We have two keynote speakers scheduled during the AIA Ohio Convention in Akron. On Thursday, Oct. 6
, convention attendees will hear from Jane Weinzapfel, FAIA,
from the AIA National Gold Medal Firm (2007) of Leers Weinzapfel Associates in Boston. Jane is a design leader in campus academic facilities and campus design in general, and has a special expertise in award-winning infrastructure and transportation design. Dedicated to the craft and technology of design, she has led many of the firm’s investigations of new materials and systems. Jane has been a Visiting faculty member at MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning and at the University of Arizona College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, where she was on the Dean’s Advisory Committee. In 2002 she was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome. She lectures and participates on design juries widely throughout the United States, Italy, and the Middle East. She has been a Design Critic and Lecturer at several universities in the U.S. and abroad.
On Friday, Oct. 7, David Riz, FAIA, from Kieran Timberlake in Philadelphia will join us offering a keynote presentation as well as his perspective as the jury chair for the AIA Ohio Design Awards. David practiced architecture in Japan and taught design in Taiwan prior to joining Kieran Timberlake in 1999. He has led projects that employ experimental construction methodologies with radically altered supply chains and lofty sustainable goals. Focusing on promoting open, collaborative exchanges that foster design, David has significant experience with the large-scale integration of architecture, landscape, and the public realm. He was responsible for several campus projects such as the Northwest Campus Housing Infill at University of California Los Angeles; a master plan for a new Liberal Arts Campus for Yale University and the National University of Singapore; and the West Campus Residential Initiative at Cornell University.