AIA 2006 National Convention and Design Expo Begins Today

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention and design expo starts today; the event is being held at the Los Angeles Convention Center and offers attendees the opportunity to attend more than 150 continuing education programs, 100 professional tours and visit with 800 exhibitors.

The educational program for the event includes themed presentations with famous speakers, such as today's presentation "Architecture on the Edge:Innovation…Engagement…Inspiration" with Frank Gehry, Arata Isozaki, and José Rafael Moneo, and "Thought Leaders" panel discussions that include Robert Kennedy Jr. as a panelist discussing environmental responsibility.

Professional tours, some of which require entry fee and advanced booking, include Walt Disney Concer Hall, San Deigo's Balboa Park and tours of architect's homes.

AIA members will also attend regional caucuses and vote on national officers.

The Design Expo opened its doors at 9:30 a.m. this morning and will close at 5 p.m. Exhibitors include AFG Glass, C.H.M.I, DuPont, Eagle Window and Door, Palmer Mirro Mastics, Wausau Windows and Wall Systems, YKK AP, and USGlass and Architects Guide to Glass magazines.

The Expo will be open 9:30 a.m - 5 p.m. tomorrow, and will close at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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