Convention Schedule

Official Events

Thursday, March 22nd

9:00am – 5:00pm | Check-In | The Boardroom, 2nd floor

12noon – 5:00pm | Delegate Check-In & Credentials| Corinthian Lobby, 2nd floor

9:50am – TBA | Architecture Firms Tour | Hotel Lobby

4:00pm – 5:00pm | Convention Primer | Chapter Room, 4th floor

6:15pm – 7:00pm | Blue Wonders Self-Guided Tour | National Aquarium, Inner Harbor

6:45pm – 11:00pm | Welcome Reception | National Aquarium
6:45pm | Group Photo

Friday, March 23rd

7:00am – 9:00am | Breakfast Buffet | Hotel cook-to-order Buffet

8:30am – 12noon | Business Session | Corinthian Room, 2nd floor

12noon – 1:00pm | Lunch | Marble Room, 1st floor

1:00pm – 1:45pm | Ritual Workshop | Corinthian Room, 2nd floor

1:00pm – 1:45pm | Alumni Involvement Intro| Roman Strada
Thinking about getting involved as an alumni but don’t know where to start or don’t think you have the time? There are many opportunities at all levels of commitment from the annual cameo up to Grand Council participation. Come talk with other alumni about getting involved!

2:00pm – 3:00pm | Committee Meetings | TBA

3:00pm – 4:00pm | Business Session | Corinthian Room, 2nd floor

4:00pm – 6:30pm | Workshops| See details below

4:30pm – 6:00pm | Alumni Happy Hour | Roman Strada, 2nd floor
Are you in an active or inactive Alumni Association, or are you considering joining or starting one? Alumni Associations are a great avenue for alumni participation both locally and nationally. Join us for a casual happy hour to catch up with other alumni and discuss the ins and outs of association involvement and any other alumni-related topics on your mind!

6:30pm – onward | Evening on your own

Saturday, March 24th

7:00am – 10:30am | Breakfast Buffet | Hotel cook-to-order Buffet

8:30am – complete| Business Session | Corinthian Room, 2nd floor

business – 2:00pm | Lunch and Marketplace | Doric Room, 4th floor

2:00pm – 5:00pm | Alumni Forum | Veteran’s Room
Join your Alumni Director team to discuss in depth the various ways alumni are represented throughout the Fraternity. We will explore topics including our 10-year alumni plan, how the Alpha Rho Chi Foundation can support alumni, how alumni funding is spent at the national level, and future plans for these funds.

3:00pm – 4:00pm | AIA Emerging Professionals workshop | 3rd floor

5:30pm – onward | Banquet Check-in | Corinthian Lobby, 2nd floor

5:30pm – 6:15pm | Pre-Function Reception | Foyer

6:15pm – 11:00pm | Annual Banquet | Edinburgh Hall and Mirror Room, 5th floor

To be Scheduled

Time | Audit Committee | Location

Time | APX Foundation Meeting | The Boardroom, 2nd floor

Ritual Workshop: Friday

All active members and recent grads are strongly encouraged to review the various portions of The Ritual during this hour-long workshop. Learn tips on planning and performing the Ritual from both the Worthy Grand Lecturer and members of other chapters. This is an opportune time to re-familiarize yourself with the Ritual before performing it for your chapter initiation in the spring, as well as to ask questions regarding hazing and risk management.

Risa Schoenfeld is Alpha Rho Chi’s current Worthy Grand Lecturer and a Hadrian Chapter alum. She has participated in four new chapter installations as well as a variety of chapters’ initiations. She has also lead multiple Ritual/risk management workshops. Risa graduated from Tulane School of Architecture in 2013 and currently works at a mid-sized architecture firm in New York City.


The following workshops are currently planned:

4:30pm – 5:15pm | Awards and Scholarships | Tuscan Room
John Conway, Awards Coordinator

4:30pm – 5:15pm | Memberplanet | Ionic Room
Grand Council

4:30pm – 5:30pm | Lighting for Mood (CEU) | Composite Room
Brice Ohl

From retail spaces to office buildings to medical facilities, architects and lighting
professionals are increasingly innovating lighting approaches to reinforce brands, create specific physical and emotional responses from the occupants, and enhance the quality of interior environments. This visual-rich presentation will delve into techniques being employed by designers, corporations, and institutions to create specific moods and reactions while also providing safe, energy efficient lighting solutions.

Attendees will:
– recognize how lighting has a direct correlation on the emotional responses that an occupant has to a space.
– recognize how lighting has a direct correlation on the physical responses that an occupant has to a space.
– explore how to incorporate lighting to enhance a marketing message or create a specific reaction from occupants in a space.
– design lighting to maintain safe and code-required levels while also creating subtle moods dictated by the planned aesthetic goals of the project.

5:15pm – 6:00pm | Community Service and Fundraising | Tuscan Room
Olynthius Chapter

5:30pm – 6:30pm | Recruitment and Member Retention | Ionic Room
Maggie Mueller, Colony Director

5:30pm – 6:30pm | Photography | Collonade (off-site)
Emily Lewis, Worthy Grand Estimator

Head outside for an architectural photography tour in downtown Baltimore. See and learn about some of Baltimore’s most famous historic buildings and get some tips to improve your photography. We will explore how understanding light, composition and depth can take your photography to the next level. All skill levels and camera types welcome!

Emily Lewis is Alpha Rho Chi’s current Worthy Grand Estimator and a Vitruvius Chapter alum. She lives in Baltimore and works at a mid-sized landscape architecture firm just up the street from Convention. She is also a photographer who launched her small business in 2017 and has a passion for photographing landscapes and architecture as well as portraits, families and events.

5:30pm – 6:30pm | NCARB | Composite Room
Jared Zurn, AIA, NCARB Director of Examination

Join Jared Zurn for a presentation about your career in architecture, licensure, and beyond. Topics will include:
– The entities involved in the licensure process
– How to progress successfully through the Architecture Experience Program (AXP)
– Brief overview of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE)
– The value of the NCARB Certificate
– Recent changes to NCARB programs

The presentation will also cover tips to making a successful transition from school to work and pursuing licensure once employed. Following the presentation there will be a question and answer session.

Jared Zurn joined the Council in 2008 as Assistant Director ARE Development with a primary focus on the research and development of the graphic portions of the Architect Registration Examination. Throughout his tenure at NCARB, Zurn has been involved with all aspects of the examination including both written item and graphic item development, examination security, the 2012 Practice Analysis of Architecture, and most recently the beginning implementation of ARE 5.0. Promoted to Director in 2013, Zurn is an advocate for transparency into the examination with a focus on refining the efficiency of the process while maintaining high standards and measurement quality.

A graduate of North Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Architecture, before joining NCARB, Zurn operated a sole proprietorship in northern Minnesota. He also served as faculty of the Architectural Technology program at Minnesota State Community and Technical College. While at MSCTC, Zurn served in campus and college wide academic leadership roles. As an educator, he specialized in CAD software implementation and BIM solutions using both AutoCAD for Architecture and REVIT Architecture. During his tenure at MSCTC, he led the Architectural Technology program in the areas of curriculum development, course assessment and program outcome assessment.

Master Architect Robert Ivy

Robert Ivy, Master Architect, EVP/CEO AIA

Delegates are invited to Saturday afternoon tea with Robert Ivy at 2pm.

Robert Ivy will also participate in the Emerging Professionals conversation as well as speak at the Annual Banquet.

Robert Ivy is the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), a dynamic AIA network 217 accredited chapters and 91,000 member architects and design professionals committed to enhancing the built environment. As an architect, he is strengthening the Association through advocacy, public outreach, and education initiatives that help members serve clients and communities in a global era of challenge and change.

Under Robert’s leadership since 2011, the AIA is transforming to serve the architecture profession in the 21st century. He is repositioning the AIA from its rich legacy into a proactive, responsive, and influential organization. Chief among his and the organization’s goals are heightening public awareness of the value and relevance of all architects.

Signature accomplishments include streamlining AIA governance to improve decision-making, building a new digital-first technology infrastructure, and launching an award-winning public awareness campaign. Robert’s latest focus is shifting AIA resources to prepare architects for their role in addressing today’s pressing issues—climate change, sustainability, and the impact of design on public health.

Prior to his AIA service, Robert was Vice President & Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction and Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record magazine. Under his editorial leadership, Architectural Record earned numerous publishing industry honors, including the premier magazine journalism award, the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award for General Excellence, an unusual achievement for a professional journal.

Robert was also honored by the national architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi, for his effectiveness in communicating the value of design. Robert shares the designation “Master Architect” with iconic architects, such as Mies van der Rohe, Richard Buckminster Fuller, and I.M. Pei. He is one of seven to receive this honor in the fraternity’s 100-year history and the only architect selected in the 21st century.

Robert is the author of the definitive biography Fay Jones: Architect, now in its third edition, and speaks frequently to lay audiences about the role and meaning of architecture in our lives.

Emerging Professionals: Engaging with the AIA

Jonathan Tolbert, AIA Center for Emerging Professionals

The AIA advocates for the value of architecture and gives architects the resources they need to do their best work. Join Jonathan Tolbert, Assoc. AIA, for an discussion on how you can connect with the AIA locally and nationally. We’ll explore national initiatives and local efforts that keep you plugged in and engaged with your architectural community. Together we will drive positive change through the power of design.

Jonathan Tolbert is an architectural professional who seeks to understand how architecture can empower communities and be a catalyst for change. During the day, he is a Manager in the AIA Center for Emerging Professionals creating programs, events, and initiatives to support the career development and elevate the voice of emerging professionals. He manages the National Associates Committee, and develops educational tools to bolster the architectural pipeline. In his free time, Jonathan is the Director of the Washington D.C. chapter of Open Architecture Collaborative, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving underrepresented and marginalized communities.

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