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PRT: Retrofitting Suburbia for 21st Century Challenges

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Please join AIA Atlanta for February's conversation: Retrofitting Suburbia for 21st Century Challenges!

The Principals' Round Table (PRT) breakfast on February 11th will feature Ellen Dunham-Jones. Ellen is an award-winning architect, professor and Coordinator of the MS in Urban Design at Georgia Tech. She is an authority on suburban redevelopment and is co-author with June Williamson of "Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs," (Wiley; 2009, 2011, 2013) which has been featured in The New York Times, TED, PBS, and NPR. Her research intersects trends in contemporary theory, health, and real estate development.  

The subject of Ellen's presentation will be how architects are helping communities retrofit underperforming suburban property types to address the multiple challenges of sustainability, public health, affordability and desirability at a time of rapidly changing generational preferences. Drawing on her database of over 1200 case studies across the country, Ellen will provide both an overview of trends in suburban redevelopment as well as presentations of projects that are raising the bar.


Each month, principals, executives and senior leaders from Atlanta architecture firms meet at the Principals Roundtable - PRT - to hear about and discuss matters of mutual interest and relevance to our business and industry. Each meeting includes a presentation/program followed by Q&A or a moderated roundtable discussion relevant to attendees' work and positions. Program topics typically fall into one of six general categories:

Design . Business Trends / Best Practices . Architectural Education / Generational Issues . Local / Political Issues . Environmental Issues & Sustainability . Technology & Innovation

Earlier Event: February 10
GreenLaw Luncheon w/Jan Schlictmann
Later Event: February 11