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Design Forum IX Features Adjaye, Eizenberg, Freear, Cruz

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Design Forum IX: An Architecture of Necessity speakers include David Adjaye, RIBA, who recently made news by being selected to design the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.; Teddy Cruz, AIA, an internationally recognized San Diego-based architect who studies the relationship between architectural sites and their impact on urban spaces; Julie Eizenberg, AIA, whose Santa Monica firm has achieved international acclaim for its ground-breaking work on housing and community-based projects; Andrew Freear, director of Auburn University’s Rural Studio which was launched in 1993 to address the need for affordable housing in one of America’s poorest counties; and moderator Clay Risen.

“Anyone who cares about architecture cares about its potential to improve the built environment,” says Design Forum IX organizer Bill Richards. “But, it goes beyond Q-drums and little pink houses. Design Forum IX is about redefining what ‘necessity’ is in design and considering architecture as an instrument of change. “

“Architecture is a socially-charged act,” he added. “We are proud to present four practitioners who represent different scales of thinking and building towards that end.”

Spaces are limited and registration is required. The cost to attend is $145 for AIA members and individuals registering before Feb. 20. After Feb. 20, the cost to attend is $195. Student tickets are $20. Register by visiting the Design Forum IX website.

The Design Forum IX is presented by the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects. Now in its eighteenth year, the Design Forum continues a tradition of matching urgent topics with engaging speakers, which have included Samuel Mockbee, Charles Gwathmey, Michael Rotondi, Olga Vazquez-Ruano, Will Bruder, Gregg Pasquarelli, and Monica Ponce de Leon.

The Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects represents more than 2,000 Virginia architects. The Society is dedicated to advancing knowledge of the art and science of architecture among professionals and expanding awareness and appreciation of architecture. For more information, contact the Virginia Society at (804) 644-3041 or visit

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