September 09, 2014 08:23 ET

Announcing the Ninth-Annual "DesignDC" Conference - October 1-3, 2014

Over 700 Washington-Area Architects and Design Professionals Expected to Attend Conference Focused On Collaboration and Project Team Synergies

Keynotes Will Feature Design Thinking Expert Tim Ogilvie and Stephen Chung, AIA, Host of PBS' "Cool Spaces: The Best of Architecture"

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - Sep 9, 2014) - For today's complex projects, design is truly a team sport. And there's no better place for building design professionals to bolster their skills than at the 2014 DesignDC Conference October 1-3 in Washington, DC. Themed "Smart Synergies," DesignDC 2014 focuses on the vital role of smart, adept collaboration between architects, designers, planners, landscape architects and other building professionals for project excellence.

Featuring two speakers renowned for pushing the bounds of design creativity, DesignDC's keynote will be presented by innovation expert Tim Ogilvie, CEO of Peer Insight and co-author of "Designing for Growth: A Design Thinking Toolkit for Managers." Organizations use Ogilvie's methods to unlock right-brain creativity and transform abstract ideas into practical solutions for collaboration and cross-discipline problem-solving. The closing session speaker is Stephen Chung, AIA, LEED AP, host of PBS' "Cool Spaces: The Best of Architecture" who will share his experience and insights on how to communicate the importance of design to the public.

In its ninth year, DesignDC 2014 is one-stop educational and networking opportunity for design and building-industry professionals to earn AIA, GBCI, AICP, ASLA and IIDA continuing education credits; tour the region's most impressive high-performance buildings; and learn about and interact with cutting-edge technologies and projects. More than 60 education sessions will be offered. Attendees will also strengthen and forge new relationships with practitioners from other design disciplines, extending their network and teaming opportunities. The two-day tradeshow will feature more than 70 exhibitors.

"Outstanding projects are often defined by that 'it' factor, the magical combination of creativity and team collaboration. This year DesignDC focusses on the entirety of the design team -- the architects, designers, planners, landscape architects, and other building industry professionals -- who work together to make a project succeed," said Mary Fitch, AICP, Hon. AIA, Executive Director of AIA|DC.

DesignDC is produced by AIA|DC; AIA Baltimore; AIA Northern Virginia; AIA Potomac Valley; Congress for the New Urbanism - DC Chapter; Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA - MAC); National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA); and the Potomac Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

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About AIA|DC:
Founded in 1887, the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC) serves the Nation's Capital. It advances the value of architecture for its members, the profession of architecture, and the community by providing advocacy, leadership and resources for architects to design a better world. AIA|DC was intimately involved in the design and planning of Washington, and continues to play an active role in city development today.

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