2018 Chile Conference

COD's first conference in South America

October 20-27, 2018

The American Institute of Architects Committee on Design’s first conference in South America will take place in Santiago and Valparaiso, Chile, October 20-27, 2018 (springtime in Chile). Santiago has a rich history of architecture that reaches from colonial times to the present day; and provides a global perspective on Blueprint for Better Cities, President Carl Elefante’s theme for the AIA this year.

The conference will include presentations by urban planners and architects and visits to significant historical sites and recently completed buildings designed by prominent architects working in Chile today. We have chosen Geo Darder of Copperbridge to help organize the conference. Many of you will recall that Copperbridge was the lead organizer of the extremely successful COD conference in Havana.

Among the prominent sites and buildings that will be visited during the conference are the Plaza de Armas and the Metropolitan Cathedral, both within walking distance of the hotels. We will also visit the National Museum of the Arts, the Contador School of Architecture and the Campus Joaquin where we will hear from representatives of Elemental. We will also tour the Monastery Benedictos and the Baha’I Temple and visit the top floor of the Gran Torre Costanera Center, designed by Pelli Clark Pelli. The observation deck provides stunning views of the city and the surrounding mountains.

Our conference will also include a visit to the highly regarded Vik winery and Hotel where we will stop on our bus trip to the scenic city of Valparaiso, located on the west coast of Chile. The conference will also feature evening events at the famed Mestizo Restaurant, the Patricia Ready Art Gallery among others and a visit with the leadership team of ArchDaily, a prominent resource for global architectural news. The conference promises to be an exceptional opportunity to learn about the history of design in a prominent and growing country. We will see spectacular sites and buildings! Join us!

George H. Miller, FAIA
2018 Chair


How to Register

Conference package includes registration fee + hotel fee.
Registration pricing is all inclusive and includes the following items:

  • Your hotel selection for Santiago and Valparaiso
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 4 dinners,
  • Venue entry fees, and
  • Transportation from Valparaiso to Santiago the afternoon of Saturday, October 27.

Cancellation Information:
Please note the deadline to cancel your registration is August 17th. There will be a cancellation fee of 50% of your full registration. Please consider purchasing travel insurance should you need to cancel your conference registration.

Registration closes Friday, August 17.

Step 1
You must select your registration category and then the hotel and room type for both cities. Please review the following charts before beginning the registration process.  All registrants must book hotels through this process.

Hotel room types are very limited. If sold out, we will assign a comparable room type and confirm with you the change.

  • Chart A: Select registration category and type for each person

  • Chart B: Select your hotel room and type in Santiago

  • Chart C: Select your hotel room and type in Valparaiso


Step 2
Complete the registration form by clicking on the register link, or the register button above.

On the form you will be able to input your selections for registration type and room. The registration form also includes a media release form. The tour operator is bringing a film crew to Chile to film the tour. If you approve being filmed please electronically sign and submit the media release form. 

Step 3
You will receive an invoice after submitting your registration form. Pay the invoice to complete your registration.

Step 4
After your payment is processed, you will receive your registration confirmation. Please save and review your confirmation for accuracy.

Step 5
Please fill out the travel/flight information form ASAP but no later than Aug. 17, 2018. A link to the form will also be included in your registration confirmation.

Email Susan Parrish for all general questions regarding the conference.
Email the Meetings team for hotel and payment inquiries email the Meetings Team at register@aia.org.

Cancellation Information:
Please note the deadline to cancel your registration is August 17th. There will be a cancellation fee of 50% of your full registration. Please consider purchasing travel insurance should you need to cancel your conference registration.

Continuing Education

Earn up to 28 LUs. HSW TBD.

Accommodation + Travel

Please select one hotel option for each city.  Use the below links to view the hotel venues only.  Please don't register through the hotel's webpages.  The total cost will be the sum of the registration and selected hotel costs.

Santiago Hotels

Valparaiso Hotels

U.S. citizens entering Chile must have a passport that is valid six (6) months from the date of travel with at least one blank page. U.S. citizens traveling to Chile for recreation, tourism, business, or academic conferences do not need to obtain a visa prior to their arrival in Chile. A Tourist Card will be issued for a stay of up to 90 days.  However, different rules apply for nationals/passport holders of different countries; please make sure you check with the Chilean Government's Tourism site before arranging your plans.

You can book directly with the carriers below, or use your own agent. Another option is to use AIA’s official travel agency, Ovation Corporate Travel, by calling (800) 925 4055 or (516) 624 0308 for international callers on Monday-Friday from 9am-8pm EST (booking fees apply).

Delta Air Lines
Reservations and ticketing are available through Delta here (a direct link to AIA’s discount page), or through Ovation Travel or your agent. When booking through Ovation or your agent, ask them to use the meeting code NMQPB 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-7pm CDT and using the same meeting code. Please note that there is a fee for booking through the reservation phone number.

United Airlines

United Airlines is pleased to offer discounts of 2 percent to 10 percent off published fares. Save an additional 3 percent off by booking your own reservations at www.united.com. Choose your flight times, and access your meeting discounts by inserting ZYY6630145 in the “Offer Code” box.

You may also call your travel professional or United Meetings at (800) 426 1122 for reservations. Refer to Z Code ZYY6 and Agreement Code 630145. Outside of the United States, please call your local United Airlines reservation office.

Special Needs

The AIA is committed to making meetings and conferences accessible to all to the degree reasonably possible. In the registration form please note if you have special accessibility needs or specific dietary requirements.


Thank you to USG for sponsoring this event.