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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.


2022 COD Conferences

The next domestic conference is scheduled for Wednesday, October 19 thru Sunday, October 23 in Los Angeles.  An international conference is not planned for 2022 or 2023.

  • 1.  Lessons from my Best Projects

    Posted 01-11-2022 01:03 PM

    Letters of an Architect: Lessons from my Best Projects 

     This is the first of a planned series on which of my past projects still have relevance 

    There is the green roof, there are the beechwood clad partitions and hallway walls, the mobile partitions, the integrated art, the underground parking garage, the saved tree close to the building, the urban infill between historic homes, the elevator for accessibility, the integration of an urban green space. There was "design assist" for the facades and an envelope consultant who did quality control of our detailing. Ah yes, and all that very contemporary sounding stuff was "fast tracked" in spite of production via the age old techniques of T-squares, ink on vellum and freehand renderings. All this is something that happened some 40 years ago.

    Front of the school facing Bismarck Strasse (School website)

    The architectural project with all these features came to my mind when I was wondering which of the projects I have under my belt as an architect could still resonate with the students that I, at times, try to teach one thing or another. The project I now remembered had made a lasting impression on me since it was...Read full article 



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    [Klaus] Philipsen FAIA
    Archplan Inc. Philipsen Architects
    Baltimore MD
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