2021 Design Matters Conference

Throughout the tumult of the past year, many architecture organizations distinguished themselves as critical resources for binding their local communities and advancing efforts to make the field of architecture more equitable. At this year’s virtual meeting, we celebrate this progress by investigating the work of designers and organizations who are launching new initiatives, conceiving new partnerships, and, in the process, advocating for new thinking.

At the same time, the newly expanded outlook of architecture organizations and the still unfolding processes of both re-opening cities and identifying priorities to support civic life has conjured more questions than answers. In the aim to better connect our institutions, we invite all prospective attendees to respond to an Open Call to identify the topical inquiries and time-sensitive discussions of most importance to sustain you, your organizations, and our rapidly evolving state of practice.

Stay tuned for updated session information and keynote speakers!

At-A-Glance Schedule: Mark Your Calendar

To help you reserve time in your personal calendar, we are sharing the basic schedule below. Additional details and session topics to come!

Thursday, December 2 (all times listed ET)

12:00pm-12:30pm: Welcome and Introduction
12:30pm-1:45pm: Plenary Session
1:45pm-2:15pm: BREAK
2:15pm-3:30pm: Breakout Sessions
3:30pm-4:45pm: Open Networking / 4:00pm: Optional Table Topics (Targeted Small Group Discussions)
7:00pm-8:00pm: Social Hour (Details TBD/RSVP Required)

Friday, December 3 (all times listed ET)

9:00am-10:00am: Social Hour (Details TBD/RSVP Required)
10:15am-11:30am: Plenary Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Break / 12:00pm: Affinity Meetings (Emerging Leaders, A+DEN)
1:00pm-2:15pm: Breakout Sessions
2:15pm-2:45pm: AAO Annual Meeting
2:45pm-3:30pm: Open Networking / 2:50pm: Optional Table Topics (Targeted Small Group Discussions)
3:30pm-3:45pm: Wrap-Up


Registration Rates

AAO Member Single Ticket             $75
Non-Member Single Ticket              $90
AAO Member 2-Ticket Package    $130
Non-Member 2-Ticket Package     $170
AAO Member 5-Ticket Package    $310
Non-Member 5-Ticket Package     $390