#ArchUncensored Speaker Spotlight: Kate Renner, AIA

AIA|DC’s Emerging Architects Committee is pleased to announce that Kate Renner, AIA, of HKS Architects will join our upcoming Debate on Research in Corporate Practice, the second of our Architecture Uncensored series.
Kate Renner, AIA, medical planner at HKS // @HKSArchitects

Kate Renner, an architect and medical planner at HKS, specializes in healthcare with experience working with several of the top healthcare systems in the United States and abroad.  As a medical planner and designer, she has worked to develop solutions to the many complex challenges encountered in the healthcare environment and create a healing space for patients, staff and the community.  Kate has worked with healthcare organizations to conduct risk assessments, evaluating the potential for various natural events to occur, the ability of existing and future buildings to withstand an event and potential mitigation solutions to meet the organization’s goals for withstanding an event.  In addition to her project work, Kate is currently conducting a time-cost analysis of the HKS Functional Performance Evaluation (FPE) process to identify areas where the process could be streamlined and standardized to facilitate development of a larger, more robust pool of data.

We asked Kate a few questions to get ready for the Aug. 5 debate:

AIA|DC|EAC: What do you think are the three most significant issues and opportunities facing the profession today?

Kate Renner: 

  1. Commoditization – Architecture firms must be able educate our clients about what value we bring to their projects. Our design decisions impact many aspects of our client’s business from project inception to end of building life including function, finance, marketing and maintenance. In order keep ourselves from becoming a commodity, we have to clearly articulate the value of an architect and promote our role in enhancing business outcomes through design.
  2.  Big Data – Every day we produce 2.5 quintillion bytes of data (IBM). By better integrating research with design, this information can help create solutions that enhance market value, improve satisfaction and raise productivity. This is information that we can use to build smarter buildings and improve business outcomes for our clients.
  3.  Resilience – “City resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses and systems within a city to survive, adapt and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience.”—Rockefeller Foundation. Cities and the buildings they are composed of need to be designed to proactively address social, economic and physical challenges and architects should be leading the way.

AIA|DC|EAC: In one sentence, what advice do you have for young architects?
Kate Renner: Take initiative on topics you are passionate about – opportunities to be involved and engaged are everywhere and by taking initiative, you demonstrate a dedication and passionate about our profession.

AIA|DC|EAC: If you could use one word to describe yourself professionally what would it be?
Kate Renner: Passionate.

Kate will be joined by

WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 5, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
WHERE: RTKL, 2101 L Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20037
PRICE: $10 for students & Assoc. AIA members; $15 for AIA & DAC members; $35 for non-members. Registration required (see link below).
Credits: 1.0 LU

Register with AIA|DC. Can’t make it? Follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #ArchUncensored.

Organized by: AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee

Sponsored by: SmithGroupJJR and RTKL



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