Progression Conference Wrap-Up

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With 14 dynamic speakers ushering their collective wisdom and experience, it was difficult to leave the Progression Conference without being inspired for what the future of our profession might look like.

In the words of Craig M. Hammond, Associate AIA; “Progression would not have been possible without the inspirational speakers, sponsors, and all who attended the event! I hope this is the beginning of an annual tradition of Progression!” I couldn’t agree more!

Each of these speakers challenged the perception of how we approach design and building from the way we interact and engage our teams to the way we can collaborate (SpaceFrame) with each other, clients and agencies to find unusual sources of financing to see designs become a reality (Envelop A+D).

Our skill set was improved as we learned how to communicate better through the visual stories we create and the words we choose to use, thanks to David Schellinger, the ‘recovering architect’ of lowercase productions.

Popuphood showed us a great model of how they are revitalizing downtown neighborhoods, providing opportunities for small local businesses to thrive as they work together collaboratively in these temporary storefronts. This business model gives architects additional exposure through their pro-bono work for some of the shop keepers.

Mark Gangi, AIA, LEED AP reminded us that we are more than architects, we are citizen architects – leaders in our communities. He stressed the importance of creating a personal leadership plan. That our leadership in turn might inspire others to “…dream more, learn more, do more and become more…” (John Quincy Adams)

Overall the day was a great success as we were inspired professionally, personally, and communally. As we walked over the the Proxy project at the close the conference, there was a sense of anticipation for the progression of our profession.

A special thanks goes out to our sponsors: Andersen Window and Door, Basalite and Kaplan Architectural Education.

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Jana Itzen

Jana Itzen, AIA, LEED BD+C, has been committed to the efforts of the AIA since the formative years of her career, holding a variety of positions at the local and state level. After serving a year’s term as Chair of the Associates Committee for the Orange County Chapter of the AIA, Jana quickly moved into a position on the Academy of Emerging Professionals (AEP) for AIA California Council. As the Associate Director-Elect for Southern California and the Associate Director for Southern California, she championed issues surrounding the Intern Development Program and licensure for architectural candidates. Currently, Jana holds the position of Young Architect Region Director for Southern California.

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    Stephanie Silkwood

    It was a great event. Looking forward to next year!

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