The annual convention of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) officially kicked off in Denver yesterday. Among other highlights, public interest design leader Cameron Sinclair will be taking the stage today as one of three keynote speakers for the event. For years–literally until the past year or two, under the leadership of EVP/CEO Robert Ivy–the AIA turned a blind eye to the field of public interest design. It’s heartening to see that starting to change, and so it’s a major milestone to have Sinclair speaking for so many today. The following is an excerpt from a recent AIA profile on and interview with Sinclair:
At 38, Sinclair says he feels like “one of the grandfathers” of the public interest design movement. As the market for architects has faltered in recent years, his work has begun to be seen as less of a charity arm of the profession, and more as an exciting new province that can set the tone for generations of architects to come. There’s a sort of worldly globe-trotting sophistication to Sinclair’s work–in Peru one week, Port-au-Prince the next–but there are steps any architect living anywhere can take, even just philosophically, that can lead them towards greater public engagement and outreach.
Click here to read Cameron Sinclair’s interview with the AIA in anticipation of his AIA Convention keynote address today, online at AIA.org. Caption: The above is a YouTube video, titled “We’re at a Great Moment in Our Profession,” recorded in May as a teaser for Sinclair’s keynote.