AIA-Minnesota Convention Runs Through November 11

The 77th Annual AIA-Minnesota Convention & Exposition kicks off today at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Students, faculty and alumni will be playing a major part in events throughout the week.

Today, Tuesday, November 8, from 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm, at the College of Design space in the exhibition hall, a number of faculty will be on hand signing their latest publications.

Dean Tom Fisher, the author of The Invisible Element of Place: The Architecture of David Salmela, will be joined by Mr. Salmela at the book signing.

Architecture Head, Professor Renee Cheng will be signing a book featuring her sketches titled: Marcel Breuer and a Committee of Twelve Plan a Church: A Monastic Memoir, by Father Hilary Timmesh. Father Timmesh will be in attendance as well. One of Professor Cheng's sketches will also be auctioned off by the Minnesota Architectural Foundation.

Associate Professor Blaine Brownell will be signing his latest, Matter in the Floating World: Conversations with Leading Japanese Architects and Designers.

Towards Zero-Energy Architecture: New Solar Design, by Professor Mary Guzowski, and Architecture of Thought, by Associate Professor Andrzej Piotrowski, will also be featured.

On Thursday morning, events 32 and 27 will feature students, faculty and alumni, during sessions titled: Learning from Disaster: Four Life-changing Projects in Haiti and Diverse Degrees: Architecture Grads Look to the Future through Design and Research. More information on both sessions can be found here.

On Friday Dean Fisher will facilitate event 41, the 2011 AIA Minnesota Honor Award winners discussion. More information on that event can be found here.

For students interested in attending, details on admission and free shuttle rides can be found on our Facebook page. Tweets from professional practice School of Architecture students can be followed at #aiaconv.

General Twitter updates will also come from AIA Minneapolis (@AIAMpls) and AIA Minnesota (@AIAMN) - #aiamnconv.