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Join Perkins+Will at Events in October 2017

Connect with our thought leaders throughout the month

October is a busy month. We hope you're able to connect with us on the road and in cities near and far.

Tuesday, October 3
Jon Penndorf and David Cordell will present ‘Weathering the Storm: Mental Health Aspects of Reslient Design’ at the DesignDC conference in Washington, DC. This session will present six months of grant-based research and aims to establish criteria that predicts the potential for different design strategies to positively impact the mental health of occupants before, during, and after crisis events.
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Ryan Bragg will be the guest speaker at the ULI Urban Design 101 Lunch ‘n Learn in Vancouver, British Columbia. Ryan will discuss the basics of urban design, using the Marine Gateway and Great Northern Way projects as examples. This session will discuss ways on how to assist development professionals in their dialogue with municipal planners, as well give insight to marketing, real estate and other non-design consultants.
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Wednesday, October 4
Ryan Bragg will be the guest speaker at the ULI U40 Leadership Breakfast in Vancouver, British Columbia. The UDI U40 Leadership Breakfast Series gives young professionals the opportunity to meet with successful industry leaders in a small group setting.
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Thursday, October 5
Phil Harrison, CEO of Perkins+Will, will host ‘Diversity in Design: A Panel Discussion’ in our Boston, Massachusetts office. The panel will include fellow Harvard GSD alumni Phil Freelon. You can email sertcouncil@gsd.harvard.edu to register for this event.

Rebecca Holt will speak on the panel ‘Mass Timber’ as part of the Not For Profit Housing Association of Northern California, Emerging Leaders Peer Network in San Francisco, California. The lunchtime presentation will present the basics of mass timber and the opportunities of the material to contribute to affordable housing in Northern California.
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Tuesday, October 10
Jessica Figenholtz and Andrew Broderick will speak on the panel ‘The In-Between: What Are the Connection Opportunities at Community Colleges?’ in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Finding and creating these spaces means revitalizing them for the modern-day student, providing students with as many convenient resources and relevant amenities as possible. Panelists will share how they are targeting these mixed-use spaces that fuse learning, socialization, and health so students have a "one-stop shop" for all they need to fulfill and enhance their community college experience.
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Tony Schmitz will speak on the AIA Dallas panel ‘Water Independence, Session 3’ in Dallas, Texas. This session will discuss opportunities and methods of achieving net zero building water usage, graywater collection system solutions, and case studies illustrating best practice approaches to building water conservation.
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Stephen Coulston will speak on the panel ‘Communities of Innovation 101’ as part of the Association of University Research Parks International Conference in Huntsville, Alabama. University research parks and innovation district executives will discuss the basic elements of strategy, organization and management with a special emphasis on development, funding, marketing and economic impact.
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Jeff Yelton will lead a sustainability guided tour of Plemmons Student Union Building as part of the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) South Region Conference in Boone, North Carolina.
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Wednesday, October 11
Cassie Branum will speak on the panel ‘The Future of Reasearch Parks and Innovation Districts’ as part of the Association of University Research Parks International Conference in Huntsville, Alabama. This panel will discuss the future of research parks and innovation districts through the experiences and lessons learned focussing on the lenses of economy, place and culture.
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Jeff Williams will speak on the panel ‘Cummings Research Park Master Plan’ as part of the Association of University Research Parks International Conference in Huntsville, Alabama. The team will address the economic and strategic concerns of Huntsville’s “innovation system” plus the planning, branding and implementation of the Cummings Research Park Master Plan.
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Wednesday, October 18
John Haymaker will present ‘Lean Design: Cracking the Code’ as part of the Lean Construction Institute Congress in Anaheim, California. Leveraging Lean in the construction phase has been well known to increase value for the owner by reducing waste and rework. Find out how owners, contractors and trade partners can support designers to best achieve Lean de-sign.
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Nariman Mousavi will present ‘Parametric CNC Cut Timber Joinery’ at an event sponsored by our Vancouver office and Autodesk Build Space in Boston, Massachusetts. Nariman will be fabricating a prototype for a spaceframe made entirely of wood without any hardware or fasteners. This unique system of joinery is designed using parametric software and will be cut using a 5-Axis CNC machine at Autodesk Build Space.

Thursday, October 19
Paula McEvoy will speak on the panel ‘Fitwel: Driving Occupant Health and Wellness in the Built Environment’ as part of IFMA’s World Workplace Your Facility Conference & Expo in Houston, Texas. This session will provide an overview of the Fitwel certification system and highlight how real estate owners, managers, and developers can positively impact health by making Fitwel’s recommended improvements to workplace design and policies.
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Lisa Pool will present ‘Designing with Empathy: How Dialogue and data create value for design’ at the World Design Summit in Montreal, Quebec. This session will discuss the paradigm shift in the design process that integrates neuroscientific principles with a deeper holistic dialogue with users, address challenging design issues and results in real value for designers, their business, and their clients.
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Friday, October 20
Gerry Tierney will speak on the panel ‘Brave New World: How Autonomous Vehicles Will Shape our Built Environment’ as part of the American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, California. Panelists look into the near future to create the policies and designs that will build Smart Cities and develop our rights-of-way to manage this new technology while providing active transportation opportunities and attractive streetscapes.
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Monday, October 23
Gabrielle Bullock will speak on the panel ‘What Really Works…Gender Equity in Leadership’ as part of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation Industry Leaders Roundtable in Chicago, Illinois.

Tuesday, October 24
Stephen Coulston and Peter Baird will present ‘Strategic and Master Planning Focusing on a Resilient Future’ at the Society for College and University Planning Southern Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. This session shares how Arkansas Tech University made a shift toward integrated planning, including how they incorporated an entire university in the strategic planning process and how they meaningfully embraced resilient design in master planning.
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Wednesday, October 25
Peter Busby will be the keynote speaker at the October PD Day as part of the Alberta Association of Architects in Calgary, Alberta.
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Monday, October 30
Cillian Collins will present ‘A Technical Dive into Passive House Plus and ZE’ at the International Living Future Institute's Net Positive Symposium in Vancouver, British Columbia. International Living Future Institute's "Zero Energy (ZE) Certification" and Passive House Canada's "Passive House Plus" have many overlaps, and the two organizations are working to bring them together. In this session the panelists explore a unified, simplified approach.
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Kathy Wardle will be on the panel ‘Where do we go From Here: An Expert Panel Weighs In’ as part of the International Living Future Institute's Net Positive Symposium in Vancouver, British Columbia. This expert panel will reflect on the day and share thoughts about how to make zero energy and passive house the new normal.
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