AIA Conference on Architecture 2017



A'17, the AIA Conference on Architecture, is the architecture and design event of the year. It's about designing a better world. It's about tapping into the architects and design professionals who are shaping our industry. And it's about moving our communities, our profession, and ourselves forward.

Join us this April for three days of fast-paced, hard-hitting ideas, inspiration, education, networking, and innovation from some of the industry-leading architects, firms, and building product manufacturers.


April 27 event

A Conversation with Former First Lady Michelle Obama

Join us for a conversation with former First Lady Michelle Obama. Over the last eight years Mrs. Obama has worked tirelessly to champion a number of important initiatives designed to make our world a better place. Initiatives like Let’s Move!, Let Girls Learn, Reach Higher, and Joining Forces are changing the national conversation, shifting public perception, and making a lasting difference.

April 27 keynote

Anticipate Need: Design That Cares

Four powerful, short-form talks by Alejandro Aravena, Elizabeth Diller, Francis Kéré, Hon. FAIA, and Michael Murphy, explore how their work pushes the boundaries of collaborative practice and, in the process, creates thoughtful architecture that addresses community and society challenges.

April 28 keynote

Anticipate Challenge:  Design That Overcomes

Moderator Michael Bierut leads kicks off an exciting conversation presentations with by Dan Goods and David Delgado, both artists and NASA visual strategists, and Eve Edelstein, Assoc. AIA, the research director of Perkins+Will’s Human Experience Lab, followed by a lively conversation on using the power of creative thinking to produce extraordinary results and unconventional paths to success.

April 29 keynote

Anticipate Change

What’s Next for the Architecture

The architecture profession is rapidly changing. What’s next? Moderator Frances Anderton interviews three Nóra Demeter, Int’l. Assoc. AIA; Michael Ford, Assoc. AIA; and Cheryl McAfee, FAIA—acclaimed architects and designers who are blazing new paths.

Design That Evolves

Amy Cuddy is one of TED’s most popular presenters—her talk ranks #2 of all time. She’ll wrap up the Conference on Architecture with an in-depth, inspiring exploration of the power we all possess to anticipate and influence change.



Image credits

Michelle Obama

David Slijper