Hobbs to Speak at IIT College of Architecture

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On October 24, 2012, Michael Hobbs of PahRoo Appraisal & Consultancy, will speak about Real Estate Valuation and Entrepreneurship at Illinois Institute of Technology's College of Architecture

"Great architecture is a shining example of entrepreneurial thinking and application at work," said Michael Hobbs

Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Architecture is a master’s level course led by Mark McKinney at IIT’s College of Architecture which teaches future architects the practical aspects of entrepreneurial small business management, to develop a comprehensive opportunity assessment and to develop the skills necessary to improve the odds of success. By integrating classroom learning with real-world experience, students gain an invaluable perspective on the intersection of architecture and entrepreneurship.

On Wednesday, October 24, 2012, Michael Hobbs will speak on the role of innovation in architecture as a competitive differentiation as well as technology trends impacting the architecture profession. Topics to be covered will range from methods to promote innovation amongst team members, to the use of technology to improve efficiency, to the opportunity for architecture and design to influence value, and entrepreneurial thinking for success. The talk will be followed by a question and answer session focused applying and deepening the students learning objectives.

Michael Hobbs, SRA, LEED GA, is the President of PahRoo Appraisal & Consultancy, a multi-disciplinary real estate appraisal and consulting firm founded in 2000. He is a state-certified real estate appraiser in Illinois, performing court testimony as an expert witness in various local, state and federal courts. He holds the SRA designation from the Appraisal Institute and has achieved LEED GA, an accreditation of the USGBC (United States Green Building Council). He is a regularly published author and speaker on the topic of real estate and valuation in the Chicago market. He is also a board member of The Entrepreneur Organization (EO) Chicago Chapter, a global network of more than 8,000 business owners in 40 countries.

With a history of design excellence and technical expertise, an unmatched professional studio curriculum, and inspiring surroundings, Illinois Institute of Technology's College of Architecture is one of the most respected by architectural firms nationwide providing degrees at the Bachelor, Master and Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture. IIT’s NAAB-accredited College of Architecture draws strength from its Chicago setting, its Mies van der Rohe heritage, and award-winning faculty. Many of the city’s soaring heights and innovative spaces were designed or engineered by the College of Architecture alumni and faculty.

IIT’s prominence is intertwined with the architectural and cultural legacy of Chicago, recognized internationally for its heritage of leadership in the architectural profession. Modern architecture began in Chicago in the 1890s with the groundbreaking work of creative pioneers including Sullivan, Burnham, Jenny, Root and Wright. Their fiercely independent style led these world-renowned “Chicago School” architects to establish the school that became IIT’s College of Architecture. Their legacy: a profound architecture and a school taught by master architects.
Mies van der Rohe extended IIT’s commitment to architectural excellence when he arrived in Chicago in 1938. His renewed curriculum reflected the revolutionary influence of the German Bauhaus school. Unifying art and technology, his vision found expression in the new campus he designed for IIT – a campus selected in 1976 by the AIA national membership as one of the top 200 architectural achievements in the U.S. Mies’s masterpiece, S.R. Crown Hall, recognized as one of the most significant buildings of the 20th century, continues to house IIT’s College of Architecture—Mies’s “home of ideas and adventures.” The College of Architecture also inhabits 3410 S. State Street and the Minerals and Metals Building, Mies’s first building in the United States

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