1. Design in the Desert

Design/build, local materials and regional sourcing, and stewardship of the built environment are all central to today’s conversations about architecture. But they’ve also been central to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin Fellowship curriculum for the last 81 years. That last point about stewardship—and, in particular, “compatibility”—will be the subject of the 2013 AIA Taliesin Colloquium (Oct. 18–19 at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Ariz.), titled Design+History and sponsored by the AIA Historic Resources Committee.

Learn more at aia.org/hrc.

2. Front of Mind

There’s been a lot of talk lately about how architects can reposition themselves in the marketplace. Sure, integrated project delivery and building information modeling have been game changers for design and construction. But if architects don’t have the native skills to think collaboratively, technology won’t do much to help them find new business. Join the AIA Center for Integrated Practice, AIA Utah, and the University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning (in partnership with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture) for Forefront: Architects as Collaborative Leaders (Oct. 24–25, Salt Lake City), to find out what’s next for design and practice.

Learn more at aia.org/cip.

3. Don Your Façades

New York’s Storefront for Art and Architecture has hosted a wonky architect-centric Halloween party for the last two years. Attendees have included everyone from a walking envelope (representing the “The Politics of the Envelope”) to a conjoined couple (masquerading as Le Corbusier’s “Open Hand Monument” for Chandigarh, India). The organizers for this year’s theme, Corporate Avant Garde, have asked participants to reflect on the “favorable and feared” aspirations of architecture for the Oct. 19 party.

Learn more at storefrontnews.org.

4. Practice Makes Perfect

If you work in an architecture firm of any size, you probably have at least one copy of the AIA’s Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice. As practice has shifted over the years, the handbook has responded with chapters on everything from personnel management to marketing to ethics. The 15th edition, which will be published next month by Wiley, may be the most responsive yet—with an emphasis on perfecting a small-firm practice, fostering diversity, and engaging public interest design.

5. Boundary Conditions

Since 1994, the International Union of Architects (UIA) has convened its Professional Practice Commission to make recommendations on global standards for professionalism. This year’s meeting in Beirut (Dec. 12–13) will address implementing the UIA Accord on Recommended International Standards of Professionalism in Architectural Practice, first adopted in 1999, and enhancing its Architectural Practice Around the World database. The database offers comparative data by country and subject and is focused on assisting architects in transnational practice.