It has been a week for reflecting on past predictions of the future, but, in San Francisco this November, new ones are about to be made. Paola Antonelli — the current Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York — is set to give her thoughts on what’s next for design when she takes to the stage at the city’s inaugural American Institute of Architects San Francisco NEXT Conference.
Taking place on November 12–13, the event will see more than 50 industry experts contributing to a dynamic discussion of the future of the built environment. Antonelli will give the keynote speech at the County Fair Building in San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Park following an opening reception and “placemaking” talks at the new Exploratorium on the waterfront, designed by local firm EHDD.
The Exploratorium by EHDD, San Francisco
The AIA has confirmed a plethora of speakers comprising architects and urban design specialists from the Bay Area and beyond. Here are 10 of the most notable names in the lineup; click through to discover more about their firms:
Irving A. Gonzales of Gonzales Architects; AIASF President
Ellen Fuson of HOK
Rowan Roderick-Jones of Arup
Rosa Sheng of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Michael Pyatok of Pyatok Architects
Amanda Loper of David Baker Architects
Mark Jensen of Jensen Architects
Mark English of Mark English Architects
John Chiodo of Gallagher and Associates
Kenneth W. Graven of Charles M. Salter Associates
Issues to be tackled during the conference range from new affordable housing solutions for San Francisco to integrated digital technology and its potential impact on the built environment in the coming decades. Further business-oriented panel discussions will also be held, exploring ways to build a successful practice, the “art and science of making a deal,” and the role of social media in modern architectural firms.