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The Roots of an Architect

Small Firm Forum

A Small Firm Forum

Thursday, October 6, 2016
Noon-1:30pm
Free AIA Members / $3 Guests
Brown bag lunch (BYO Lunch)

1.5 CES LUs

SFF Hosts: Maggie Maiers, Linda Randolph AIA, Donald Wardlaw AIA

There is anecdotal evidence that unlike say, particle physicists, architects find their calling while still children.  Also, some believe that a childhood epiphany along the lines of, “I’m going to do this!” is more memorable than a more maturely expressed, “I might as well do this” note to self, later in life.

Do you remember a moment in your life when the outrageous thought of becoming an architect crossed your mind? Were you a five-year-old playing with blocks or a 21-year-old on a motorcycle when the notion hit? Architects are a unique bunch, just ask friends outside the profession. But what is it about us that has led us to look at the world in such a unique way? What led us in this direction? Some of us came to this profession as if by no choice, others came by it more methodically.  Either way the passion took hold.

This month we will share those moments of epiphany:  those first experience(s) or notions that set the course of being an architect.  In return, we will share how to recognize, encourage and strengthen the bonds between budding architects and the seasoned professional.  It’s story time at the Small Firm Forum.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn to recognize a child’s interest in architecture by acknowledging your own.
  2. Learn why the AIA experience of fellowship is a core reward of membership.
  3. Gain perspective on the relationship between the childhood epiphany and the likelihood of later success in our field.
  4. Learn how wooden blocks in childhood influence the balance between architectural and engineering aptitude.

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