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Call for presenters: Banff Session 2016


December 1, 2015
by Elsa Lam

Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 3.20.23 PMEvery two years, the Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) holds a conference in Banff, Alberta, nestled in the picturesque Rocky Mountains. The conference, appropriately titled Banff Session, has a long and illustrious history.

Having a well established reputation with consistent and enthusiastic support from participants and attendees, Banff Session celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2016 with a number of special touches planned to mark this occasion.

The conference provides an opportunity for those involved in the practices of architecture and interior design to discuss their work, ideas, beliefs, and attitudes in an arena of open dialogue in a unique context unencumbered by the everyday pressures and activities of the workplace.

Banff Session has historically been attended by a full house of approximately 450 architects, interior designers, academics, and students from all parts of Canada and the United States.

This year’s Banff Session focuses around the theme of Convergence. The 21st century is an era of Convergence. The spheres of psychology, environment, economics, methodology, and purpose are blurring and rapidly evolving. Architects and Licensed Interior Designers are left with the unique challenge of reconciling all of these multi-dimensional conditions to create environments that are not only relative to the era we live in, but also respect and honour our historic professions.

Banff Session 2016 will allow us to discuss how we can find a common ground between theory and practice, while helping us to consider and adapt to the intricate dynamics that external circumstances play on our structures.

Organizers are calling for submissions of presentations that will incite thought and spark discussion. Proposals will be reviewed by the Banff Session Committee and the Professional Development Advisory Committee and evaluated on the following criteria:

– Clarity of subject matter and relevance to the practice of architecture and licensed interior design;

– Topic areas that contribute new information and insights along with clear learning objectives;

– Relevance to the structured learning topics;

– Relevance to the event theme of “Convergence”;

– Relevance to at least one sub-theme within “Convergence”;

– The qualifications and level of experience of the speaker; and

– Compensation or honorarium requested.

Deadline for submissions is January 4, 2016. For more information, please visit the AAA website.