Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Energy of Architecture

Students from around the world converge upon Denver to explore design and sustainability.

Denver, Colorado (December 5, 2008) — FORUM, the global gathering of architecture and design students, will be held in Denver beginning December 29, 2008 through January 1, 2009. This educational event, the annual convention of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), offers students the opportunity to learn about issues facing architectural education and the profession, to meet other students and professionals with common interests and to interact with today's leading architects, designers and those making a difference in the world through architecture.

Hosted by the AIAS Chapter at the University of Colorado Denver, FORUM 2008: ENERGY will explore not just issues related to sustainability and “green” design, but also the “energy” of great architecture. Denver will be their playground as students and emerging professionals are invited to join in a conversation of “unprecedented collaboration,”says organization President JW Blacnhard. “Educational leaders, product manufacturers and local design firms have teamed up to serve as catalysts for the over 600 architecture and design students who are expected to participate this year. And with all Denver has done to lead the architecture world in energy and conservation, we can think of no better city to host this event.” Evening keynote presentations, daily seminars and workshops and the Architecture College + Career Expo will be complimented by local activities and tours throughout the week, including a Firm Crawl through some of Denver’s leading studios, all leading up to the Beaux Arts Ball on New Year's Eve.

Student Chair Andrew Atchley, in conjunction with the Denver host committee and countless sponsors and supporters, has assembled some of the leading architecture and design experts to serve as thought leaders, catalysts and mentors. Andrew and his colleagues recognize the inherent challenges those in the design world face as they try to create structures that not only minimize environmental impacts but also provide form, function and sense of place. “In theory, sustainable design makes complete sense,” says Atchley. “But putting that theory into practice and allowing a design to stand the test of time—that is an entirely different challenge.”

For more information about FORUM 2008 or to learn about press or sponsorship opportunities visit or contact the AIAS office.

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About the AIAS: Headquartered in Washington, DC, the American Institute of Architecture Students was established in 1956 and is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, student-run organization. The mission of the AIAS is to promote excellence in architecture education, training and practice, foster an appreciation of architecture and related disciplines, enrich communities in a spirit of collaboration and organize students to combine their efforts to advance the art and science of architecture. With almost 7,000 subscribing members on more than 130 college and high school campuses throughout North America and several other countries, the AIAS represents the interests of and connects the 20,000-plus students studying architecture. You can learn more about the organization at

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