LARGER than Life

March 1, 2005
A city known for its "high rollers" hosts the 2005 AIA Convention and Exposition.
The American Institute of Architects 2005 National Convention and Expo
for building and design industry professionals is slated for May 19-21, 2005, at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Glittering lights and the Grand Canyon, casinos and ghost towns—Las Vegas is a culture unto itself, and this larger-
than-life city provides a fitting backdrop for this year's
convention theme, "The Power of Architecture: Imagine, Create, Transform." This year's event offers more than 160 continuing-education sessions, 60 tours,
50 special events, and more than 800 leading-edge companies exhibiting their products and services.

Three particularly intriguing events are in store at this year's convention. On Thursday,
May 19, join Las Vegas legend Steve Wynn and developer Tony Marnell of Marnell Correo for a conversation about the future of Las Vegas and other communities. Attendees of A Conversation with Steve Wynn and Tony Marnell will be among the first to experience the latest in Las Vegas resort hotels, hear from the key people who changed the landscape of Las Vegas, and hear an insider's view about the many dining and entertainment options at Wynn Las Vegas.

On Saturday, May 21, noted architect Santiago Calatrava, FAIA, will give the theme
presentation and share his captivating perspective on architects and architecture. Calatrava combines the three professions of architect, sculptor and engineer into a vital force where anything is possible, and the influence of art and his enlightened attitude toward structural engineering lend his designs a playfulness, grace, fluidity, exuberance and dignity that set him apart from others. His design's three-dimensional freedom is equally innovative in structure and form, and is often characterized by curvilinear roofs, great soaring spaces,
symmetry, and biological and kinetic forms.

In addition, the wealth of knowledge from industry experts on products and services available on the expo floor will allow attendees to earn additional CES credit.
AIA Expo2005 presents two easy- to-add learning opportunities—expo education sessions and CES Theatres, where attendees can earn up to eight additional HSW Learning Units. And, with more than 800 companies and more than 185,000 square feet of products, technology innovations and services that impact the entire building
community, they can survey the entire marketplace for the products, systems and services needed to improve businesses' efficiency and earnings.

For those who want to experience firsthand historic and natural landmarks, or a behind-the-scenes look at the casino and hospitality industries that have made Las Vegas the entertainment capital of the world, numerous tours are being offered that illustrate why the "City of Lights" is truly a miracle in the desert. Attendees will visit Death Valley, the Yucca Mountains or Zion National Park; the mythical landscape work Double Negative, or some of the newest Clark County K-12 facilities; Hoover Dam, one of America's "Seven Modern Engineering Wonders," or the "back of the house" of some of Las Vegas' most popular casinos; The Lakes of Las Vegas; the Las Vegas libraries; Boulder City; the Biosphere; the photovoltaic array at one of Nevada's latest and most diverse sustainable design projects; and many others.

AIA Las Vegas has put together three exhibitions. The Vegas Century will feature
100 buildings, people and ideas that have made Las Vegas the world's most dazzling city. Ten Years of Excellence in Design will showcase the award-winning projects of the AIA Nevada Excellence in Design Awards Program. Emerging Voices: Artists and Architects will compare and contrast the extraordinary talents of some of the most innovative young designers in Las Vegas.

For more information about the AIA 2005 National Convention and Expo2005,
call (888) 242-1824 or visit

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