This is Hannah Hryniewicki, an Interior Architecture student, explaining how this year’s theme can contribute to the field of IARC. “In interiors studios, we mostly work on adaptive reuse projects. So we have to consider the life of the building; it’s history, existing conditions, sustainability, and future use. The result is a collage of past and present. The architecture’s displacement tells a story.”

This is Addison Estrada, an Architecture student involved with the conference branding, giving us his definition of this year’s theme, “Displacement is the effects of complex movement and the voids that are left behind by those movements.”

This is Will Talbot, an Architecture student, talking about why students should be involved with HOPES. “I think one of the biggest things about HOPES is that it goes beyond students in architecture and landscape architecture. You don’t have to be in design to have a contribution to this conference and what it represents. We’re talking about bringing people from sociology, philosophy, and environmental sciences. This is an issue that goes beyond design. Displacement is a topic that involves everyone. That’s something that HOPES has always been an ambassador of; collaboration between multiple disciplines.”

This is Halley Anderson, an Architecture student representing the Outdoor Pursuits Program, talking about how HOPES has impacted her education. “I happened to stumble upon the HOPES Conference five years ago and I went to several of the lectures that year and fell in love with the idea of using the School of Architecture and Allied Arts as a way to hear words from people who aren’t necessarily associated with academia. I think it’s really important to learn about what people are actually out in the world practicing, not just the theoretical washings of our instructors who are overloaded with what could exist and don’t hear enough about what is happening right now.”

This is Sean Henderson, Master of Logistics, telling us why he thinks this conference is important. “HOPES is the most publicized thing we can do to tell faculty what we want to learn about. We can get actual professionals to come in and tell us about what they’re doing and what we could do and learn from their research.”