Register for the Forum on Architecture and Design
AIA Philadelphia’s annual conference, The Forum on Architecture and Design, is back this fall October 7th and 8th and will be completely virtual. Although we would all prefer to gather together in person, we know it is not safe to do so at this time. Therefore, on behalf of the AIA Philadelphia Board and Forum Committee, we are pleased to present you with this fall’s Forum on Architecture and Design. This virtual conference was designed to be as flexible and affordable as possible – you can buy the entire conference will enables you to access all of the programs (14 credits), or you can register for individual sessions separately. All sessions will be recorded, so if something comes up or if you have a scheduling conflict, you can view the session at your convenience.
The program and full registration details are located below, but we wanted to share our excitement about the first of our four keynotes for this year’s conference. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing more information about our keynotes, the thoughtfully curated programs, and some innovative product/service partners who are participating in this year’s Forum.
For more information and to register, click here.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER // Sara Zewde
Wednesday, October 7th @ 9:10 AM
Sara Zewde is founding principal of Studio Zewde, a landscape architecture, urbanism, and public art practice based in New York City. The studio is devoted to exploring the "aesthetics of being" and creating enduring places where people belong. The studio's work is lauded for its design methodology that syncs site interpretation and narrative with a dedication to the craft of construction.
Sara is the recipient of a number of awards, including the Hebbert Award for Contribution to the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT and the Silberburg Memorial Award for Urban Design. Sara was named the 2014 National Olmsted Scholar by the Landscape Architecture Foundation, a 2016 Artist-in-Residence at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and a 2020 United States Artists Fellow. Sara holds a master’s of landscape architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, a master’s of city planning from MIT, and a BA in sociology and statistics from Boston University. Her work has been exhibited at the 2016 and 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, in the Brazilian and U.S national pavilions.
Through her unique research-based design process, Sara Zewde and her team at Studio Zewde demonstrate how history, collective memory, and community resources can be interpreted in support of a narrative-based, forward-looking vision. Her emerging work in historically Black neighborhoods throughout the county reveal that our landscapes are a clear manifestation of our political and social structures, and her proposals point toward a more inclusive and equitable public realm.