2023 Design Matters Conference

ANNOUNCEMENT, September 30, 2022

After further consultation with many AAO members, we have elected to postpone the next Design Matters Conference to March 16-18, 2023, and to convert the program to an in-person only event.

Members have been quite vocal about their interest to invest in an in-person meeting, and to be given more lead time to ensure they can adequately budget for staff travel to New York City.

Our primary venue will remain AIA New York’s Center for Architecture in Lower Manhattan.

Later this year, we will also announce a separate, one-day gathering in fall 2023 that will be entirely virtual and invite program case studies and toolkit sessions from architecture organizations worldwide.

Please stay tuned for more details later this year on both of these events.


Who Should Attend

The Design Matters conference is perfect for architecture organization staff (at all levels), as well as design professionals, educators, and independent curators and consultants interested in public dialogue/public engagement and related issues concerning the role of architecture, planning, and design in service to society.



The majority of conference activities will take place at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place.

For convenience sake, a group room block will be set up at a nearby hotel, but that lodging choice is entirely optional. Details will be announced in late 2022, and please note that availability will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Conference Registration will open in late 2022

If you wish to receive conference program updates and be alerted when registration launches, please drop us a quick note at aao@architecture.org and write “yes, I’d like to receive conference updates.” We’ll be sure to keep you informed.