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2019 Conferences
San Francisco (spring) & Switzerland (fall)

The Innovators and Maintainers

Golden Gate Bridge, credit: Patrick Tomasso

Save the date!

The American Institute of Architects 2019 Committee on Design’s Conferences will be in
San Francisco from April 4-7 and in Switzerland September 21-29 with add on tour from
September 29-Oct 2.

More details to come!

2018 COD Chile Conference

L-R: David Greenbaum, FAIA, George Miller, FAIA and Curt Fentress, FAIA

L-R Thomas Howorth, FAIA; Windom Kimsey, FAIA; Jim Lord, AIA; Jim Childress,
FAIA;  Anne Schopf, FAIA; George Miller, FAIA; Margaret Mc Curry, FAIA; David Brems, FAIA;
Ronnette Riley, FAIA and Louis Pounders, FAIA

See photos from the 2017 Award Dinner >

Latest Blogs

  • 2019 Conference Theme: “The innovators and maintainers” Innovation in Architecture, Infrastructure, & Technology Letter from the Chair It is my great pleasure to serve as the 51 st ... more

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  • Member Slideshows are created each year for the Spring Conference to illustrate the recent work of the attendees’ firms. All COD members are welcome to participate. Attendees have 6 slides and 60 seconds ... more

Latest Discussions

  • Thanks for sharing , a very positive bright spot in an otherwise soul deadening year in America. ------Original Message------ In case you didn't see the Architecture 2030 newsletter / holiday greeting ...

  • In case you didn't see the Architecture 2030 newsletter / holiday greeting --  https://mailchi.mp/architecture2030/m4sqmvisds-1386453?e=9e0401bb28 ------------------------------ Kira Gould Principal ...

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

Download the 2019 AIA-COD 

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.

BerlinBostonColumbus | DetroitHouston | London | Nagoya+Takayama+Kanazawa |

New York | Palm SpringsPhiladelphia | Phoenix | Prague | Seattle | SpainTokyo


See other conference resources.


Convention Events

Recognizing Excellence

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

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