The 2018 National Symposium, Design, Community, and Progressive Preservation, will take place September 26–29 and features 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.

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Symposium Packages

When you register you will create an account to select your symposium package, customize your special events, and choose your tours. Each attendee will select their registration type from General Admission, Member, Bartholomew County Resident or Student.

Member – $275.00
Includes affiliates of Exhibit Columbus, Docomomo US, American Institute of Architects, and Newfields.

Bartholomew County Resident – $100
Does not include a ticket to the Opening Night Party.

Student –$35
Does not include a ticket to the Opening Night Party. Must show valid student ID at check in.

General Admission – $325.00

Advanced online registration is now closed. You may register in person at the Indianapolis Museum of Art on Wednesday or at The Commons Thursday through Saturday.

Individual tickets will be available onsite for the Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future Documentary Screening and Q&A with Eric Saarinen at Yes Cinema ($10), as well as for the Opening Night Party at the Columbus Pump House ($75).

Tickets to walking and bus tours will be available for purchase at the registration table in The Commons (subject to availability).

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