Wednesday 26 September

The symposium began in Indianapolis at Newfields. Attendees joined us for exclusive tours of the newly reinstalled design galleries at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, as well as the first reception and Evening Conversation of the symposium.

Thursday 27 September

Events continued in Columbus with Morning Conversations in St. Peter's Lutheran Church, exclusive walking and bus tours, a documentary screening and Q&A, an Evening Conversation at North Christian Church, and the Opening Night Party at the Columbus Pump House.

Friday 28 September

Events continued in Columbus with Morning and Evening Conversations in First Christian Church, the AIA Trade Show in The Commons, and more chances to experience exclusive walking and bus tours.

Saturday 29 September

The symposium events came to an end with a look to the future as we met the 2018–19 Miller Prize Winners, celebrated with a party on 4th Street, and experienced exclusive walking and bus tours.

2:00-5:00 pm – Tours of the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

(Two Tours; Included in Registration)

Design Gallery Tour

The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s 11,000-square-foot Design Gallery is the largest collection gallery devoted to modern and contemporary design of any museum in the country. Join Shelley Selim, Associate Curator of Design and Decorative Arts, for a tour of the recently renovated gallery, now featuring a thematic reinterpretation that offers fresh insights into the versatile design process—from inspiration to production. A rotation of more than 150 new objects will be on display, many of which are recent acquisitions being shown for the first time. Newfields’ famed Miller House and Garden assumes a greater presence in the gallery with a fully immersive virtual reality experience. This joins several other new interactive spaces, including an 800-square-foot Design Lab where guests can design prototypes using analog and digital tools and try out some of the furniture on display.

Miller House and Garden Archives Tour

The Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Indiana, is one of the country’s most highly regarded mid-century Modernist residences. The Miller House was designed by Eero Saarinen, with interiors by Alexander Girard and landscape design by Daniel Urban Kiley. When Newfields acquired the home in 2009, its comprehensive records were transferred to the IMA Archives. Join Alba Fernandez-Keys, Head Librarian, and Lydia Spotts, Associate Archivist/Librarian, for a tour of the archives’ “greatest hits,” including original design drawings, floor plans, and color stories.

5:00-6:00 pm – Evening Reception / Pulliam Great Hall

6:00-7:30 pm – Evening Conversation: Foundations for Design / Toby Theatre

As corporate foundations seek innovative ways to build the communities with which they are connected, what roles do architecture, art, and design play? This session examines the design-focused approaches to corporate philanthropy implemented by leaders in the field. This conversation is moderated by Shelley Selim, curator of Design and Decorative Arts at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.


  • Linda Brand, Herman Miller Cares
  • Mary Chandler, Cummins Foundation
  • Holly Davidson, IKEA Foundation

All events on Wednesday took place in Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields.

Images in this section are courtesy of the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields.

9:00-10:30 am – Morning Conversation (1): Never Built Columbus / St. Peter's Lutheran Church

For every iconic landmark in Columbus, many more were projected but never constructed. How do they linger in the community’s collective memory and alter the terrain for future projects? In this session, researchers and practitioners discuss some of the most innovative ideas that never came to fruition and trace the ways they have shaped Columbus. What can Columbus, or any community that values design, learn from exploring their unbuilt past? This conversation is moderated by independent architectural historian Enrique Ramirez.


  • Greg Goldin and Sam Lubell, Never Built New York
  • Matthew Kreilich, Snow Kreilich

11:00 am - 12:30 pm – Morning Conversation (2): Interpreting Residential Modern / St. Peter's Lutheran Church

Presented by the Columbus Area Visitors Center

What happens when the house of the future becomes a historic landmark? This session explores the interpretation, adaptation, preservation, and use of iconic modern homes as they age. Learn from the current stewards of these homes about innovative approaches to building a sustainable future for modern homes. This conversation is moderated by Flora Chou of Page & Turnbull.


  • Kevin Adkisson, Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research
  • Jorge Otero-Pailos, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture
  • Ben Wever, Miller House and Garden, Indianapolis Museum of Art

1:30-2:30 pm – AIA Indiana Design and Service Awards / Columbus City Hall

2:00-4:00 pm – Walking and Bus Tours in Columbus / Various Locations

2:00-4:00 pm – Documentary Screening and Q&A with Eric Saarinen / Yes Cinema

Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future explores the life and visionary work of Finnish-American modernist architectural giant Eero Saarinen. Best known for designing National Historic Landmarks such as St. Louis’ iconic Gateway Arch, North Christian Church and the Miller House in Columbus, and the General Motors Technical Center in Michigan. Following the screening, participate in a Q&A with Saarinen’s son, director of photography and co-producer Eric Saarinen, ASC. Eric will also preview his upcoming documentary project that explores the work of his grandfather, Eliel Saarinen. This event is ticketed and takes place at Yes Cinemas ($10). Tickets will be available for purchase on-site the day of the event.

Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future is a co-production of Peter Rosen Productions, Inc. and PBS American Masters.

3:00-4:00 pm – Afternoon Conversation Part 1: States of Design Education / The Republic

Leaders from the six universities that participated in the inaugural round of Exhibit Columbus discuss the state of architectural design education in a conversation moderated by Michelangelo Sabatino of the Illinois Institute of Technology.

  • Todd Gannon of The Ohio State University Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture
  • Sharon Haar of the University of Michigan Taubman College Architecture Program
  • Jeffrey Johnson of the University of Kentucky School of Architecture
  • Edward Mitchell of the University of Cincinnati School of Architecture and Interior Design
  • Andrea Swartz of Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning
  • T. Kelly Wilson of Indiana University’s J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program

4:00-5:00 pm – Afternoon Conversation Part 2: Introducing the 2018–19 University Design Research Fellows / The Republic

Then meet the 2018–19 University Design Research Fellows in a conversation with Janice Shimizu, Ball State University and Exhibit Columbus.

  • Viola Ago and Hans Tursack (The Ohio State University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Sean Ahlquist (University of Michigan)
  • Christopher Battaglia (Ball State University)
  • Sean Lally and Matthew Wizinsky (University of Illinois at Chicago and University of Cincinnati)
  • Daniel Luis Martinez and Etien Santiago (Indiana University)
  • Marshall Prado (University of Tennessee)

5:00-6:00 pm – Evening Reception at North Christian Church

6:00-7:30 pm – Evening Conversation: The Past is Present

This conversation places adaptive re-use, preservation projects, and global strategies in the context of a wider dialogue about the afterlife of the original designers’ intention and approach. Hear from leading voices working to connect, maintain, and protect design heritage while also addressing current and future building needs. This conversation is moderated by Theodore Prudon, president of Docomomo US.


  • Gustavo Araoz, International Council of Monuments and Sites
  • Adrienne Heflich, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.
  • Susan Saarinen, Saarinen Landscape Architecture

8:00-11:00 pm – Opening Night Party at the Columbus Pump House

Presented by the Tracy L Haddad Foundation

Attendance is included with your purchase of a complete 4-day complete symposium package and 3-day symposium package. Tickets to this exclusive event are also available for individual purchase ($75) and will also be sold on site the day of the event. Must be 21+ to attend.

Events on Thursday took place inside iconic sites throughout downtown Columbus, Indiana including Morning Conversations at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Evening Reception and Conversation at North Christian Church, as well as Columbus City Hall and The Republic Building.

9:00-10:30 am – Morning Conversation (1): Cultural Heritage and the Sustainable City / First Christian Church

What role can historic architecture, art, and design play in making cities more equitable and sustainable? This conversation explores city-wide strategies from the perspective of heritage organizations, planners, developers, and designers. We take our cue from the United Nations “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” which includes the goal to “make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.” This conversation is moderated by Elizabeth Kubany of Kubany Judlowe.


  • Carol Coletta, Memphis Riverfront Project and Kresge Foundation
  • Melissa Dittmer, Bedrock
  • Tracy Souza, Heritage Fund––the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County

11:00 am - 12:30 pm – Morning Conversation (2): Connecting Heritage and Communities through Technology / First Christian Church

How can new technologies be leveraged in service of communities and cultural heritage that are at risk? Can reconnection with cultural heritage through technology effect positive change? This conversation showcases practitioners that employ new technological approaches to renew communities’ connections with their heritage. Each presenter applies innovative practices to diverse problems of preservation, renewal, and access to resources.


  • Jose Sanchez, Plethora Project
  • Barry Threw, #NEWPALMYRA
  • Joshua Ayoroa, Ayoroa Simmons

12:00-6:00 pm – AIA Trade Show in The Commons

See the latest design and building industry products and services at this lively trade show in the Performance Hall of The Commons. A series of 15-minute educational sessions will be presented throughout the afternoon offering architects up to 1.5 AIA Learning Units per session.

2:00-4:00 pm – Walking and Bus Tours in Columbus / Various Locations

5:00-6:00 pm – Evening Reception at the Cleo Rogers Memorial Library Plaza

6:00-7:30 pm – Evening Conversation: Designing for Future Communities / First Christian Church

What is the role of the arts in contemporary communities: to commemorate the past, envision new futures, or raise awareness for current issues? Meet practitioners who are forging paths that connect all three goals. In this conversation, featured practitioners in architecture, art, and design articulate visions for the future that are balanced with respect for the past of the communities they serve, and discuss the challenges and opportunities inherent in attempting to effect positive change through their work. This conversation is moderated by Matt Shaw, senior editor of The Architect’s Newspaper.


  • Michael Bierut, Pentagram
  • Susana Torre, architect and critic
  • Ernest Wong, Site Design Group

Events on Friday took place inside iconic sites throughout downtown Columbus including Morning and Evening Conversations at First Christian Church, a reception at the Cleo Rogers Memorial Library Plaza, and the AIA Trade Show in The Commons.

9:00-10:30 am – Morning Conversation (1): Exhibition as Civic Action / The Commons

Architecture, art, and design biennales and festivals are defining new ways to raise issues with communities and bring attention to city’s identities. Who are these events for and what do they do for participants, visitors, and host cities? How do these events communicate the unique qualities of communities and historic resources? This conversation addresses these issues at different scales and from a variety of perspectives. This conversation is moderated by Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher of the San Francisco Museum of Art.


  • Laura Flusche, Museum of Design Atlanta
  • Gavin Kroeber, New Cities Future Ruins
  • Todd Palmer, Chicago Architecture Biennial

11:00 am - 12:30 pm – Morning Conversation (2): Introducing the 2018–19 Washington Street Civic Project Leaders / The Commons

Like many main streets in small American cities, Columbus’ Washington Street has traditionally been a center of civic and commercial transactions and exchanges. During this conversation, a selected group of organizations and industrial designers that use architecture, art, and design to improve quality of life for people in cities discuss their practices. As part of the 2019 exhibition, they will create temporary sites of activation and interaction that show design’s ability to be an avenue for positive change and collaboration in public space. Their work will explore ways design can act as a connection between individuals and their communities, and also be a catalyzing effort to help make cities more equitable and sustainable. This conversation is moderated by David Rubin of DAVID RUBIN Land Collective.

  • Paola Aguirre, Borderless Studio (Chicago)
  • Chris Woebken, Extrapolation Factory (New York)
  • Elizabeth Timme, LA-Más (Los Angeles)
  • Michael Bricker, People for Urban Progress (Indianapolis)
  • Carlos Zedillo Velasco, PienZa Sostenible (Mexico City)

1:30-3:30 pm – Walking and Bus Tours in Columbus / Various Locations

2:00-3:30 pm – Afternoon Conversation: Engaging the Next Generation / The Commons

How can architects and designers involve future users and future creators in more inclusive conversations around design? In collaboration with the Council for Youth Development Bartholomew County, this conversation invites professionals and practitioners working in creative fields to share their experiences with high school students and symposium attendees.


  • Sarah Urist Green, The Art Assignment
  • Yugon Kim, IKD
  • Mila Lipinski, University of Illinois
  • Matt Shaw, The Architect’s Newspaper

4:00-4:30 pm – Evening Presentation: Introducing the 2018–19 Image and Environmental Designer / The Commons

Rick Valicenti of Thirst will talk about the power of graphic design to communicate, educate, and tie together diverse elements into a cohesive and dynamic whole. He will touch upon the inspiring legacy of design in Columbus and his role as creator of the graphic identity and environmental design for Exhibit Columbus.

4:30-6:30 pm – Evening Conversation: Introducing the J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize Recipients / The Commons

The J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize forms a connecting thread between Exhibit Columbus’ symposium and exhibition years. It honors two great patrons of architecture, art, and design by inviting renowned architects, artists, and designers to participate in the symposium and create innovative installations and experiences that make up the core of the exhibition. Meet the 2018-19 J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize Winners in their first public conversation as a group. After experiencing Columbus, its architectural heritage, and its community, the Miller Prize Winners will begin designing installations for the 2019 Exhibit Columbus exhibition. This conversation is moderated by Sean Anderson, associate curator for the Department of Architecture and Design of MoMA New York.

  • Gina Ford, Agency Landscape + Planning (Cambridge MA)
  • Bryony Roberts, Bryony Roberts Studio (New York NY)
  • Frida Escobedo, Frida Escobedo Studio (Mexico City, Mexico)
  • Alan Ricks, MASS Design Group (Boston MA; Kigali, Rwanda)
  • Jing Liu, SO-IL (New York NY)

6:30-8:30 pm – Closing Party on Washington Street

All events on Saturday took place in downtown Columbus at The Commons.