You are invited to submit proposals to present at the 40th Annual Conference of the Association for Community Design. Proposals are due at 5pm on March 3, 2017. Selected proposals will receive free registration to the ACD Conference.

CommUNITY: Exchange, Explore, Envision

As ACD turns 40, it is time to reflect back on the why ACD was formed and how it is serving its members today. This year’s conference will be hosting sessions that are centered around the many models of practice that inform how community-based design centers and practitioners operate. The conference will seek to advance the practice of Community Design by connecting and sharing this collective experience.


Exchange: What technical skills are essential to practicing community-based design? Proposals should teach these skills to attendees of all experience levels. From budgets, fundraising, and contracts to project delivery and design tools that are essential to practice, what can you teach others looking to enter or advance their community practices further?

Explore: What are key examples of best practices in the Community Design field? Proposals should go beyond case studies, clearly explaining the lessons learned and how an example project further refined the model of practice for that individual or firm. Example projects that push the boundaries of community design and do not fit traditional models of work are encouraged.

Envision: What will the next 40 years of the Community Design field look like? Proposals should present ambitious visions of the future for community-based design practice, the role of ACD and its members in that vision, and/or methodologies to create and achieve a future vision.


90 minute sessions: In-depth sessions that teach a key skill to the attendees, presents a lesson learned by experience in the Community Design field, or that engages the audience in a visioning process. These sessions must include an interactive component that engages the audience in the proposed session.

30 minute sessions: Short presentations or hands-on workshops for a small group of attendees that fits one of the three tracks described above.

5 minute sessions: Very brief presentations that tell a story that fits one of the three tracks described above.


Submit the following information via email to by 5pm, March 3, 2017.

       Full name(s) and title(s) of presenter(s).

       Contact information for each presenter (phone and email).

       The organization, firm, or institution each presenter represents.

       Proposed Track (Exchange, Explore or Envision) and Session Format (30 or 90 minutes).

       Title of Presentation.

       An abstract (maximum of 300 words) of your session.

       4 Learning Objectives - AIA and/or AICP.

       Any special AV/Technology needs.

Additional opportunities include the Pre-Conference Workshop on Racial Justice in the practice of Community Design and hosting a public event, exhibit, or tour during the conference. Please email your interest and proposal for these additional opportunities to by 5pm, March 3, 2017.

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