Celebrate Architecture 2020

Celebrate! Architecture 2020

Friday, December 11th
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Manship Theatre, Baton Rouge, LA

Early Registration is Now Open!

***6 credit hours of HSW continuing education***

The 21st Annual Celebrate Architecture is just around the corner … so circle Friday, December 11th on your calendar. Early registration deadline is Thursday, December 3rd.

We’ve assembled a compelling group of speakers, so join over 250 of your fellow architects and students from across the state at the Manship Theatre at Shaw Center for the Arts in downtown Baton Rouge. Our four speakers will begin the morning session by presenting an overview of each of their firm’s work. The afternoon session follows, and allows each speaker to delve deep into a single project; describing the inception, design process, and resolution.  It promises to be a day of architectural inspiration, a chance to interact with colleagues, and have a little fun in the process at a great venue.

Our 2020 Speakers
Alan Ricks, AIA, Int FRIBA
MASS Design Group, Boston

Alan is a Founding Principal and the Chief Design Officer of MASS Design Group. He leads strategy and design of the 100-person firm, which has projects in over a dozen countries that range from design to research to policy—a portfolio that continues to expand the role of design in advancing a more just world.
In 2017 Alan and MASS were awarded the National Design Award for Architecture from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. First launched at the White House in 2000 as an official project of the White House Millennium Council,  Read more »

Dominic Leong, AIA & Christopher Leong, AIA
Leong Leong, New York & Los Angeles

Leong Leong is an internationally-recognized architecture agency based in New York. We work with diverse clients to build cultural resonance and advance social agendas within the built environment. Founded by brothers Christopher and Dominic Leong, our practice works as designers and thought partners, frequently expanding the role of the architect to integrate design, strategy, and architecture. Read more »


W. Geoff Gjertson, AIA
University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Geoff Gjertson has been a practicing architect for thirty years in Texas and Louisiana and a professor for twenty years at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Gjertson has had the great opportunity to teach every level of architectural design, professional practice, design history, theory, and building systems. His research has focused on the integration of the professional and academic worlds through educational design/build and community service. The Building Institute which he co-founded in 2003 has designed and built over $2 million in projects in Lafayette, Louisiana in support of many underserved communities especially through Lafayette Habitat for Humanity. In his twenty years of teaching, Geoff Gjertson has mentored over 600 students. Along with Gjertson, six of his past students will present the BeauSoleil Home, MODESTEhouse, 1020house, and Lafayette Strong Pavilion.