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.

What is the Design Matters Conference?

The Design Matters Conference is the world’s only annual meeting specifically tailored to the needs and concerns of community and educational organizations devoted to inspiring public dialogue about architecture and urbanism. To this end, the Conference brings together not-for-profit professionals and volunteers charged with creating cultural programs about the built enivronment (e.g., exhibitions, tours, lectures, symposia, festivals, publications, research, youth outreach), providing ample time for networking and learning among this unique community of cultural practitioners. At key moments in the conference, we invite a broader exchange between our members and top designers, curators, journalists, and civic leaders.

Who attends?

• Staff (at all levels) of design organizations interested in broadening the impact of their public programs and as well strengthening their organizational management skills
• Design students and faculty
• Arts and culture professionals interested in issues of community engagement
• Professional designers, planners, and architects interested in ways to enhance public dialogue about architecture, urbanism, and culture

To view a selection of the presentations from the 2019 Design Matters Conference in Chicago (accessible to AAO Members only), click here.

For an archived version of the 2019 Design Matters Conference schedule, click here
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