Attending trade shows, conferences and industry
meetings are par for the course for an editor. For me, I get the
opportunity to sit in on seminars as well as meet with
manufacturers and readers over the course of a few days.
As an attendee, you have the opportunity to attend
educational sessions, which provide chances to learn more about a
particular area of interest while getting educational credit. You
can also walk around the trade show floor, talking to manufacturers
and seeing what's new or improved, and is available for your next
Trade shows and conferences provide a chance to get
out of the workplace, away from doing the day-to-day routines that
each of us becomes so used to, especially when we've been in a job
for a long time. They also provide opportunities to learn and to
connect, with people in our industry and sometimes even in other
industries, with the possibility of being able to work together on
a project, or a problem, and find a new way to do something or
approach it with a different perspective.
The American Institute of Architect's (AIA) annual
conference is probably one of my favorites to attend each year. The
amount of people that attend, and the energy that is there, makes
me excited to see what will come in the future for the
architectural field. This month, AIA's Conference on Architecture is heading to
Orlando, Fla., to explore the question of anticipation.
The three keynotes will concentrate on different
aspects of anticipation. The first day's speakers-2016 Pritzker
Prize winner Alejandro Aravena, Francis Kéré, Hon. FAIA, Elizabeth
Diller, and Michael Murphy-define the vanguard of the socially
engaged architect. The session "Anticipate Need: Design that Cares"
will showcase thoughtful solutions, inspiring outcomes, and a
passion for positive impact.
On day two, attendees will hear from NASA visual
strategists Dan Goods and David Delgado and moderator Michael
Bierut, who will reveal their methods for anticipating, embracing
and overcoming challenges in their experiential work. "Anticipate
Challenge: Design That Overcomes" will explore the power of
creative thinking and unconventional paths to success.
The final keynote session, "Anticipate Change: Design
that Evolves," features Harvard Business School professor and
renowned social psychologist Amy Cuddy, who will share simple
techniques to alleviate fear in high-pressure moments, perform
consistently at the highest levels and empower others to do the
While you're at AIA, stop by booth #1678 and say