The AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee (EAC) Architecture Uncensored lecture series began in 2009 to challenge architectural thought. It is a series that addresses the taboo topics young architects—and established architects, too—often ask themselves: What are my goals? Where do I belong in this field? How does my degree translate in the professional world? What are the best ways to work with other professions?

This year the EAC and the Architecture Uncensored planning team seek to explore the question: How can I actually afford to be an architect? Many young architects in Washington, D.C. (and other cities throughout the U.S.) struggle to succeed, as costs are high and payouts are low. Through lively debate, we aim to explore these challenges in depth. Although this public series is geared towards young architects, architects of all ages as well as other professionals from related fields are invited to join us as we debate the dollar.

The full lineup of dates and speakers is below.

Each of these debates will occur at the offices of RTKL. Can’t make it to one of our events? Follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #ArchUncensored.

WHERE: RTKL, 2101 L Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20037
PRICE: $10/debate for students & Assoc. AIA members; $15/debate for AIA & DAC members; $35/debate for non-members. A discount is available when you register for all of the lectures. Registration required.

Opening Keynote: An Evening with Leo Marmol, FAIA
July 22, 6:30 – 8:30pm; 1.0 LU
To kick off the 2015 Architecture Uncensored lecture series, AIA|DC’s Emerging Architects Committee invites you to a networking social and keynote lecture with Los Angeles-based architect Leo Marmol, FAIA, of Marmol Radziner.

In his lecture, entitled “Balancing Googie and Google: A Guide for Today’s Emerging Architect,” Marmol will discuss some of his firm’s recent restorations of iconic modern architecture. He will also focus specifically on how young architects have influenced Marmol Radziner’s practice, why young architects are crucial to preserving the architectural heritage of the modern movement, and how we can balance a reverence for the past with a curiosity for the future.

Session 1: Finding Value Without Getting Paid – A Debate on Research in Corporate Practice
August 5, 6:30 – 8:00pm
As a young practitioner we quickly learn the importance of billable work, but sometime it seems to overshadow architectural passion. How do firms find ways to be progressive, and still stay profitable? What about giving back to the community? All these questions and more will be debated as we discuss research in corporate practice.

Session 2: Starting Out On Your Own – A Debate on Ethics of Design and Business
August 19, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Many young architects aspire to start their own practice, but don’t know the risks. Are there common pit falls to be aware of? Is it wiser to work for a more established, corporate practice? This debate will explore the pros and cons of starting one’s own firm.

Session 3: Benefits of Joining a Professional Organization – A Debate on the Value of Professional Memberships
September 2, 6:30 – 8:00pm
As a young professional you quickly learn, life is expensive. Is it truly worth the extra cost to join a professional organization? What about the time necessary to fully invest in being involved? This debate will investigate how professionals find benefits in various organizations, or through other means.

Session 4: Assuming the Responsibilities of the Title “Architect” – A Debate on Licensure Upon Graduation
September 16, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Are students truly ready to assume the responsibilities of being an architect directly after graduation? How will the curriculum have to change to give students the tools they need to be successful professionals? Is the current structure of IDP and AREs hurting the future of the practice or enhancing it? This debate will explore these questions through the views of professionals, representatives from NCARB, and students themselves.

Can’t make it to one of our events? Follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #ArchUncensored.

Organized by: AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee

Sponsored by: SmithGroupJJR and RTKL

SmithGroupJJR

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