DesignDC 2020 - Call for Proposals

  • Date

    Sunday, February 16 2020

  • Time


  • Location

    Online Submission


Measure Up!

Energy. Economy. Wellness. Integration. Equity. Ecology. Water. Resources. Discovery. Change. 

Design in the District goes beyond beauty. Meeting the challenges of climate change, a regional housing crisis, and safer streets through our buildings, landscapes, and communities has never been more urgent. In 2020, DesignDC will give attendees the tools and solutions they need for comprehensive design strategies that integrate sustainability, equity, wellness, adaptability, and more. 

DesignDC 2020 looks to highlight climate action, housing, and safety as critically urgent topics for society; as well as the role designers play as drivers for impactful change. Special consideration will be given to classroom presentations and guided tours that address one or more of the following measures:

1. Design for Integration: What is the big idea behind your process, project, or case study and how did sustainability inform your design concept?

2. Design for Equitable Communities: What will attendees learn about creating walkable, human-scaled community inside and outside the property lines?

3. Design for Ecology: What will attendees learn about designing to respond the ecology of a site?

4. Design for Water: How does the presentation or tour relate to the regional watershed?

5. Design for Economy: What will attendees learn about design challenges to provide “more with less”?

6. Design for Energy: Does the presentation or tour outline strategies for energy-efficient and sustainable design while improving building/site performance, function, comfort, and enjoyment?

7. Design for Wellness: What will attendees learn about designing to promote the health of the occupants/users?

8. Design for Resources: What will attendees learn about optimizing the amount and makeup of material used on the project?

9. Design for Change: Will the presentation or tour discuss adaptability, resilience, and the ability to easily accommodate other uses in 50-100 years?

10. Design for Discovery: What lessons for better design have been learned through the process of project design, construction, and occupancy, and how have these been incorporated in subsequent projects?

Call For Proposals

DesignDC 2020 will take place September 21-22 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center; September 23 will feature tours out in the field. Classroom presentations are 90 minutes in length, while tours are two hours in length.

Deadline extended! Submit your proposal by Sunday, February 16th, at 5:00pm.
All speakers will receive complimentary conference registration.
Presenters/tour leaders are not required to be members of DesignDC host organizations.

Your proposal must include:

  • Session Title
  • Description
  • Four Learning Objectives
  • Speaker Biographies and Contact Information
  • Description of How the Session Fits the Conference Theme
  • Optional: Photo for Advertising

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Questions? Contact AIA|DC at 202-347-9403 or

AIA|DC, AIA Potomac Valley, AIA Northern Virginia, the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA - NCAC), and the Potomac Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects

Supporting Organizations:
AIA Baltimore; Association for Preservation Technology International, Washington, D.C., Chapter (APT DC); Maryland Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (MDASLA); US Green Building Council - National Capital Region (USGBC-NCR); NAIOP Maryland/DC; ULI Washington

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