Founding Principal
Duvall Decker Architects

Ann Marie Duvall Decker, FAIA, is a founding principal of Duvall Decker Architects, located in Jackson, Mississippi. Duvall Decker is an expanded design practice whose work includes architectural design, community planning, real estate development, and facility maintenance. Duvall Decker is recognized for its design and planning excellence and its innovative approach to inner-city development.

The firm’s work and approach has been highlighted in publications such as the The New York Times, dwell, ARCHITECT Magazine, and the Journal of Architectural Education. In 2017, the Architectural League of New York selected Duvall Decker as one of its Emerging Voices.

Anne Marie is a contributor to the advancement of the profession, serving AIA Mississippi as a long-term board member and president. She has worked on developing its Mississippi Celebrates Architecture program, and she is currently a trustee of the AIA Trust. Anne Marie is often invited to share the firm’s work and her experience as a lecturer, critic, teacher, and design juror. Most recently she served on the jury for the 2018 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Architecture.

Thursday, Oct. 4                       
Keynote | 8:45 – 9:45 am

Public Work – Architecture as Instrument
1 LU

Each new or renovated building changes its community. These interventions have consequences in the lives of hundreds, maybe thousands of people who encounter them. Architects should be responsible to program, budget and schedule, but more importantly, they should be responsible to the public value of each project, outside of its lot lines. Architecture can promote cultural growth by becoming alive in our experience, placing us between comfort and challenge, the known and the curious. It can expand our senses, capacity and understanding of who we are and who we want to be.

Learning Objectives:
1. Attendees will learn to apply design principles to promote public welfare.
2. Attendees will learn to sharpen design skills to meet difficult challenges.
3. Attendees will learn strategies to incorporate local conditions of environment, economy and culture into design decisions to achieve resonant forms and spaces that awaken us to experience.
4. Attendees will learn strategies to describe and criticize the shape and structure of architectural form by considering the shape and structure characteristics of other art forms.