Attending the A’17 conference was an incredible opportunity. I was fortunate to be chosen as one of the 2017 recipients of the Fellowship for Emerging Leaders by the College of Fellows Class of 2013, and received support by the AIA as a contributing journalist to its e-publications, the College of Fellows Newsletter and the YAF CONNECTION magazine.
Of all the interesting conversations, interactions and sessions that happened throughout the 3 days, the keynotes exceeded my expectations. Beyond listening to Michelle Obama carry an authentic, relevant conversation with Thomas Vonier, AIA President (more on that in a separate post), each of the speakers brought much-appreciated insight and personality into the theme of ‘anticipating need, challenge, and change’. The lessons learned are countless, and for that, I am grateful for the opportunity to have attended.
I live-tweeted with the hashtag #A17con, but below are some (only some) of the quotes that have resonated with me through the days that succeeded the keynotes, the ones that keep coming back to mind:
“Yes, I am a privileged person… but what do you do with that privilege?” – Francis Kéré, Kéré Architecture
“Take every opportunity to improve the dignity of community members.” – Michael Murphy, MASS Design Group
“Stubborn problems require stubborn methods.” – Thana Chirapiwat, Association of Siamese Architects, Thailand
“Who do you involve and engage?” – Cheryl McAfee, FAIA
“Teach your daughters to expand. To take up space.” – Amy Cuddy, author of Presence