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MDC 2019 will take place once again at the beautiful Asilomar Conference Center – just steps from Asilomar State Beach.

Registration Fees (Before August 30)
$565 (Member), $785 (Non-Member) and $265 (Emerging Professional Members).

 

Book your housing early to guarantee a spot on-site with the Asilomar Housing and Meal package – $598 for a two night stay or $898 for a three night stay with meals. Save by booking double or triple room occupancy.

 

three days of design

Is it possible to overdose on design?
We don’t think so!

Asilomar

The fresh salty air and intimate atmosphere
draws us back each year.

Networking Events

Wind down with our post-event meals,
receptions and opportunities to connect.
Merrill Hall Interior

About MDC 2019

MDC 2019 will take place once again at the beautiful Asilomar Conference Center – just steps from Asilomar State Beach.  Registration fees before August 4 are $565 (Member), $785 (Non-Member) and $265 (Emerging Professional Members).

REGISTER HERE.

Book your housing early to guarantee a spot on-site with the Asilomar Housing and Meal package – $598 for a two night stay or $898 for a three night stay with meals.  Save by booking double or triple room occupancy.  Check back often to stay informed about our 2017 speaker line-up!

View photos from the 2017 Monterey Design Conference »
View the 2019 MDC Conference Committee list here. »
View photos from the 2015 Monterey Design Conference »

A Brief History of the Monterey Design Conference

By Tim Culvahouse, FAIA, with thanks to Shelly Kappe, Hon. AIA; Paul Welch, Hon. AIA; David Meckel, FAIA, and Robert Ivy, FAIA

Entering its fourth decade, the Monterey Design Conference (MDC) brings together the country’s—and the world’s—leading architects and design thinkers for an intellectually vibrant weekend at Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, California. It emerged out of the 1978

AIA California Council Annual Meeting in Orange County, which the AIA California Council president, the late George Bissell, had dedicated to the theme of “design.” Bissell, “the father of MDC,” anointed a dynamic trio of co-chairs—Ray Kappe, FAIA, Timothy Vreeland, FAIA, and Bernard Zimmerman, FAIA, who conceived an ambitious format that anticipated today’s Pecha Kucha events: Groups of invited architects gave four-minute talks on their work in parallel sessions; each session had a designated recorder; and, at the end of the day, everyone got together and shared the results in a common “wrap-up” session.

Spurred by the excitement of that meeting, the AIACC inaugurated its first dedicated design conference the following year. Conference Chair Richard Saul Wurman—who went on to found the TED Conferences—dubbed it “Design 101,” inviting architects from the three states served by Highway 101 (California, Oregon, and Washington) to gather at the Monterey Convention Center. Held annually for its first few years, Design 101 soon outgrew its downtown facilities and in the mid-1980s moved to Asilomar, gaining both generous space and a glorious bayside setting amidst the buildings of Julia Morgan and John Carl Warnecke.

Designed by designers for designers, the now biennial MDC brings together a virtual Who’s Who of the design world in the remarkably intimate space of Morgan’s Merrill Hall, where every session is a plenary session. Presenters and participants alike comfortably span the generations. Around the turn of the millennium, David Meckel introduced a “Tribal Elders” session, which has since featured Pierre Koenig, Sym van der Ryn, Ray Kappe, Warren Callister and Jack Hillmer, William Krisel, and Paffard Keatinge-Clay. At the other reach of the career trajectory, the conference features “Emerging Talent,” future leaders of the profession. A film focused on some aspect of design culture, sometimes accompanied by the maker or the subject, provides an additional dimension to festivities. Shared meals and after-hours gatherings carry the discussion deep into the night.

AIA Executive Vice President Robert Ivy, former editor-in-chief of Architectural Record and long-time MDC master of ceremonies, sums up the remarkable fellowship that is the Monterey Design Conference: “Asilomar’s unique location—adjacent to the Pacific in a grove of trees, where wood smoke mingles with the salt spray—invites casual conversation, relaxation, and stimulation in a natural setting that encourages friendship and expansive thought.”

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Julia Morgan in 1898 in her Paris apartment. She studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, then the world’s most prestigious architecture school.CreditCreditJulia Morgan Papers, Special Collections and Archives, California Polytechnic State University

“In 1913 Phoebe Apperson Hearst, whom she had met through Maybeck, hired Morgan to transform 30 acres on the Monterey Peninsula into the Y.W.C.A. conference center, renamed Asilomar, or “refuge by the sea.” Over the next 16 years Morgan would add 16 buildings, most in a rustic Arts and Crafts style featuring dramatic exposed wood trusses, redwood walls and stone fireplaces. Asilomar became a state park in 1956, and in 1987 Morgan’s buildings were added to the National Register of Historic Places.”

Speakers

Lyndon Neri and
Rossana Hu
Neri&Hu
Shanghai

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Yvonne Farrell , FRIAI,
Hon. RIBA
Grafton Architects
Dublin

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Alberto Kalach
Taller de Arquitectura
X (TAX)
Mexico City

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Reed Kroloff
Dean, IIT College of
Architecture
Chicago

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Brian MacKay-Lyons, Hon. FAIA, FRAIC, Int’l FRIBA
MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, Nova Scotia

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GREGG PASQUARELLI, AIA
PRINCIPAL
SHoP ARCHITECTS
NEW YORK

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Donlyn Lyndon, FAIA
Architecture and Place
Berkeley,
California

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Richard R. Whitaker
MLTW
Berkeley, California

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Mark Cavagnero, FAIA
Mark Cavagnero Associates
San Francisco

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Bob Harris, FAIA, FLEED
Lake|Flato
Austin
San Antonio

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Pierluigi Serraino, AIA, Pierluigi Serraino
Architects, Alameda, CA

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Marta Kephart
RANA
Carmel

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Paul Kephart, ASLA
RANA
Carmel

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Catherine Bailey and Robin Petravic
Co-Owners, Heath Ceramics
Sausalito, CA

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Chris Metzler
Tilapia Film
San Francisco,
California

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Megumi Aihara, ASLA, and Dan Spiegel, AIA
SAW//Spiegel Aihara Workshop, SF

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Ed Ogosta, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP,
Edward Ogosta
Architecture
Los Angeles

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Chris Warren, AIA
WORD
Los Angeles

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Dan Weber, AIA, LEED AP
ANACAPA
Santa Barbara

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Conference Schedule

8:00AM–5:00PM Registration/Information Desk

 

Surf & Sand
8:00AM–12:00PM Exhibit Setup

 

Sea Galaxy
9:00AM–10:00AM Continuing Education Academy Sessions (CES)

 

10:15AM–11:15AM Continuing Education Academy Sessions (CES

 

11:30AM–12:30PM Continuing Education Academy Session (CES)

 

12:00PM–1:00PM Lunch (Ticket Required)

 

Crocker Dining Hall
12:00PM–2:00PM Visit Exhibitors / Bookstore / Lounges – sponsored by PacCoast, sponsor, sponsor

 

Sea Galaxy
12:45PM–1:45PM Continuing Education Academy Sessions (CES)

 

2:00PM–2:30PM MONTEREY DESIGN CONFERENCE OPENING PLENARY SESSION

Welcome & Introductions

Reed Kroloff, Principal, Jones|Kroloff, Event Emcee

David Hecht, AIA, Conference Chair | Principal, Tanner Hecht Architecture

 

Merrill Hall & Chapel
2:30PM–3:30PM HEADLINER (1 AIA CES Credit)

Alberto Kalach, Principal, Kalach & Taller de Arquitectura X  (Mexico City)

 

Merrill Hall & Chapel
3:30PM–3:45PM EMERGING TALENT (.25 AIA CES Credit)

Chris Warren, AIA, Principal, WORD

 

Merrill Hall & Chapel
3:45PM–4:45PM HEADLINER (1 AIA CES Credit)

Mark Cavagnero, FAIA, Principal, Cavagnero Associates Architects (San Francisco)

Merrill Hall & Chapel
5:00PM–6:00PM Welcome Reception

Exhibits / Bookstore / Lounges

 

Sea Galaxy/ Biergarten
6:30PM–8:00PM Dinner (Ticket Required)

Dinner in the dining hall is included for those staying on property at Asilomar or Deer Haven. Off-site participants may pre-purchase tickets.

 

Crocker Dining Hall
7:00PM–8:00PM Visit Exhibits / Bookstore / Lounges

Check out our 2019 AIA California Award Recipients

 

Sea Galaxy
8:00PM–10:00PM After Party: Fireside With Friends

Enjoy some great Bluegrass music by fellow architect Michael Holliday FAIA, his son Erik Holliday, Associate AIA and their band.  Continuing networking and enjoy cold refreshments by the bonfire under the Pacific sky.

 

Crocker Bonfire Area
7:00AM–5:00PM Registration/Information Desk

 

Surf & Sand
7:00AM–8:00AM ADA Session (1 AIA HSW Credit/1 CA ADA CE)

 

Merrill Hall
7:30AM–9:00AM Breakfast (Ticket Required)

 

Crocker Dining Hall
8:15AM–9:15AM ADA Session (1 AIA HSW Credit/1 CA ADA CE)

 

Merrill Hall
9:15AM–9:30AM MONTEREY DESIGN CONFERENCE PLENARY SESSION

Reed Kroloff, Event Emcee

 

Merrill Hall & Chapel
9:30AM–10:30AM HEADLINER (1 AIA CES Credit)

Yvonne Farrell, Principal, Grafton Architects (Dublin)

 

Merrill Hall & Chapel
10:30AM–11:00AM Coffee Break / Visit Exhibitors/ Bookstore / Lounges – sponsored by PacCoast, Leicht Haus by Blue Plum, and Mission Bell

 

Sea Galaxy
11:00AM–11:15AM EMERGING TALENT (.25 AIA CES Credit)

Edward Ogosta, AIA, Principal, Edward Ogosta Architecture (Los Angeles)

 

Merrill Hall & Chapel
11:15AM–12:15PM

 

HEADLINER (1 AIA CES Credit)

Brian MacKay-Lyons, Hon. FAIA, Principal, MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects (Halifax)

 

Merrill Hall & Chapel
12:15PM–2:00PM Lunch (Ticket Required) / Visit Exhibitors / Lounges – sponsored by PacCoast, Leicht Haus by Blue Plum, and Mission Bell / Bookstore

 

Sea Galaxy
1:00PM–2:00PM Continuing Education Academy Sessions (CES)

 

2:10PM–2:15PM MONTEREY DESIGN CONFERENCE PLENARY SESSION

Reed Kroloff, Event Emcee

 

Merrill Hall & Chapel
2:15PM–3:15PM HEADLINER (1 AIA CES Credit)

Donlyn Lyndon, FAIA and Richard Whitaker, Designers Emeritus, Sea Ranch

 

Merrill Hall & Chapel
3:15PM–3:30PM EMERGING TALENT (.25 AIA CES Credit)

Dan Spiegel, AIA and Megumi Aihara, ASLA, Principals, SAW // Spiegel Aihara Workshop, Inc. (San Francisco)

 

Merrill Hall & Chapel
3:30PM–4:30PM HEADLINER (1 AIA CES Credit)

Robert Harris, FAIA Partner, Sustainability and Leader of the Eco-Conservation Studio, Lake | Flato (Austin)

 

Merrill Hall & Chapel
4:30PM–6:00PM 25th Monterey Design Conference Celebration – Sponsored by PacCoast
Join us as we celebrate the 25th Monterey Design Conference since its inception in 1979.  In 1981 it was named Monterey 101, and the event continued to develop as refinements were made throughout the years.  Today we continue the legacy of showcasing the value of design around the world and in California while keeping an eye on design for the future.
Sea Galaxy/ Biergarten

 

6:00PM–7:00PM Dinner (Ticket Required)

 

Crocker Dining Hall
7:10PM–8:30PM HEADLINER (1 AIA CES Credit) Gregg Pasquarelli, AIA, Principal SHoP (New York City) Merrill Hall & Chapel
8:30PM–9:00PM 75th Anniversary Celebration of AIA California – Sponsored by Architectural Record

Not only is it the 25th time the Monterey Design Conference has been held, it is AIA California’s 75th Anniversary of being the voice of the architectural profession in California.

 

Social Hall Terrace
9:00PM–10:30PM MOVIE NIGHT (1 AIA CES Credit)

Heath Ceramics:  The Making of a California Classic

 

Merrill Hall
10:30PM–12:00AM Academy for Emerging Professionals (AEP) Mixer

 

Surf & Sand
7:00AM–11:00AM Registration/Information Desk

 

Surf & Sand
7:00AM–8:00AM ADA Session  (1 AIA HSW Credit/1 CA ADA CE)

 

Merrill Hall
7:30AM–9:00AM Breakfast (Ticket Required)

 

Crocker Dining Hall
8:15AM–9:15AM ADA Session  (1 AIA HSW Credit/1 CA ADA CE)

 

Merrill Hall
9:15AM–9:30AM Break/Check out of Room – check out is at 11:00AM

 

9:30AM–9:45AM MONTEREY DESIGN CONFERENCE PLENARY SESSION

Reed Kroloff, Event Emcee

 

Merrill Hall & Chapel
9:45AM–10:45AM HEADLINER (1 AIA CES Credit) Paul Kephart, ASLA, President and Marta Kephart, Vice President, RANA (Carmel)

 

Merrill Hall & Chapel
10:45AM–11:00AM EMERGING TALENT (.25 AIA CES Credit)

Dan Weber, AIA, Principal, ANACAPA (Santa Barbara)

 

Merrill Hall & Chapel
11:00AM–12:00PM HEADLINER (1 AIA CES Credit)

Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, Partners, Neri&Hu Design and Research Office (Shanghai)

 

Merrill Hall & Chapel
12:00PM–12:15PM MONTEREY DESIGN CONFERENCE CLOSING REMARKS

Reed Kroloff, Event Emcee

 

Merrill Hall & Chapel
12:15PM–1:00PM Lunch (Ticket Required)

 

Dining Hall
1:00PM–5:00PM MDC Modern Home Tour (1 AIA CES Credit)

(optional – separate fee required)

 

Social Hall Terrace
2:00PM–3:30PM Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Monterey Bay Aquarium (1 AIA CES Credit)

(optional – separate fee required) 

 

Monterey Bay Aquarium

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MDC 2019

MDC is dedicated to design. It is an open forum to a broad range of ideas and critical thinking people that shape our built environment. MDC is interested in being part of the conversation but not dictating it. The event is open to the voice of speakers, participants and those who attend. MDC is led by a dedicated committee of volunteers who spend countless hours in guiding and planning the event over the course of the year.

View photos from the 2017 Monterey Design Conference »
View the 2019 MDC Conference Committee list here. »

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Registration
Conference Registration Prices
AIA Member / Allied – $615
Emerging – 315
Emeritus – $350
Non-Member – $835
Student is $120
One Day Rate – $300
*Meals and housing costs are additional

OUR SPONSORSSponsor/Exhibitor Questions? Contact Hillary Krek at Hkrek@aiacalifornia.org or (916) 642-1710.

Architectural Record

Asilomar Conference Grounds

800 Asilomar Avenue Pacific Grove, CA 93950

(831) 372-8016

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Lodging

2019 Monterey Design Conference Asilomar Housing Now Filled

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The Asilomar is now full.  The link above will remain open until September 24, 2019 for existing reservations at Asilomar or Deer Haven to be modified.

OTHER HOUSING OPTIONS

Note:  Please remember to purchase meals with your registration package if you are staying off-site.
If you would like to be placed on a wait-list for the Asilomar, please contact amy@orrganizedevents.com .

Pacific Grove

SPECIAL RATES AVAILABLE FOR MDC ATTENDEES

Butterfly Grove Inn 

King Rooms – $170 per night plus tax
Queen/Queen – $189 per night plus tax

Rate good on a reservation with a two night minimum 10/25 arrival – 10/27 departure

Rate good through September 24

Call in reservations for group rate (831-250-8191) and ask for the Monterey Design Conference Rate

 

Olympia Lodge

Double/Double – $110 per night plus tax
Queen/Queen – $110 per night plus tax

Rate good on a reservation with a two night minimum 10/25 arrival – 10/27 departure

Rate good through September 24

Call in reservations for group rate (831-373-2777) and ask for the Monterey Design Conference Rate


 

Lighthouse Lodge & Cottages
www.lighthouselodgecottages.com

Andril Fireplace Cottages
http://andrilcottages.com

Pacific Gardens Inn
http://www.pacificgardensinn.com

Sunset Inn
www.gosunsetinn.com

Rosedale Inn
www.rosedaleinn.com

Monterey

Monterey Plaza Hotel
www.montereyplazahotel.com

InterContinental The Clement Monterey
www.ictheclementmonterey.com

Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay
www.portolahotel.com

Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa
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Hilton Garden Inn Monterey
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Hotel Pacific
http://www.hotelpacific.com

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