The Design Matters Conference is the world’s only annual meeting specifically tailored to the needs and concerns of community and educational organizations devoted to inspiring public dialogue about architecture and urbanism. Register Today︎



We bring together not-for-profit professionals and volunteers charged with creating cultural programs about the built environment (e.g., exhibitions, tours, lectures, symposia, festivals, publications, research, youth outreach), providing ample time for networking and learning among this unique community of cultural practitioners. At key moments in the conference, we invite a broader exchange between our members and top designers, curators, journalists, and civic leaders.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Association of Architecture Organizations. As we embark on our second decade of supporting a worldwide dialogue around architecture and design, we will take a moment to reflect on the significant impact architecture organizations have achieved over the past 10 years, as well as consider the road ahead and how our organizations must continue to evolve.



While the majority of Conference sessions are open to all attendees, a few select offerings are treated as specific learning tracks reserved for CEOs/Executive Directors, for curators, for young organizations, and for attendees early in their careers. The A+DEN Post-Conference Workshop, meanwhile, offers a special added two-day track for those involved in K-12 design education. Some educators may choose to attend both the Conference and the Post-Conference Workshop, but separate registration is required. Alternatively, educators can also just sign up for the Post-Conference Workshop.

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