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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 - Registration is sold out.


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

2024 Sponsorships

Download the prospectus for Arkansas and Brazil opportunities.

2023 COD Conferences

Last year, COD held 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 conference was held in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, September 21-24, 2023. Download the Minneapolis guidebook and view the conference video

ARO: Uniting Beauty & Form with Strategy & Intelligence 

07-15-2021 12:17 PM

The AIA Architecture Firm Award is the highest honor bestowed on an architecture practice. Hear from Architecture Research Office (ARO), the New York City firm that earned the honor in 2020. The firm’s diverse project portfolio— spanning strategic planning, architecture, and urban design—is united by a principled and engaged approach to design, a collaborative process, and technical precision. 

Learn how ARO’s design process and culture fosters consistently high-quality design that elevates people and places. Explore the firm's past and present work, their process, and their firm culture in a presentation led by the firm’s leaders followed by a Q&A. Each attendee will gain inspirational insights to assist them in the evolution of their practice.

Date: May 20, 2021
Moderator: Douglas A. Benson, FAIA 
Speakers:  Stephen Cassell, FAIA, Kim Yao, AIA, Adam Yarinsky, FAIA, Megumi Tamanaha, AIA, and Neil Patel, AIA 

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