gbA Architecture & Planning will present an educational session on how to demystify working with an architect to create an international school that supports the educational mission, as well as embraces the unique place. The presentation will discuss the collaborative design process used at AAS for the new Phase IV expansion as well as other community building projects. Processes include: visioning, master planning, programming, concept design, design development and construction, and highlighting educational and environmental aspects. We will also discuss how the art of collaboration with communities can inspire unique and beautiful places to live, work, and learn.
The Anglo American School of Sofia Phase IV expansion project includes a new state-of-the-art Visual and Performing Arts Center, a Maker’s Space, and a Future Pool Facility. The environmental goal for the project is to be certified LEED Gold by the United States Green Building Council.
This will be a half-day session, from 08:30 until 12:00.
Diantha Korzun, AIA LEED AP, Principal, GBA Architecture and Planning.
Diantha is a principal of GBA Architecture and Planning in Montpelier, Vermont. Diantha has worked as an architect in firms in Washington, Wyoming, Colorado, and Vermont for the past 20 years. She is committed to socially conscious projects and creating beautiful and sustainable buildings that are suited to the place. She believes architects can create positive change in communities through both collaborative and thoughtful design.
Diantha received a Masters of Architecture from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in European Studies from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. She has been an active member of AIA serving as the AIA Vermont Chapter President in 2012 and AIA New England Chapter President in 2015.
She is on the architectural advisory board, Edge of Seven, a non-for profit that seeks to create access for educational, health, and economic resources for girls and women in developing countries through architectural and infrastructure projects. Most recently, in November 2013 she went to Basa, Nepal to construct an earthbag secondary school with other volunteers through Edge of Seven.