030711 Iconic Continuing Education
Many buildings evolved from the dream of the architect to icons of culture. A few years ago the AIA150 project compiled ratings of America’s Favorite Architecture. Some of these buildings are known for how they symbolize a political tradition, a financial tradition, a sporting tradition, and even a break from building process and construction. As selected by the public all of them have an important iconic place within America’s built environment and culture.
Continuing education supports the inspired members of the built environment who may design the next icons. In order to try a new process or a new material, the architects must educate themselves on the use of the processes and materials. These same architects routinely apply the same knowledge to new projects. As a result other staff responsible for the new projects may be inspired to attend courses on the new processes and materials.
At some point the new process or material may inspire an architect to expand the boundaries within the built environment and create a metal monster or a structured dream that ultimately defines how our culture views itself. The design industry community lauds the designer’s individuality while at the same time entreats the designer to talk about her processes so that everyone else can learn from it.
As a social media user I’ve been inspired by Sybil Barnes, AIA’s Director Social Media to try new ways of communicating with CES Providers. She developed a tweetchat series #AIAChat that runs at 2pm EST every first Wednesday of the month. To discuss the big picture objectives of continuing education, CES will also host a tweetchat series #aiaces. The first tweetchat will be Thursday, April 14th from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST. Please review the #aiaces tweetchat page for more information. *See* you there!