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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.

Announcement: 2021 COD Conferences

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the AIA Committee on Design leadership voted to cancel the 2021 Denver conference and postpone the international conference to 2022. Next year's conference dates will be posted once available.

Monument Redefined: Expanding the Conversation for Social Justice (1.5 LU/HSW)

  • 1.  Monument Redefined: Expanding the Conversation for Social Justice (1.5 LU/HSW)

    Posted 12-09-2020 05:36 PM

    Monument Redefined: Expanding the Conversation for Social Justice (1.5 LU/HSW)

    Date: Friday, December 10, 2020 

    Time:  1-2:15pm EST

    LU/HSW:  1.5

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    Course Description:

    Across America and overseas, reactions to traditional monuments are changing the way we think about their message as well as their place in the public spaces in our communities. This session seeks to contextualize the role of monuments in our current societal condition and presents four architect-envisioned monuments that highlight the underrepresented histories of African American citizens.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Learn how architects collaborate with artists, sculptors, craftsmen, cultural groups, and communities to design and execute monumental constructions.
    2. Learn how universal design creatively deployed allows for better inclusiveness in public spaces.
    3. Explore how the built environment can produce variant ways of communicating ideas that promote and advance social justice.
    4. Learn how memorials engage communities through dialogue and remembrance while raising local consciousness of cultural awareness. 

    Moderator:  William Bates, FAIA, NOMA


    1. Meejin Yoon, AIA, Howler + Yoon Architecture LLP
    2. Dayton Schroeter, AIA, SmithGroup
    3. Michael Arad, AIA, Handel Architects LLP

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