Keynotes, instructors, & more
As the economy rebounds, the architecture profession is confronting a new business landscape, a zero-carbon imperative, and indisputable demands for equity in the workforce. Hear from some of the biggest names in architecture, design, and beyond who are harnessing their passions to find new ways to thrive and reshape the future.
Each day will have two keynote events.
Opening keynote June 17: José Andrés
Chef, restaurateur, and humanitarian José Andrés has achieved independent success in a competitive industry, which he has parlayed into a values-driven enterprise. Keynote host Roman Mars will interview José about using the power of core values to drive creative and business goals.
Closing keynote August 19: Venus Williams
Tennis champion and entrepreneur Venus Williams has always been a steadfast advocate for equality. Keynote host Roman Mars will interview Venus about the need for change, purpose-driven leadership, transformation, and resilience.
June 17 Keynote panel
Kim Yao, AIA, Sheela Søgaard, Deryl McKissack, and Gregg Pasquarelli, AIA, are leaders from the breakout firms of this generation. Don’t miss their keynote panel on transforming the business of design, where they’ll talk with keynote host Roman Mars about firm resilience and the future of architecture.
July 8: Dr. Robert Bullard
Race and class map closely with pollution, unequal protection, and vulnerability. In his keynote, Dr. Bullard will address environmental racism, climate justice, smart growth, and regional equity.
July 29: Shelley Halstead
After attending law school, Shelley Halstead launched Black Women Build – Baltimore, a homeownership and wealth building initiative. Shelley will share how she’s creating intergenerational wealth by empowering women and communities.
July 29: Gabriella Gómez-Mont
Gabriella Gómez-Mont is transforming Mexico City into a nexus for the kind of architecture cities demand. Her newest project, Experimentalista, will debut in Amsterdam, London, and Mexico City this summer. Don’t miss Gabriella’s take on what architects need to understand to design creative solutions.
August 19 Keynote panel
What external forces will shape architecture and design over the next year? Jonathan Jones, Liz Haggerty, Phil Bernstein, FAIA, and Tiffany Hosey will dive into the new tech, business models, social pressures, and more that will shape the built environment in this exclusive one-hour “tour.”
Keynote host: Roman Mars
Roman Mars is the host and creator of 99% Invisible, one of the world’s most popular podcasts about architecture and design. He’s back at A’21 to host several keynote events and introduce the topics and big ideas our remarkable speakers will share with you.
All speakers & instructors
Every year, some of the most creative architects and firms share proven insights, project takeaways, lessons learned, and new ways forward. Browse the list below to see who’s leading sessions at A’21!