2017 Austin Conference

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Spring Conference | Austin, TX

From the 2017 Chair of the COD
The AIA Committee on Design celebrates its 49th year in 2017.Visiting more than 75 cities in 20 countries has shown both the diversity of the world we live in and the common ideas that make the world feel smaller every day. The theme this year is to learn from cities who are becoming more and more global each moment and yet still maintain their valued unique identity.

For the first time, the COD will visit Austin in TX Moscow and St. Petersburg in Russia. Our local team has worked tirelessly to create a world-wind tour of truly unique character “deep in the Heart of Texas”.
-James C. Lord II, AIA | AIA COD 2017 Chair

From the 2017 Austin Conference Chairs
Come and see many of the spaces that make Austin what it always has been and new spaces that usher it into the future of technology, education, innovation, sustainability, and the same funky 'weirdness' characteristic of Austin. The variety of projects profiled by the Austin Committee on Design Conference will appeal to all. The combination of University, Civic, Residential, and Hospitality projects are a representative cross section of the diverse personality of the City of Austin. Austin’s urbanism is still in its adolescence as it figures out how to become a big city, and what kind of big city it wants to be. We look forward to sharing with attendees how that struggle is playing out between some really wonderful urban, university, and private environments that will provide a rich exhibition of some of Austin's best architecture.
-David Webber, AIA | AIA COD 2017 Austin Co-Chair
-Cathrine Cleavinger, AIA | AIA COD 2017 Austin Co-Chair

Please join the Committee on Design for our 2017 Spring Conference in Austin, Texas.


See the conference schedule >


Early registration closes January 6. All registration closes January 31.


Continuing Education

Earn up to 18.5 HSW


Travel Info.

Air Travel

Delta Air Lines
Reservations and ticketing are available via www.delta.com, through Ovation Travel, or your agent. When booking at Delta.com, select “Book a Trip”, click on “Advanced Search”, and enter the meeting code NMPH4 in the box provided on the Search Flights page.

Reservations may also be made by calling Delta Meeting reservations at (800) 328-1111 Monday-Friday 7am to 7pm CDT. *Please note that there is a direct ticketing fee for booking through the reservation number above.

United Airlines

United Airlines is pleased to offer discounts of 2% to 10% off published fares. Save an additional 3% off by booking your own reservations at www.united.com. Choose your flight times, and access your meeting discounts by inserting ZXBU743699 in the Offer Code box.
Or Call your travel professional or United Meetings at 800-426-1122 for reservations. Refer to Z Code ZXBU and Agreement Code 743699.

Outside of the United States, please call your local United Airlines Reservation Office.

Ovation Travel
Ovation Travel is the AIA’s official travel agency, you may call them at (800) 925-4055 (or (516) 624-0308 for international callers) on Monday-Friday from 9am to 8pm EST.

Ground Transportation

Public Transport

The MetroAirport bus will take you into downtown Austin in about 30 minutes. $1.75 Premium fare takes you between the airport and downtown every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour – the stop closest to the W Hotel is at 2nd and Congress (two blocks away). Download the app here before you leave for Austin and/or download the brochure and timetable.

Super Shuttle
Link here and save 10% off your roundtrip reservation made and paid online. Only reservations booked online may secure the discount (fuel surcharge and driver gratuity not included). Use discount code MKSVY.


Minimum fare for taxi customers is $13.10, this includes a $1.00 airport surcharge. All taxis have a four passenger maximum, excluding children 12-years and under. All taxis accept major credit cards.
Austin Cab: 512-478-2222
Lone Star Cab: 512-836-4900
Yellow Cab: 512-452-9999


Special Needs

The AIA is committed to making meetings and conferences accessible to all to the degree reasonably possible. Please notify us at the time of registration if you have special accessibility needs or specific dietary requirements. Contact Lori Feinman at LoriFeinman@aia.org or via phone at (202) 626-7355 if special arrangements are required.