Design Conference Introduces Intellectual Tourism

Design thinking is sweeping the corporate and cultural havens of innovation, and the Monterey Design Conference (MDC) has long been at the forefront. MDC 2013 encourages attendees to learn about forward-thinking design, engage in discussion and debate, and satisfy intellectual pursuits in the elysian setting of the Asilomar Conference Grounds on the California coast. Once open to architects and designers, MDC now welcomes engaged thinkers and doers to join the discussion. Registration—from full weekend with room and board to one-day passes—is available via the Monterey Design Conference Website.  

International architects, emerging talents, and out-of-the-box thinkers converge on the Pacific Oceanshore during this biennial conference. Design programs combine with social events create a full weekend that intrigues and delights creative thinkers.  Tours of local Modern homes are also available. This conclave of design minds is conducted and hosted by The American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC).

Designed 100 years ago, Asilomar Conference Grounds are situated on a mile of beach on the famed Northern California Coast.  Pioneering female architect Julia Morgan—also the designer of Hearst Castle—created a series of California Arts & Crafts meeting, lodging, and dining buildings. Built from local wood and stone, they are filled with natural light, open spaces, central fireplaces, and period-appropriate furnishings. For more information go to

Since 1980, MDC has hosted an encyclopedia of creative talent, including TED founder Richard SaulWurman, who spoke at the inaugural MDC—four years before launching the first TED conference; World Trade Center Memorial landscape architect Peter Walker, FASLA; futurist Paul Saffo; Sea Ranch architect Charles Moore, FAIA; Case Study House #22 architect Pierre Koenig, FAIA; “My Architect” filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn; Obama appointee to the U.S. Access Board for Accessible Design Michael Graves, FAIA; Guggenheim Bilbao architect Frank Gehry, FAIA; NASA consultant Timothy Ferris; Oslo Opera House architect Craig Dykers; Freedom Tower architect David Childs, FAIA; and “Whole Earth Catalogue” editor Stewart Brand.

Among the multiple award-winning architects featured at Monterey Design Conference 2013 are:

Parisian architect Odile Decq, designer of MACRO (Museum for Contemporary Art in Rome)

Pulitzer Prize winner Thom Mayne, FAIA, designer of the new Perot Museum of Nature and Science

One of Wallpaper* Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People,” Marcio Kogan, Hon. FAIA, of Brazil

The Walker Art Center Open Field architect Jennifer Yoos, FAIA, from Minneapolis

Kengo Kuma, Hon. FAIA, architect of Japan’s One Niseko Hotel

New York-based Thomas Phifer, FAIA, architect of the North Carolina Museum of Art

The AIACC represents the interests of more than 11,000 architects and allied professionals in California. Founded in 1944, The AIACC's mission supports architects in their endeavors to improve the quality of life for all Californians by creating more livable communities, sustainable designs and quality work environments. Today, the AIACC is the largest component of the national AIA organization.

Source and Images Courtesy: MDC


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