2010 Administrators Conference

November 10-13, 2010 | Washington DC
Chair: Craig Barton, University of Virginia


As educators and designers, we face pressing questions about the knowledge, skill, and experience we convey to successive generations of architects. Professional education and practice are vital to the innovative management of grand challenge problems—climate change, urbanization, global economic restructuring, health—yet how deeply have we questioned the real and measurable consequences of our expertise?

We plan to meet in Washington, D.C. next fall to develop this theme and consider broadly how our discipline can more effectively project its unique knowledge and vocabulary across broad social, cultural, and political agendas.  More specifically, we will explore the ways we can engage and influence the complex processes that shape public policy and by extension the integrity of built environments. 

Our choice to meet next year in Washington reflects the deepening relationship between design and policy. We especially seek to use this venue to structure conversations with government leaders; to provide a productive setting for presentations, panels, and workshops that will sharpen our debate about the civic efficacy of professional education and practice; and to explore new ways in which our profession can engage and inspire the public imagination.

Keynote Lecturers

Guy Nordenson is a structural engineer and professor of architecture and structural engineering at Princeton University. He studied at MIT and the University of California at Berkeley and began his career as a draftsman in the joint studio of R Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi in Long Island City in 1976. He has practiced structural engineering in San Francisco and New York. Nordenson was a recipient of the AIA’s 2009 Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement Award, and is the seventh structural engineer to receive this award.

Adam Yarinsky, FAIA, LEED AP is principal and co-founder, with Stephen Cassell, of Architecture Research Office (ARO). A two-time finalist for the National Design Award for Architecture, ARO’s work has received wide recognition including three AIA National Honor Awards. The American Academy of Arts and Letters honored Stephen and Adam with the 2010 Academy Award for Architecture. Adam holds an undergraduate degree in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University.

Raphael Bostic is the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research (PD&R) at HUD. He is in charge of revitalizing PD&R and HUD’s research and evaluation activity as recommended in the National Academies’ report: Rebuilding the Research Capacity at HUD, a document he helped write. Prior to his appointment at HUD, Bostic was a Professor in USC’s School of Policy, Planning, and Development. Bostic earned his BA from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in economics from Stanford.

Richard Jackson has done extensive work in the impact of the environment on health, particularly relating to children. He chaired the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Environmental Health.  Over the past decade much of his work has focused on how the ‘built environment’ including how architecture and urban planning affect health. Currently, Dr. Jackson has been working on policy analyses of environmental impacts on health ranging from toxicology, chemical body burdens, terrorism, sustainability, climate change, urban design and architecture.

Marcia Lausen is founder of the Chicago office of Studio/lab and Director of the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Studio/lab integrates three areas of communication design practice—identity, information, and environment—to tell compelling stories, clarify information, build brand identity, and drive innovation. Recent clients include: AIA, Doblin/Monitor, Mattel, Motorola, Steelcase, Target, and Whirlpool. Marcia received her MFA in graphic design from Yale University.

Ed Feiner serves as director of the Perkins+Will Design Leadership Forum. Mr. Feiner is considered to be among the leading experts in the US Public Buildings Design and Planning, most notably for the design of courthouses.  He is best known for his role as Chief Architect of the US General Services Administration (GSA) from 1996 until 2005, where he led the agency’s nationwide design and construction program, which included the development of Federal courthouses, office buildings, national laboratories, border stations and special-use projects. Mr. Feiner held the most senior professional architectural position in the United States Government. While at GSA, he founded the Design Excellence Program which reinvented the federal procurement process for architecture. He was instrumental in the development and execution of GSA’s Green Building Standards, program management, and the design of GSA’s first LEED® certified projects.