2020 Design Matters Conference

2020 Design Matters Conference: RADICAL TRANSFORMATION
December 3-4, 2020

We are now inviting proposals for conference breakout sessions. Submit your idea by November 6.

This year has been a time of great rupture and change. While society at large wrestles with a new normal, cultural institutions are in a fight to stay afloat. Architecture organizations are needing to respond to massive internal and external pressures, and, through it all, still drive critical community impact--whether that means staying the course or radically rethinking one's mission.

The Design Matters Conference - the only annual gathering specifically for organizations devoted to inspiring public dialogue about architecture and urbanism - gives attendees an expanded set of ideas and professional contacts in order to better contextualize their work in this new world.

 

How will this year's virtual Conference work?

During plenary sessions and interactive small group discussions, attendees will wrestle with the pressing questions, nascent ideas, and operational challenges that can be best appreciated and investigated by their immediate colleagues from peer architecture organizations.

Using the online conference platform, attendees will be able to customize their itineraries with relevant sessions as well as one-on-one and small group networking opportunities.

This year’s virtual conference format allows for greater participation from architecture organizations across the United States and around the world. Let's connect you with the community of practitioners who can most help you!

 

Who should attend the Conference?

The Conference brings together not-for-profit professionals and volunteers charged with creating cultural programs about the built environment (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.

This year has taught us that change must occur throughout the entirety of our organizations. Whether your role is in programming or outreach, fundraising or communications, or executive leadership, we all need to consider what changes we can initiate to strengthen our organizations and point a way forward in what may well be an even rockier 2021.

We strongly encourage a small cohort of colleagues to attend from each organization, especially considering that there are no travel or lodging costs involved this year.

 

How can I get involved?

Through the Open Call for Presenters, you will help shape the conference schedule to include topical investigations of most immediate value to your organization. Think of these sessions as facilitated conversations on what's keeping you up at night, and then opening that investigation to select peers from other architecture organizations who share the same critical interest as you.

Submit your idea for the Open Call for Presenters. Deadline: November 6.

Conference registration will open in late October.

 

Registration Details

Our goal is to keep this year's Conference fees as accessible as possible. Ticket prices will be available in the following packages:

INDIVIDUAL PASS
AAO member: $60
Non-AAO member: $75

DUAL (2-PERSON) PASS:
AAO member: $110 (available for AAO member organizations or AAO Individual members with guest)
Non-AAO member: $140

ORGANIZATION PASS (up to 5 passes):
AAO member: $225
Non-AAO member: $265

If you have questions about the status of your membership, or would like to find out more about becoming an AAO member, please email us.

 

If you have further questions about the 2020 Design Matters Conference, please email us at aao@architecture.org.