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 Tayler Jones, an architecture student involved with branding, discussing why design is a central part of the conference. “Good design caters to its users. Good design is based around human needs, and our topic this year relates to people and current events and the displacement of people. I think that learning to design for people at risk is an important consideration. When you think of design you may think of something shiny in a magazine but really it needs to encompass more than that. It is about human need.”

This is Garrett Leaver, a first-year B.Arch student telling us why he wanted to get involved. “I want to build sustainably; I don’t want to destroy the planet. HOPES seems like a great way to connect with like-minded people. I wanted to find a group within the university and within the department to learn about more than what you get from the classes and be apart of an actual running organization.”

This is Cameron Buswell, an accounting major and ASUO Controller helping with finances, talking about why finances are important to NGOs and sustainable design. “In general, I think finance gets a bad rap. Accountants are often overlooked and underappreciated. When people think of finance, banking, and accounting, they think of classic capitalism, where people are just trying to make money and not a positive impact. In reality, every organization needs money to accomplish their goals and the art of finance is about obtaining that money. They need access to capital, to make smart loans, and to find grants from the government. Designers and innovators need to focus their energy on generating groundbreaking ideas not writing purchase orders and balancing the checkbook, that’s where accountants come in.”

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.”