40TH ANNIVERSARY + 2017 ANNUAL CONFERENCE 

The ACD Annual Conference is a multiple day gathering open to community design practitioners including, but not limited to: local governments, nonprofit organizations, architecture, design and planning firms, university faculty and students, community members, and those with a general interest in the practice of community-engaged design. This gathering is made up of a series of presentations, workshops, participatory and/or advocacy events, tours, and networking opportunities that seek to further the practice and awareness of community-engaged design by connecting one another through our work. The event showcases best practices of community design and planning, exposing attendees to unique perspectives of the host city. 

In 2017 ACD will be celebrating our 40th Anniversary. Help us honor our past, celebrate our present, and look forward to the next 40 years together as an Association FOR Community Design.

ACD is pleased to announce that buildingcommunityWORKSHOP has been selected to host the 40th Anniversary Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas to be held June 22-25, 2017! 

Register for #ACD40 CommUNITY: Exchange. Explore. Envision. here.


Conference Tracks

Exchange: Sessions will focus on the technical skills that are essential to practicing community-based design From budgets, fundraising, and contracts to project delivery and design tools that are essential to practice.

Explore: Sessions will showcase key examples of best practices in the Community Design field. Going beyond case studies and clearly explaining the lessons learned, each session will show how their work refined the model of practice for that individual or firm.

Envision: What will the next 40 years of the Community Design field look like? These sessions will 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.

Conference Partners

Conference Host: buildingcommunityWORKSHOP


The buildingcommunityWORKSHOP is a Texas based nonprofit community design center seeking to improve the livability and viability of communities through the practice of thoughtful design and making. We enrich the lives of citizens by bringing design thinking to areas of our cities where resources are most scarce. To do so, [bc] recognizes that it must first understand the social, economic, and environmental issues facing a community before beginning work.


Thank you to our individual sponsors and supporting ACD past & current board members!
And thank you to our local conference partners:


AIA Austin 
APA North Texas Chapter
SMU Design Council



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