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Professional Practice in the Public Interest

October 14, 2013


October 14, 6 pm, Crosby Hall 301, UB's South Campus

Leading professionals John Peterson and John Syvertsen will lead a discussion on the very real challenge of building a profitable, sustainable business around a movement that includes pro bono practice. Join us for a conversation between two leaders who have embraced design for the public interest in very different ways.

John Peterson is the founder of Public Architecture, a non-profit organization that has become the leading advocate for social impact. John Syvertsen is a senior principal at Cannon Design and directs the firm's social sustainability efforts by leading a group called the Open Hand Studio.

After a brief introduction to public interest design, Peterson and Syvertsen will moderate a conversation with select UB faculty and Buffalo practitioners. Expect lively dialogue on the business case for implementing pro bono work, the movement's relevancy to the ongoing repositioning of the American Institute of Architects, and ways to leverage social issues as design opportunities.

This event is sponsored by Cannon Design's Open Hand Studio, The Buffalo Architecture Foundation and the School of Architecture and Planning.

AIA Continuing Education Credits Available