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  • How do we solve the design challenges after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Jose? As many government agencies embark on spending Billions of dollars for the reconstruction and redevelopment ... more

  • Thank you to COD Secretary Donald Henke, AIA for his drawings of buildings from the Austin Conference in February 2017. Tower at University of Texas, Austin. Hotel Saint Cecilia, Austin, ... more

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  • In a similar fashion as the leading international sporting events, the Olympic Games that alternate with the Summer and Winter Games, the architecture world has its own version embodied in the Venice ... more

  • What would you do if you found yourself with an abandoned airport on 1000 acres of formerly beautiful land surrounded on three sides by a fjord---AND it's on the outskirts of a city which also happens ... more

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  • COD members who attend the Norway conference in June will be treated to an in-person overview of current work there but for those who can't wait, or who can't attend, one of the best resources online is ... more

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Latest Discussions

  • Making the Invisibles Seen   The film   Visages, Villages   (Faces, Places) quite literally shows that buildings and structures are supposed to be about people, a realization of which some ...

  • An upcoming issue of Faith & Form will explore the theme of "Materials of the Sacred," how the very substance of religious art and architecture conveys a sense of the holy. When we choose stone, wood, ...

  • I'm sure someone out there knows of the above reference publication by the AIA released in the early '90s. I had one but lost it. I would like to get another copy but have not found a place to buy one. ...

  • I applaud the  optimism that maintains a  faith in science and the  human mind.   I wish I didn't believe that  it is sadly misplaced. ------------------------------ Eugene Ely AIA Emeritus, LEED AP ...

  • Architecture and the Nobel Prize for Physics   This week's steady trickle of news about the Nobel Prize winners is soothing the soul amidst the barrage of disasters which can debilitate ...

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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

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