Studio 6mm Principals, Brian Szymanik and David Quadrini, will present a seminar titled, “Adapting Sacred Spaces for Today’s Civic Needs” at the 2019 AIA Tri-State Design Conference in October 2019. The seminar will highlight the Firm’s role in the 2018 Sacred Places Civic Spaces Initiative undertaken with Philadelphia’s Community Design Collaborative, Partners for Sacred Places, and Zion Baptist Church. Sacred Places/Civic Spaces brought congregations, communities, and design professionals together to pursue a new preservation strategy—re-envisioning underutilized religious spaces as community hubs. The architects will share their community engagement process, the resulting design proposals, the next steps identified to turn these proposals into built reality, and the various solutions that are needed to preserve and protect historic sacred places.
The 2019 Tri-State Design Conference is hosted by AIA New Jersey, AIA Pennsylvania, and AIA New York State. With a theme of “Breaking Ground,” the conference will be held October 17-19 in Albany, NY. Educational sessions will highlight ways that architects are breaking ground across a variety of program tracks. This session will be highlighted in the design track.