AIA Austin 2021 Design Excellence Conference

August 18-20  |  Virtual Conference

Call for course submissions closed June 2nd.

What do the AIA Framework for Design Excellence and the Toolkit have to do with the AIA Austin Design Excellence Conference?
Read the Course Submission Guide created by the Design Excellence Conference Committee and COTE.


The AIA Austin Design Excellence Conference delivers dynamic content through renowned keynote speakers, inspiring breakout sessions, and local project tours, all focused on sustainability, resiliency, and inclusive design through the lens of AIA's Framework for Design Excellence. Conference attendees can typically earn up to 18 LUs over the three-day conference, including courses to meet TBAE sustainability and ADA requirements.

Our conference will continue to be held virtually using Socio, a virtual conference platform. After registration and before the conference dates, you will be sent instructions for attending the conference in Socio. You will be able to access all courses and can also build a personal agenda within your profile. A few in-person tours will be offered at an extra cost, and space will be limited.


Conference Rates
$249 AIA Member / $149 Assoc. AIA & Students / $299 Non-members
Early Bird Rates
$199 AIA Member / $99 Assoc. AIA & Students / $249 Non-members

Scholarships Available!

Conference Scholarships cover the cost of full-conference registration for Associate Members, Students/AIAS Members, or members experiencing financial hardship. To request a scholarship, submit a one-page resume and one-page statement describing your interest in this year’s conference, the benefits you expect to gain from attendance, and your financial need to 

Continuing Education Requirements

AIA measures continuing education in learning units (LUs). One hour of continuing education earns one LU. AIA Architect members are required to complete 18 LUs each calendar year. Of those 18 LUs, 12 must be in Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) topics.

However, in order to maintain your license in the state of Texas, all registered architects (this includes practicing Emeritus members) must complete at least 12 Continuing Education Program Hours (CEPH) per calendar year. More information can be found on the TBAE website.


Thank you to our sponsors!

Conference Gift:

Rogers-O'Brien Construction

Break Sponsors:

Foursquare Builders




Michael + Wes & Co.


Premium Exhbitor:

Exclusive Windows & Doors



Indoor Weather Professionals 


Learn about sponsorship opportunities and contact Bridget to sign up or with questions.