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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.

2024 COD Conferences


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

Connecting Cultures, Catalyzing Change: Northwest Arkansas in the Ozarks. View and download the conference materials: program guidebook, key takeaways and and video.


Thu, Oct 17 - Sat, Oct 26, 2024
Sao Paulo > Brasilia > Rio de Janerio.  Registration will open in early May.

2024 Sponsorships

Download the prospectus for Arkansas and Brazil opportunities.

  • 1.  Designing with Mass Timber

    Posted 08-08-2023 03:45 PM

    In recent years, our industry has revived a keen interest in #masstimber as a construction material, primarily driven to reduce #embodiedcarbon and mitigate #climatechange. How has this interest impacted the timber industry? Do we fully understand the impact of wood harvesting at scale? What is the current regulatory environment for mass timber buildings? What are key design impacts of working with timber? What are the benefits and challenges of using mass timber and how does it compare against traditional materials such as concrete?

    Hugo, the research group at Corgan just published this its report - Designing with Mass Timber which provides an unbiased and comprehensive assessment of designing with timber and helps answer the questions above. If you are interested in this material and topic, I highly recommend reading the report.

    Varun Kohli FAIA
    Principal & Director of Sustainability
    New York NY
    24.06.07 AIA24 - COD content