October 5th - 9th 2017
*A detailed conference description and program will be published in 2017.
The name of this conference, Prague 20/20, has double meaning. The first is, in 2017 it will be twenty years since AIA Europe last hosted a conference in Prague. The second is perfect sight; hind sight. In this case we will be looking back at what has developed in Prague in last 20 years, while also re-visiting the cherished historic sites.
Prague 20/20 will be the first joint conference between AIA Europe and AIA International Region, bringing together a diverse AIA membership from around the globe who will gain a wealth of knowledge about architecture and urbanism through the particulars of this European city.
The conference will begin with an introduction to the history of Prague from the Holy Roman Emperor Karl IV to the Second World War, providing the necessary context for understanding the city's latest developments. The overview will be presented in lecture format and walking tours of Old Prague – the Charles Bridge, Wallenstein Palace, The Prague Castel, churches, synagogues and the Municipal House.
The conference will then focus on the newest urban developments that have taken shape around the Soviet-built metro lines, originally built to bring people from Prague city center to the socialist housing blocks. Today, many new projects have formed around these important transit hubs.
Prague 20/20 is planned to coincide with Prague Architecture Week, providing attendees with many more opportunities to see and learn about contemporary architecture and design during their visit. We hope to see you there.
Conference Chair: Vincent Marani AIA
Conference Organizing Committee: Thomas Bitnar FAIA, Elan Fessler AIA