nation’s buildings and communities.

Wednesday, May 13
8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
In-Depth Tour of Perkins+Will's High-Performance Atlanta Office
Ever wonder how an existing 1986 building is transformed into a high-performance LEED Platinum office? Now's your chance. On this tour of >Perkins+Will's Atlanta office, you'll learn how this building met the 2030 Challenge—and earned the Sustainable Sites Initiative and highest-rated LEED BD+C building.

10:30 a.m. -5:00 p.m.
Atlanta Educational Environments: Designing for the 21st Century
This tour is hosted by the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education and includes the Perkins+Will-designed Drew Charter School. Responding to Drew's project-based learning approach to teaching, we designed the building with large, open, and flexible labs on the south side and enclosed traditional classrooms for direct instruction on the north side.

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Mini MBA for Emerging Professionals: Mastering the Business of Architecture
To build a profitable practice, you need to understand the basics of how a firm is created, managed, and sustained. Phil Harrison and Jon Penndorf will present during this half-day workshop aimed at empowering attendees to chart a career path and identify specific actions they can take to further their firm's success.

Thursday, May 14
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Dream Materials: What Do You REALLY Want to Build With?
Paula McEvoy will be a panelist for this interactive session that will give attendees a clear sense of the high-performing green products that are already available—and help clarify material priorities in order to send a message to the industry that moves dream materials into reality.

2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
National Center for Civil and Human Rights Walking Tour
Phil Freelon will lead a tour of the recently completed National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Blending the architectural elements with exhibit content promises to make for a dynamic and memorable experience. The Center strives to empower people to become advocates for the protection of human rights by sharing stories of courage and struggle around the world.

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Design + Dining: Moveable Feast on Atlanta's BeltLine
Walk along the Atlanta Beltline with Ryan Gravel as he shares the history of the project as well as what is to come. Ryan’s master’s thesis in 1999 was the original vision for the Atlanta Beltline, a 22-mile transit greenway that transforms a loop of old railroads with transit, parks, and trails to generate economic growth and protect quality-of-life in 45 neighborhoods throughout the central city.

Friday, May 15
7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
In-Depth Tour of Perkins+Will's High-Performance Atlanta Office
Ever wonder how an existing 1986 building is transformed into a high-performance LEED Platinum office? Now's your chance. On this tour of >Perkins+Will's Atlanta office, you'll learn how this building met the 2030 Challenge—and earned the Sustainable Sites Initiative and highest-rated LEED BD+C building.

7:30 -10:00 a.m.
National Center for Civil and Human Rights Walking Tour
Phil Freelon will lead a tour of the recently completed National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Blending the architectural elements with exhibit content promises to make for a dynamic and memorable experience. The Center strives to empower people to become advocates for the protection of human rights by sharing stories of courage and struggle around the world.

Saturday, May 16
7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
Post-traumatic Understanding: The Connections Between Environmental Design and Post-traumatic Stress
Many veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces are battling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Matt Finn will lead this interactive session that will cover the role of human-centered design research in addressing this important issue. While the built environment can't solve PTSD on its own, it can help.

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Materials Matter: Building Health
Robin Guenther and Paula McEvoy, leaders in material transparency, will share their experienced perspective. Join in the discussion and discover how some of the most common substances found in building products that we specify every day impact you, your clients, and your environment.

For more information, contact media@perkinswill.com.