Past AAO Events

The Association of Architecture Organizations conducts year-round programs for its members, as well as select events for the general public. The primary function of these activities is to provide educators and representatives from architectural organizations with a forum for networking, resource sharing, and joint learning.

Recap of AAO CEO Network Meeting, 4/24

CEO Network – April 24
Hosted by AAO Chair Lynn Osmond

Representatives from 23 organizations across the AAO Network convened a call to check-in on everyone’s progress in steering their respective organizations through the early days of the pandemic.

Recap of Public Programs Network Meeting, April 17

Representatives from 20 organizations (for a list of participants click here) across the AAO Network convened a call to check-in on everyone’s progress in coping with fallout from COVID-19 and to issue updates on transitioning in-person programs to online platforms. In addition to organizational updates from participants, the notes below summarize some of the larger discussion points.

Recap of A+DEN Network Meeting, March 31

On our recent call of AAO’s Architecture + Design Education Network, representatives from over 30 organizations (for a list of participants click here) discussed their biggest near-term challenges for serving students during the social distancing procedures required to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recap of Public Programs Meeting, March 27

Representatives from 20 organizations (for a list of participants click here) across the AAO Network convened a call to see how our various organizations are engaging/planning to engage core audiences and stakeholders during this period of mandated social isolation. Several individuals shared out some specific resources that could be applied to most any architecture organization (agnostic of geographic location).

AAO Network Meetings

AAO hosts regularly scheduled conference calls for several of our networks--including Public Programs, Tours, Fundraising, Exhibitions, and K-12 Education. These are support groups and info exchanges, we encourage that a representative or two from your organization participate!

2019 Design Matters Conference

The 2019 Design Matters Conference took place in Chicago on November 6-9, 2019. For 2019 Design Matters Conference details, including an archived version of the speakers and schedule, please visit

AAO Exhibition Sharing Committee June 2019 Meeting

The next AAO Exhibition Sharing Committee Meeting will take place Wednesday, June 19 from 11:00am-12:00pm Eastern Time and is open to all AAO Members.

At this next meeting, we will continue with another short round of individual reports from members, as well as discuss priority activities we think should be included in the Design Matters Conference this fall in Chicago.

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AAO Exhibition Sharing Committee February 2019 Meeting

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During the 2018 Design Matters Conference in Seattle this past November, a number of long-time AAO members voiced their interest in establishing a committee to exchange timely updates and information concerning traveling exhibitions suitable for display at AAO member sites.

AAO Board member and Executive Director of AIA New York/Center for Architecture Benjamin Prosky will chair this ad hoc committee, which is open to all current AAO members.

2018 Design Matters Conference

2018 Design Matters Conference, Nov 14-17, Seattle

The Design Matters Conference is the world’s only dedicated annual meeting that seeks to bring top designers, journalists, and civic leaders into exploratory dialogue with those not-for-profit professionals and volunteers charged with creating cultural programs (exhibitions, tours, lectures and symposia, festivals and films, youth outreach) to spur broader public interest in architecture, urbanism, and culture.

AAO Webinar: Creating an Architecture Center

For the next AAO Webinar, we’ll have speakers from three architecture centers that have either recently opened or plan to open soon: Seattle Center for Architecture & Design, Architecture Center Houston, and the Lipsey Buffalo Architecture Center.

AAO Webinar: Leveraging Local Networks

Thursday, May 4, 2017
11:00 AM CDT

The next AAO webinar is about the power of collaboration. Six nonprofits in Pittsburgh offer K-12 architectural education programs of one stripe or another, so they joined together to form the Architecture Learning Network (ALN) to help high school students navigate their options. What began with a shared calendar listing grew into a system of learning pathways and digital badges thanks to a grant from the Sprout Fund.

AAO Webinar: The Value of Docent-Led Architecture Tours

Architecture Tour
Thursday, March 2
11am-Noon CST
The next AAO webinar will feature newly published research by AAO member Jason Nu, PhD, documenting the process of creating docent-led architecture tours, the emotional impact they make on pubic tourgoers, and why it’s such a powerful tool for promoting design. For his dissertation in the field of geography, Nu conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork on architecture tours using the Chicago Architecture Foundation as a case study.

AAO Webinar - Case Study for Public-Private Partnerships

Join us April 30, for the latest installment in our monthly webinar series. This month we will be investing the Market Street Prototyping Festival, an innovative partnership between the San Francisco Planning Department, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and dozens of artists and designers from across San Francisco. If you're interested in gaining practical tips about forging public-private partnerships, this is a helpful case study. Guest presenter for this webinar is Neil Hrushowy, Manager of the City Design Group within the San Francisco Planning Department.


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