AIA LOUISIANA I 2021 CONFERENCE on ARCHITECTURE
TABLE OF CONTENTS
3 Conference Chair’s Welcome Message 4-5 Conference Schedule
6 Keynote Presentation – “Four Museums / Thomas M. Phiifer, FAIA & Gabriel Smith, FAIA
7-8 Keynote Presentation – “The Hidden Money in Our Projects” / Marcel Wisznia, AIA;
9 Keynote Presentation – “Observations” / Toshiko Mori, AIA
10 Keynote Presentation – “Making Process – Explorations in Engagement” / Nicola Springer, AIA
11 Keynote Presentation – “Work Soft. Play Hard.” / Chris M. Baribeau, AIA 12 Session – “How to Pass ARE Exams”
13 Session – “Public-Private Partnerships – What They Are and What They Aren’t!”
14-15 Panel – “Growing & Promoting Diversity in Practice”
16-17 Panel – “Hurricane Laura Repairs: McNeese State University – Lessons Learned”
18 Session – “Ideas and Exploits_Occupying the Space Between”
19 Awards Program
20 Mini Film Festival / Movie Night
21 SOAD Active Learning & Reflection Path 22 Conference Sponsors
23 AIA Louisiana 2021 Conference on Architecture Committee
2021 DESIGN CONFERENCE CHAIR
NATALIE A. BREAUX, ASSOCIATE AIA ACSW Architects
Welcome to the 2021 AIA Louisiana Conference on Architecture – we are so glad to have you! This year we hope to give you the best of both worlds – a hybrid, in-person and online conference featuring inspirational architecture talks, live actionable workshops, and informative panel discussions meant to energize and reconnect you to the unique community that is Architecture.
The first day of the conference speaks to the Architect’s Registration Exam, Public-Private Partnerships, and innovative ways to fund projects. Also, presenting from Paris, France, Toshiko Mori will give us a lecture on
“Observations,” – the art of balancing ideas with observations. Thursday night we switch venues from our computer to the Acadiana Center for the Arts, where we will assist in solutions for the challenging homeless epidemic with a panel viewing of “What it Takes to Make a Home.”
On Friday, the State Conference Planning Committee intends to promote discussions on growing and promoting a team of diverse talent, sharing earnest lessons learned on recent Hurricane Laura work, and continuing education focused on the art of building with renowned custom steel fabricator Drophouse Design of Austin, Texas.
Closing out the day, we will learn how to work soft but play hard with Architecture Magazine’s Top 50 Design Firm, Modus Studio, out of Fayetteville, Arkansas. It can’t get much better than this!
The State Conference Planning Committee would like to thank the presenters - near and far, and the loyal sponsors, staff, and membership who make this conference possible. And good luck to all the Architecture Honor Award participants – may your endeavors to elevate the quality of architectural practice in Louisiana not go unnoticed.
Natalie Breaux, Associate AIA
State Conference Planning Committee Chair ACSW Architects, Lafayette, LA
Thursday, September 23, 2021
8:00am – 3:00pm Convention Registration Open
9:00am - 10:00am TH01 “How to Pass ARE Exams” / Speaker: Elif Bayram / (1.0 LU) / Virtual / Oak Alley for Group Viewing
9:00am – 10:00am TH02 “Public-Private Partnerships - What They Are and What They Aren’t!” / Speaker: Carlee Alm-LaBar, President and CEO of United Way of Acadiana / (1.0 LU) / Virtual / Ashland Room for Group Viewing 10:30am – 11:30am TH03 Keynote Presentation: “Four Museums” / Speakers: Thomas M.
Phifer, FAIA & Gabriel Smith, FAIA, Thomas Phifer & Partners / (1.0 LU/HSW) / Virtual / Ashland Room for Group Viewing
12:00pm - 1:00pm TH04 Keynote Presentation: “The Hidden Money in Our Projects” / Panel:
Marcel Wisznia, AIA, Wisznia Associates; Fred Malik, Fortified Products;
Neil Shah, alliantgroup / (1.0 LU/HSW) / Ashland Room for Group Viewing
1:30pm – 2:30pm TH05 Keynote Presentation: “Observations” / Speaker: Toshiko Mori, AIA / (1.0 LU/HSW) / Virtual / Ashland Room for Group Viewing
4:00pm-6:00pm AIA Louisiana Board Meeting (Board Members Required) / Ashland Room 6:00pm – 8:00pm TH06 Mini Film Festival/Movie Night + Panel Following Movies / Panel: Melinda
Taylor, Lafayette Habitat for Humanity; Leigh Rachal, the Acadiana
Regional Coalition on Homelessness & Housing; Shannon Gathings, Duvall Decker Architects / 2.0 LU/HSW) / the Acadiana Center for the Arts
Talk about variety and customization!....the Conference Planning Committee listened to direct member feedback, and the 2021 Conference on Architecture comes to you this Fall with both virtual AND in-person options!
Browse our updated Conference activity and session descriptions below, as well as
our revised conference schedule. Most importantly, be sure to register to attend –
you definitely won’t want to miss out on this experience, and we can’t wait to kick-
off what will surely be a great event.
Friday, September 24, 2021
7:00am – 3:00pm Convention Registration Open 7:00am – 5:00pm FR00 Walking Path Open
7:00am-8:30am Continental Breakfast Social / (Vermilion Ballroom Lobby)
8:00am – 9:00am FR01 Keynote Presentation: “Making Process – Explorations in Engagement” / Speaker: Nicola Springer, AIA, Kirksey Architecture / /(1.0 LU/HSW) /
9:00am – 10:00am FR02 “Growing & Promoting Diversity in Practice” / Panel: Wm. Raymond Manning, FAIA, Manning Architects; Shannon Gathings, Assoc. AIA, Duvall Decker Architects; Kiwana McClung, Assoc. AIA, ULL / (1.0 LU/HSW) / Vermilion
9:00am – 10:00am FR03 “Hurricane Laura Repairs: McNesse State University - Lessons Learned” / Panel: Wayne Domingue, AIA; Richard Rhoden, McNeese State University;
Steve Losavio, FP&C; J. Shane Higdon, AIA, Tipton Associates - Moderator / (1.0 LU/HSW) / Ashland Room
9:30am – 1:30pm Expo
12:15pm – 1:00pm Lunch for Expo Attendees, Exhibitors & Sponsors / Ballroom Foyer, Rosedown Room and Oaklawn Room
1:30pm – 2:30pm FR04 Annual Meeting / Vermilion Ballroom
2:45pm – 3:45pm FR05 "Ideas and Exploits_Occupying the Space Between" / Speaker: Matt Satter, Drophouse Design/ (1.0 LU/HSW) / Vermilion Ballroom
4:00pm – 5:00pm FR06 Keynote Presentation: "Work Soft. Play Hard." / Speaker:
Chris Baribeau, AIA, modus studio/ (1.0 LU/HSW) / Vermilion Ballroom 5:00pm – 5:30pm Break
5:30pm – 7:00pm FR07 Cocktail Reception / Sponsored by ACME Tile and Stone, Lemoine, Long Law Firm, & MAPP / Ballroom Foyer by Salons A & B
7:00pm – 9:00pm FR08 Awards Dinner / Master of Ceremonies, Christiaan Mader, Founder/Editor, the Current, Awards Jury Chair, Chris Baribeau,, AIA, modus studio /
Salons A & B / (2.0 LU/HSW)
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Thomas Phifer, FAIA will present a lecture on four museums, in four different locations, and the design concepts behind each one, focusing on natural light, architecture, and the
THOMAS M. PHIFER, FAIA
THOMAS PHIFER & PARTNERS
Raleigh, North Carolina, the Raymond and Susan Brochstein Pavilion at Rice University in Houston, Texas, an outdoor performance pavilion in Austin, and numerous houses in the Hudson River Valley of New York State.
Since 1997, Thomas Phifer and Partners has received four Design Excellence awards from the General Services Administration and more than 20 honor awards from the American Institute of Architects, as well as numerous national and international citations.
Thomas Phifer has served as a visiting professor at numerous architecture schools. Mr. Phifer received his Bachelor of Architecture in 1975 and his Master of Architecture in 1977, both from Clemson University. In 1977 he studied at the Clemson Architecture Center in Genoa, Italy.
GABRIEL SMITH, FAIA
THOMAS PHIFER & PARTNERS BI O
Gabriel Smith is a Director at Thomas Phifer and Partners, where he has helped to build the practice and mentor staff. He has also led the design and detailing of many of the firm’s institutional and cultural projects since 2005. He is currently engaged in the design for the South Battery Park Resiliency Project in BI O
Since founding Thomas Phifer and Partners in 1997, Thomas Phifer has completed an expansion of the Glenstone Museum in Potomac, Maryland, an expansion of the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York, the United States Courthouse in Salt Lake City, Utah, the North Carolina Museum of Art in
Lower Manhattan and the construction administration of the CINE Colombia Headquarters in Bogotá, Colombia. He was involved with the design of the Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, and served as the project director on the Glenstone Museum, Corning Museum of Glass, and North Carolina Museum of Art.
He holds a Master of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a
Bachelor of Architecture from Tulane University. Mr. Smith is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a LEED accredited professional, a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, and a registered architect in New York and Louisiana.
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DE SC R I P T I O N
Join in for new and updated information regarding 179D tax incentive that provides building owners and eligible designers/builders the opportunity to claim a tax deduction for installing qualifying energy efficient systems and buildings, historic tax credits that may apply to projects/developments, and information on the newly signed for Louisiana, FORTIFIED program. Is there money or incentives that you’ve been missing out on that might just pull that project to the finish line? Let’s find out!
MARCEL WISZNIA, AIA
Marcel Wisznia’s dedication to New Orleans is visible from the ground up. An entrepreneur,
community leader, developer, architect, risk taker, trendsetter, Wisznia has worked throughout his career to better the community. After graduating from Tulane School of Architecture in 1973, Marcel opened his own practice, which has been in business and developing young design talent ever since. In the 47-years of his practice, Wisznia has fought for economic, physical and social development with a conscience.
In business, there are workhorses and there are show horses, but it is rare to find a workhorse so driven to the principles of beauty and function. Wisznia’s unique point of view has been applied to developments of every sort: residential structures, parks, airports, schools, commercial buildings, and retail spaces. In 2000, Wisznia decided to change the firm’s mission. From that day forward Wisznia’s architectural practice has exclusively devoted it’s time to the firm’s development work.
And the majority of that development work is in New Orleans. As both the architect & developer, Wisznia felt he could make better decisions about design & it’s impact on a project’s financial return.
Wisznia remains active in service of his alma mater, serving on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Tulane School of Architecture. In addition, he is Past-President of the New Orleans chapter of the AIA.
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DIRECTOR OF FORTIFIED PRODUCTS
Fred Malik is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the FORTIFIED suite of programs, which seek to improve property resilience to natural disasters on a local, regional and national level. Since taking over the program in 2009, Fred has led FORTIFIED’s expansion to include existing residential, new residential and light commercial building standards. Under his leadership, FORTIFIED has quickly become the national building standard for resilience. With more than 20 years of construction experience and an M.B.A. from Virginia Tech, Fred has established himself as a recognized mitigation expert. He is a featured speaker on resilience and its value and practicality at conferences across the country. Fred is married and lives with his family in Florida.
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, ALLIANTGROUP BI O
Neil is a Technical Director at alliantgroup, specializing in the architecture & engineering, construction/contracting and manufacturing industries.
An engineer by trade, he has worked for a prestigious architecture & engineering firm, as well as a Fortune 500 software and technology company.
In his role at alliantgroup, Neil has worked with hundreds of small to mid-sized businesses and has helped them claim over $250 million in credits and incentives.
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TOSHIKO MORI, AIA
Founder & Principal, Toshiko Mori Architect, PLLC, New York, NY Portrait by Ralph Gibson
Before the foundations are laid, architecture first takes the form of thoughts and concepts. The practice of architecture begins when various, often disparate, reflections are woven into an organized structure to inquire into how buildings might confront complex issues by synthesizing design to unite form, envelope, and environment.
Unlike other disciplines, an architect’s task is not only to solve problems but also to identify them, reducing these to their component parts and observing them from another angle. We must balance ideas with rigorous observation before the designs that we imagine can become a reality.
By repeating this process – one that we
characterize with the inclusive term “observation”
– we have come to realize that the unique way in which architects conceive of and identify problems is more speculative than generic. The architect’s method is often comprehensive and open-ended, allowing multiple strands or narratives to
coalesce. The earliest stages of programming a project are preoccupied with framing and
reframing a set of criteria – observing the field of possibilities. Observation is a form of rumination, a quiet and precise practice that sets up the framework for propositions.
(from Toshiko Mori Architect: Observations, page 11, published by ArchiTangle Berlin 2020)
Toshiko Mori, FAIA is the founding principal of Toshiko Mori Architect PLLC, and the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD). She was inducted to the National Academy of Design as well as the Academy of Arts and Letters in 2020, and has been a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2016.
Mori’s recent awards and honors include the Louis Auchincloss Prize from the Museum of the City of New York in 2020; the ACSA Tau Sigma Delta National Honor Society Gold Medal in 2016; Architectural Record’s
Women in Design Leader Award in 2019; the AIA / ASCA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education in 2019; and
Architectural Digest’s AD100 in 2021. Her project “Thread: Artists’ Residency and Cultural Center” was awarded the AIA 2017 Institute Honor Award for Architecture and was one of the winners of the inaugural FIBRA Award for Contemporary Plant Fiber- based Architecture in 2019. Last year, she published two new monographs, one with a+u magazine for their February 2020 issue and another with ArchiTangle titled “Toshiko Mori Architect: Observations.” Recently, the Fass School and Teachers’ Residence won
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NICOLA SPRINGER, AIA
The design process for architecture must be both collaborative and explorative. In order to achieve diverse design options with a successful outcome, one must be fully engaged and open to exploration in every aspect of the project from the beginning: with the process, the
stakeholders and most importantly, themselves.
If you are not fully engaged, how can you expect anyone else to be?
Nicola Springer, AIA and Vice President at Kirksey Architecture in Houston, Texas, discusses her design philosophy and collaborative process that results in final designs that are successful, sustainable and, above all, relevant for the end user.
Curating on the best practices in her 20+ years of experience, Ms. Springer taps into the origin of what it means to engage, invest and lay a strong foundation for every project while collaboratively straddling the line between academia and practice.
Nicola Springer, AIA, LEED AP, is an
Executive Vice President and the Director of pK-12 Projects at Kirksey Architecture.
With over 21 years of educational design experience, Nicola believes that
architecture and the process of design should inspire creativity, engage all users, and create sustainable, healthy and happy environments.
Nicola is an award-winning architect – she has been a recipient of AIA Houston’s Ben Brewer Young Architect Award and the Houston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40.
Her educational work has also received many accolades including multiple AIA Houston Design Awards and the
prestigious TASA/TASB Caudill Award for Texas School Architecture. Most recently Kirksey Architecture received the IIDA/ALA international award for Milby High School Library.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in
Architecture from Princeton University and a Master of Architecture from Rice University. Nicola has spoken
professionally on the influences and advances of 21st century education, as well as Sustainable Design.
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AWARDS JURY CHAIR " W O R K S O F T. P L AY H A R D .“
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CHRIS M. BARIBEAU, AIA
Co-Founder & Principal Architect, modus studio DESCRIPTION
Our work in the Arkansas Ozarks is a balance between the fast-paced man-made world that is rapidly expanding in population and the rugged softness of the place, materiality and flora.
We work in soft timber, raw steel, and organic man-made forms to create
meaningful places for people to live, work, learn and play.
We frame our understanding of our context through the balance of thinking, making and doing in a practical way.
We are driven to create built environments that challenge convention and elevate human experience.
Chris Baribeau, AIA is the Principal Architect and co- founder of modus studio, a progressive and
mutable design collective. The firm is based in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and has contributed a broad range of influential, sustainable, and award-winning place-making projects to the built realm since its inception in 2008.
Together with companion fabrication lab, modus shop, the firm bridges the profession with
architectural, graphic, prototyping, and fabrication work. Craft in the hand of design and making is at the core of their design vocabulary, used to create architectures founded in a think, make, do process.
As the leader of the firm, Chris draws daily inspiration and experience from his place, the threshold between the natural and man-made world of the Ozarks. He is an advocate of conscious observation as inspiration for design and views the world around him as an unwritten instruction manual for living.
He follows an idea; the idea that architecture can be sourced from the simple, everyday experiences of life. He believes the architecture that results from these experiences can be inspiring to all people in a personal, practical, and sustainable way.
People deserve good space and good buildings,
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FOUNDER OF AREQUESTIONS.COM BIO
Elif Bayram is the founder of arequestions.com which is a website that provides practice questions for N C A R B Architectural
Registration Exams (ARE ) . She received her Bachelors degree in Architecture from Selcuk University, Turkey (2008) and Masters Degree in Architectural Design from Istanbul Bilgi
University (2010). She currently works as a Project Manager at NY City, Office of
Management and Budget , Technical Services.
While studying her first ARE exam, Elif felt the need for more practice questions so started writing her own questions to summarize her readings. In time, the number of questions accumulated over 1500 and she started sharing them with colleagues and friends. After getting great feedback from the community, and
finishing her exams, she created
arequestions.com in 2020 and started sharing her question with ARE community. In addition to the practice questions, Elif Bayram holds regular live sessions on Zoom to solve her practice questions with licensure candidates. She also offers free presentations to the architectural community regarding how to pass ARE exams, structures and study materials.
This presentation will include general information regarding all NCARB ARE 5.0 exams with a greater focus on the technical exams; PPD & PDD since they are accepted to be the hardest exams by many test-takers and unfortunately the pass rates prove them correct. I will share my favorite study
materials, strategies and test taking tips with listeners. During the Q/A session, all
questions regarding how to study and pass all ARE exams are welcomed. However, please do not share any of the content or questions you have seen in the actual exams during the Q/A session or the rest of the presentation.
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PRESIDENT/CEO, UNITED WAY OF ACADIANA
Carlee Alm-LaBar is the President/CEO of the United Way of Acadiana, a position she has held since February 2020.
After a nearly 20-year career primarily in nonprofit and
government, she assumed the role on the eve of the COVID-19 disaster. In addition to the work United Way of Acadiana has become known for in the areas of “education, earnings, and essentials” – last year saw United Way rise to the challenge feeding thousands in our communities and once again playing a critical role in disaster relief.
Known for her efforts in community engagement in both professional and volunteer roles, Carlee has been active in many community organizations in South Louisiana including board roles on organizations including the705, Leadership Institute of Acadiana, Junior League of Lafayette, Parish Proud, The Current, and several others. She helped start the Farmers Market at the Horse Farm (now Moncus Park), led the effort to adopt Lafayette Parish’s first adopted comprehensive plan, led the Fix the Charter effort in 2018, and ran unsuccessfully as an independent candidate for Mayor-President in 2019.
She has won several community awards including the Women Who Mean Business Award, 20 Under 40, and Leadership Lafayette’s distinguished alumna award – and most recently, the Rising Leader Award at the UL Women’s Leadership Conference.
She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northwestern University in Illinois and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from LSU. She is married to Will, and they have a dog Jozy.
DE SC R I P T I O N
This session will present the public engagement side of public-private partnerships and how understanding mutual benefit can assist in making your project happen. Everyone comes to a deal with motivations – and speaking to and understanding those motivations is the best way to ensure a great partnership.
These principles will help you with everything from simple partnerships to build public support all the way to complicated real estate transactions.
We'll hear from three regional leaders working to advance justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion goals across the Gulf Coastal States. Together, we'll explore specific strategies firm leaders and emerging professionals can implement to elevate these conversations within a firm setting. We'll also discuss the research and resources being developed by the AIA.
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Shannon is a leader in and out of the studio. She is a skilled project manager and designer at Duvall Decker Architects, a Mississippi firm that believes in the potential design has to create positive consequence. Shannon and has led some of the firm’s most successful projects including the Reserves at Gray Park and Operation Shoestring Renovation. She is a teacher in the studio, helping her peers as they grow and develop. She has an unwavering passion for architecture and its role in making communities healthier.
Shannon has contributed to AIA in many roles, including president of AIA Mississippi and AIA Gulf States Regional
Associate Director of the National Associates Committee. Shannon currently serves as 2021 Associate Director for the AIA National Board of Directors, following her previous position as 2020 Strategic Council Associate Representative.
SHANNON GATHINGS, ASSOC. AIA
DUVALL DECKER ARCHITECTS BIO
For over 35 years, Wm. Raymond Manning’s creative leadership has established Manning Architects with a local and national reputation in architecture, interior design, urban design, and planning. The core of his work has been the
development, planning, and urban design of the city of New Orleans before and after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In a post- Katrina New Orleans, he was responsible for spear-heading the Bring New Orleans Back Commission neighborhood planning process and the city’s Master Plan and numerous other efforts to reinvigorate and restore the city.
WILLIAM RAYMOND MANNING, FAIA
FOUNDER | CEO, MANNING ARCHITECTS
KIWANA T. M C CLUNG, ASSOC. AIA
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN, UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT LAFAYETTE
Kiwana T. McClung is a Baton Rouge, Louisiana native, and Associate Professor in the School of Architecture & Design at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. A graduate of the Masters of Architecture program at Louisiana State
University, Kiwana has previously worked on a variety of architectural, renovation, and planning projects as an
Architectural Designer with Coleman Partners Architects LLC. in Baton Rouge, LA., with emerymcclure architecture LLC in Lafayette, LA, and as a private contractor. She has served as faculty advisor to the UL chapter of NOMAS, the student organization for National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) since 2013 and serves on several shared
governance and graduate education committees at UL Lafayette. In 2016, Kiwana was awarded the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture’s (ACSA) Diversity Achievement Award for her work with UL NOMAS and for her efforts in increasing diversity within a school of architecture and curricula. She was also recently recognized by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as their 2021 Eminent Scholar in Leadership and Service, one of the highest honors awarded by UL. Kiwana’s active research endeavors concern the socio-spatial intricacies of our increasingly globalized and multi-cultural societies and how they affect the built environment, architectural education, and the profession.
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JE’NEN M. CHASTAIN, ASSOC. AIA
FOUNDER, APOSTROPHE CONSULTING BIO
Je’Nen M. Chastain, MBA, Assoc. AIA is trained in architecture and business management with a decade of
experience working with award-winning architects. She founded Apostrophe Consulting to help architects improve firm culture, and strengthen their teams and businesses. She specializes in facilitating conversations that engage multi-generational teams and has designed, developed, and presented dozens of professional development training programs that inspire next-gen leaders. She also co-hosts the podcast Practice Disrupted.
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WAYNE DOMINGUE, AIA
well as assistance with project programming, building code research and analysis, building cost analysis, specifications, field observation, and project construction administration. Over his 30-year career with ASW, Wayne routinely functioned in the capacity of Project Architect as well as the Project Manager for many of ASW’s larger-scaled and most significant work including a multitude of governmental, medical, financial, educational, religious, commercial, and recreational projects.
Wayne served as the Project Manager for ACSW as they were selected to be one of the seven
architectural firms tasked with providing services to Facility Planning and Control for the restoration of the damage inflicted by Hurricanes Laura and Delta on the campus of McNeese State University.
Wayne enjoys the opportunity to spend his downtime hunting and is also an avid supporter of University of Louisiana-Lafayette athletics and the New Orleans Saints. He and his wife Carly love traveling and enjoy taking cruises to new destinations. When at home, they love spending time with their adopted rescue dog, Cooper.
On August 27, 2020, Hurricane Laura made landfall near Cameron, Louisiana, leaving various levels of destruction across her path. In the immediate path of the storm was McNeese State University, which sustained substantial damage across its entire campus. The task of assessing and repairing this damage was paramount to the academic and financial life of the University.
The State of Louisiana and the Office of Facility Planning and Control solicited and embarked upon a massive endeavor to bring the campus back to life in just a few short months. This seminar is being presented to express the challenges that the Owner, users, and design and construction teams faced, and sets lessons learned through the entire process with a panel discussion led by those directly involved with the success of getting McNeese back to business and education.
Wayne P. Domingue has over 43 years of experience in the role of Project Manager and Project Architect. Formerly the Principal at Architects Southwest (ASW) prior to the merger with Abell+Crozier Architects to form ACSW Architects, his major areas of responsibility included overall project administration and management as
Richard Rhoden is the Director of Facilities and Plant Operations at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He was the voice and point of contact for McNeese during the Hurricane Laura repairs.
MCNEESE STATE UNIVERSITY
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STEVE C. LOSAVIO
FACILITY PLANNING AND CONTROL, STATE OF LOUISIANA BIO
Steve is a licensed Architect currently serving as an Assistant Director for Design and Construction at Facility Planning and Control in the Division of Administration for the State of Louisiana. He previously practiced architecture in the private sector for 30 years with Post Architects and Charles Schwing and Associates. He was honored to serve as AIA Louisiana President in 1999. Steve also served as the Louisiana State Capitol Architect during the Foster Administration.
J. SHANE HIGDON, AIA
PRINCIPAL, TIPTON ASSOCIATES BIO
Since 1998, Shane has been a proven project architect adept at all phases of design and construction administration. As Principal Architect, Shane is an active member of the firm’s
leadership and intern development team while making significant contributions to our portfolio of civic, educational, and healthcare projects.
In line with our other leaders, Shane is a practitioner of mentoring at the office and in the
community. A resident of Ascension Parish, he actively participates in the community by assisting with his youngest son’s baseball team and his oldest son’s band activities.
Shane served as the Project Manager for Tipton Associates as they were selected to be one of the seven architectural firms tasked with providing services to Facility Planning and Control for the restoration of the damage inflicted by Hurricanes Laura and Delta on the campus of McNeese State University. He will be serving as the moderator of this Hurricane Laura Repairs: McNeese
SPEAKER “ I D E A S A N D E X P L O I T S _ O C C U P Y I N G T H E S P A C E B E T W E E N ”
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1 .0 L U / H S W
Owner, Drophouse Design DE SC R I P T I O N
A skilled maker's understanding of specific materials evokes simple, honest design which embodies characteristics that respond to the properties of the material itself. Material driven inspiration, experiment, exploration, and refinement affords an intimate
knowledge which gives the creator the freedom to show restraint and push the limits of their medium.
Our industry is so fractured by liability, licensure, specialties, codes, products, management, methods, trades, and time that it is important to discover through a process that truly designs AND builds. Through this approach we can all gain appreciation for the whimsy of study and discovery in a construction-informed design process.
“Working with your hands lets you occupy the middle space between ideas and things”
Drophouse Design is a highly detailed, craft- oriented fabrication and design studio that works on projects across the US. The name Drophouse comes from the fabrication term “Drop” – referring to leftover material or scrap – and “house” – a place for living. We believe that in order to find truth in designing and building our profession should be devoted to both of these aspects of creation. Drophouse was established in 2012 and is based in Austin, TX .
DINNER (Conference Registration & Ticket Required)
F R I D A Y , S E P T E M B E R 2 4 - 7 : 0 0 P M - 9 : 0 0 P M S A L O N S A & B
T I C K E T S : $ 6 5 . 0 0 E A C H ( $ 8 0 . 0 0 A F T E R S E P T E M B E R 1 5) o r
T A B L E S f o r 8 a r e a v a i l a b l e ( o n l y 9 ) f o r f i r m s t o p u r c h a s e f o r $ 5 5 0 . 0 0 s o y o u c a n e n s u r e t h a t y o u r g r o u p s i t s t o g e t h e r , A p r i z e w i l l b e g i v e n f o r t h e b e s t d e c o r a t e d t a b l e ( t h e f i r m i s i n c h a r g e o f t h e d e c o r a t i o n s ) .
The Louisiana Chapter of the American Institute of Architects seeks to encourage excellence in architecture. With over 70 entries, the projects submitted cover a broad range of projects, both real and conceptual. At this dinner, Jury Chair Chris Baribeau, AIA, will present the opinions and thoughts of the jurors in their selection of this year’s outstanding examples of architecture.
HAVE DINNER, CELEBRATE GREAT WORK & ENJOY NET WORKING!
F R I D A Y , S E P T E M B E R 2 4 - 5 : 3 0 P M - 7 : 0 0 P M B A L L R O O M F O Y E R ( B Y S A L O N S A & B )
O p e n t o a l l p a r t i c i p a n t s o f t h e A I A L A C o n f e r e n c e ( A t t e n d e e s , G u e s t s , E x h i b i t o r s , S p e a k e r s & S p o n s o r s )
J U R Y C H A I R
C H R I S M . B A R I B E A U , A I A m o d u s s t u d i o
M I N I F I L M F E S T I VA L / M O V I E N I G H T + PA N E L F O L L O W I N G M O V I E S T H E A C A D I A N A C E N T E R F O R T H E A R T S
T H U R S D AY, S E P T E M B E R 2 3 , 2 0 2 1 6 : 0 0 - 8 : 0 0 P M
( O P E N T O P U B L I C )
Mini Film Festival / Movie Night: Screening of two short
documentaries about long-term strategies for housing. Films will be followed by a panel discussion on how can cities become better homes for all and what role architects can have in addressing homelessness.
M O V I E S
“ W H A T I T T A K E S T O M A K E A H O M E ”
“ M I D T O W N . A B L U E P R I N T F O R B E T T E R ” P A N E L
, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
LAFAYETTE HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
LEIGH RACHAL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
ACADIANA REGIONAL COALITION ON HOMELESSNESS & HOUSING
DUVALL DECKER ARCHITECTS MODERATOR:
GEOFF GJERTSON, AIA
UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT LAFAYETTE
Tickets can be added when registering for the conference or purchased separately.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette's School of Architecture and Design faculty, along with its students, facilitate a sequential, self-reflective, active learning exercise and self-audit that will begin in the conference hotel lobby and conclude on its walking path. This engagement opportunity will allow participants to explore the advantages of their firm's active engagement in diverse, equitable, and inclusive practice. The program is singularly focused on the business case for cultivating positive, equitable, and inclusive environments, considering workplace culture, leadership, employee development, marketing and branding, public awareness, and outreach. All these areas are keystones in line with the AIA's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Commission's Executive Summary and efforts. Please join us to explore how equity, diversity, and inclusion can enhance core values of your firm.
S O A D A C T I V E L E A R N I N G & R E F L E C T I O N P AT H F R I D AY, S E P T E M B E R 24 , 2 0 2 1
7 : 0 0 - 5 : 0 0 P M 1 . 5 L U / H S W
* B E SURE TO TURN IN YOUR HOTEL EXPLORATION PAGE , SIGNED , TO THE
C ONFERENCE R EGISTRATION TABLE TO GAIN CEH CREDIT .
“Thank you to all Conference Sponsors & Supporters”
Acadiana Center for the Arts ADG Engineering
Alexander & Sanders a Division of BXS Insurance AOS Interior Environments
Cangelosi Ward General Contractors Cosentino
Davis Design & Consulting, LLC
Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP Fox-Nesbit Guardian Glass Keogh Cox Law Firm Milton J. Womack, Inc.
STI Firestop TVM
Terracon Consultants, Inc.
2021 C ONFERENCE ON A RCHITECTURE C OMMITTEE
Natalie Breaux, Associate AIA, Conference Chair Ashley B. Davis, AIA, Continuing Education Chair Wayne P. Domingue, AIA
Kerry Frey, Associate AIA Geoff Gjertson, AIA
Jonathan LeJune, AIA, Keynote Chair Lea Jouve, Associate AIA, Awards Chair Knobbie Langlinais, AIA
Tad Sebastian, AIA, Signage Chair Mark Stielper, AIA
AIA LOUISIANA STAFF
Kathleen Gordon, Associate AIA Executive Director
Kathy D. Desselle
Director of Membership and Programs Janet C. Simoneaux