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COD International Conference 2017
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A'17 | AIA Conference on Architecture 2017
April 27-29, Orlando


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  • TH217 - Newly Elected International Honorary Fellows: A Conversation
    April 27 | 2:30-4:00pm | 1.5 LU/GBCI/RIBA | Learn More
    Take some time to admire the groundbreaking work of your peers around the globe, and engage in a conversation sure to inspire and elevate your own commitment. At this seminar, AIA’s newly elected Honorary Fellows will share powerful examples of and insights into their work.

  • TH314 - AIA Twenty-five Year Award
    April 27 | 4:30-6:00pm | 1.5 LU/GBCI/RIBA | Learn More
    Which of your colleagues' projects will join the list of the country's most iconic structures designed over the past seven decades? Find out at this inspiring session.

  • FR309 - 2017 AIA Firm Award: Designing for a Change
    April 28 | 3:30-4:30pm | 1 LU/GBCI/RIBA | Learn More
    Join us for a lively discussion with members of LEDDY MAYTUM STACY Architects, recipient of the 2017 Firm Award. You will learn how they have designed their “mission-driven” practice to focus on projects that address advanced sustainability, social equity and community development. You'll hear directly from principals and staff on their approach to building an innovative practice and see examples of work that illustrates the firm's values

  • SA102 - AIA Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement Winners Panel Discussion
    April 29 | 7:00-8:00am | 1 LU/GBCI/RIBA | Learn More
    This 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.

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2016 COD Awards Reception

Committee on Design
2016 Honors & Awards Reception

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Latest Blogs

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Latest Discussions

  • Steven I must have missed something. Can you clarify the point of your comments? Thanks for participating. Mike Sent from my iPad ------Original Message------ Just joking on the test! There is not ...

  • Randall, and others, Sometimes, maybe, you have to dust, even polish a little, a well-loved piece of furniture in order to bring it back into the picture. That is, things and ideas we live with every ...

  • Stephen I don't know about hyperbole in this case. I do appreciate your showing these images. I am tempted to think that you are supporting my position by seeming to advocate for parking garage designs ...

  • I am impressed by the range of the investigation and I am convinced that body-mind response to the built and the natural environment is far more complex than so many of my teachers and colleagues considered. ...

  • The conversation is very interesting. The comments of Mr. Murray, FAIA are certainly pertinent. I used to officiate three different sports. My mentors told me that you can only officiate the game ...

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2016 COD Portland Conference Video

AIA_COD_Portland, Oregon 2016 Fall Conference from tom rossiter on Vimeo.

Many thanks to Tom Rossiter, FAIA.

2016 COD Cuba Conference Video

Cuba 2016_AIA_COD from tom rossiter on Vimeo.

Many thanks to Tom Rossiter, FAIA for his photography throughout Havana and Matanzas Cuba.

The Culture of Craft

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

2014 COD London Conference Video

AIA COD London; Big Cities Big Ideas from tom rossiter on Vimeo.

In September, 2014 COD Big Cities|Big Ideas Conference attendees visited projects in London. Thanks to Photographer Tom Rossiter, FAIA who captured some special moments for all to experience. Begin with a thrill ride in the glass elevator of 122 Leadenhall ("The Cheesegrater") which whisks visitors up the approximate 700 ft climb to the top in just a few seconds. 

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 | Nagoya+Takayama+Kanazawa |
Palm SpringsPhiladelphia | Phoenix | Prague | Seattle | SpainTokyo


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COD Design Legacy Video Series: Palm Springs, 2013

In May, 2013, 100 or so members of the Committee on Design went to Palm Springs, California for our spring conference. Studio 216 filmed architects Steven Ehrlich, FAIA, Jim Jennings, William Kreisel, AIA and Leo Marmol, FAIA as they discussed Regionalism and Relevance: Modern Architecture  in Palm Springs.


Convention Events

Recognizing Excellence

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

COD In Berlin, Germany Video

In September, 2013, 100 members of the Committee on Design went to Berlin, Dessau and Potsdam, Germany for our fall conference. Photographer/Architect Tom Rossiter, FAIA put together this video of many of the projects that were visited.

For more information on the projects we saw and the people we met, please see the Committee on Design Guide to Berlin here.


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2017 COD Supporting Partners

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