Webinar Series: Architecture in Dialogue


Architecture and design must begin in dialogue. The consideration of multiple issues and the inclusion of all voices is necessary to ensure that the built environment truly serves and uplifts the entire community. This need for input and involvement is especially important at a time when, whether through shifts in social norms or more sudden upheaval due to climate or disease, the built environment must change to be at once resilient and sensitive.

Hosted by The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, this webinar series examines several topics that underscore the importance of this dialogue. Panels for each webinar include individuals from a variety of fields to engage with these challenging topics from the perspective of their discipline and experience. There will be opportunities for attendees to comment and ask questions.

This series is presented in partnership with the Aga Khan Council for the USA and will feature Aga Khan Award for Architecture projects that are illustrative of meaningful community collaboration and thoughtful design. Established by His Highness the Aga Khan in 1977 and organized by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), the Aga Khan Award for Architecture is given every three years to projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation, and landscape architecture. Through its efforts, the Award seeks to identify and encourage new building concepts that successfully address the needs and aspirations of societies across the world, in which Muslims have a significant presence. For more information, visit this website.

Please visit this digital exhibition, sponsored by the Boston Society of Architects, to learn more about the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and view each of the prize-winning projects from the 2019 Cycle.

About the Aga Khan Council for the United States of America

The Aga Khan Council for the USA is the social governance structure for Ismaili Muslims. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, the Aga Khan Council is supported by numerous volunteers throughout the country who provide their time and talent toward improving the quality of life of the community. His Highness the Aga Khan is the 49th hereditary Imam, or spiritual leader, of the Shia Ismaili Muslim Community. The Ismaili Muslims are a culturally diverse community living in over 25 countries around the world. They adhere to a 1,400-year tradition of Shi’a values that are expressed through a commitment to a search for knowledge for the betterment of self and society; embracing pluralism by building bridges of peace and understanding; and generously sharing of one’s time, talents, and material resources to improve the quality of life of the community and those among whom they live. For more information, visit the.ismaili.


Webinar: Placemaking and the Future of Monument Avenue

How do we create places that are meaningful and inclusive in a community? Panelists in this webinar will examine the concept of placemaking and will discuss this question (and others) in the context of Richmond’s “Grand Avenue.”

Date and Time:
Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Webinar: Community Needs and Revitalization in Richmond’s East End — The Kitchens at Reynolds

A multi-partner revitalization initiative seeks to address issues of poverty and lack of access to healthy food, education, and opportunity in Richmond’s East End. In this webinar, panelists will discuss how these community needs led to the completion of one part of this initiative, The Kitchens at Reynolds.

Date and Time:
Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Webinar: Healing Spaces — How the Coronavirus May Impact the Built Environment

How can architects, designers, and urban planners, apply the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic in rethinking the built environment? Panelists in this webinar will explore the potential implications of the pandemic on building design and urban planning.

Date and Time:
Thursday, November 19, 2020, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Webinar: Adaptive Reuse in the Old Dominion (and Beyond)

What happens when a building or space outlives its purpose? Panelists in this webinar will explore the many benefits, as well as challenges, of adaptive reuse, here in the Commonwealth of Virginia and elsewhere.

Date and Time:
Thursday, January 28, 2021, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Webinar: Ecological Resiliency and Design Inspiration — The 2019 Cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture is presented every three years to projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, and preservation. This webinar will present several award-winning projects from around the world, each focusing on ecological resilience and sustainability.

Date and Time:
Thursday, February 18, 2021, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Webinar: Climate Change, Inequality, and Sustainability in Richmond

In Richmond, climate change has affected and will continue to impact historically marginalized communities the most. In this webinar, panelists will examine the relationship between 20th century urban policy, racial inequality, and climate change in Richmond, and what we can do about it.

Date and Time:
Thursday, March 11, 2021, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.