AIA Conference

At the end of May, a group of MHTN’s recently licensed architects headed out to Philadelphia for the AIA Conference. Weaving our way through the narrow streets, we mingled among the thousands of like-minded detail-mongers in a new place, overbooked our time with workshops and tours, and crammed our visual cortex with a well-patinaed city.   

Each speaker I interacted with and the buildings I listened to and visited left me with a desire to be a better architect.
— Brian Hebdon

“Philly was full of great food, historic landmarks, inspiring art and beautiful architecture.” – Brian Hebdon

“I enjoyed provocative speakers who helped me make connections and build better relationships.  I was profoundly moved by both seasoned professionals and young, emerging professionals.“ – Brian Hebdon

“While visiting the City of Brotherly Love I tried to heed to the words of the Chinese Philosopher Confucius, “Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.” Philly fully embraced my search to deepen my understanding of Architecture and did not let me down! “ – Brian Hebdon

The AIA conference provided inspiration through a new and unfamiliar setting, and through a range of offerings. Tours and activities that provided engagement with the city proved to be the most invigorating of the conference offerings, but opportunities for technical knowledge and collaboration through seminars and vendor displays were no less valuable.
— Matthew Hieb

“For those of us in the western states who rarely find the opportunity to visit the historic eastern states, Philadelphia was a startling and expansive experience.  History tends to enrich and deepen the personality of a person, place or thing, and Philadelphia’s deep history provides a palpable richness not often experienced in “younger” environments. I think the AIA Conference experience was that much more potent for those of us unfamiliar with historic territory. ” – Matthew Hieb

I am grateful to those who made possible this experience and the value it added to my craft, and the value it continually endows to the profession in general.
— James Jones

“Our travels to Philadelphia left me inspired and energized. It was a time to step aside and reflect on my current role in Architecture and where I would like to go from here. The Barnes Foundation visit gave me a moment to digest this awesome experience – The building’s elegance and presentation of history, art, and craft left me with a greater appreciation of the role of Architects in society.” – James Jones

Each of the keynote speakers hear their own appeal, but my favorite was Neri Oxman’s ability to expand my mind to consider new possibilities for the future of architecture.
— Dan Teed

“The most memorable experiences included the Hackathon  . . . The Hackathon threw me into a group of 5 young, driven, designers from across the country for four hours and challenged us to identify a problem in the world of architecture and present a solution to a jury for feedback and critique. Taking on the issue of “mothers reentering the architectural workforce after taking a leave of absence,” our group was forced to open our eyes to a proposed new system of employee/employer relations.” – Dan Teed

“The Barnes Foundation was both an architectural masterpiece and one of the most thought-provoking art galleries I’ve experienced. Designed by an architect who I recently heard speak about the project, the attention to detail and continuity throughout the space was incredible.” – Dan Teed

“Lastly, the city of Philadelphia was incredible! There is so much history and life within its streets, I could hardly sit through some of my sessions knowing that there was a whole city to explore just outside the conference doors.” – Dan Teed

Satiated by the tactile and detailed world of masonry, steel, stone, copper, soot, and oysters on the half shell.
— Hannah Vaughn

“Totally enamored with the Barnes Foundation. The architecture and gardens are exquisite, and the collection is mesmerizing. I have never seen an exhibition that so honestly incorporated the curator [and collector] in an active role. The result was not only didactic, but extremely personal. In the same way that one makes friends by virtue of shared activities, Dr. Barnes’ clearly related with specific art Renoir, Cezanne, Picasso. And the viewer is witness to the evolution of the relationship, and the evolution of the artist. It was beautiful. So anti-sterile. Like being inside a child’s evolving cigar box diorama.”  - Hannah Vaughn

“Provided opportunities to connect with colleagues from near and far. With time set aside just for that – for connecting with colleagues and talking about architecture.” - Hannah Vaughn

An immense thank you to MHTN!

- Brian Hebdon, Matthew Heib, James Jones, Dan Teed, Hannah Vaughn