The 2018 National Symposium, Design, Community, and Progressive Preservation, will take place September 26–29 and feature four days of engaging programming, exclusive tours, evening keynote 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 theme of this year’s symposium, which will explore how investing in the value of good design can make communities better for everyone and how new approaches to preservation are positively incorporating our modern heritage into the future of cities.

The symposium will begin with a kick-off keynote conversation produced in partnership with the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, and then sessions will continue for three days inside many of the iconic buildings throughout Columbus. Finalists in the 2018 J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize Competition will be introduced during the symposium, and participate in sessions. The symposium will also feature exclusive tours – including the Miller House and Garden – and offer rare glimpses inside some of the modern masterpieces of the city.

Keynote 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


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