2022 Design Matters Conference

We are pleased to announce this year’s Design Matters Conference will return to an in-person format, and we will also be offering a virtual option to attend several of the sessions online. Our primary conference venue will be the Center for Architecture in Lower Manhattan.

The conference schedule will be released soon. Given the tumult and disruptions of the past few years, our conference discussions will be focusing on the critical acts of field building we need now to fortify our work and our organizations. And, looking outward, the more public portions of our conference program will investigate the opportunities and challenges at play in making the case for the value of architecture post-pandemic.

If you believe public support for design and deeper engagement with architectural ideas is essential for strengthening communities and unlocking new possibilities, we encourage you to come be part of this year’s Design Matters Conference.


Who Should Attend

The Design Matters conference is perfect for architecture organization staff (at all levels), as well as design professionals, educators, and independent curators and consultants interested in public dialogue/public engagement and related issues concerning the role of architecture, planning, and design in service to society.


At-A-Glance Schedule: Mark Your Calendar

To help you reserve time in your personal calendar, we are sharing a tentative conference schedule below. Exact times are subject to change, but the basic outlay here can give you a sense of how to anticipate travel or lodging needs.

Day 1, Thursday, November 10 (all times listed EST)

12:00pm-5:00pm: Pre-Conference Workshops (separate registration required)
6:30pm-9:00pm: Public Program and Opening Reception

Day 2, Friday, November 11 (all times listed EST)

8:30am-6:00pm: Conference Sessions
6:00pm-7:30pm: Closing Reception

Day 3, Saturday, November 12 (all times listed EST)

9:30am-12:30pm: Post-Conference Tour (separate registration required)



The majority of conference activities will take place at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place.

For convenience sake, a group room block will be set up at a nearby hotel, but that lodging choice is entirely optional. Details will be announced soon, and please note that availability will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Conference Registration will open soon.

There will be separate ticketing packages for those who wish to attend the conference in-person, and those who wish to participate online. Discounted rates will be extended to AAO Members

If you wish to receive conference program updates and be alerted when registration launches, please drop us a quick note at aao@architecture.org and write “yes, I’d like to receive conference updates.” We’ll be sure to keep you informed.