Three Days of Design Insights; Years’ Worth of Inspiration


A global roster of design talent convenes this October along the sandy shores of Northern California for the Monterey Design Conference (MDC 2017 ), an intellectually vibrant weekend where conversations on design reach new heights.  Sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC), this biennial conference takes place October 13-15, 2017, at Asilomar Conference Center.  Located in Pacific Grove, CA, the center was designed by 2014 AIA Gold Medal winner Julia Morgan, FAIA.  Different from most conferences, MDC 2017 gives attendees opportunities to engage in casual conversations with presenters over meals, at receptions, or along the beach.  Noted journalist, educator, and curator Reed Kroloff will emcee MDC 2017, which is open to architecture and design practitioners, educators, students, and enthusiasts.

Among the presenters at MDC 2017 are international architects, who rarely speak in the U.S.:

  • Sou Fujimoto, Sou Fujimoto Architects, Tokyo
  • Dominique Jakob, Jakob + MacFarlane, Paris
  • Alberto Kalach, Kalach & Taller de Arquitectura X, Mexico City
  • Dorte Mandrup, Founder, Dorte Mandrup, Copenhagen

American architects and designers will discuss their multi-faceted work:

  • Julie Eizenberg, FAIA, Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Santa Monica
  • Ed Fella, AIGA, Graphic Designer and Educator, Los Angeles
  • Gere Kavanaugh, Gere Kavanaugh Designs, Los Angeles
  • Shohei Shigematsu, OMA, New York
  • Marion Weiss, FAIA, & Michael Manfredi, FAIA, Weiss Manfredi, New York

Emerging California talents are given the opportunity to shine:

  • Laura Crescimano, Assoc. AIA, SITELAB Urban Studio, San Francisco
  • Jimenez Lai & Joanna Grant, Bureau Spectacular, Los Angeles
  • Heather Roberge, AIA, Murmur, Los Angeles
  • Alan Tse, Assoc. AIA, Alan Tse Design, San Francisco

MDC 2017 presents architectural films:

  • “Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future” will be presented by the architect’s son, cinematographer Eric Saarinen, who will be joined in conversation by Cathleen McGuigan, Editor in Chief of Architectural Record
  • “American Homes” by Bernard Friedman will be screened throughout the conference

Special events round out the busy weekend, including tours of modern Monterey homes and a behind-the-scenes visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium with architects where a slide show 2017 AIACC Design Award Recipients will be on display.  Receptions include a celebration of the 2016 AIA National Firm Award Winner Leddy Maytum Stacey, based in San Francisco, as well as wine tasting, and mixer for the AIA Academy for Emerging Professionals.

Attendees can gain up to 20 CE points for MDC programs, including main lectures as well as CES offerings. Additional CE sessions span the spectrum of design from ADA to art.  Among the courses:

  • Design Beyond ADA and Compliance
  • Target Value Design: Best Practices in Complete Building Envelope Systems
  • Design Immersion | The Next Communication Revolution
  • How to Design a Functional & Secure Automated Vehicular Access Control Point
  • Art in Architecture: Art 101
  • Reducing Information Risk: Lessons Learned from Recent Construction Legal Tangle
  • Leveraging Laser Scanning Technology with Design Projects

Registration is open, but spaces are filling up quickly.  Go to www.aiacc.org/mdc to register.

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The AIACC represents the interests of more than 11,000 architects and allied professionals in California. Founded in 1944, The AIACC’s mission supports architects in their endeavors to improve the quality of life for all Californians by creating more livable communities, sustainable designs and quality work environments. Today, The AIACC is the largest component of the national AIA organization. For more information, visit www.aiacc.org.