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Illinois at A'18 NYC
More than 300 Illinois architects traveled to NYC for this year's annual convention. A few of our members told us about their takeaways:


Janeen Harrell, AIA


The fellows’ investiture ceremony at St Patrick’s Cathedral was absolutely stunning. I could just imagine the long path that each honoree had traveled to arrive at this point of recognition and I was particularly proud to see two women who have mentored me over the years, Dina Griffin and Zena Howard, celebrated.

In a seminar on sustainability action planning, I learned how stretch goals can increase team creativity/effectiveness and the importance of having a mechanism in place to track and revisit plans once set.

I met and talked with architects from the Bahamas, Nigeria, Thailand, and Japan! I think we were mutually inspired by the capacity of architecture to build cultural bridges.


Terence A. Moeller, AIA, LEED AP BD+C


The conference was a great introduction to New York for me. Cool things included walking the neighborhoods and the High Line.

My visit to the 911 memorial was sobering and inspiring.

I learned technical details in educational sessions, historical facts about the city on an architectural boat tour and gained insights into the perspectives of others during business session discussions and keynote speeches.

I had an interesting conversation with someone I knew previously, learning a more about them and gaining additional respect for them.
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