Subject to confirming some minor issues with our travel documents (we now have three passports between the two of us, and our return flights terminating in either Helsinki or Glasgow depending on which airline website we download our itinerary from) I will be attending the American Institute of Architecture Students 2009 Forum in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota from 29 – 31 December. On the 31st I’ll be running a seminar / workshop event entitled Trans-Atlantic transactions, in which the American AIA Code of Ethics (http://www.aia.org/about/ethicsandbylaws/index.htm) and the British RIBA Code of Conduct ( http://www.architecture.com/TheRIBA/Organisation/Constitution/CodeofConduct.aspx) will be explored, deconstructed and re-assembled to consider what it is architects do in practice, and to discuss the contribution of recent graduates and young architects to an expanded notion of practice.
I was planning to submit a more detailed description of the event to the AIAS Forum organisers, but my hand slipped and it was emailed as described above. It actually reads much better than what I had planned, and I’m looking forward to meeting students and other Forum delegates in a few weeks time.
My attendance at the AIAS Forum has been made possible thanks to Queens University Belfast’s Emily Sarah Montgomery Travel Scholarship, and my research cluster The Centre for Built Environment Research (CBER).