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The Professional Practice Forum, presented by AIA Connecticut through a grant from AIA Trust, is an excellent opportunity to explore practice areas with an incredible line-up of esteemed speakers from around the country. Andrew Swartzell, LEED AP, Associate and Director of Design Computing, at Pickard Chilton will participate in the Design and Technology panel discussion.

In the past two months, the tech behemoths Airbnb and Microsoft announced substantial expansions in the city of Atlanta. They are not alone, and it is no coincidence that the city continues to grow as an East Coast tech hub with an abundant skilled workforce and economic incentives. Companies are treating such expansions as flagships and are investing heavily in the facades of the new developments to establish an area-wide presence. Pickard Chilton Associate Deborah Lukan will join David Leonard, Gordon Beckman and Katie Angen for a panel discussion that will examine how architects can harness the incredible potential of this trend and gear their buildings to the specifications of such particular clients.

Principal Jon Pickard will join TJ Atkins, Carrington Brown and Dennis Tarro for a panel discussion covering commercial development in surban real estate. Coined by John Burns Consulting, "surban" defines areas of suburban development that feel urban, with walkability to great retail from a house or apartment. 

How would it change your life if you had everything you needed within a 15-minute walk? Throughout the world, architects, city planners and community organizers are constructing aesthetically pleasing, human-centered cities that rely less on cars and other nonrenewable resources while providing more opportunities for people to live well. From bikes to helipads and high-speed trains, experts from around the world and close to home are developing the latest strides in transportation and eco-design. Join radio journalist and moderator John Dankosky for this series of short presentations from around the world followed by a panel discussion, in partnership with architecture firm Pickard Chilton and the CT Mirror.

Principal Anthony Markese joins colleagues from across the real estate industry to discuss The Future of Office Design and Development: Wellness, Efficiency and Flexibility.


Pickard Chilton is one of fifteen Connecticut firms that support the 2030 Challenge since the program's inception in 2006. Jon Pickard, Principal at Pickard Chilton joins colleagues, to talk about why they joined the commitment, what they have experienced so for and how this commitment has challenged their thinking on sustainability and energy efficient design. The conversation will be moderated by Karl Hennig of Pickard Chilton.