The 2018 National Symposium, Design, Community, and Progressive Preservation, will take place September 26–29 and feature four days of engaging programming, exclusive tours, morning and evening conversations with visionary leaders, and the American Institute of Architects’ Trade Show showcasing an array of new and innovative building products and services.

Exhibit Columbus is collaborating with Docomomo US to create the content of this year’s symposium, which will explore how investing in architecture, art, and design can make cities stronger and how new approaches to preservation are positively incorporating our modern heritage into the future of cities.

The symposium will begin on Wednesday, September 26 with a kick-off event in partnership with the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, and then conversations and special events will continue for three days inside many of the iconic buildings throughout Columbus. The 2018 J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize will also be introduced during the symposium and the finalists will participate in a session. In addition, the symposium will feature exclusive tours – including the Miller House and Garden – and offer rare glimpses inside some of the modern masterpieces of the city.

Speakers and registration details will be announced in late spring. There will be a discounted ticket price for students and residents of Columbus.

Design and community are central to what makes Columbus a remarkable place to live and visit. We are thrilled to be exploring these topics while also showcasing preservation projects that are growing new communities that care about modern heritage.

Richard McCoy
Director of Landmark Columbus


Docomomo US

Docomomo US is dedicated to the preservation of modern architecture, landscape and design. Through advocacy, education and documentation, we provide leadership and knowledge by demonstrating the importance of modern design principles including the social context, technical merits, aesthetics and settings of these important pieces of American history. Founded in the United States in 1995, Docomomo US is a non-profit organization led by a national Board of Directors and staff that represents a union of regional chapters that share its members’ knowledge of and enthusiasm for modern architecture and design. The Docomomo US National Symposium is the primary event in the United States for those interested in the preservation of modern architecture.

American Institute of Architects Indiana and Kentucky Chapters

The Indiana and Kentucky Chapters of the American Institute of Architects represent nearly 1,500 architects, providing programs in advocacy, knowledge and public outreach that empower architects to build a better world. Together, AIA members carry a powerful voice for the values they uphold in their practices each and every day. As natural facilitators and problem-solvers, architects stand ready to develop new policies that create a better, stronger, and more equitable and sustainable society. Through a culture of values-based advocacy, AIA members are committed to engaging in the policy-making process and to focus the power of design on solving the challenges facing our great nation.


Newfields, a 152-acre cultural campus, is home to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, among the ten largest and oldest general art museums in the nation; the Lilly House, a National Historic Landmark; The Garden, featuring 40 acres of contemporary and historic gardens, a working greenhouse and an orchard; and The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, one of the largest art and nature parks in the country. The campus also extends outside of Indianapolis with Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Ind.—one of the nation’s most highly regarded examples of mid-century Modernist architecture.

Modern design has been and continues to be an integral part of Columbus’ community. In its ability to move the modernity of its past forward into a modernity for its future, it offers Docomomo US an example of how design can play a role in preservation and achieve results that can be best called progressive.

Theodore Prudon
President of Docomomo US