Build America Summit


Join AIA, allied industry partners, and national thought leaders in a critical conversation to renew and rebuild America’s social infrastructure—the public buildings and spaces that are the heart of our communities.

The Build America Summit—hosted by AIA President Russell Davidson, FAIA—provides an unparalleled opportunity to develop critical recommendations for the future of America’s communities, cities, and towns. Add the power of your voice to this important exchange as we work together to define the challenges and develop solutions.


November 29, 2016

8:30am Welcome remarks by AIA President, Russell Davidson, FAIA

8:45am AIA public survey findings

Russell Davidson and Robert Ivy, AIA EVP/Chief Executive Officer, discuss key survey findings of public’s expectations on the role and value of public buildings and spaces in their communities.

9am Neglect, decline, and consequence

Discussion of the failure to address the needs of public buildings and spaces compounds communities’ problems—economic base, civic participation, cost of providing services, affordable housing, social issues of health, education, crime, poverty.

Moderator: Russell Davidson, FAIA, AIA President


  • Jeff Vincent, PhD, Deputy Director, Center for Cities and Schools, University of California-Berkeley
  • Kathryn Madden, AICP, Principal, Madden Associates
  • Dr. Mindy Fullilove, Professor of Urban Policy and Health, Urban Policy Analysis & Management Program, Milano School for International Affairs, Management & Urban Policy, The New School for Public Engagement.
  • Dr. Richard Jackson, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
  • Kevin McQueen, Board Chair, Partners for the Common Good

10:15am Keynote, Jonathan Rose, Jonathan Rose Companies, author “The Well Tempered City”

11am Break

11:15am Buildings that define a community

The contribution of specific buildings—schools, libraries, cultural institutions, historic buildings, community centers, and public spaces/parks.

Moderator: John Dale, FAIA, Chair of the Committee on Architecture for Education, Harley Ellis Devereaux (CA)


  • Jonathan Rose, Jonathan Rose Companies
  • S. Dallas Dance, PhD, Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools
  • Nan Whaley, Mayor of Dayton, Ohio
  • Dr. Julie B. Todaro, Dean Library Services, Austin Community College; President, American Libraries Association
  • Margaret Castillo, FAIA, LEED AP, Chief Architect of the New York City Department of Design and Construction

12pm Lunch

1:15pm Philadelphia hybrids: Bringing together constituencies to create new civic places

Moderator: Inga Saffron, architecture critic, The Philadelphia Inquirer


  • Dan McCoubrey, FAIA, President and Principal, Venturi Scott Brown and Associates
  • Lindsey Scannapieco, Managing Partner, Scout Limited

2pm Current examples leading the way

Case studies of how architects and communities successfully address reinvestments.

Moderator: Carol Loewenson, FAIA, LEED AP, Partner, Mitchell | Giurgola, New York


  • Shannon Kraus, FAIA, FACHA, MBA, Principal, HKS
  • David Trevino, FAIA, LEED AP, Senior Program Manager, Facilities Architecture & Engineering Division, City of Dallas
  • Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, Commissioner, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation

2:45pm Break

3pm Keynote, Tyler Duvall, Partner, McKinsey & Company

3:45pm Meeting local need with local solutions

Public/private partnerships and citizen involvement

Moderator: TBA


  • David Dixon, FAIA, Urban Places Group Leader, Stantec
  • Brian Depew, Executive Director, Center for Rural Affairs
  • Kurt Weigle, President & CEO of the Downtown Development District of New Orleans
  • Stephen Goldsmith, Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and Director of the Innovations in American Government Program, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government

4:30pm Day one wrap-up

4:30-6:30pm Reception

November 30, 2016

8:45am Recap of day one key insights

9am Keynote: Mitch Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans

9:45am Opportunities, obstacles, and economics

How to tackle reinvestment issues and make the case

Moderator: Alan Greenberger, Drexel University Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Architecture & Interiors; Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation


  • Kermit Baker, Chief Economist of the AIA
  • Patricia Saldaña Natke, Founding Partner, UrbanWorks
  • Christopher Leinberger, Chair, Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis, George Washington University
  • Jess Zimbabwe, Executive Director, Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership, National League of Cities

10:30am Break

10:45am Five strategies to renewing communities’ essential buildings

Representatives from key design and construction organizations discuss the 5 Summit panels and their potential to advance the most compelling recommendations. Potential panelists include representatives from:

  • Robert Ivy, EVP/Chief Executive Officer, American Institute of Architects
  • Carol Rhea, FAICP, President, American Planning Association
  • Charrisse Johnston, ASID, IIDA, LEED AP, American Society of Interior Designers
  • Mark A. Focht, FASLA, Past-President, American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Brian Pallasch, CAE, Managing Director, Government Relations & Infrastructure Initiatives, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Stephen Sandherr, Associated General Contractors
  • Dominic Sims, Chief Executive Officer, International Code Council
  • Patrick Phillips, Global Chief Executive Officer, Urban Land Institute

11:15am Keynote: Ambassador Richard N. Swett, FAIA, Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer of Climate Prosperity Enterprise Solutions, Concord, New Hampshire

12pm Day two wrap-up led by Russell Davidson, AIA President


Registration for the Build America Summit is closed.


A block of rooms is available  at the Crowne Plaza Times Square at a special rate of $259 (plus taxes and fees). Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel and travel arrangements.

  • Book your hotel >
  • Reserve by November 7 to receive the group rate. Be sure to mention the AIA Build America Summit.
  • Cancellation policy: 24 hours prior to arrival.  
  • Hotel contact info: (888) 233 9527 or (212) 977 4000.


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