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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.

2024 COD Conferences


April 3-7 | 21c Hotel | Bentonville and Eureka Springs.

Connecting Cultures, Catalyzing Change: Northwest Arkansas in the Ozarks. View and download the conference materials: program guidebook, key takeaways and and video.


Thu, Oct 17 - Sat, Oct 26, 2024
Sao Paulo > Brasilia > Rio de Janerio.  Registration will open in early May.

2024 Sponsorships

Download the prospectus for Arkansas and Brazil opportunities.

Design Competition Recipients

By Johanna Roche posted 05-26-2022 09:45 PM


2021 Design Competition Recipients

Visit Skid Row 2021 to see project details.

1st Place
Neil McLean
Atkins Architects | Glasgow, Scotland

2nd Place
Tannia Aurellia, Aurelia Audrey, Rifki Fauzan
Universitas Indonesia | Jakarta, Indonesia

3rd Place
Purnima Patil McCutcheon, Robert Macdonald, Lewis Darnton
MMIAC | Honolulu, Hawaii

Honorable Mention
Kartika Rachmawati
Denver, Colorado

Cody Begay, Jennifer Dominguez Hernandez, Aayushi Patel, Irfan Gillani, Stephen Quintana
University of New Mexico | Albuquerque, New Mexico

2019 Design Competition recipients

1st Place
Ryan & Yanina Allord
RAD Studio, Las Vegas, NV, USA

2nd Place
Di Wu, Xueshan Bai, Hongnan Yin, Kefeng Lin, Wei Wang, Jiabi Gu
The Architectural Design and Research Institute of HIT, CYY, Harbin, China

3rd Place
Joseph Laster and Sanna Alm
Etyd Studio, Stockholm, Sweden

More information on the results

About the competition

The AIA Committee on Design was delighted to announce a reestablishment of their design competitions with the 2019 Housing Ideas Competition: Townsite Transformed, Henderson Nevada. 

This was an open competition to all Architects and Students of Architecture, with the winning entries to be displayed at the 2019 AIA Conference on Architecture in Las Vegas, and at the Henderson City Hall. Cash prizes total $8000.

Henderson, Nevada, the second largest city in the state, was never intended to be a permanent town, let alone one of the fastest growing cities in the United States in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Originally founded as Basic Magnesium Corporation, Henderson owes its beginning to Franklin Roosevelt’s Arsenal of Democracy war mobilization that began in 1940. As the name implies, the town and the industrial complex at its heart were established to process the “miracle metal” of World War II, magnesium. As Henderson has grown and developed since the end of the war, the original Basic town center is now poised for redevelopment. 

This design challenge is intended to generate ideas to provide housing solutions appropriate to today’s needs within the historic townsite. Rather than a sweeping reorganization of the original plan, the objective is to keep the positive public spatial qualities of the streets and original townsite lots and generate an approach for the incremental improvement housing stock.

Thank you to Competition sponsors:
AIA Nevada, City of Henderson, Henderson Chamber of Commerce, Water Street District Business Association, Southern Nevada Strong, TSK Architects and KGA Architects.

Registration for this competition was open until April 17th, 2019 at 5pm.