Sept 21-25, 2020                                                                                                                                      Hosted Online 

The Association for Community Design is proud to announce our 43rd Annual Conference.

  • Conference registration will open in August, please check back then for more information on sessions, keynote speakers, and workshops.
  • The Request for Proposals for sessions and workshops is now open! The deadline for submission is August 10th, 2020. Please scroll down for the conference description and link to the online RFP.


Moments of crisis demand an immediate response: planning, mobilizing, organizing, and producing. How might our way forward and the outcome be different, if instead, we respond first by reflecting on the past, thinking through what is most critical to address, and adopting new ways of working to match our situation? In times like these we need a reminder that slowing down is critical to moving forward with intention, staying true to our values, and lifting up the voices of those left out of the conversations. We must act, but only once we recenter ourselves, personally, professionally, and collectively as a field.

This September 21-25th, amidst the dual crises highlighting generational and systemic injustices: a global health pandemic, and the national uprisings advocating for racial justice, the Association for Community Design will host its first-ever online conference. ACD 43: RECENTER will convene folx from across the country who are shaping perception and creation of the built environment. We will explore how we can address both these historical moments with renewed commitment to advancing equity and justice in our communities. We will hold space for healing, reflection, and reconnection with ourselves and others. We will revisit our values and the wisdom of those who have come before us. We aim to gather together organizers, advocates, and designers who have become leaders in immediate response, fighting for justice, and taking direct action to end racial injustice.

This year, ACD 43: RECENTER, will be a unique opportunity to pause, focus on our intentions, remind ourselves why we do this work, reconsider how we do this work to prioritize justice and equity, take action, and create the change our communities deserve. Sessions at RECENTER will make space for our  identities outside of practitioners, engage one another to imagine how we might adapt our work, and examine the systemic injustices and inequities at the root of the symptoms we see. RECENTER will be structured around three thematic tracks; Recharge, Revisit, and Regroup.


View the full Conference RFP and submit a proposal