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three days of design

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venue

The fresh salty air and intimate atmosphere draws us back each year.

Featured Speakers

Hear their philosophy, see their work, and be inspired.

Networking Events

Wind down with our post-event meals, receptions and opportunities to connect.

About MDC 2017

MDC 2017 will take place once again at the beautiful Asilomar Conference Center – just steps from Asilomar State Beach.  Registration fees before August 4 are $520 (Member), $725 (Non-Member) and $245 (Emerging Professional Members).   REGISTER HERE.   Book your housing early to guarantee a spot on-site with the Asilomar Housing and Meal package – $588 for a two night stay or $875 for a three night stay with meals.  Save by booking double or triple room occupancy.  Check back often to stay informed about our 2017 speaker line-up!

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A Brief History of the Monterey Design Conference

By Tim Culvahouse, FAIA, with thanks to Shelly Kappe, Hon. AIA; Paul Welch, Hon. AIA; David Meckel, FAIA, and Robert Ivy, FAIA

Entering its fourth decade, the Monterey Design Conference (MDC) brings together the country’s—and the world’s—leading architects and design thinkers for an intellectually vibrant weekend at Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, California. It emerged out of the 1978 AIA California Council Annual Meeting in Orange County, which the AIA California Council president, the late George Bissell, had dedicated to the theme of “design.” Bissell, “the father of MDC,” anointed a dynamic trio of co-chairs—Ray Kappe, FAIA, Timothy Vreeland, FAIA, and Bernard Zimmerman, FAIA, who conceived an ambitious format that anticipated today’s Pecha Kucha events: Groups of invited architects gave four-minute talks on their work in parallel sessions; each session had a designated recorder; and, at the end of the day, everyone got together and shared the results in a common “wrap-up” session.

Spurred by the excitement of that meeting, the AIACC inaugurated its first dedicated design conference the following year. Conference Chair Richard Saul Wurman—who went on to found the TED Conferences—dubbed it “Design 101,” inviting architects from the three states served by Highway 101 (California, Oregon, and Washington) to gather at the Monterey Convention Center. Held annually for its first few years, Design 101 soon outgrew its downtown facilities and in the mid-1980s moved to Asilomar, gaining both generous space and a glorious bayside setting amidst the buildings of Julia Morgan and John Carl Warnecke.

Merrill Hall Interior

Merrill Hall – Photo courtesey Asilomar

Designed by designers for designers, the now biennial MDC brings together a virtual Who’s Who of the design world in the remarkably intimate space of Morgan’s Merrill Hall, where every session is a plenary session. Presenters and participants alike comfortably span the generations. Around the turn of the millennium, David Meckel introduced a “Tribal Elders” session, which has since featured Pierre Koenig, Sym van der Ryn, Ray Kappe, Warren Callister and Jack Hillmer, William Krisel, and Paffard Keatinge-Clay. At the other reach of the career trajectory, the conference features “Emerging Talent,” future leaders of the profession. A film focused on some aspect of design culture, sometimes accompanied by the maker or the subject, provides an additional dimension to festivities. Shared meals and after-hours gatherings carry the discussion deep into the night.

AIA Executive Vice President Robert Ivy, former editor-in-chief of Architectural Record and long-time MDC master of ceremonies, sums up the remarkable fellowship that is the Monterey Design Conference: “Asilomar’s unique location—adjacent to the Pacific in a grove of trees, where wood smoke mingles with the salt spray—invites casual conversation, relaxation, and stimulation in a natural setting that encourages friendship and expansive thought.”

Conference Schedule

Registration

Exhibit Installation

Continuing Education Academy Sessions (CES)

Julia Morgan, FAIA, Architectural Tour of Asilomar by Aramark Park Service

The Path to the Gold Medal with Paul Revere Williams, FAIA

Continuing Education Academy Sessions (CES)

Target Value Design: Best Practices in Complete Building Envelope Systems

Design Immersion: The Next Communication Revolution

North American Architectural Woodwork Standards 3.0

Continuing Education Academy Sessions (CES)

Title 24, Part 6: Energy Code Evolution of Residential Design

Prefabricated Ornamental Railings

Art in Architecture:  Art 101

Exhibits Open

Continuing Education Academy Sessions (CES)

How to Design a Functional & Secure Automated Vehicular Access Control Point (ACP)

Glass:  Select the Option for Your Project

2:00PM – 5:00PM

Monterey Design Conference Opens/Featured Speakers

  • Marion Weiss, FAIA and Michael Manifredi, FAIA – Weiss/Manifredi, New York
  • Laura Crescimano, Assoc. AIA, Co-Founder, SiteLab Urban Studio
  • Albert Kalach, Kalach & Taller de Arquitectura X, Mexico City

Welcome Reception / Exhibitor Networking

Dinner

Dessert / Exhibitor Networking Hour

Evening Social Event – Fireside with Friends

Continuing Education Academy Session (CES) – Accessibility / (HSW) – Two Courses

Breakfast

Monterey Design Conference Featured Speakers

  • Sou Fujimoto – Sou Fujimoto Architects, Tokyo

Morning Break / Exhibitor Networking

Monterey Design Conference Featured Speakers

  • Heather Roberge, Murmer, Los Angeles
  • Conversation with Gere Kavanaugh, Gere Kavanaugh Designs, Los Angeles

Lunch / Exhibitor Networking

Continuing Education Academy Sessions (CES) or Exhibitor Networking

Costs, Codes, Consumers, & Ethics

The Ethics of Architecture | The Architecture of Ethics

Leveraging Laser Scanning Technology with Design Projects

From Point Cloud to Documentation

Monterey Design Conference Featured Speakers

  • Shohei Shigematsu – OMA, New York
  • Jimenez Lai and Joanna Grant – Beau Spectacular, Los Angeles
  • Dominique Jakob – Jakob+Macfarlane, Paris

Wine Tasting Reception

Dinner

Monterey Design Conference Featured Speaker

  • Ed Fella, AIGA, Graphic Designer, Los Angeles

AIA Firm Award Celebration

Academy for Emerging Professionals (AEP) Mixer

Continuing Education Academy Session (CES) – Accessibility / (HSW) – Two Courses

Breakfast

Monterey Design Conference Featured Speakers

  • Julie Eizenberg, FAIA – Koning Eizenberg Architecture
  • Dorte Mandrup – Dorte Mandrup, Copenhagen

Closing Remarks

Lunch

MDC Modern Home Tour*

*Additional fee and pre-registration required for this optional event.  (This event is currently sold out.  If you wish to be put on the waiting list, email conferences@aiacc.org)

Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Monterey Bay Aquarium*

*Additional fee and pre-registration required for this optional event. (This event is currently sold out.  If you wish to be put on the waiting list, email conferences@aiacc.org)

Speakers

Gere Kavanaugh, Gere Kavanaugh Designs, Los Angeles

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Sou Fujimoto
Principal
Sou Fujimoto Architects

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Dominique Jakob
Founder
JAKOB+MACFARLANE

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Albert Kalach
Kalach & Taller de Arquitectura X
Mexico City

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Dorte Mandrup
CD/Founder, Professor, Architect-maa

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Marion Weiss, FAIA and Michael A. Manfredi, FAIA
WEISS/MANIFREDI

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Shohei Shigematsu
Partner
OMA

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Julie Eizenberg, FAIA
KoningEizenberg Architecture

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JIMENEZ LAI & JOANNA GRANT
Bureau Spectacular

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Ed Fella
Graphic
Designer

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Heather Roberge
Principal
murmer

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Laura Crescimano
Assoc. AIA Co-Founder
SITELAB urban studio

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Alan Tse, Assoc. AIA
Principal
Alan Tse Design

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Reed Kroloff
MDC 2017 Emcee

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MDC 2015 WORDS OF WISDOM

More About MDC

MDC is dedicated to design. It is an open forum to a broad range of ideas and critical thinking people that shape our built environment. MDC is interested in being part of the conversation but not dictating it. The event is open to the voice of speakers, participants and those who attend. MDC is led by a dedicated committee of volunteers who spend countless hours in guiding and planning the event over the course of the year.

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View the 2017 MDC Conference Committee list here. »

More Insights

Registration
Conference Registration Prices*
Early Bird Rates Good Through August 25
AIA Member/Allied Member – $520
Emerging / Associate Member – $245
Emeritus Member – $275
Non Member – $725
Student – $110
*Meals and housing costs are additional

OUR SPONSORSSponsor/Exhibitor Questions? Contact Hillary Krek at Hkrek@aiacc.org or (916) 642-1710.

 

Architectural Record

Asilomar Conference Grounds

800 Asilomar Avenue Pacific Grove, CA 93950

(831) 372-8016

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Lodging

image003PLEASE NOTE:  If someone contacts you about lodging other than our conference coordinator, Amy Orr, or the Asilomar Housing Coordinator, Betty Forbes, please do not book through them or share your credit card information.   We recommend going directly to a hotel’s main website to book lodging – or at trusted sites like Travelocity or Tripadvisor.


Asilomar has been the home of the Monterey Design Conference over the course of four decades and it’s no wonder why. Celebrated as Monterey Peninsula’s “Refuge by the Sea” – Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds is a breathtakingly gorgeous 107 acres of ecologically diverse beachfront land. Situated within the quaint and scenic town of Pacific Grove, Asilomar offers guests the simple comforts of cozy cottages and rustic lodges – and an unforgettable escape from the demands of everyday life.

image004MDC is a spectacular and intimate affair, where beyond extraordinary lectures and speakers, attendees find themselves strolling on the beach, wandering the Julia Morgan designed grounds or sitting on the deck of the main lodge engaging in conversation with a Pritzker Prize winner or many of the most innovative and catalytic thinkers in architecture, as if they were invited into their own backyard. These encounters happen spontaneously and informally over the course of the conference, providing us with that raw inspiration that got us interested in architecture in the first place. Come to the architects retreat!

Asilomar Conference Center – SOLD OUT!

PLEASE NOTE: YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR BOOKING YOUR OWN LODGING. IF YOU BOOK OFF-PROPERTY OR ARE DRIVING IN, YOU WILL NEED TO PURCHASE MEALS WHEN YOU REGISTER.

Alternative Lodging Options

Lighthouse Lodge and Cottages
1150 Lighthouse Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
(831) 655-2111
www.lighthouselodgecottages.com

Sunset Inn
133 Asilomar Blvd.
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
www.gosunsetinn.com
(831) 375-3529

For options in the Monterey/Carmel area, visit https://www.seemonterey.com/

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