American Institute of Architects (AIA) Pittsburgh’s Annual Conference David L. Lawrence Convention Center – April 21, 2016 Keynote Speech: Just Design By Grant Oliphant, President, The Heinz Endowments
Good morning. I am deeply honored to be here with you this morning. I confess I was a bit surprised when Ann Swager asked me to come and speak with you. I mean, you all do know I’m not an architect, right? Actually I refrained from drawing her attention to my glaring lack of qualifications for fear that you all would recognize your error and rescind the invitation. I’m hoping it’s too late for that now. The truth is I didn’t want to miss out on this opportunity, because I am here today to ask you for your help and for your leadership. At the Endowments we view the design community as some of our most valuable allies. Design is a subversive act, and we believe that when done well it has the power to remake our sense of the possible and to shape a new collective reality.