Kansas City, Mo.

Leading the Way

What is your definition of success? The AIA Women’s Leadership Summit in Kansas City, Mo., (Sept. 23–24) will take on that question and others at its annual event to support women in leadership roles. Summit organizers will recognize architectural achievement and continue the national conversation about leadership challenges facing women, personal and firm branding, and the business of design.

Learn more at aia.org/about/initiatives.


(Re)Building ’Bama

Architects in Alabama, one of the hardest hit by natural disasters this year, have been working to recover what’s been lost and rebuild. Alabama Council AIA and AIA National cosponsored two Applied Technology Council 45 (ATC-45) training workshops, in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, following the April 27 tornadoes that killed hundreds of Alabamians. In May, dozens of architect volunteers, organized by the state component, fanned out to help with building assessments. Finally, in July, Birmingham Mayor William Bell announced that the state’s largest city would partner with the AIA in providing design assistance for community recovery and rebuilding efforts.

Learn more at aiabham.org.

Daegu, South Korea

Human Resources

Istanbul-based International Association for People-Environment Studies (IAPS) will host a symposium entitled “Continuity and Change of Built Environments—Housing, Culture, and Space across Lifespans,” in Daegu, South Korea, Oct. 11–14. The event will include humanities-based lectures and a special scientific program, intended to approach demographics, technology, energy, mobility, health and welfare, and other topics. A student competition, tours, and a photography exposition round out the offerings.

Learn more at iaps2011symposium.kr



Whistle Stops

SunRail has been hailed as the solution to commuter woes in Florida, one of the country’s most populated areas with limited public transportation. This summer, the Florida Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott green-lighted the project, which will open in 2013 with a 31-mile stretch through Orlando. “We’ve been on board with this for a while,” says Dan Kirby, AIA, vice president for advocacy at AIA Florida. “AIA Florida advocated for rail transit and the use of mass transit in urban areas statewide [by] endorsing Florida DOT’s 2060 plan and urging our members to contact their legislators.” As part of that plan, Florida DOT approved technical drawings for the first dozen station prototypes in 2009. More are expected to be approved this year.

Learn more at sunrail.com.