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  • TH106 - AIA Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement Winners Panel Discussion
    June 21 | 7-8am | 7.5 LU/RIBA | Learn More
    You hear the term "collaboration" so often, it might seem like an empty cliché. This session is sure to change your mind. The year's AIA Collaborative Achievement honorees are here to share their experiences connecting and collaborating with some of your most successful colleagues. You'll hear about the contributions of our most influential collaborators and discover how such partnerships can impact your own practice and projects.

  • FR514 - What Is the Twenty-five Year Award?
    June 22 | 10:30-11:30am | 1 LU/HSW/GBCI/RIBA | Learn More
    What is the Twenty-five Year award? AIA Honors & Awards staff will present the award's demanding criteria and share actual submissions from past winners so you can see how these are designed and organized. The session will end with a survey of the buildings that have won the award over the years. Bring your questions to this session and become inspired to submit your buildings for consideration!

  • FR516 - Public Architects: Driving Innovation in the Industry’s Best Practices
    June 22 | 10:30-11:30am | 1 LU/RIBA | Learn More
    Each year, the AIA Board of Directors recognizes one American architecture firm for excellence in design, firm culture, and management. And in 2018 that honor went to Snow Kreilich Architects. Join this session for an insightful look at their work, their staff, and the culture they've created. You'll have an opportunity to hear directly how these leaders—your peers—developed a space that lends itself to such success.

  • SA307 - 2018 Honorary Fellows Forum
    June 23 | 12-1pm | 1 LU/RIBA | Learn More
    Every year, AIA presents opportunities to go beyond the familiar and learn about practice and design excellence through a different lens. This standout seminar offers you just such an experience as recipients of the institute's Honorary Fellowship present their work. The AIA Honorary Fellowship program recognizes international architects for their exceptional contributions to architecture and society.

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Save the date! | Santiago & Valparaiso, Chile

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2017 Russia Conference Photos

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2018 Spring Conference
Vancouver | May 17-19

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The Spring Conference of the Committee on Design will take place in Vancouver between May 17 – 19, 2018 at the Pan Pacific located on the scenic waterfront. The tours will be led by architects familiar with the design aspirations with each building. The conference will also include presentations by planners and architects involved with the developments. Vancouver is a city of great architectural interest and the conference will be rich with great design and information regarding this incredible North American City.

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2017 COD Awards Dinner

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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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City Guides

Headed for Boston? Seattle? Tokyo?

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

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Convention Events

Recognizing Excellence

Read accounts of COD's dinners recognizing the AIA Award Recipients.

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