Every two years, the Alberta Association of Architects hold a conference in the beautiful Rocky Mountains in Banff, Alberta appropriately titled, Banff Session. The conference provides an opportunity for those involved in the practice of architecture and interior design to discuss their work, ideas, beliefs, and attitudes in an arena of open dialogue, in a unique context unencumbered by the everyday pressures and activities of the workplace.
Banff Session has historically been attended by a full house of approximately 450 architects, interior designers, academics, and students from all parts of Canada and the United States.
How does an architect from Western Europe design a school that the locals adopt as their own for a community in Bangladesh? How does an interior designer create work environments for a corporation to embrace, and even enhance, a corporate culture they are not a part of?
In an industry becoming increasingly more globalized, architects and interior designers are working in countries, and among cultures, that are very different from their own. Many times, these projects - museums, memorials, libraries, art galleries and corporate headquarters - hold a special significance in the community: they represent the collective character of a group and how that image is presented to the rest of the world.
At Banff Session 2012, five speakers will explore how Cultural Context impacts and enhances design decisions and working methods while connecting people to places.