AIA Maine to Host the 2016 AIA New England Design Awards and Regional Conference

AIA Maine is excited to host the 2016 AIA New England Design Awards Program and Regional Conference September 30 + Oct 1st in Portland.

The festivities will kick-off on Friday, September 30th with the New England Design Awards Celebration and Saturday, October 1st will feature a full day of programming and tours showcasing Maine's design community and its strengths. Slated programming includes roundtable discussions about regionalism, passivhaus, and the COTE 2030 challenge.

Feel free to share any ideas you have about how to best showcase Portland and Maine by emailing:

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Susan T. Rodriguez FAIA

Susan T. Rodriguez FAIA

Keynote speaker is Susan Rodriguez FAIA, a founding partner and design principal in Ennead Architects, recipient of the AIANY Medal of Honor, the Smithsonian Institution-Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, and the National AIA Firm Award. Her award-winning portfolio, which includes projects for civic, cultural, and educational institutions, has been recognized for design excellence, innovation in sustainability, and its contribution to the public realm. Through her work she seeks to create an architecture fused with its surroundings and inspired by its program. 

As an extension of her professional work, Rodriguez actively promotes the importance of design in the public realm, serving on the boards of the Architectural League of New York, and Art Works Projects: Art + Design for Human Rights. She lectures frequently on her work and has taught numerous design studios at Cornell University, Columbia University, and City College. Additionally, she serves on the board of the Collegiate School and the Chewonki Foundation.

Rodriguez received her bachelor of architecture degree from Cornell where she serves on the Dean's Advisory Council and the University's Board of Trustees. She received her master's degree in architecture from Columbia University. She is a national peer for the General Services Administration and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

The 2016 AIA New England Design Awards program is open for registration through Friday, August 5th, 2016 (submission deadline: September 2, 2016).  Details can be found at:


Jeannette Schram