AIA Las Vegas 2019 January Membership Meeting "Blueprint For Better"
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When: January 23, 2019
5:30 - 8:00pm
Where: Clark County Government Center
500 S Grand Central Pkwy.
Las Vegas, NV  89155
Contact: Kelly Lavigne

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AIA Las Vegas Membership Meetings

"Blueprint For Better"


As we move into 2019 and beyond, incoming President Dwayne Eshenbaugh, AIA has developed a theme that will engage our members and benefit our community.  Blueprint for Better: Explorations into Affordable Housing and Homelessness” is the overall theme for AIA Las Vegas Chapter throughout 2019. As we look to identify the specific needs in our own community where the “Blueprint for Better” concept can be applied, we must recognize the need for shelter, and the need to address the long standing issues of affordable housing and homelessness. The Chapter’s “Blueprint for Better” will consist of Exploration into Affordable Housing and Homelessness, with the objective of creating positive change, solving homelessness and leading the way to a better community.

Shelter, along with food and clothing, is one of mankind’s most basic and essential necessities, and the essential purpose of architecture. Yet in a nation of abundance, thousands of our citizens of all ages are without homes or shelter of any kind.  As of January 2018 in Southern Nevada there were 1295 unaccompanied homeless youth, 505 chronic homeless, 106 homeless families with children and 6083 homeless on any given night. This is a problem that can be solved.  Who, other than AIA Architects, is better equipped to address this problem and find solid solutions?  Who, other than you, can make positive change?

Our January Member Meeting will be the initial launch of this year-long program, and all members are invited and encouraged to attend, participate and learn more about what architects can do to solve these problems in our community. This first meeting will be a panel discussion providing insights and an assessment of the latest information on these issues, including what is and has been done to alleviate this problem and how AIA Las Vegas can make real change for the better.

Join the “Blueprint for Better” task force with your fellow AIA members to find the solution.  Members will work together throughout the year in idea sessions, charrettes, focus groups and presentations to find the best solutions. 

The moderator for the January 23rd program is Patrick Panetta, AIA, Director of Project Management for Arizona State University, and a leader in bringing about a national AIA initiative to address Affordable Housing and Homelessness.  Subsequent programs will include

May 15, 2019

Presentation on Affordable Housing – Best Practices

August 23, 2019

24-Hour Charrette – Solutions to Homelessness


Oct. 16, 2019

Final Presentation of AIA LV Blueprint for Better – City Hall

The success of our year depends upon the support and participation of our members.  We are asking all members to join out Blueprint for Better efforts to explore and solve the issues of homelessness and affordable housing for our community. 

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