The Impact of Culture on Design: Session I of III

APA Virginia Chapter


Thursday, February 9, 2017
8 a.m. - 10 a.m. CST

Falls Church, VA, United States

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Each urban environment is unique. Seminal elements include land use, climate, geography, topography, demographics, cost of living, transportation modalities, history and culture. What else makes cities unique? How do architecture and design, life styles, neighborhoods, ethnicity, race and age of people, and building stock contribute to what gives a city its particular character? How do cities evolve and become what they are today, and where are they headed? How did disruption and innovation, history and migration influence the way cities and their communities are formed and thrive or change or wither? How does a city's past make its future come alive? What role does imagination play?

In this three-part seminar, NAIOP Northern Virginia will explore the contribution of design to the evolution of urban environments, and the impact it has on culture and community. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Why design matters
  • Educating and engaging the public so that they become advocates for design
  • "Smart Growth" development

In Session I, our speakers will explore the contribution of history and culture to design from a national perspective with a focus on Chicago, the birthplace of modern architecture, and Oregon, a leader in "Smart Growth" development and regional land use and transportation planning.

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Michael Klein

Mr. Klein is the Managing Director & Principal with Penzance. He is responsible for the acquisition of new projects and assets through the Washington, DC Metropolitan area and serves on Penzance’s Investment and Executive Committees. With over 10 years of experience in the real estate industry, Mr. Klein has sourced ... Read More

Gerard Mildner

Dr. Mildner is an Associate Professor of Real Estate Finance at Portland State University. He teaches in the areas of urban economics, housing economics, public finance, cost-benefit analysis, political economy, poverty and welfare, economic development. His research is focused on the economics of local government, including growth management, rent control ... Read More

Roger Lewis

Professor Roger K. Lewis, FAIA helped start and subsequently nurture the University of Maryland's School of Architecture, established by the University in 1967. During the School's early years, in addition to teaching design, he initiated and taught two seminal courses: Introduction to the Built Environment (ARCH 170), a ... Read More

Jen Masengarb

Jen Masengarb joined the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) in 2000. In her role she directs CAF’s interpretive focus, serves as a subject matter expert in architecture and design, and develops new strategies for engaging adult and youth audiences. For 12 years she led CAF’s curriculum development projects, in ... Read More

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