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With the Southeast region facing the highest growth rates in the country, the design and construction industry is confronted with an emerging issue: how to answer our need for increased development without diminishing our quality of life.

Join us in the historic Savannah as we explore these issues and position the design community to lead our region in responding to the growth and density challenge. Along with education opportunities, this conference provides an opportunity to network with the region's top designers and decisions makers in the design industry.

Featured Keynotes

Peter Cavaluzzi, FAIA

As a design principal of Perkins Eastman (formerly EE&K), Peter’s work has focused on projects that increase the scale and density of existing urban fabric. By introducing projects with design excellence,  Peter will explain how existing communities can embrace them as improving to their quality of life as compared to resisting these changes. Projects that focus on the public realm, improving the pedestrian experience, can add to the urban vibrancy of existing communities. With design solutions that embrace the existing historic and urban fabric, new projects can fit in rather than be seen as altering existing neighborhoods in negative ways. Peter also will show how public participation in the design process leads to communities embracing this change because they have a voice at the table that can influence the end result.

Paul Morris FASLA

As one of the largest urban infill projects in the nation, the Atlanta Beltline provides a unique case study that addresses the topic of this conference, how to grow in large, urban areas. Discover how an underutilized railroad corridor which surrounds Atlanta is being converted to Transit-Oriented Development which will provide new multi-modal transit connectivity and provide development opportunities for significant mixed-use increased density. The introduction of a network of public parks, with significant public art, created vibrant people spaces for, not only the new residents and users of the mixed-use infill, but from the surrounding existing neighborhoods

 Steve Dumez, FAIA

In over 25 years of professional practice, Steve Dumez has lead the design of complex projects in a wide range of building types. As Director of Design for our practice, he oversees the design of all projects from concept to construction documents, working closely with a team of senior designers in ensuring the consistent quality level that drives our design-first practice. His engaging design process concentrates on first developing a detailed design program for clients including building image and brand goals, program compliance and ultimately physical design drivers. Under his design leadership, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for design excellence, including more than 25 national design awards and an additional 100+ awards at the local, state and regional levels.