Save The Dates: 2015 COD Events


Images by Ann Thompson, MLS and Jim Childress, FAIA

May 14  COD National Awards Reception at the AIA National Convention  Atlanta, Georgia


June 21-30 International Conference: Norway

                  June 21-24 Oslo

                  June 25-27 Bergen

                  June 27-30 Stavanger


Early Fall (date TBD)  Domestic Conference: Providence, R.I.


 

The Norway conference will be arranged so you can attend all three sections, the first two, or the last two. There are international flights to all three cities.  

Conference Overview

We will visit three cities - Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger - as well as rural places and projects in between.  We will get an historical prospective by visiting a few key structures - a traditional wood farm village, a Stave Church and a Viking Ship for instance.  We will then visit new projects, with their architects, to learn how the evolving culture is influencing today’s architecture and design.   

These firms represent a wide variety of ages, nationalities, sizes of practices, and types of work. Some projects are bigger, some very small.  In all cases the projects are rooted in Norwegian traditions while being innovative in their form and craft.  

A detailed itinerary is in the works and will be available on the COD website in early January.  Registration will be up in late January.  For now, a list of proposed projects to visit can be seen in the Latest Shared Files below.

 



 

2014 COD Awards Reception and Dinner






 

By Ann Thompson, MLS

Photos courtesy of Andrew Bruah

One of the happiest events at the 2014 AIA National Convention was the COD Honors and Awards Dinner & Reception which celebrated the 2014 winners of the AIA’s most prestigious Awards: the Gold Medal; Architecture Firm Award; Twenty-five Year Award; Honorary Fellowship, and Institute Honor Awards for Collaborative and Professional Achievement.

The Arts Club of Chicago, renovated by Vinci/ Hamp Architects, provided the perfect setting for the event: beautiful galleries, a Mies van der Rohe staircase, plenty of space for cocktails and chatting with this year’s award recipients.  All that and room for dinner!

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For more information on the projects we saw and the people we met, please see the Committee on Design Guide to Berlin here.

Past Events


COD In Columbus, Indiana Video

In April, 2012, 120 members of the Committee on Design went to Columbus, Indiana for our spring conference.  Together we explored the architecture of the community, talked with many of the architects who designed the projects, and met with citizens who have been active in championing modern architecture.  We also discussed and considered how to measure design excellence.  Boaz Ashkenazy and his crew at Studio216 created this trailer and film as an overview of what we saw and experienced. 

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View the Japan conference page.

The Culture of Craft


Committee on Design City Guides

The Committee on Design creates city guides of not-to-miss architecture in the cities they visit. Download a copy and take it on your next trip.

BerlinBostonColumbusCopenhagen
| Denver | DetroitHouston | Nagoya+Takayama+Kanazawa |  Philadelphia | Phoenix | Prague | Seattle | SpainTokyo
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About COD


Columbus, Indiana City Hall by SOM, photographed by James Bowen, AIA, during the COD 2012 spring conference.

The Committee on Design (COD) was founded to promote design excellence among members of the AIA, the broader design community, and the public at large, both nationally and internationally.  The Committee on Design is led by a volunteer advisory group of eight architects and an adjunct leadership team of 16 additional individuals. 

In realizing our mission, we promote a range of activities intended to encourage a dialogue on the art of building. Our goals are:

    to examine and promote knowledge of contemporary design issues; 
    to compare current design and historic precedents; 
    to learn from the contrast or progression of ideas; 
    to advocate leadership roles for architects within the fields of design and planning. 

In addition to visits to and consideration of great architecture, COD also nominates candidates for many of the AIA's most important design awards and organizes design related events at the national convention.  Volunteer assistance and corporate sponsorships are always welcome.

Question? Contact our communications coordinator, Ann Thompson at annthompsonmls@gmail.com

City Guides

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