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Architects, Designers, Manufacturers + Editors Gather at Metropolis’ AIA Celebration

Photographs by Jake Frisbee

Metropolis Gathers Diverse Group of Architects, Manufacturers + Editors at AIA Kick-Off Celebration

A select group of architects, designers, manufacturers, and editors gathered in New York this June to officially kick off the American Institute of Architects’ annual conference, which made its Manhattan comeback after three decades away. Metropolis Magazine hosted the event in partnership with Hunter Douglas Architectural and Convene at the latter’s luxe, new co-working space in downtown near Wall Street. A diverse group of about 150 partygoers — from Metropolis, Perkins+Will, SOM, SmithGroup JJR, Gensler, Hunter Douglas Architectural’s ceilings and windows divisions, NBK North America Terracotta, the Municipal Art Society of New York, Convene, HOK, Arup, Ballinger, Cameron MacAllister, Perkins Eastman and more – mixed, mingled and swapped conference agendas the night before the action-packed AIA expo formally opened.

While munching on passed hors d’oeuvres and sipping cocktails, wine and beer, invited guests previewed the best of AIA’s programming ahead of the first day of the conference. Together, editors Anna Fixsen and Zachary Edelson broke down this year’s AIA theme, “Blueprint for Better Cities,” offering insight and suggestions of panels and roundtables for attendees to check out. Later, guests kept the conversation going amongst themselves, discussing hot topics like equity within firms, community impact design, healthcare design, social housing and the best AIA-led tours taking place that week. Photographer Jake Frisbee was on hand to capture the action – take a look!

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