Are you ready to take our A/E/C community to the next level? Then join us for the Building Communities Conference and Tradeshow! For 30 years, we’ve been bringing together industry leaders, innovators, and changemakers to share their knowledge, network, and grow together. This year’s event promises to be our biggest and best yet, with an exciting keynote speaker, informative workshops, and the latest products and services on display. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and take your profession to new heights!
JOIN US FOR THE BUILDING COMMUNITIES CONFERENCE AND TRADESHOW 2023!
WE’RE CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF GROWTH AND INNOVATION!
MEET MICHAEL FORD, AIA, NOMA, NCARB
THE HIP HOP ARCHITECT
Michael Ford, AIA, NOMA, NCARB, is an award-winning architect and academic whose mission is to promote diversity in the architecture, engineering, and construction fields through culturally relevant pedagogy. Known as “The Hip Hop Architect,” Ford is making waves in the design world with his pioneering program, The Hip Hop Architecture Camp, which uses Hip Hop culture to introduce underrepresented youth to architecture and design. This unique approach to diversifying the design professions has earned Ford national acclaim, with features in media outlets such as Oprah Winfrey Network’s Super Soul Sunday, The TODAY Show, Rolling Stone Magazine, Architect Magazine, and Vibe Magazine.
As a sought-after speaker, Ford delivers keynote addresses at major design conferences including the American Institutes of Architects National Conference on Architecture, American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference, SXSW Eco, International Interior Designer Association, Interior Designers of Canada, Interior Design Show Toronto, NeoCon, and his TEDx talk, “Hip Hop as Modernism’s Post Occupancy Report” is widely recognized.
In addition to his work with The Hip Hop Architecture Camp, Ford is the Founding Principal of BrandNu Design Studio, where he leads the design of notable projects such as The Universal Hip Hop Museum in The Bronx. He recently served as the President of Wisconsin’s Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects, an organization he worked tirelessly to charter. Under his leadership, the Wisconsin Chapter won NOMA’s Chapter of the Year award. Ford has received numerous accolades for his contributions to the field, including the 2022 Wisconsin Young Architect of the Year, the Spirit of Detroit Award, Top Innovator in Anti-Racism, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Programming.
At the heart of it all, Ford is a devoted husband and father to his sons, the late MJ3, and Mason. With his exceptional experience, accomplishments, and dedication to promoting diversity in the field, Ford is a true leader in the world of architecture and design.
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Main Street of the Valley: Buildings and Landscapes of Business 83
by Stephen Fox
8 LU/HSW Credits
BCC’23 CALL FOR PROGRAMS DEADLINE CLOSED
We are looking for engaging, timely, and relevant sessions on a wide range of topics, including practice, accessibility, community, sustainability, historic preservation, and more. Interactive presentations are highly encouraged, as are panel presentations and sessions that qualify for HSW credit.
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