Keynote Address


8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
1 LU/HSW Hour

Barry Svigals, FAIA
Managing Partner
Svigals + Partners

The Art of Collaboration
A New Model of Personal and Professional Engagement

Sponsored by: Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc.

Why should we reinvent how our practices serve clients and learn how to be more collaborative? By rediscovering how to be more collaborative and fully engaged in client challenges — and in all aspects of building and craft — we tap into greater value and reward.

Join Barry Svigals, FAIA, on April 18th for our keynote address as he discusses traditional limitations to design practices, and reviews opportunities for “escaping the silos” and creating new competitive business approaches. These include collaborations: (1) within your own office; (2) among like professionals, including architecture and engineering firms; (3) across professional boundaries in related fields; and (4) beyond disciplines, in alliances with artists, social anthropologists, researchers and more.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss a new paradigm for addressing the challenges of the 21st Century.
  2. List recent ways in which the design professional’s role has been limited and could be more collaborative.
  3. Describe how design firms can collaborate to create valuable practice models.
  4. Explain multiple tools that contribute to a collaborative practice.


Barry Svigals FAIA is founding principal of Svigals + Partners; a 20-person architecture-and-art firm based in New Haven, Conn. Svigals + Partners is a proponent of creative thinking and artistic stimulation as a meanstoachieving breakthrough architecture and human performance. His firm has undertaken a spectrum of creative endeavors ranging from art, sculpture, furniture design, architecture, and campus planning. His clients have included a number of prominent universities and colleges such as Yale and Boston College, corporations including Pepsi and Kodak. Svigals has spoken recently for the AIA South Atlantic Region and for Ernst & Young, and is co-author of the new book “Collaboration.”