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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

  • 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
    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!