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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.

2023 COD Conferences

This year COD will offer two domestic design conferences investigating The Authenticity of Place.  The first conference was held in New Orleans, LA.  View the short video of the venue tours and download the conference program book. The second will take place in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, September 21-24, 2023. Download the Minneapolis guidebook. 

2024 COD Conferences


April 3-7 | 21c Hotel | Bentonville and Eureka Springs


October or November, dates TBD | Rio, Brasilía, and São Paulo

Cities in Transition: Designing for a World in Flux-- 5 Reasons Why You Should Attend

  • 1.  Cities in Transition: Designing for a World in Flux-- 5 Reasons Why You Should Attend

    Posted 09-13-2023 05:38 PM

    RUDC Symposium 2023: Cities in Transition: Designing for a World in Flux<o:p></o:p>

    When change is constant, how do we shape our cities for the future? The RUDC Symposium 2023 is set to answer this pertinent question. Held in Washington, DC from October 19-20, this dynamic two-day event will dive deep into the trends, theories, and technologies sculpting the future of urban and regional design. With cities in transition more than ever, the symposium aims to shed light on how urbanists and designers can navigate the challenges and opportunities of our rapidly changing world.<o:p></o:p>

    5 Reasons Why You Should Attend:

    1. Expert Insights and Knowledge Sharing: Hear from prominent urbanists and designers, such as Jonathan Barnett, Gia Biagi, Nico Larco, and Andre Brumfield. These professionals from across the country are convening to share their wealth of knowledge and insights on the future of city planning and design.<o:p></o:p>
    2. Earn Credits: The symposium offers the opportunity to earn up to 11.25 CE's for professionals associated with AIA, AICP, and ASLA (pending), ensuring you're up to date with your professional development requirements.<o:p></o:p>
    3. Engaging and Diverse Program: From discussions on climate response and emerging technologies to exploring the transformations of downtowns, neighborhoods, and suburbs, the event's comprehensive program promises to touch every facet of urban design and its challenges.<o:p></o:p>
    4. Networking Opportunities: Attend the exclusive reception at Dupont Underground and be a part of the POLIS Exhibition opening – Europe's celebration of urban public space design. This is an unparalleled chance to network with peers, establish contacts, and also delve into the very best of urban public space design of the last two decades in Spain.<o:p></o:p>
    5. Hands-on Experience: The second day promises an immersive experience with on-site project tours and workshops throughout the DC region. Choose from eight unique tours that provide a deep dive into innovative urban design projects, from exploring the transformation of Pike and Rose in North Bethesda to diving into the design and vision of Anacostia's 11th Street Bridge Park.<o:p></o:p>

    Held at the District Architecture Center, a convenient and vibrant location in downtown DC, the RUDC Symposium promises to be more than just an event; it's a deep dive into the future of urban design. And with the promise of rich dialogues, expert insights, and hands-on experiences, every urban designer and thinker, irrespective of their discipline or geography, should consider being a part of this transformative journey.<o:p></o:p>

    Book your spot for a front-row seat into the future of our cities. Discover, learn, and be inspired. Register now at<o:p></o:p>

    Steven Wilson AIA
    Gensler - Chicago
    Chicago IL
    AIAU live course Synthesis of process and place in China. December 23 at 1 pm Eastern time, Earn 1 LU. Click here to learn more!