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2019 COD San Francisco Conference



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A'19 - Las Vegas

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FR105 - 2019 AIA Architecture Firm Award: Design, Research, & Performance
6/7/2019 | 8:00am - 9:00am | 1.00 LU/RIBA | Westgate Las Vegas | 3000 Paradise Road | Learn more >

The Architecture Firm Award is AIA’s highest honor. Every year, it recognizes one firm that has produced exceptional architecture for at least a decade. The 2019 award goes to Payette, a Boston-based firm dedicated to the idea that design excellence and high-performing buildings are one in the same.

SA305 - AIA Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement
6/8/2019 | 1:30 - 2:30pm | 1.00 LU/RIBA | Westgate Las Vegas | 3000 Paradise Road | Learn more >

People throw around the term "collaboration" so often, it seems like a cliché. Prepare to suspend your disbelief.

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2019 Design Competition


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

This is 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.

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

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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 AIA Conference on Architecture. Volunteer assistance and corporate sponsorships are always welcome.

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

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