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

Golden Gate Bridge, credit: Patrick Tomasso

Save the date!

The American Institute of Architects Committee on Design’s Conferences will be in San Francisco next year from April 4-6 and in Switzerland September 22-28 with add on tour from September 29-Oct 2. More details to come!

2018 Spring Conference
Vancouver | May 17-19

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

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2017 COD Awards Dinner

Latest Blogs

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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

Download the 2018 AIA-COD 
Sponsorship Prospectus

2018 COD Supporting Partners

Platinum Partner


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


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Convention Events

Recognizing Excellence

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

COD On Pinterest

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COD has a Pinterest page with boards of images from our conferences and events.