Past AAO Events

The Association of Architecture Organizations conducts year-round programs for its members, as well as select events for the general public. The primary function of these activities is to provide educators and representatives from architectural organizations with a forum for networking, resource sharing, and joint learning.

Recap of A+DEN Network Meeting, May 15

At this meeting, representatives from 11 organizations (for a list of participants click here) across the AAO Network convened a call to discuss planning for virtual summer design camps. The following resources were shared amongst participants:

AAO Network Meeting: Fundraising Strategies During COVID-19

Tuesday, May 12: A chance to trade notes with resource development staff from peer architecture organizations. Come ready to discuss our shared challenges, and at least one success or bright spot you’ve enjoyed since our world went on pause.

Recap of AAO Tours Network Meeting, 5/8

AAO Tours Network Call, 5/8: Establishing Your Virtual Tour
Hosted by Sarah Lann (Los Angeles Conservatory) and Mary Fichtner (AAO and AIANY/Center for Architecture)

Representatives from 16 organizations across the AAO community convened to discuss plans and opportunities around virutal tours. Please visit this link for this list of participants on the call.

Below is a short list of some of the resources that were shared:

Recap of AAO Exhibition Network Call, 5/6

AAO Exhibitions Network Call: Exhibition Planning During COVID-19 (5/6)
Hosted by Berit Hoff (AIANY/Center for Architecture) and Paige McWhorter (BSA Space)

Representatives from 25 organizations across the AAO community convened to discuss plans and opportunities around virutal tours.Please visit this link for this list of participants on the call.

Recap of AAO CEO Network Meeting, 4/24

CEO Network – April 24
Hosted by AAO Chair Lynn Osmond

Representatives from 23 organizations (see list below) across the AAO Network convened a call to check-in on everyone’s progress in steering their respective organizations through the early days of the pandemic.

Recap of Public Programs Network Meeting, April 17

Representatives from 20 organizations (for a list of participants click here) across the AAO Network convened a call to check-in on everyone’s progress in cope with fallout from COVID-19 and to issue updates on transitioning in-person programs to online platforms. In addition to organizational updates from participants, the notes below summarize some of the larger discussion points.

Recap of A+DEN Network Meeting, March 31

On our recent call of AAO’s Architecture + Design Education Network, representatives from over 30 organizations (for a list of participants click here) discussed their biggest near-term challenges for serving students during the social distancing procedures required to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recap of Public Programs Meeting, March 27

Representatives from 20 organizations (for a list of participants click here) across the AAO Network convened a call to see how our various organizations are engaging/planning to engage core audiences and stakeholders during this period of mandated social isolation. Several individuals shared out some specific resources that could be applied to most any architecture organization (agnostic of geographic location).

AAO Network Meetings

AAO hosts regularly scheduled conference calls for several of our networks--including Public Programs, Tours, Fundraising, Exhibitions, and K-12 Education. These are support groups and info exchanges, we encourage that a representative or two from your organization participate!

2020 Design Matters Conference

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 Design Matters Conference will be held in New York City on November 18-21, 2020!

2019 Design Matters Conference

The 2019 Design Matters Conference took place in Chicago on November 6-9, 2019. For 2019 Design Matters Conference details, including an archived version of the speakers and schedule, please visit designmattersconference.org.

AAO Exhibition Sharing Committee June 2019 Meeting

The next AAO Exhibition Sharing Committee Meeting will take place Wednesday, June 19 from 11:00am-12:00pm Eastern Time and is open to all AAO Members.

At this next meeting, we will continue with another short round of individual reports from members, as well as discuss priority activities we think should be included in the Design Matters Conference this fall in Chicago.

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AAO Exhibition Sharing Committee February 2019 Meeting

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During the 2018 Design Matters Conference in Seattle this past November, a number of long-time AAO members voiced their interest in establishing a committee to exchange timely updates and information concerning traveling exhibitions suitable for display at AAO member sites.

AAO Board member and Executive Director of AIA New York/Center for Architecture Benjamin Prosky will chair this ad hoc committee, which is open to all current AAO members.

2018 Design Matters Conference

2018 Design Matters Conference, Nov 14-17, Seattle

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.

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