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A'19 Conference on Architecture | Blueprint for a Better Future

  • Las Vegas, NV United States (map)

About the Convention

This year’s AIA National Conference on Architecture will be held in Las Vegas. With this year’s theme of “A Blueprint for a Better Future”, Las Vegas is an ideal setting for architects to come together to discuss the challenges facing the profession.

A’19 includes programming sessions on artificial intelligence, data visualization, 3D concrete printing, Amazon Spheres, tall wood, nano-grid condos, immigrant architects, overcoming homelessness, the latest in WELL design, the energy-hog myth, designing border crossings and ports of entry, zero net energy affordable housing, new codes and standards, and architecture tours of local standouts like Frank Gehry’s Lou Ruvo Brain Center, Seven Magic Mountains, and the Downtown Container Park.

Early bird registration begins now. Please visit A’19’s official website for more information on tickets, programming, and logistics.


About Vikki Lew, A’19 Presenter

Vikki Lew is a member of AIA Shanghai | Beijing executive committee. She Co-Chair’s the Awards and Young Architects committees. In addition, she has helped secure the ARE’s availability in mainland China, previously only available in Hong Kong. Her involvement has helped the chapter greatly expand its offerings and services to architects throughout Greater China.

We are proud to announce that Vikki will be presenting on Life Cycle Assessment for Bespoke Facades at this year’s convention.


SA315 - Life Cycle Assessment for Bespoke Façade



Saturday, June 8
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Las Vegas Convention Center Room N120


Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a nascent device to help architects measure the environmental impact of building design. Its introduction in LEED v4 opened the door for this valuable process to be integrated into the architectural profession.

Join this session to learn more about three scenarios of LCA application to facade design: Industry standards, existing building evaluation, and design decisions.

How can LCA impact resources, emissions, and global-warming potential? You'll discover the benefits of adopting tighter energy-related standards and using LCA in facade evaluation as well as how quantitative analysis can inform material selections to optimize energy use.

Alton Chow, AIA IR VP Candidate



Alton Chow is currently Past President of the Shanghai Chapter and is an active leader since its inception. As the first elected President, (2018) Chow’s core agenda was to develop the operational platform to stabilize the Chapter and enable future growth and development. Under Chow’s leadership, the chapter started their monthly newsletter, more than double the programming by providing over 30 events consisting of monthly lectures, building tours, and social mixers, expanded operations into Beijing, and launched the inaugural awards program and banquet where over 300 participants attended the sold-out event. Within the community, Chow was responsible for setting up a strategic partnership with Hong Kong University and found a new home for the Chapter at their Shanghai Campus, developed a partnership with the USGBC and became a named sponsor at their Greenbuild Summit, signed the first ever MOU with the Architecture Society of Shanghai (ASSC) to encourage unity through design, and lead the successful bid to host the 2019 AIAIR Conference in Shanghai. Prior to this, Chow served as Vice President (2017) and Sponsorship Chair (2016) and has been a member since 1999. Besides the AIA, Chow was also on the Advisory Board for ULI, (2016-2018) a member of YPO, (2018-present) and Board Member of the Syracuse University School of Architecture. (2015-present)


With my experience as a regional leader in a Fortune 500 company and as the President of the Shanghai Chapter, I have learned the importance of developing strong relationships with people. It is only through involvement that goals can be achieved. The International Region comprises of the largest variety of cultures and generations but in the end, all of us are Architects and we need to focus on that and build an organization of encouragement and inclusion. If elected as First Vice President, my core goal will be to grow involvement and to try to develop a culture of empowerment to enable the Chapter to have a long future of succession, stability, and expansion through the development of future leaders.


Alton Chow is Vice President, Asia Pacific at AECOM (2018-present) and leads Transit Oriented Developments. Succeeding from his prior role as Managing Director of East, Central, and West China, (2014-2018) his focus is on strategic development and management for integrated services which encompass Design, Build, Finance, and Operational disciplines. Prior to joining AECOM, Chow was Managing Director at Woods Bagot Shanghai (2013- 2014) and part of the Asia Regional Executive Committee, Senior Associate at Gensler (2009- 2013) serving as Studio Director and Practice Leader for Commercial, Hospitality, and Mixed-Use, and Managing Director for Wilson Associates (2006-2009) launching and driving the China practice. Educated with a Master of Architecture from Syracuse University (1994-1997) and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at the University of California, Irvine (1990-1994) Chow has over 20 years experience and has built a reputation in the industry by implementing innovative methodologies and strategic thinking to enhance the delivery of high-quality integrated projects thereby rethinking and changing the way the industry operates.

Greg Yager to be Inducted as FAIA

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It is with great pleasure that AIA Shanghai announces the elevation of Mr Gregory Yager to Fellow of the Institute (FAIA).  He will be inducted into the College of Fellows at an investiture ceremony on June 7th during this year’s AIA Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Please join the Chapter in congratulating Gregory Yager, FAIA, on this honor and on his continued success as an architect and AIA Fellow.