At the end of April, our colleague Howard Miller attended the 2017 AIA Conference on Architecture in Orlando. This was a great opportunity to learn about the latest trends and technology and the ways architecture is contributing to the wellbeing of communities in the United States and around the world. The program included speakers from Africa addressing the life-changing effect of architecture on small communities when priority is given to working with locals and using local materials. Keynote speaker Michelle Obama inspired us to listen and be inclusive rather than discriminatory. On the convention floor, one of the standout products was Flowstone, a translucent calcite stone that can be glazed and used on kitchen counters, table tops, spa surfaces, and more. On display were also innovative updates to windows, design software, and home automation. Offsite activities included a bicycle tour of Orlando, highlighting the progress the city has made towards being more bike-friendly. Overall it was a great convention. Next year it will be in New York City!

Convention over, time to clean up.

Convention over, time to clean up.

Jim Belushi concert

Jim Belushi concert

Orlando's brutalist library

The Brutalist Orlando Public Library, designed in 1966 by John Johansen.

The City symbol is a fountain in a lake. Lots of lakes in Orlando.

Orlando is full of lakes, and the fountain rising from Lake Eola (shown here) is the symbol of the city.

An architectural bicycle tour is a nice way to get around. Orlando's bicycle infrastructure is not to Seattle's level, but they are progressing.

An architectural bicycle tour is a nice way to get around. Orlando’s bicycle infrastructure is not at Seattle’s level, but they are progressing.

Michele Obama made he first public speaking appearance since leaving the White House at the convention. Inspiring.

Michelle Obama’s first public speaking appearance since leaving the White House was at the convention. Inspiring.

Orlandos new cultural building.

Orlando’s new cultural building: the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

The line waiting for Michele Obama.

The line waiting to see Michelle Obama speak.

A little Fake History that has become iconic none the less.

A little Fake History that has become iconic nonetheless.