Newsletter | September 2019
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AAO Conference: Oct. 15 Deadline for Discounted Registration

The 2019 Design Matters Conference presented by the Association of Architecture Organizations (AAO) is just over one month away! Join us in Chicago, November 6-9, to see the Chicago Architecture Center's new gallery spaces, tour the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial, hear inspiring speakers, see the city, and network with peers who also work to enhance public dialogue on architecture.

October 15 is the last day to receive early bird registration rates and the group rate at the St. Jane Hotel in the Carbide and Carbon Building.

Register Now!

Conference Highlight: Looking Forward/Looking Back

Damon Rich, Designer and Urban Planner
Sarah Herda (moderator), Curator; AAO Board Member

We start the day in conversation with a leader who was a featured speaker at the very first AAO conference a decade ago. MacArthur Genius Damon Rich founded the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), one of the defining organizations of our field. After developing a roster of public engagement programs and successfully passing on the reigns to CUP’s current leadership team, Damon co-founded the independent design studio Hector in order to expand the reach of his practice and invent new ways forward for building community.

In this session, we’ll discuss how our field has evolved for the past ten years and what is needed to keep us growing into the future. We also look at the varied career paths now open to those committed to public engagement.

Conference Highlight: Design Ed Workshop with Biennial Curator

Sepake Angiama, 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial Curator

We're excited to announce that the Architecture + Design Education Network (A+DEN) Post-Conference Workshop will begin with a tour through the Chicago Architecture Biennial exhibition with 2019 Biennial curator Sepake Angiama.

Relying on her background in education, Sepake will model different tools for engaging teenage students with difficult subject matter, using several Biennial installations, including the The Gun Violence Memorial Project by MASS Design Group.

If you work with K-12 audiences, plan to attend the A+DEN Post-Conference Workshop in Chicago on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9.
A+DEN Workshop Details and Registration

Member News Roundup

General News

Trends in Architecture

What trends are becoming apparent in architecture? We found three articles that address that question this month: one considering the recent past, one looking at the present, and one contemplating the future.

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