August 07, 2015 11:16 ET

Tenth-Annual "DesignDC" Conference -- September 23-25, 2015

Opening Keynote by Renowned Landscape Architect Laurie Olin, RLA, FASLA; 700+ Architects and Design Professionals Expected

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - Aug 7, 2015) - Now in its 10th year DesignDC is on target to attract its biggest attendance ever, continuing its growth as the region's powerhouse conference for architects, interior designs, planners and landscape architects. Focused on the unique challenges faced by design professionals working in the metro Washington area, DesignDC features three days of region-specific education with over 50 courses and tours presented by 100+ speakers covering seven subject areas, including case studies, next-level firm marketing, tours of the region's fascinating new projects, and more. More than 70 exhibitors will showcase up-to-the minute industry tips on the show floor.

"DesignDC is so unique because it's produced by and for architects, interior designers, landscape architects and planners, making it perhaps the most fertile learning and networking environment for designers of all stripes, and it's right here in our backyard," said Mary Fitch, AICP, Hon. AIA, Executive Director of AIA|DC.

DesignDC's opening keynote will be presented by landscape architect Laurie Olin, RLA, FASLA, whose firm OLIN has designed unique, artful spaces that enhance community life all over the world, including the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, Washington Monument Grounds, Canal Park with STUDIOS Architecture, and the 11th Street Bridge Park with OMA.

AIA Potomac Valley
"Our members love the fact that DesignDC allows so many people from the area to come together to learn about the hot topics affecting their practices, from sustainable design, to technology and materials, to branding and business development," said Renee Brooks Catacalos, Executive Director, AIA Potomac Valley.

Potomac Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (POASLA)
"This is a great opportunity for our members to get most or all of their LACES credits at one local, affordable conference, while also building ties with the architects and developers who can include them on their teams," said Sharon Bradley, RLA, POASLA Secretary.

National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA - NCAC)
"The ability for planners to meet with clients, learn about the latest design innovations, and obtain education credits all without leaving DC is fantastic," said Bobby Boone, APA - NCAC At-Large Director.

Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA - MAC)
"DesignDC is the perfect venue for our members to get up to all 10 CEUs before the end of the two-year cycle. Aside from going deeper into interiors, designers can also broaden their skills, learning the state-of-the-art in architecture and landscape architecture," said Jennifer Kirby, President-Elect of IIDA - MAC.

DesignDC is produced by:
AIA|DC, AIA Potomac Valley, AIA Northern Virginia, the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA - MAC), the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA - NCAC), and the Potomac Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (POASLA)

Supporting Organizations:
AIA Baltimore; Association for Preservation Technology International, Washington, D.C., Chapter (APT DC); American Society of Interior Designers Washington Metro Chapter (ASID); Maryland Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (MDASLA); NAIOP Maryland/DC

"It's the collaboration of all these organizations that truly energizes DesignDC, creating a forum for exchanging innovative thoughts and ideas and forging new relationships," said Daniel Fox, Assistant Director, AIA|DC.

When & Where:
September 23rd & 24th at Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place NW
Washington, DC 20001

Friday, September 25th features educational tours in DC, MD, and VA.

For more information on DesignDC 2015 and to register, please visit:

About AIA|DC:
Founded in 1887, the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC) was intimately involved in the design and planning of Washington, and continues to play an active role in city development today. 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. Please visit

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