Art in Architecture

Purpose-Driven Design: The Impact of Social Responsibility on Architecture

Hosts: Rubina Siddiqui, Assoc. AIA, Senior Product Specialist – BIM Solutions, Vectorworks Inc.
Steve Alden, AIA, NCARB, Architect, Vectorworks Inc.

Architectural design begins with a desire to fulfill a client's specific needs. But what if the design also needs to address the aspirations of an entire civilization? Today, the challenges of managing resources, population growth, changing climate, and economic disparity all impact the purpose of architecture. Technological advances bring increased power to the design process, and contemporary architects are viewing the world through a wider lens than ever before. They want to contribute real and meaningful solutions that improve the lives of those touched by their work while ensuring the long-term stability of the environment. Join us for an examination of the work of several architects who are designing with genuine purpose and a commitment to sustainability.


Learning Objectives:

  • Discover why today’s designers choose to take a broader approach to their creative solutions by considering the social impact of what they build.
  • Examine how students in design programs are responding to, and influenced by, important sustainability initiatives.
  • Identify how technological advancements in design software and construction methodology help achieve better building performance.
  • Investigate the work of several practitioners who have made a commitment to purpose-driven design.


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