David Oakland Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

by Lynelle Douma, Marketing Coordinator

On May 19, members of the VMDO team traveled to Philadelphia for the National American Institute of Architects’ 2016 Convention.

A major highlight of this year’s convention was the investiture ceremony where the 2016 Jury of Fellows elevated 149 AIA members to the prestigious College of Fellows. Our very own David Oakland was among those elevated to the College of Fellows- one of the highest professional accolades an architect can receive. Congratulations to David and the other 148 FAIA recipients!

VMDO attendees enjoyed several insightful sessions at the three day convention. Our head of design research, Dina Sorensen, participated in the Committee on Architecture for Education Research Roundtable. The short talk addressed the vital importance of research as architects and planners strive to create meaningful learning environments that enrich students’ opportunities, readiness to learn and the ability to lead healthy, engaged lives. The newly formed interdisciplinary task force affords the CAE the opportunity to work together across disciplines to prioritize research activities and practice-relevant topics with a special focus on the learner and learning futures.

Overall, the AIA Convention 2016 was a momentous occasion. We are looking forward to next year’s event in Orlando!

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