2017 Design Matters Conference

2017 Design Matters Conference

Open Call for Presenters is Now Open!

Submission Deadline: Friday, March 24
 
The Design Matters Conference is the world’s only dedicated annual meeting that seeks to bring top designers, journalists, and civic leaders into exploratory dialogue with those not-for-profit professionals and volunteers charged with creating cultural programs (exhibitions, tours, lectures and symposia, festivals and films, youth outreach) to spur broader public interest in architecture, urbanism, and culture.
 
This year’s conference once again invites you to explore Chicago at a time when architecture will be the undisputed talk of the town. You’ll enjoy the opening weekend of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, North America’s largest international survey of contemporary architecture, and sample lots and lots of incredible new work on display from Chicago cultural insitutions and the city’s famed architecture studios. 
 
Throughout our time together, the Conference theme will encourage us to look more closely at the design culture our organizations both support and help create. From the ways we have traditionally sought to involve designers in the work of our organizations to grander, emerging schemes for stoking broad civic engagement, it is all part of the service architecture organizations perform in advancing design and communicating its value. 
 
We encourage AAO members and the broader architecture and design community to respond to this Open Call for Presenters. Tell us about your latest programs, lessons learned, or critical discussions you’d like to initiate. As always, we’re looking for original approaches to pressing challenges (old or new), and we’re looking for meaningful dialogue about the art of presenting and communicating architecture. To that end, we accept proposals that:
 
(1) may be relevant the internal management or capacity building needs of architecture organizations;
(2) may focus on critical practices of curation and communication; and
(3) may pursue broader agendas for public discourse about design.
 
Most Conference sessions are 45-minutes in length, so be specific in describing your chosen topic and learning objectives. Above all, the Design Matters Conference is about networking and learning from your peers, so please think about submitting ideas sure to generate ongoing discussion among the Conference attendees.
 
The submission form is rather straight forward and takes just a few minutes to complete. Responses will be sent to all submitters. If selected to be a presenter/session host, you will receive a discounted Conference registration.
 

Click Here for the 2017 Open Call Submission Form

 
Not sure if this is for you? Not sure what to present? The Design Matters Conference is indeed a unique gathering, so please visit the 2016 "Who Attended?" page and the 2015 "Who Attended?" page to get a sense of the kinds of organizations that participate in the Conference, and visit the 2016 Schedule page and the 2015 Schedule page to see the type of speakers and AAO member-led sessions we present.