This year’s Design Matters Conference, presented by the Association of Architecture Organizations, takes a close look at how design-related organizations can construct more meaningful program narratives, from easy to consume stories fit for national broadcast to memorable first-person appeals to enriching curator-driven museum format presentations. Learn how to better engage audiences and inspire them to share your message with others.

The presented content is highly interdisciplinary and far-ranging, as we look to investigate our chosen theme from the perspectives of top-flight designers and industry thought leaders to professional story coaches, digital engagement gurus and media veterans to fundraising experts and managers of well-respected architectural and advocacy organizations. With an eye toward practical take-aways, several sessions also address common challenges for building organizational capacity.

If you’re involved with a not-for-profit architectural, design, or educational institution, come join your peers from across the country at the Design Matters Conference and enjoy 3 days of workshops, presentations, tours, and networking events.

Register at (Note: If you reside in or near the DC-area, local discounts may apply, in which case interested participants should write the Association of Architecture Organizations directly at


David Adjaye, Principal and Founder, Adjaye Associates
Shelley Bernstein, Vice President of Digital Engagement and Technology, Brooklyn Museum
Mary Case, Principal, Qm2 Consulting
Carol Coletta, Vice President of Community and National Initiatives, Knight Foundation
Paula Kerger, President and Chief Executive Officer, Public Broadcasting Service
Terence Mickey, Co-Founder, Thought Warrior, Inc.
Mary Rowe, Vice President and Managing Director, The Municipal Art Society of New York



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