John Torti will be speaking at the AIA Convention 2014 on June 26th. His seminar, titled “How Neighborhoods and the Buildings That Inhabit Them Can Change the World”, will begin by walking participants through the current state of and the most pressing issues facing the architecture community and world community as a whole. From climate change, natural resource depletion, and rapid urbanization of the world, how we build moving forward will determine the quality, or availability, of life in the future. ??With such a macro discussion of dilemmas, how should a single architect work to make positive change and impact? From the level of one project by one architect to projects which engage a village up to those which require a nation to be successful, the discussion will demonstrate how at all levels of project size and scope, positive change can be made and can serve as a catalyst.

Mr. Torti is a member the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows and is a LEED Accredited Professional. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and currently serves as a member of the Advisory Council for their School of Architecture. As a testament to his design leadership, Mr. Torti was awarded the Paul H. Kea Medal for Leadership by the Potomac Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 2007.