2019 Committee on Design Conference


AIA Committee on Design

San Francisco, CA

April 4 - 7, 2019

There is great concern that innovation in the United States is waning, and that the country has entered a period of prolonged secular stagnation. While innovation across America has increased at a relatively slow pace since the mid-1970s, it has seen spectacular growth in the San Francisco Bay Area. Silicon Valley, situated in the San Francisco Bay Area, is renowned for its world class high-tech companies and thousands of growing startup companies. It is known as an “Innovation Hub,” a social community that fosters technological trends, innovation, and industry-specific insights.

During this conference, we will examine innovation and infrastructure from multiple perspectives, including digital design, urban design and architecture, and human-centered design. Our Bay Area tour will take us to the center of where it all happens. We, of course, will have special access to numerous locations. We will witness the radical transformation of the city’s urban core and its new focus on the Mission Bay and Dogpatch areas. With lodging at the Portman Hyatt hotel in Embarcadero Center, our stay will be an homage to an area that was at the edge of innovation in its day.

This year we celebrate 50 years of COD Leadership, recognizing the past chairs of COD at The Exploratorium. This celebration will also feature the Member Slide Show where we get a peek into the exceptional work that our members are creating.

Learn more on the AIA website.


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