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Dec 2-3, 2021 Design Matters Virtual Conference logo

The Design Matters Conference starts next week!
Join us virtually on Thursday, Dec. 2 and Friday, Dec. 3.

Throughout the tumult of the past year, many architecture organizations distinguished themselves as critical resources for binding their local communities and advancing efforts to make the field of architecture more equitable.

At this year's virtual meeting, we celebrate this progress by investigating the work of designers and organizations who are launching new initiatives, conceiving new partnerships, and, in the process, advocating for new thinking.

The conference is designed to benefit staff at all levels. Take advantage of the group discount and attend with your colleagues!

Conference Details and Registration

New Speakers Added

Mimi Zeiger is a Los Angeles-based critic, editor, and curator. She has covered art, architecture, urbanism, and design for a number of publications including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Architectural Review, Metropolis, and Architect. She was co-curator of the U.S. Pavilion for the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, and co-curator of the 2020-2021 Exhibit Columbus.
Marwa El Mubark is an architect and design critic working in London. She is a studio tutor at the Kingston School of Art, and is interested in raising the cultural visibility and influence of design criticism through research, writing, and built work. She co-founded Afterparti, a London-based collective that creates and champions platforms for underrepresented voices in architecture and design.
Florencia Rodriguez is an architect, critic, curator, and lecturer based in Buenos Aires. In 2017 she founded Lots of Architecture –publishers where she acts as Editorial Director. From that platform, she developed -NESS, a periodical publication about architecture, life, and urban culture. She acts as a juror in various opportunities, including the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP).
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Conference Topics in the News

Educator Guide for Memorial to Enslaved Laborers
Hear more from the creators of the MEL Educator Guides, AAO board member John Comazzi and instructional coach Alexis Mason, during the conference session Using Place-Based Learning to Reframe Historical Legacies.
  • arc en rêve centre d’architecture commissioned saay/yaas, a collective of four African co-curators, to create her(e) otherwise, an online platform as community for knowledge and value production through intimate encounters and exchanges between African-diaspora women spatial makers and thinkers. 
Hear more from Fabrizio Gallanti, director of arc en rêve, during the conference session New Directors/New Directions.
  • On November 11, Urban Omnibus, The Architectural League of New York and the Urban Design Forum announced The New City Critics, a campaign to create a fellowship program for emerging critics to empower new and diverse voices.
Hear more from Mariana Mogilevich, Editor in Chief of Urban Omnibus, during the conference session Who Tells the Story of Architecture?
Full Conference Schedule

Why Should You Attend the Conference?

"AAO always puts on a top notch set of programs and experiences. AAO members are like long distance family you wish you were able to see more often! Learning from staff at other organizations gives us valuable new perspectives and time to reflect on our own practices."
Tim Hayduk, Lead Design Educator, Center for Architecture, New York
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