Registration Opens Late Spring 2017!
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.