Levitated MassPhoto courtesy of Eric Staudenmaier
Levitated Mass
Photo courtesy of Eric Staudenmaier

Join Us for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Tour

Sagaponac House 
Photo courtesy Thomas Phifer and Partners
Sagaponac House
Photo courtesy Thomas Phifer and Partners
Merrill Hall

MDC 2015 – Save the Date

Mark your calendars! The 2015 Monterey Design Conference will be held on October 16-18, 2015. Join us on the coast!

Levitated MassPhoto courtesy of Eric Staudenmaier

How Do You Get to Innovative Engineering? Through A Rock. Greg Otto on the Lessons of Levitated Mass

In 2012, a 340-ton granite rock was driven through the streets of Los Angeles and ensconced at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art—LACMA. Officially titled Levitated Mass by artist …


Join Us for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Tour

AIACC Maybeck Award winner Chuck Davis, FAIA, architect of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, leads a behind-the-scenes tour of the aquarium from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 29, 2013. …

Sagaponac House 
Photo courtesy Thomas Phifer and Partners

“Fewer Gestures,” The MDC Q&A with Thomas Phifer, FAIA, and Brian Crilly, AIA, LEED AP

Following our Q&A series? This interview features a question for conference speaker Thomas Phifer, FAIA, from Brian Crilly, AIA, LEED AP. Working for Lionakis from the firm’s Sacramento office, Crilly’s …

New York City Velodrome
Photo courtesy Thomas Phifer and Partners

The MDC Q&A, Thomas Phifer, FAIA, talks to Li Wen, AIA, about a Post-Rauschenberg, Post-Gehry World

Have you attended the Monterey Design Conference? One of the conference’s unique attributes is its setting–at the historic Asilomar Conference Grounds designed by Julia Morgan on the beach in Monterey, …

Clemson University Lee Hall
Photo courtesy Scott Frances

Understanding the Source, Thomas Phifer, FAIA, Talks Process

Did you catch our first interview with Monterey Design Conference 2013 speaker Thomas Phifer, FAIA? In it he talks about how his firm coaxes and manipulates a material available at …

North Carolina Museum of Art  
Photo courtesy Iwan Baan

Light and Space, A Conversation with Thomas Phifer, FAIA

Madison House, North Carolina Museum of Art, Taghkanic House—the work of Monterey Design Conference speaker Thomas Phifer’s firm, Phifer and Partners, gently integrates into the natural quality of land so …

Minneapolis Rowing Club Boathouse Photo Courtesy VJAA

Jennifer Yoos on VJAA’s Use of Animation

Though 2012 AIA National Firm Award, VJAA, has been honored for excellence across building typologies, one particular concept often influences the firms design thinking as it addresses new projects. “We …


Join Globally and Nationally Renowned Architects

Internationally acclaimed architects Odile Decq of France, Marcio Kogan, Hon. FAIA of Brazil and Kengo Kuma, Hon. FAIA of Japan join a stellar group of North American designers for Monterey …

@fougeronarch and why she tweets

In a previous interview we talked to MDC 2013 featured speaker, Anne Fougeron, FAIA, about what drove her firm’s work. You can find that interview here. But, we couldn’t help …

Jackson Family Retreat Photo courtesy Fougeron Architecture

“How Can We Do More of the Unexpected?” Anne Fougeron, FAIA

This year, we’ve generally broken down our MDC Speaker interview series into short blogs. But after we spoke to Anne Fougeron, FAIA, that simply wasn’t possible. Based in San Francisco, …

Ruth Lilly Visitor’s Pavilion at the Indianapolis Museum of Art  Photo courtesy Timotny Hursley

MDC Q&A: Marlon Blackwell, FAIA and Gray Dougherty, AIA, LEED AP

This Fall, as they do on a biennial basis, great designers from across California and speakers from around the world will converge at the Monterey Design Conference. Though they sometimes …

Porchdog House
Photo courtesy Timothy Hursley

MDC Q&A: Marlon Blackwell, FAIA and Leigh Christy, AIA, LEED AP BD

One of MDC’s unique attributes as a conference is its informality. On the grounds of the Julia Morgan-designed Asilomar, spontaneous conversations between speakers and attendees tend to occur. This year …

Gentry Public Library
Credit: Timothy Hursley

MDC Q&A: Marlon Blackwell, FAIA and Stuart Magruder, AIA

The firm that #MDC_13 speaker Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, leads, is recognized internationally for its work which often quietly mines vernaculars. Yet when Past President of the AIA|Los Angeles, Stuart Magruder, …

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science Photo courtesy Iwan Baan

Pritzker Prize Winner Thom Mayne Explores the Source

This year, a number of Los Angeles museums including LACMA, MOCA, The Hammer and The Getty will feature exhibitions centered on the work and influence of the city’s architects. Known …

Steven L. Anderson Design Center - Photo courtesy MBA

The Grace of Place: A Conversation with Marlon Blackwell, FAIA

Whether it’s the Keenan Tower House, featured on the cover of Architectural Record; 2013 AIA National Honor Award-winner St. Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church, or Gentry Public Library (particularly meaningful to …


Why Attend MDC?

Have you heard about the Monterey Design Conference from friends and colleagues, but never really understood the allure? While the presentations are tremendous and the faculty top notch – there’s …

photo courtesey John Scourkes

Asilomar Conference Center: the Architects’ Retreat

It is no coincidence that the Monterey Design Conference, with its legacy as an open forum for ideas and critical thinking from people that shape our built environment, is held …