2019 Design Matters Conference

The 2019 Design Matters Conference returns to Chicago on November 6-9, 2019.

For full Design Matters Conference details, including speakers, schedule, and registration information, please visit designmattersconference.org.

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What is the Design Matters Conference?

The Design Matters Conference is the world’s only annual meeting specifically tailored to the needs and concerns of community and educational organizations devoted to inspiring public dialogue about architecture and urbanism. To this end, the Conference brings together not-for-profit professionals and volunteers charged with creating cultural programs about the built enivronment (e.g., exhibitions, tours, lectures, symposia, festivals, publications, research, youth outreach), providing ample time for networking and learning among this unique community of cultural practitioners. At key moments in the conference, we invite a broader exchange between our members and top designers, curators, journalists, and civic leaders.

Who attends?

  • Staff (at all levels) of design organizations interested in broadening the impact of their public programs and as well strengthening their organizational management skills
  • Design students
  • Arts and culture professionals interested in issues of community engagement
  • Professional designers, planners, and architects interested in ways to enhance public dialogue about architecture, urbanism, and culture