In addition to our sessions, we enjoyed attending many of the other great sessions organized at the event this year. Michelle Obama’s first post-White House speaking engagement did not disappoint! She spoke about her transition to private life after leaving the White House, the importance of investing in our cities, supporting education for children and flexibility for women in the workforce. She shared her personal story of advocating for herself in terms of an increase in salary and flexible work hours as a working mother trying to balance it all. One thing she said which stood out to us was, “Education, to my mind, is key to giving women the voice, the structure, the strategy, the tools to improve their conditions. Because if you change the life of a woman, you change the life of a community, a family, a nation.”
As the closing keynote, Amy Cuddy ended the conference on a strong, inspiring note with her talk on power. She explained the thinking of the power-pose which teaches people to be present and confidently affects their behavior. Amy told the audience her story of her biggest challenge and how in the critical moment she gave the worst Elevator Pitch in the history of elevator pitches. She explained how this taught her the need of power and how approaching a challenge with self-doubt and anxiety is not being present. Presence reveals itself when we believe our story, convey confidence without arrogance and communicate harmoniously.
It was an exciting, fun and invigorating few days. We’ve pulled together some our top tweets from sessions we led to sessions we loved and everything in between. How was your conference experience?
With a site master plan authored and contextual knowledge established, the Virginia Tech Architecture + Design students from our CDR OpenLab Studio at Payette jumped into the next phase of the semester: designing five landmark buildings. The weeks leading up to the midterm were fast and intense, the design process modeled after how we practice at Payette.
Check it out on our Blog on how they understood and processed the complexity of the program typologies, began the design process with model making, and to utilize the 3D visualization – one of the most unique services we have at Payette from the Design Visualization Group. We put on goggles and zoomed out to look at the relationships between the buildings and the site. From this experiential lens, students were able to refine the massing and site placement of their buildings to embrace their neighbors.
On the day of the midterm review, our Payette and Virginia Tech crew were joined by Shelley Martin, Jordan Rogove, and Mimi Love. The new perspectives of our guest jury resulted in a rich and diverse discussion with each group.