2016 Design Matters Conference presented by the Association of Architecture Organizations

The Design Matters Conference presented by the Association of Architecture Organizations 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 and design.

If you’re involved with a not-for-profit architectural, design or educational institution, come join your peers at the Design Matters Conference and enjoy 2.5 days of workshops, presentations, tours and networking events.

Conference Schedule

Wednesday, November 2—Pre-Conference Day

12:30pm–2:00pm: Tour of Design Architecture Senior High (DASH)
All Pre-Conference day participants are invited to tour DASH

2:30pm–5:00pm: A+DEN Workshop
Host: Jennifer Masengarb, Chicago Architecture Foundation

2:30pm–5:00pm: International Directors Council
Host: Peter Murray, New London Architecture

5:30pm–7:30pm: Opening Reception & Member Shorts
AAO hosts cocktail reception for all Conference attendees at the de la Cruz Collection. We will also hear about projects from four of the Conference’s international delegates: "Scotland’s Urban Past" by Rebecca, Bailey, Historic Environment Scotland; "Countdown to the New DAC" by Tanya Lindkvist, Danish Architecture Center; and "Vocabulary of Hospitality" by Merve Bedir and Jason Hilgefort, Land+Civilization Compositions.

8:00pm: Dine-Arounds

Thursday, November 3—Conference Day One

Morning Sessions: Miami Center for Architecture and Design (MCAD)

8:30am: Registration Opens

9:00am–9:15am: Welcome Remarks

9:15am–10:00am: Opening Address
"Miami Rising": Manny Diaz, Former Mayor of Miami (2001–2009)

10:00am–10:30am: Coffee Break

10:45am-12:00pm: Morning Plenary
"Shaping Cities and the Built Environment through Philanthropy": Ron Bogle, American Architecture Foundation; Benjamin de la Peña, Knight Foundation; Stuart Kennedy, Miami Foundation; Elizabeth Lynn, van Beuren Charitable Foundation

12:00pm–1:15pm: Lunch

1:15pm: Buses depart MCAD to Miami Beach

Afternoon Sessions: Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL)

1:45pm–2:45pm: AAO Members Meeting
Michael Wood, Association of Architecture Organizations

2:45pm-3:45pm: Connecting with AAO Membership: Notes from the Field
A rapid pitch share out of innovative, inspired approaches by Conference delegates solving programming and management challenges old and new: "Crafting Center Identity" by Rick Bell, NYC Department of Design and Construction; "The Minnow & the Whale: Building Partnerships for Mutual Benefit" by Angela Kyle, PlayBuild; "No Small Plans" by Gabrielle Lyon, Chicago Architecture Foundation; "Curating the City: LGBTQ Historic Places in LA" by Adrian Fine, Los Angeles Conservancy; and "Peacebuilding through Design Thinking" by Maryam Eskandari, Harvard University & MIIM Designs LLC.

4:00pm–5:30pm: Walking Tour
Art Deco Walking Tour

5:30pm: Buses depart MDPL to Miami

6:30pm-8:00pm: Evening Public Program
"Resilience and Citizen Action": Tom Dallessio, NextCity; Otis Rolley, 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation; and Susanne Torriente, City of Miami Beach.

8:00pm: Dine-Arounds

Friday, November 4—Conference Day Two

Morning Location: Yve Hotel

8:00am: Breakfast

8:00am–9:00am: Resilient Miami
Irvans Augustin, Urban Impact Lab; Gretchen Beesing, Catalyst Miami; Margie O’Driscoll, Bay Area Resilient by Design Challenge; Marta Viciedo, Urban Impact Lab.
Rapid Pitch - "Resilient Boston: Architect to Student to Citizen": Benjamin Peterson, Boston Architectural College; Gretchen Rabinkin, Boston Society of Architects & BSA Foundation.

9:00am: Buses depart for Resiliency Tour

9:30am–12:30pm: Tour
Miami Beach Resiliency and Preservation Tour

Afternoon Location: HistoryMiami

1:15pm–2:00pm: Lunch

2:00pm–2:45pm: Tour of HistoryMiami
Conference attendees will be treated to a brief tour of the museum and cultural complex designed by Philip Johnson (commissioned 1972; completed 1983). Free time will be allotted to browse the museum’s upcoming exhibition, The Discipline of Nature: Architect Alfred Browning Parker in Florida.

3:00pm–4:00pm: Afternoon Plenary
"Diversity & Cultural Production in Miami": Meg Daly, Friends of the Underline; Cheryl Jacobs, Miami Center for Architecture & Design; George Neary, Associate Vice President of Cultural Tourism for the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau; Mikhaile Solomon, Founding Director, Prizm Art Fair

4:00pm–5:00pm: Afternoon Plenary
"Miami as a Hub for Design": Cheryl Jacobs, Miami Center for Architecture & Design; Avra Jain, Vagabond Group; Jessica Goldman Srebnick, Goldman Properties

5:00pm: Buses depart for Wynwood neighborhood

5:30pm–6:00pm: Tour
Wynwood Walking Tour

6:30pm–8:30pm: Closing Party at R+HOUSE

For the full schedule, including further information about each event, see here.

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