|You are Invited—Panel Discussion / Q+A
The Future of Architectural Journalism
Wednesday, December 3, 6:00-7:30pm
AIA|DC—District Architecture Center, 421 7th Street NW, Washington, DC
Space is limited. Light refreshments.
1.5 LUs: Participants must attend the entire session to receive continuing education credit.
Architectural journalism provides an important filter for public understanding of the built environment and for architectural firms to communicate with the communities that they work in. The changing media landscape, however, has made it difficult for this filter to function as well as it has in the past, and this panel of writers, editors and industry leaders will discuss what they see as the future of architectural journalism (and criticism), and what that means for practitioners as well as the public.
Presented by FXFOWLE and AIA|DC
Thomas Fisher is a Professor in the School of Architecture and Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. A graduate of Cornell University and Case Western Reserve University, he has written 7 books, 47 book chapters or introductions, and over 325 articles in professional journals and major publications. Named a top-25 design educator four times by Design Intelligence, he has lectured at 36 universities and over 150 professional and public meetings in the U.S. His most recent book, Designing to Avoid Disaster, The Nature of Fracture-Critical Design (Routledge, 2012) looks at failures across an array of systems and argues for a more ecologically based way of thinking about the infrastructures we all depend on.
Alan Brake is the Executive Editor of Architect’s Newspaper. He has written about architecture, design, and urbanism for Architecture, Architectural Record, Azure, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Metropolis, The New York Times and other publications. He studied architectural history and urbanism at Vassar College and Yale University, where he earned a Masters in Environmental Design. He is the recipient of a research grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.
Ned Cramer is the Editor-in-Chief of Architect magazine, the official publication of the American Institute of Architects. Prior to joining Hanley Wood, Cramer was the Executive Editor of Architecture magazine. Previously, he served as the first full-time curator of the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), where he organized public programs and exhibitions. A recipient of an Arts Administration Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Cramer has held positions at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Menil Collection in Houston.
Meghan Drueding is the Managing Editor of Preservation, the magazine of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Before joining Preservation in 2013, she spent 16 years as an award-winning architectural journalist for magazines such as Residential Architect, EcoHome, and Custom Home. Meghan is accredited as a LEED Green Associate and lives in a Midcentury Modern building in Washington, D.C.
Robert Ivy, FAIA, is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects. Since assuming management responsibility, Ivy initiated two important investigations—one in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative—into the role of architects in society and the future of architecture practice. Previously, Ivy was Vice-President & Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction and Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record, where he also oversaw 16 print and 17 digital publications. Through his long tenure, Ivy has established himself as a spokesperson for the profession on important issues, such as the effect of architecture on climate and social and political questions involving the built environment.
Roger Lewis, FAIA, is a practicing architect and urban planner, a professor emeritus of architecture at the University of Maryland College Park, a writer and a cartoonist. Since 1984, The Washington Post has published Lewis’ thematic, illustrated column, “Shaping the City,” about architecture, planning and urban development. Lewis is the author or co-author of numerous journal articles and books, including The Growth Management Handbook and Architect? A Candid Guide to the Profession, first published in 1984 by MIT Press (third edition, 2013). Since 2007, he has appeared regularly on the Kojo Nnamdi radio show, broadcast and podcast by WAMU-FM, American University’s NPR affiliate in Washington, DC.
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