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When: 6/19/2019
6:00-8:30 pm
Where: Parsons
100 W. Walnut
Pasadena, California  91124
United States
Contact: 626.796.7601

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The American story has spread worldwide through our business interests, products and entertainment. This has been largely reflected as a success story in the global domination of our corporations and consumer culture. But no one anticipated internet or social media providing a "virtual space" for extremism to circulate false narratives about America. Who might think this might be related to World’s Fairs?

FACE OF A NATION captures the erosion of the American image as the country loses sight of its vision and values. Probing deeply into national identity, architect Mina Chow investigates the controversy surrounding US participation at World’s Fairs for the last 25 years. The film asks important questions about the country’s role in the world and perceptions of the American image. With our diminished presence at World’s Fairs, have we lost sight of what it means to be American?

Mina Chow has been touring and educating nationally about the abolition of funding to represent the BEST of the American people. With Expo 2020 Dubai is less than two years away, spreading truth has become more important than ever. Daughter of immigrants, an idealistic American architect struggles to keep her dream alive as she journeys to discover why America abandoned World’s Fairs.

Learning Objectives:

1: Participants will learn about 20th century history of U.S. design participation at category 1 universal expos, providing historical context of the practice of design throughout this period. This provides an overview of how design innovation was realized by American architects working in the public sector from the 20th century to recent times.

2: Participants will learn about important issues in American leadership and the role of design diplomacy in the cultural context of World Expos and international exhibitions. Ethics are presented in cases studies in Seville, Shanghai and Milan when appropriations are withheld from practice and operations. Participants will explore the developing ethical role of architecture in public diplomacy and international relations as essential knowledge for design professionals practicing globally.

3: Participants will become familiar with, discuss and debate ethical issues in U.S. legislation and the importance of design leadership and advocacy. Participants will be exposed to some of the complexities and rules of professional conduct by licensed professionals working with the federal government.

4: Participants will learn and discuss recent legislation, public policy and reforms implemented by the State Department for design excellence with respect to the design of U.S. Pavilions overseas and the role of design innovation in cultural diplomacy. Participants will explore federal laws in the practice of Architecture for U.S. representation.

Please join us for this special opportunity!

Wednesday, June 19
6:00 - 8:30pm

100 W. Walnut Street
Pasadena, CA 91124

Participants shall enter Parsons parking lot from Walnut Street WEST gate (north side of property). Guests should pull a ticket and enter the WEST lot and proceed to park in open lot. Tickets will be validated at the Security station upon initial entry to the building and at no cost. Tickets will be required to exit the parking lot. Enter the Tower from the WEST side entrance and report to Security station for badging.


$10 AIA member
$20 Non-AIA member
$5 Student

refreshments will be served!



Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made at least one week prior to the event will be refunded, less a $10 cancellation and processing fee. No refunds for cancellations will be given after that time. No refunds shall be issued for no-shows. Registration may be transferred to another individual.” AIAPF reserves the right to cancel any event where the minimum number of pre-registration registrants is not met. If such a cancellation occurs, registrants will be notified and given the opportunity to select an alternate and comparable event to attend. In the event such an alternate and comparable class is not available, then the registration fees will be refunded as appropriate. Further, dates, times, classes, program subject matter, instructors, panelists and fees are subject to change, without notice, at any time at the sole and absolute discretion of AIAPF. 



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