AIA Austin 2021 Design Excellence Conference

August 18-20  |  Virtual Conference

All session recordings are available to attendees on the conference platform.

Everyone is invited to watch the Keynote sessions:
Creating a Culture of Justice, Equity, and Diversity in your Architectural Practice
Gabrielle Bullock, FAIA, NOMAC, IIDA, LEED AP
Principal, Director of Global Diversity, Perkins&Will

Transforming Austin: A Look at Austin's Population Growth and Demographic Shifts
Lila Valencia, Ph.D.
City Demographer | City of Austin Housing and Planning Department

Making Austin the Most Livable City in the Country: Introducing Austin's Equity Assessment Tool
Brion Oaks, MPA
Chief Equity Officer, City of Austin


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 earn 18+ LUs over the three-day conference, fulfilling HSW and ADA annual requirements for TBAE licensure and AIA membership.

Our conference will 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 information about all courses and build a personal agenda within your profile. You will not be required to pre-select courses during registration.

Click here to view the full conference schedule.

Conference Rates
$249 AIA Member, AIA Austin Allied Member, ASLA Member / $149 Assoc. AIA / $299 Non-members / $0 Students
$40 Tour add-ons

In-person Tours
A few in-person tours will be offered at an extra cost, and space will be limited. Tours will only be accessible with the purchase of the tour ticket, and can be purchased in addition to the conference registration or as a stand-alone event.

Green Walk: Tracing Austin’s Connectivity & Health (1 LU/HSW)
This is a 2.75 loop walk that cuts a cross section through a range of urban conditions, stark juxtapositions, and interconnected built and natural spaces, both marginal and focal. We'll meet and end at a location with plentiful parking and amenities, including wifi for logging into your first session of the day.

Commodore Perry Estate (1 LU/HSW)
Tour of historic Commodore Perry Estate, including the newly renovated resort, chapel, mansion, and carriage house. The tour, led by Holly Arthur, AIA, of studio HA (formerly of Clayton Korte) and Lacey Williamson of Rogers-O’Brien Construction will highlight the renovation of existing structures and the integration of new construction on the site, and present the challenges they faced with the many aspects of making modern improvements while preserving the historic fabric of the buildings and site.

Waterloo Park (1 LU/HSW)
Immerse yourself in nature at Waterloo Park, the 11-acre corridor emerging along Waller Creek. The park features a variety of unique spaces in the heart of downtown Austin, including hill country gardens with oaks and native plantings, wetland spaces with room for play and relaxation, expansive lawns for gathering and activities, and more than a mile and a half of trails. Present at the Tour will be the project team, to describe the park’s design, material language, and planting as key elements that engage the imagination of its everyday users.

Students Attend Free!

If you are a student interested in attending the conference, please email (from your school email address if possible) with your first and last name, school name, student ID, and a breif statement describing your interest in attending. 

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. 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!

Keynote Sponsors: 



Conference Gift:

Rogers-O'Brien Construction

Break Sponsors:

Foursquare Builders



Michael + Wes & Co.


Exclusive Windows & Doors of Austin
Acme Brick
Austin Energy Green Building

Indoor Weather Professionals

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