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EQxD @AIASF NEXT Conference - What's NEXT in the Built Environment?

  • San Francisco County Fair Building 1199 9th Avenue San Francisco, CA, 94122 United States (map)

How do we prepare ourselves, our clients, our businesses and our community? For NEXT, the American Institute of Architects, San Francisco (AIASF) on Friday, November 13th, we will gather the best minds in the Bay Area building and design community for two days of multitrack educational sessions and incomparable networking experiences.


How can we consider the future and not consider Place? Thursday's Placemaking Pre-Conference Deepdive allows its attendees an opportunity to have a longer, more nuanced conversation on Place and its potential to positively influence the creative process and final product.

FEATURE SPEAKERS - Go to AIASF NEXT Website for a full list of featured speakers.

Keynote Presentation: 

THE NEW FRONTIERS OF DESIGN by Paola Antonelli, MoMA New York

Paola Antonelli is an Italian-born curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and one of the world’s foremost experts on contemporary architecture and design.

Design has branched out in new directions, galvanizing young practitioners, sparking novel business models, and attracting worldwide attention. A designer today can choose to focus on interaction, interfaces, the web, visualization, socially minded infrastructures, immersive spaces, biodesign, sustainability, video games, critical scenarios, and, yes, even products and furniture. 

Antonelli received her MA in Architecture from Milan Polytechnic in 1990, and worked at the design magazines Domus and Abitare before coming to MoMA in 1994. At MoMA, where serves as curator for the Department of Architecture and Design, Antonelli has been a strong of advocate of treating design as art: she’s written that "everything is designed, one way or another.” Antonelli is known for her eclecticism, and has curated well-received shows such as Workspheres (2001), devoted to the workplace of the near future. Her recent exhibit SAFE included – among other materials – a UN refugee tarp, camouflage cream, and a baby buggy. Antonelli has taught design history and theory at UCLA and Harvard and is the author of Humble Masterpieces: Everyday Marvels of Design, and co-author of 2008 book Design and the Elastic Mind.

Feature Seminar: 

Innovative Negotiation: The Art and Science of Making the Deal

Friday 11/13 2:30-3:30pm

  • Rosa Sheng, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
  • Elizabeth Tippin, Elizabeth Tippin Law
  • Joan Williams, UC Hastings School of Law

Innovative Negotation is a newly developed highly interactive program that will leverage the science and art of successful deal making. Would you like to become a more effective negotiator on behalf of yourself, your practice, and for your profession-at-large? Develop tactical skills and build confidence by understanding your default negotiation style and discuss ways to increase effective outcomes for your next performance review, salary raise negotiation, contracts and additional services with your clients. There are many situations and types of negotiation — and ultimately it breaks down to communication styles and the choices we make when we engage in these situations. Understanding the various styles of negotiation while learning when to apply these skills based on the situation will be the core focus of the workshop. In this breakout session you will learn HOW to negotiate by learning the key differences between the 5 styles of negotiation. Depending on WHO you are interacting with, you will learn WHAT the appropriate tactics to use based on the circumstances of any given situation.


About the Speakers

Joan C. Williams,  UC Hastings College of the Law

Joan C. Williams has played a central role in reshaping the debates over women’s advancement for the past quarter-century. Described as having "something approaching rock star status” by The New York Times, her awards include the Families and Work Institute Work Life Legacy Award (2014), Hastings Visionary Award (2013), American Bar Foundation's Outstanding Scholar Award (2012), the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award (2012), the ABA’s Margaret Brent Award for Women Lawyers of Achievement (2006), the Distinguished Publication Award of the Association for Women in Psychology (2003) and the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award (2000). In 2008, Williams gave the Massey Lectures in American Civilization at Harvard University, delivered in prior years by (among others) Eudora Welty, Gore Vidal and Toni Morrison. Williams, who is Distinguished Professor of Law and Hastings Foundation Chair at University of California, Hastings College of the Law, is author or co-author of over 90 scholarly publications and eight books, most recently What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know (co-written with her daughter, Rachel Dempsey). She has appeared in outlets as diverse as the Harvard Business Review, O Magazine, Human Resource Executive, Jezebel, and the Yale Law Journal. Follow her on Twitter @JoanCWilliams and her Huffington Post blog.


Elizabeth Tippin, Esq.,Elizabeth Tippin Law

Since 1984, Elizabeth Tippin has been general/litigation counsel to design professional firms, specializing in contract negotiations, business strategy, risk management, dispute resolution, and representation in mediation, arbitration, and trial. She frequently serves as mediator, arbitrator and ALJ for contract disputes, professional licensing, and land use issues. She has taught Architectural Professional Practice at the Academy of Art University Architecture Department since 2003. Supporting the concept and practices of sustainability, Ms. Tippin is a LEED AP.


Rosa Sheng, AIA LEED BD+C Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

As a licensed architect with 21 years of experience in architecture and design, Rosa Sheng, AIA has led a variety of award-winning and internationally acclaimed projects, from the aesthetically minimal, highly technical development of the glass structures for Apple’s original high-profile retail stores, to the innovative and sustainable LEED NC Gold–certified Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College in Oakland, California. She is currently working on innovative and sustainable projects for the University of California, Davis and Dominican University of California in San Rafael. Most notably, as the Founding Chair of the AIASF Committee: Equity by Design, Rosa lead “The Missing 32% Project,” a 2014 Equity in Architecture Survey and research study, which launched a national conversation for achieving equitable practice in Architecture. Since the group launched its key findings, Rosa has been presenting them in Boston, New York, and Lisbon, with other cities planned for 2015. The Equity in Architecture movement has inspired many and created new connections around the world. Rosa currently serves as Asst. Treasurer on AIA San Francisco’s Board of Directors, the AIA National Diversity Council, and is a member of SCUP, and USGBC. Rosa has participated in successful negotiation workshops for the past 3 years and brings an engaging and interactive component to a topic that is challenging yet necessary in professional development.