The AIA International Region gathered in Singapore in November for its annual meet-up, conference and awards ceremony, attended by Perspective
Now in its fifth year, the American Institute of Architects International Region (AIA IR) Conference has grown from what started as a one-day symposium to become a three-day affair. The AIA IR is a collection of AIA Chapters based outside of the United States, and the annual event was inaugurated in Hong Kong in 2014, before moving to Kyoto the following year, Toronto the year after, and Prague last year.
The AIA International Region Conference 2018 was held in Singapore, at the National Design Centre. It was attended by chapter members from across the globe, including representatives from Europe, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, mainland China, Malaysia and more. Also in attendance was incoming AIA National President, Bill Bates.This year's conference examined different angles to the theme of convergence over three days: Tradition and Innovation; Resilience and Sustainability; and Wellness and Place-making. Each day focused on a keynote speaker with a moderated panel session to conclude.
The event promised an engaging discourse featuring world class practitioners, leading architects and planners, industry leaders, academics and thought leaders – on which it undoubtedly delivered. Following the learning and sharing sessions, each day's conference business was wrapped up by mid-afternoon to allow time for organised tours focusing on design and culture. The tours were added to offer greater insights into award-winning innovative projects, culturally significant to the chosen city.
Now in its fifth year, the American Institute of Architects International Region (AIA IR) Conference has grown from what started as a one-day symposium to become a three-day affair
Among those honoured at the AIA IR Awards on November 3 was Hong Kong-based firm LAAB Architects, for f22 foto space; the firm also received another honour for a public toilet in Tsim Sha Tsui. M Moser Associates was among other Hong Kong practices that received recognition on the evening. On the night of the award, AIA IR announced the introduction of a new sustainability award, sponsored by DOW.