Design Talks

Design Talks comprises five presentations each year featuring special guest speakers relevant to the architecture and design profession. These events will be taking place from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm and lunch will be served.
Design Talks offer 1 LU of continuing education credit for registered attendees, and are also open to the public.

Programming includes AIA Austin business items, as well as speakers of interest to members and guests. Past speakers and topics have been: Evan Smith of the Texas Tribune; Ryan Robinson, City Demographer; UT School of Medicine; Imagine Austin Plan; Waller Creek Design Competition; Lucia Athens, Chief Sustainabililty Officer at the City of Austin; Capital Studios; Alan Graham with Mobile Loaves & Fishes Community First! Village; Blanton Museum Director Simone Wicha; Interim Dean of the UT School of Architecture Elizabeth Danze, FAIA; architect Rand Elliott, FAIA, and more!

2022 Design Talks
February 8 — Jana McCann, FAIA; Molly Alexander, and Amy Miller
April 12 — Olson Kundig at Comedor
June 14 — Studio8 Architects and Overland Partners at ACC Rio Grande Campus
September 13 — Donna Carter, FAIA, at the Carver Museum
November 15 - Brent Stringfellow, AIA, Director of Campus Planning/University Architect at UT Austin. (Design Talks and AIA Austin Annual Meeting)

2021 Design Talks

February 9 — Design Talks Takeover: Austin Foundation for Architecture with Tatiana Bilbao; Juan Miró, FAIA; and Miguel Rivera, FAIA
April 13 — Snøhetta and Simone Wicha, Blanton Director, on new Blanton Museum plaza
June 8 — John Friedman, FAIA, and Alice Kimm, FAIA
September 14 - Land Ports of Entry with Snow Kreilich Architects, Jones Studio, and Robert Siegel Architects
November 9 ( Design Talks and AIA Austin Annual Meeting)- Community Recreation Centers with Al Godfrey, AIA, and Heather McKinney, FAIA 


2020 Design Talks 
February 13—Sara Zewde
April — Panel Discussion
June 9 — Lance Hosey, FAIA
November 10 — Lynn Osmond
December 15 — Daniel Woodroffe

Ticket prices (in-person event):

$40 for Architect and Allied Members
$20 for Associate Members and students
$40 for non-members

Registration will open in early 2022. All sales are final, and registration is transferrable. Please see our cancellation policy.

Thank you to our 2022 Design Talks Sponsors!

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