Professor Diana Agrest will deliver the keynote speech at the Iowa AIA Annual Convention

September 04, 2012

Image credit: Agrest & Gandelsonas, John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park, Des Moines, IA

Image credit: Agrest & Gandelsonas, John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park, Des Moines, IA

Diana Agrest and Mario Gandelsonas, principals, Agrest & Gandelsonas, will present the lecture Achieving Maximum with the Minimum at the 2012 AIA Iowa Chapter Annual Convention on Friday 28 September, 2012 in Des Moines, IA.

The keynote will address design methods and process, from concept to the use of materials and building both in Architecture and Urban Projects; summarize design concepts about the ways of interpreting siting, context, history and culture in projects at Urban Scale, whether Master Plans or building complexes at that scale; assess the relationship between research and the design process as a continuous system; and conceptualize team work in a partnership.

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