​”Return to the Future” Showcases Members’ Industry Insights

The latest of ARCHITECTURE New York State issue produced by AIA New York State features six AIA Pennsylvania thought leaders who presented their insights during December 2021’s 4-day virtual AIA Tri-State Conference: “Return to the Future.”

In their article and session back in December, “Building Small, Building Better,” Bea Spolidoro, AIA, WELL AP, and Eric Fisher, AIA, LEED AP, both Principals of Fisher ARCHitecture share their take on designing and building “smaller” to fulfill client needs and budgets.

In “Curating the Local,” Brian Phillips, FAIA, Founding Principal and Creative Director, and Deb Katz, AIA, Principal, both of ISA, share a retrospective on two award-winning projects that have uncovered, amplified, and improved the social, economic, and urban relationships among people, buildings, and neighborhoods in Philadelphia working within the context and constraints that come with urban housing.

Ian Smith, AIA

Ian Smith, AIA, Founding Principal of Ian Smith Design Group LLC, envisions a future where more people of color are running and leading architecture firms, in his supplement to the “Architect as an Entrepreneur: Lessons in Establishing a New Practice” pre-conference panel. One way the profession can get there? Encourage, prepare, and support people of color (POC) to start-up firms. In his feature, Ian shares 6 key figures for the burgeoning archi-preneur to consider before establishing a practice and a strategic and practical approach to business development and expanding project typology.

A. Stevens (Steve) Krug, AIA

Steve Krug, AIA, Principal of Krug Architects, moderated December’s panel, “Leveraging Existing and Historic Buildings for Climate Action.” The panel’s feature article makes the case that through renovation, we gain a healthier, more sustainable, resilient environment while maintaining vibrant communities and inspiring places.