Thriving through Challenging Times

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May 28, 2020
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Thriving through Challenging Times
Date: May 28 - 29, 2020




With the current economic volatility and a looming recession, this conference brings together the brightest business minds in our profession to provide you with insights, guidance and tactics to not only survive the next few months, but thrive.

AIA Houston invites you to participate in an exciting two days of virtual learning. The conference will educate and inform architects on tools and strategies to navigate the current global crisis and anticipate the new normal beyond.



  • Phillip G Bernstein, Associate Dean and Senior Lecturer, Yale School of Architecture on the evolution of practice
  • Simon Goodhead, COXE Group, national business consultancy for architecture firms on Leading a Team Through a Crisis
  • Dan Hart, EVP of Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, and Co-Chair, AIA National COVID Task Force on Business Practice Resources
  • Enoch Sears, Business of Architecture, on the “New” Business of Architecture
  • Emily Grandstaff Rice, AIA National Board Member and founding chair of the national Equity & The Future of Architecture Committee on Maintaining Work/Life Balance.
  • Michele Russo, AIA Managing Director of Research & Practice, on the Economic Outlook Ahead



Thursday, May 28

  • 8:15 – 8:30 Opening Comments
  • 8:30 – 9:30 Resources for Thriving Through and Beyond COVID-19 
  • 9:45 – 10:45 Architecture in Times of Recession
  • 11:00 – 12:00 The New Work/Life Balance: Creating Healthy Boundaries
  • 12:00 – 1:30 Lunch Break
  • 1:30 – 2:30 Business as Unusual
  • 2:45 – 4:15 Leading Your Team Through a Crisis 
  • 4:15 – 4:30 Closing Remarks

Friday, May 29

  • 8:15 – 8:30 Opening Comments
  • 8:30 – 9:30 The Future of Practice 
  • 9:45 – 10:45 How to Sell in Difficult Times
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Evolution of Tech
  • 12:00 – 1:30 Lunch Break
  • 1:30 – 2:30 Adjusting to the New Standards of Practice
  • 2:45 – 4:15 Business Development Strategies During and After a Pandemic
  • 4:15 – 4:30 Closing Remarks

*This schedule is tentative and subject to change.


Register today and check back for more information regarding sessions and speakers. Information regarding online event access will be emailed to registered participants May 26th.  


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Earn up to 5 LU credits for the day!


AIA Member $50 / 1-day pass
AIA Member $80 / 2-day pass

Non-Member $100 / 1-day pass
Non-Member $160 / 2-day pass


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