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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.

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Download the prospectus for Arkansas and Brazil opportunities.

2024 COD Arkansas Conference Materials 

05-20-2024 04:05 PM

Connecting Cultures, Catalyzing Change

AIA COD’s first Conference on Design of 2024 in Northwest Arkansas in the Ozark Mountains was held April 3 to 7, 2024.  Entrepreneurship, culture and Ozarks hospitality have been historic drivers for growth in the region; now design excellence is also a key catalyst. This area of the Ozarks is exceptional, in that it is home to two AIA Gold Medal Award recipients--E. Fay Jones, FAIA (1990) and Marlon Blackwell, FAIA (2020)—along with recent work by Gold Medalist, Carol Ross Barney, FAIA (2023).

Our four-day conference program highlighted these and other award-winning architects in Bentonville, Eureka Springs, Fayetteville, Rogers, and Springdale. We explored the role of design in modern landscapes, historic mountain towns, and experience groundbreaking projects including AIA 25-year Award Thorncrown Chapel and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art /The Momentary.  Civic leaders, designers and clients will lead us through prominent projects of the Walton Family Foundation NWA Design Excellence Program, such as Railyard Park, TheatreSquared, Thaden School, and recently completed Springdale Municipal Campus.

See the conference video, program guide and key takeaways.

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NWA Program Guide   9.36 MB   1 version
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2024 NWA Key Takeaways   118 KB   1 version
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High level summary of key learning elements.