Progression Conference Attendee Perspectives

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Just three short weeks ago we gathered with like and un-like individuals to ascertain the future of our profession at the inaugural Progression Conference. This was a great intimate (limited seating only) gathering for emerging professionals, designers, and students to view the profession with a fresh set of eyes from a few new perspectives.

Doesn’t sound familiar to you? Perhaps you missed out on attending Progression in San Fransisco? Don’t take my word for it; here’s what other attendees had to say about this inspiring conference day!

The Progression Conference provided a positive forum for emerging professionals, talented architects, and passionate students to share their ideas on environmentally conscious designs. Lecturers like Gray Dougherty and Brian Crilly expounded the tremendous level of creative flexibility, problem-solving, and satisfaction in the world of architecture. Their experiences inspired me to look beyond a career that only consisted of drafting construction documents and filing RFI’s. I now have a formidable drive to actively shape the future of architecture to the way I envision it can be.

Wesley Wong, Assoc. AIA, BAYA

There is no doubt that the recession has sent our careers into uncertain directions. The AIACC AEP Progression Conference addressed all the aspects of turning that uncertainty into incredibleness. Thanks for the inspiration.

Karen Dietrich

The Progression Conference in San Francisco was a not-to-be-missed event for emerging professionals. As a designer, I was curious to find if the topics would be pertinent to my career in interiors, or if the content could only apply to architects. I not only found relevance to an interiors career, but also found inspiration for the more holistic approach within architecture, design and the communities served that is our strong vision for the future. Thank you again!

Tracey Ariga

The presenters that spoke at the inaugural conference in San Francisco were inspirational in their insights as to where the profession is headed with emerging professionals at the lead. There was an excitement of innovation and leadership that ran throughout the day. I see great potential for the AIACC Progression Conference to influence the entire direction of AIA National in the near future. I really enjoyed the conference and was able to make new connections and reconnect with friends.

Schuyler Bartholomay, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, BD+C
AIA Redwood Empire

The inaugural AIACC Progression Conference was like no other conference I’ve been to before: fast-paced, inspirational, stimulating, and chock full of valuable information to take home and soak in after a fast day at the Center. The speakers came at you in an almost “Pecha-Kucha” approach–about 20 minutes each speaker, very few slides and quick introductions. The speakers came from all over California, and varied in age, gender, and career stage. Although I found the speakers inspiring in their own ways, the phenomenal and energetic networking that occurred between the sessions was was what took the show. I met up with old friends and made new ones. I was so excited to see the many interns and young architects participate that normally can’t afford the bigger conferences that the AIA offers. They were just as engaged in the event, if not more so, than their more experienced counterparts that attend other conferences. I would attend next years’s 2nd Annual Progression Conference in a heartbeat.

Yolanda Santiago Lettieri, AIA, NCARB

Feeling like you missed the boat? Don’t worry – we will have video presentations from Progression Conference available soon. You might even want to be the first to sign up for next year’s Progression Conference…



The AIACC represents the interests of more than 11,000 architects and allied professionals in California. Founded in 1944, The AIACC's mission supports architects in their endeavors to improve the quality of life for all Californians by creating more livable communities, sustainable designs and quality work environments.

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