DesignDC 2009: Architects Leading Change in the Built Environment

WASHINGTON, DC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Jun 04, 2009 -- Change and challenge dominate headlines these days, but in the urban planning and design world, the real buzz is about architects leading change. To help face challenges and turn change into opportunity, the Washington Chapter American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Potomac Valley AIA announce DesignDC 2009: Architects Leading Change, July 14 - 16, 2009 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

This three-day, peer-to-peer interactive conference and trade show is a premier gathering of top architects, designers, engineers, consultants, contractors and planners that shape the built environment. More than 70 classes, sessions and project tours will be delivered by some of design's most visionary practitioners and thought leaders. Attendees may also earn Learning Units (LU) to maintain AIA certification, and Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

"DesignDC is a valuable event for A/E/C industry professionals at this critical time when everyone is looking for new ideas to overcome challenges," describes AIA|DC Executive Director Mary Fitch, AICP, Hon. AIA. "Attendees to DesignDC 2009 will not only mix with industry leaders, but can enhance their marketing and business strategies to lead change themselves."

When:        Tuesday, July 14 - Thursday, July 16, 2009

Where:       Walter Washington Convention Center,
             801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW, Wash., DC 20036

Who:         Architects, Designers, Engineers, Consultants, Contractors,
             Planners and anyone involved in the building industry: firm
             owners; staff; municipal leaders and students.

Web site:, for schedules and registration;
             FaceBook (DesignDC 2009) and Twitter (@DesignDC)

Phone/Info:  202.667.1798

Keynote:     We Can Do Better: A Frank Discussion About Design and Growth
             in the 'Burbs, by Rollin Stanley, AICP, Planning Director,
             Montgomery County Department of Planning

Highlights:  -- Urban Design & Planning courses
             -- "Brick-stainable" Green Design Competition
                by Potomac Valley Brick
             -- Diverse classes and educational sessions on everything from
                creating schools of the future to chasing the 2030 Carbon
                Neutrality Challenge.

Washington Chapter AIA

Founded in 1887, the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects serves the nation's capital, functioning as both the "local" and "state" component of the AIA for the District of Columbia. The Chapter was intimately involved in the design and planning of Washington, and continues to play an active role in city development.

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