Elizabeth Diller, Professor of Architecture at Princeton University and founder of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, has been named as a keynote speaker for the 2017 AIA Conference on Architecture, which will be held between April 27-29 in Orlando, USA.
The move comes after the organisation was criticised for a lack of women speakers with 50 architects, practices and architecture students issued a letter voicing concerns over the fact that just one woman was to take the podium.
”If the AIA was serious about changing its image—and we do not mean a superficial marketing strategy—then they should lead the profession and put forward a panel of keynote speakers that is reflective of the diversity in architecture,” stated the letter.
”When the AIA states that they are committed to ‘’broadening equity, diversity, and inclusion in the profession of architecture through dedicated leadership,’’ we must ask where are the diverse leaders?”
The event will also give a stage for the Pritzker Prize winner Alejandro Aravena and Francis Kéré, who were also commissioned to design the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion- they are among the keynote speakers at this year’s AIA National Convention.