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BAC Talks 2024

Expanding Perspectives: Think, Share, Change


BAC Talks (logo). Expanding Perspectives: Think, Share, Change.

Date

April 05, 2024

Time

8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

For More Info

alumni@the-bac.edu

Cost

FREE

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The most popular alumni event of the year is here! Join us for BAC Talks, a full-day alumni symposium consisting of a captivating blend of in-person and virtual discussion panels, engaging talks, and inspiring keynote speakers. Whether you're an alum, student, or member of our global community, these enlightening conversations are led by industry experts that promise to inspire, inform, and connect.

This year's theme, Expanding Perspectives: Think, Share, Change, will bring together a variety of design professionals and thought leaders to discuss and share current perspectives and trends in architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design in a fast changing environment.

Reserve your spot today to join us virtually and in person on Friday, April 5, 2024.

Date

April 05, 2024

Time

8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

For More Info

alumni@the-bac.edu

Cost

FREE

Categories

Events   BAC Talks  

Register Now!

Schedule of Events

Morning sessions will be virtual, and afternoon sessions will be in person at the BAC and available via Zoom. We welcome all local guests to join the BAC Talks Reception for networking with alumni, students, and BAC friends before enjoying our keynote speaker.



8:00AM | Architectural Design Forecast in the Year 2100 Arlen Stawasz.

Speaker: Arlen Stawasz, B.Arch'13, LEED AP ND, CPHC, DGNB, RELi AP, EU Regional Resilience Leader, Gensler Europe
Location: Virtual

The design profession is under high demand to respond to a radically changing world. Global challenges such as climate change, refugee displacement, carbon emission expansion, and biodiversity loss are putting significant stress on our cities and communities. Designers have a critical role to play in these conversations for future development, and there are technological solutions, as well as a shift in government regulations that is making an impact. Come and learn about the Design Forecast over the next century, and innovative solutions at our fingertips that are influencing our design thinking.



9:00AM | Future Digital Technologies in Architecture: AI, Immersive, and BIM 2.0Tech Panel thumbnail with an outline of the side profile of a human (center), a robotic arm (left), and a cartoon robot (right) in the background, in blue/purple/pink.

Featured Speakers:
Jason Arndt, RA, LEED AP, Founding Principal, Zephyr Architects, Adjunct Professor, BAC
Dr. Mahesh Daas, President and ACSA Distinguished Professor, BAC
Randy Deutsch, FAIA, LEED AP, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Architecture
Nirva Fereshetian, Principal, CIO, CBT Architects

Location: Virtual

In this session moderated by Anthony Frausto-Robledo, B.Arch'96, AIA, LEED AP, Founder and Publisher, Architosh.com, and Evan Troxel, NCARB, Founder and Producer, TRXL.co, our expert panelists will discuss three areas of technology destined to change the future of digital practice. We will highlight both pedagogical and practice challenges, confront aspects that appear broken, and offer perspectives for an improved future in the field of architecture and design. Both academic and professional work will be shown by panelists that illustrate the session's focus.



10:30AM | Improving US Healthcare: What We Can Learn From the WorldDavid Deininger.

Speaker: David Deininger, B.Arch'84, Healthcare Facility Masterplanning Consultant, 2dplanning
Location: Virtual

The United States faces a healthcare crisis, but there are numerous innovative and effective strategies employed by other countries that merit consideration as potential solutions to our challenges. David Deininger will discuss how we might improve our own healthcare policies by looking at other successful nations.



10:30AM | From Vision to Reality: Integrating Design Research in AEC PracticeAdrienne Erdman.

Speaker: Adrienne Erdman, MDS'17, Director of Design Research, EwingCole
Location: Virtual

This lecture will explore the transformative power of design research in shaping the built environment, enabling consideration of multiple perspectives of current and future stakeholders. We'll delve into the evolution of design research and its profound impact on product and service design industries, revealing insights applicable to Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) projects. Learn how design research goes beyond data collection, becoming a conduit for meaningful stakeholder engagement and informed decision-making. Gain an introduction to qualitative and quantitative research techniques, rooted in human-centered and inclusive design principles, to infuse your projects with empathy, creativity, and effectiveness.



10:30AM | The One Architect in the RoomJames Vaseff.

Speaker: James Vaseff, B.Arch'71, Retired
Location: Virtual

James Vaseff has dedicated his career to public service under a private payroll, navigating the unique position of being "The Only Architect in the Room." Throughout his tenure, he has served two principal clients: the employer and a diverse portfolio of projects. Each project requires patience and humility while harnessing unique expertise, skills, and sense of ownership to yield exemplary results.

Explore a compelling case study from 1982, delving into the early redevelopment of a mainstreet town, Tifton Georgia.



11:00AM | Leading with Intercultural IntegrationMani Ardalan Farhadi.

Speaker: Mani Ardalan Farhadi, B.Arch'95, Associate AIA, Senior Planner, Stanford University, School of Medicine
Location: Virtual

There is a symbiotic relationship between how the environment influences behavior & culture (architectural sociology), and how in turn our culture impacts architecture (what I’m calling intercultural integration). With my own hybrid identity and ethnic mélange, created from Eastern and Western influences, I will talk about how cultural knowledge can be developed. Taking it one step further, we can explore how that relates to social justice and a sense of belonging.



11:30AM - 1:00PM | BREAK IN DAY

If you are local, use this time to travel to the BAC to enjoy the afternoon lectures in person and network with fellow BAC community members.



1:00PM | Resilience Design in Transit Infrastructure*Huzefa Ifrani and Isra Banks.

Speakers:
Isra Banks, M.Arch'16, AIA, LEED AP, WELL AP, Senior Architect, Gannett Fleming
Huzefa Irfani, AIA, Director of Architecture, Gannett Fleming
Location: Cascieri Hall and Virtual

*This lecture is approved for 1 LU|HSW AIA CES credit.

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy in 2012, cities like New York and Boston recognized the need for stronger, more climate-resilient transit systems. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) have launched major initiatives to protect their transportation systems against climate change. These efforts involve collaborations with the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industries. This presentation will showcase innovative projects that address the climate change challenge to infrastructure elements from a storm hardening/resiliency and architectural/urbanism point of view. At the heart of these initiatives is the deployment of cutting-edge architectural and engineering solutions employed on critical fan plant structures within densely populated locales, ingeniously designed to enhance both the public transportation network and the community surrounding these structures.



2:00PM | Landscape Architecture Panel/Lecture

Location: Cascieri Hall and Virtual

BAC faculty from the School of Landscape Architecture will be putting together a panel/lecture. More information coming soon!



3:00PM | Interior Architecture & Design Lecture

Speaker: Eric Haydel, MID'12, MSIA'18, Principal and Creative Director, Eric Haydel Design / M-Geough
Location: Cascieri Hall and Virtual

More information coming soon!



5:00PM | BAC Talks Reception

Location: McCormick Gallery

Join us for drinks and light appetizers to close the day and celebrate the alumni, students, and friends who foster such a vibrant, and diverse community.



6:00PM | Keynote Speaker

Speaker: To be announced
Location: Cascieri Hall and Virtual

Thank You to Our Sponsors

BAC Talks Associate Sponsors: Ebbrell. Architecture plus Design (logo). 2d Planning. Healthcare Facility Master Planning (logo). Gannett Flemming. Excellence Delivered As Promised (logo).

*Last updated 2/22/2024.

Sponsorship Opportunities

We offer various sponsorship levels to accommodate different budgets and objectives. To learn more about how you and your firm can support BAC Talks while also gaining visibility to a large audience of design professionals, contact Ayla Walker, Associate Director of Annual Giving and Engagement.

View the BAC Talks Sponsorship Package.

If you are interested in supporting BAC Talks through event sponsorship, please fill out the BAC Talks Sponsorship Form.

BAC Talks Leadership

Co-Chairs 
David Deininger, AIA, LEED AP, EMHL | B.Arch’84
Anthony Frausto-Robledo, AIA, LEED AP | B.Arch’96
Robin Willcox, AIA | M.Arch’11