Alberta Association of Architects presents the renowned 2012 Banff Session

Every two years, the Alberta Association of Architects holds a conference in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Banff, Alberta. In an arena of open dialogue, unencumbered by the everyday pressures of the workplace, Banff Session provides an opportunity for those involved in the practices of architecture and interior design to discuss their work, ideas and beliefs.

In an industry becoming increasingly more globalized, architects and interior designers are often working in countries that have very different culture from their own. Many times, these projects – museums, memorials, libraries, art galleries and corporate headquarters – hold a special significance in the community: they represent the collective character of a group and how that image is presented to the rest of the world.

At Banff Session 2012, five keynote speakers and a collective of esteemed professional development speakers will explore how “cultural context” impacts and enhances design decisions and working methods while connecting people to places.

Keynote speakers include Anna Heringer of Anna Heringer Architecture in Salzburg, Austria; Craig Dykers of Snøhetta in Oslo, Norway and New York; Kim Nielsen of 3XN in Copenhagen, Denmark; Lauren Rottet of Rottet Studio in Houston, Texas; and Lorcan O’Herlihy of LOHA in Los Angeles, California.

As part of the 2012 conference, the biennial Prairie Design Awards, which celebrate those setting new standards of creativity and skill in architecture and interior design, will also be held. For information about the Awards, please visit

Registration for the event is now open. Please visit to register and for all event information. Registration closes at 8:00am on Friday, April 13, 2012.

There are also various sponsorship opportunities available. For more information, please contact Eryne Sarabin at or at 780.432.0224.