"We should embrace collaboration in architecture because it is the truth of architecture."
-Denise Scott Brown

Current architectural practice engages in many kinds of confluence as practitioners, industries, and educational institutions redefine their roles and extend the limits of the profession. The architect operates as a critical player, a point of “confluence,” in these connections. This conference explores these networks, examining collaborative efforts between related professions, organizations, communities, businesses, and the world of academia and research.

This event will provide opportunities to learn about and share ideas on the potential of this united engagement. It will include international and national architects, as well as experts from various industries and institutions. Whether an experienced practitioner, an emerging professional, or an architecture student, this conference will offer an inspiring look at how our practices can develop through connections and collaborations, while expanding our understanding of the role of design.

Also at this event, the AIA Central States Region Annual Student Design Competition will be held. Visit their website to find out more about it.

In collaboration with the Hammons School of Architecture at Drury University



Friday, October 24th, 2014

The University Plaza Hotel provides upscale accommodations in downtown Springfield. The area offers a fantastic array of local dining, shopping and entertainment ranging from theatres to an interactive hands-on museum. Art galleries, great coffee shops and the Jordan Valley Park with its ice skating facility are only a short walk from the hotel. The original Bass Pro Shop and the Dickerson Park Zoo are no further than a 10-minute drive from downtown, while many attractions—from Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield and Fantastic Caverns to Tablerock Lake and Branson—are less than an hour away. So whether you only explore downtown or venture throughout the region, there is something for everyone!


Brian MacKay-Lyons

Partner, MacKay-Lyons
Sweetapple Architects
Professor, Dalhousie University

Pursuing excellence in design through an investigation of construction methods, materials, landscape and culture, Brian MacKay-Lyons developed the Ghost Architectural Laboratory, a collaborative design/build workshop for architects.

David Lewis

Partner, Lewis Tsurumaki
Lewis Architects
Associate Professor, Parsons The New School of Design

David Lewis defines LTL Architects as a practice that embraces difficult projects by reinterpreting the issues. The firm’s noteworthy endeavors demonstrates their penchant for collaborations that push the profession in new directions.

Mara Partida & Hector Mendoza

Partners, MX_SI Architectural Studio
Associate Professors, School of Architecture of Barcelona

MX_SI Architectural Studio is a practice that explores a dialogue between geometry, landscape, structure and space. Awarded the International Spanish Architecture Prize in 2013, these young designers are a rising talent to watch.

Pricing & Registration

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Conference and Design Awards Ceremony

Friday, October 24, 2014

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Tour

Designed by Moshe Safdie in Bentonville, Arkansas. The tour includes roundtrip motorcoach, free museum admission, guided architectural tour, $15 gift card to on-site restaurant "Eleven" or gift shop.
9:00am - 5:00pm

Crystal Bridges Guided Tour ($75)
(Minimum 16 participants-book by October 1st)

H.E. Williams Plant and Historic Carthage Tour

This tour is complimentary of H.E. Williams, Inc. There is no cost to the participants. H.E. Williams, Inc. will provide transportation from University Plaza Hotel lobby – at 1:00 pm - to the H.E. Williams, Inc. factory and back

(Minimum 16 participants-book by October 1st)

10:00am - 5:00pm

AIA CSR Business Meeting

Located at the Hoblit Suite in Freeman Hall, Drury University
12:00 - 6:00pm

Ice-breaker Reception

Hammons School of Architecture-Drury University Tour the School, meet faculty and students, view student projects, professional networking, and free food and beverage provided.
6:00pm - 7:30pm
(Free to all - please indicate attendance)

Host Chapter Party

Join us at a beautiful downtown loft and roof garden in the renovated Marquette Hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The evening includes food, beverage, and starlight views across Springfield's Center City. 8:00pm-11:00pm

Host Chapter Party (Free - Conference Registrants)
Host Chapter Party ($30 - Non Conference Registrants)
Central States Region Conference

A full day of highly regarded keynote speakers, in-depth continuing education seminars, expansive EXPO floor with over 60 vendors, professional networking, and free admission to the Design Awards Ceremony

AIA Member ($180)
Associate AIA Member ($80)
Non AIA Member ($250)
AIAS Student ($30)
Non-AIAS Student ($50)

Design Awards Ceremony

Celebrate the Central States Region's best designs at the historic Gillioz Theatre, Downtown Springfield heavy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar.
6:00pm-7:00pm Social Hour
7:00pm-9:00pm Ceremony and Keynote

Design Awards (Free to Conference Registrants)
Design Awards ($30 - Non Conference Registrants)

No refunds after September 15, 2014

A late registration fee of $20 will be added to the Registration Fee in every category after October 15th, 2014