AEI 2011

Special Events

ATTENTION: Registration is open!
Check out the Preliminary Program and Technical Grid for more information.



Wednesday, March 30

Autodesk Gallery Tour in San Francisco

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

The Autodesk Gallery at One Market Street in San Francisco will be open on Wednesday, March 30, from noon to 5:00 p.m.. Attendee's can travel via BART is just a short BART subway ride from the Conference hotel in Oakland to the Embarcadero Station in San Francisco. It has a large number of impressive threedimensional and other exhibits created with design and modeling software, including examples of both architectural and engineering applications.

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Welcome Reception

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Reconnect with former colleagues and meet new friends at this year's Welcome Reception. Enjoy light refreshments in the exhibits area as you network and discuss which sessions to attend.

Thursday, March 31

Opening Plenary & Continental Breakfast

8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

A multi-disciplinary team from Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) will discuss interdisciplinary
architectural/structural collaboration using the San Francisco International Airport Terminal, the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, the Huawei Shanghai Campus, the San Bernardino Courthouse, and the Cathedral of Christ the Light as case studies. The presentation will discuss the design, detailing, documentation, and execution phases illustrating the collaborative process, citing examples from the case studies.

2011 AEI National Student Conference

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m

The 2011 AEI National Student Conference will bring together the Student Chapter Officers and other members of the AEI Student Chapters across the country. They will meet to share their experiences and discuss common issues, and will hold the election of the AEI National Student Officers. Their participation in this year's Conference will enable them to interact with practicing engineers and other professionals and also to attend the final of the AEI Student Competition and sessions of the 2011 Architectural Engineering Conference.

ASCE Charles Pankow Foundation Annual Architectural Engineering Student Competition

8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Thanks to a generous grant of the Charles Pankow Foundation, AEI established in 2009-2010 an annual architectural engineering student competition ( This year's competition will challenge students to address the design issues for a new Contemporary Art Museum located in San Francisco, California. The proposed project site is located at the intersection of Moraga Avenue and Montgomery Street.

The competition has been designed to reflect the Pankow goals: 1) To improve the quality, efficiency and value of large buildings by advancing innovations in structural components and systems that can be codified; and 2) To improve the performance of building design and construction teams by advancing integration, collaboration, communication, and efficiency through innovative new tools and technologies, and by advancing new means and methods for project team practices.

The finalist teams will present their designs to a prestigious jury of leading experts in each of the categories: structural system design; mechanical systems design; electrical systems design; building integration design; and innovative construction management and construction methods focused on integrated design teams and design/build delivery.The event will be recorded and broadcast live over the Internet. The winners will be announced at the Awards Luncheon on Friday, April 1.

Walking Tour to Cathedral of Christ the Light

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

After the concurrent technical presentation sessions in the early afternoon, a guided walking tour of the Cathedral of Christ the Light will occur. The building is a spectacular work of architecture that integrates an innovative combination of structural materials (steel, concrete, glulam timber, aluminum), dramatic glazing, and seismic isolation.

Career Fair & Reception in Exhibit Area

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

A career fair and reception in the exhibit area will provide a unique opportunity for leading architectural engineering firms and a large number of highly motivated architectural engineering students (student chapter leaders, finalists of the AEI Student Competition, etc.) to get to know each other. Employers seeking to recruit bright young employees will have an opportunity to introduce their firm to many promising students, review resumes, and possibly make appointments for interviews.

Friday, April 1

Plenary Session

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

The team for the California Pacific Medical Center Cathedral Hill Hospital Project will discuss
"Integrating Lean and Green" on this most innovative urban replacement hospital project that is breaking new ground in multiple areas of design and operations. Project team members from different backgrounds (CM/GC, subcontractor, architect, structural engineer, etc.) will discuss lean design, collaboration, information flow between designers and trades, design optimization, production planning, role of technology, co-location, and contractual and financial framework.


ACE Mentor High School Program

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The nationwide ACE Mentor program, established in 1994, connects high school students with practitioners in the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering fields. Students work in after-school sessions on design projects. Local ACE Mentor students will have a special session on April 1 in which they will present their projects and listen to a university student, university professor, and design professional explain what can lie in store for them in the architectural engineering field.

Awards Luncheon

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

A number of outstanding professionals and students will be honored at the Awards Luncheon on Friday, April 1. The awards to be presented include: the winning and runners-up teams in each of the 5 categories of the AEI Student Competition; the newly promoted Fellows of AEI; the Best Paper in the Journal of Architectural Engineering; the Outstanding Reviewer Award for the Journal of Architectural Engineering; the Best Conference Paper Award; Charter Certificates for the AEI Student Chapters; and Certificates of Appreciation for extraordinary service to AEI and the profession.

Offsite Student Event

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.



Saturday, April 2

University Student Tour of San Francisco

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

On Saturday, April 2, students can travel by subway (BART) to San Francisco for a walking tour of the high-rise downtown area and waterfront. In addition to a walking tour of new and renovated buildings, a visit to a design office is planned.