October 14-15, 2022
New Orleans, Louisiana



About ACD45

The Association for Community Design invites our members, collaborators, partners, and friends to join us October 14 & 15, 2022 in New Orleans, LA.

Since 1977, Association for Community Design has hosted an annual convening for community organizations and design practitioners. For the past two years, the ACD convening has been held virtually but, in 2022, ACD will once again be returning to an in-person gathering. The convening, to be held October 14-15 in New Orleans, is intended to be a smaller and more intimate opportunity and we are happy to invite our members, collaborators, partners, and friends of the ACD network and those interested in community design to meet and reconnect (or connect for the first time) since our last in-person convening in 2019. The gathering will focus on building connections, fostering togetherness, celebrating our collective resilience of the past two years, and developing strategies to carry that forward in all our communities.  The gathering will include select speakers, participatory workshops, tours, and networking opportunities to showcase best practices in community design while also providing attendees with the unique perspectives of local organizations in New Orleans.


Informed by Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and the principles of transformative organizing compiled by author and activist adrienne maree brown, and by the swampy ecologies from which its host city emerges, ACD45: EMERGENCE will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana. This is a gathering, not a traditional conference, and it will be a time to explore our human relationship to change and build our capacity to shape the futures we want to live. After two and a half difficult years of physical disconnection, community designers, developers, architects, planners, students, educators, activists and advocates will come together to learn, explore and celebrate our collective presence. Join us for a keynote with urbanist, organizer, and advocate Sue Mobley; curated tours and workshops; and music, drinks and dancing.


Registration will be open on Friday beginning at 11am. Bags can be left at registration for attendees to get lunch for themselves and head out on the tours. 

Event tickets for any guests to join for just the Friday evening reception and Saturday night party will be sold separately for anyone NOT registered for the full convening. Stay tuned for a link to those separate tickets. 


Sue Mobley

On Saturday morning, ACD is thrilled to welcome Sue Mobley to the stage as the ACD45 Emergence Keynote Speaker.

Sue Mobley is a New Orleans based urbanist, organizer, and advocate. She is Director of Research at Monument Lab. 

Sue was most recently a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Art and Space at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania, as well as a member of the New
Orleans City Planning Commission.

Sue was Co-Director of Paper Monuments, a public art and public history project that invited residents to imagine new monuments for New Orleans. She served as the inaugural Visiting Fellow for Arts and Culture at the American Planning Association and formerly Public Programs Manager at the Small Center for Collaborative Design at Tulane School of Architecture.

Sue holds a BA in Anthropology from Loyola University New Orleans and an MA in Political Science from the American University in Cairo. She is the author of Human Rights, Human Wrongs, Observation of Human Rights Law and Norms in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations, a contributor to Remaking New Orleans: Beyond Exceptionalism and Authenticity, and a contributor to Teachable Monuments: Using Public Art to Spark Dialogue and Confront Controversies.


ACD will be hosted at the Tidewater Building, home to the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at 1440 Canal Street.

Registration and main information will be stationed in the Gallery Space associated to the Diboll Auditorium. Signage and directions will be posted for wayfinding throughout the venue. On Friday, once registration opens at 11am, attendees can leave bags at the venue to be able to grab lunch for themselves and head out with the community on tours.

If you are in need of any specific accommodations during the event (i.e. accessible transport, nursing room, service animal accommodations, etc.), please reach out to Michelle Stadelman to coordinate arrangements. mstadelman@communitydesign.org



Thank you to our sponsors committed to helping bolster the mission of ACD and building a more just and equitable environment for all people:

The Phyllis M. Taylor Center  Dark Matter University   

Urban Housing Solutions  

 Delta Design Build Workshop  Emergent Grounds for Design Education               

Harry Connolly    Stephen Klimek    Karen Kubey     

Allie O'Neill    James Wheeler


ACD's programs and this year's conference are largely made possible by the dedication of volunteers. Meaning, your donations make a big difference to help make these events possible and support session speakers. ACD is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and all contributions can be filed as tax-deductible donations. If interested in sponsoring the ACD45 Convening, or further ACD programming and events, please reach out to Michelle Stadelman for inquiries. mstadelman@communitydesign.org

Sponsorship Packages with a range of offerings are available for individuals and organizations to support this work. 


We will be based on and near Tulane University's School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, in New Orleans' Central Business District and near the edge of the French Quarter. The City of New Orleans offers a variety of lodging options to fit your needs. We know it’s a lot to sort through, so we’ve offered some options. Check them out here


ACD's Board has taken the current status of the COVID pandemic into careful consideration as planning activities and bringing our community together. The organization has chosen a time and location that would allow for programming to safely shift to the outdoors for wider social distancing and airflow if necessary. We are following the advice of the CDC for Community Gatherings.

ACD is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment in which to learn and engage. All participants, including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, sponsors, volunteers, service providers, and others are expected to abide by our code of conduct and all policies in effect for the event.

We will continue to monitor and update safety precautions for the ACD Convening regularly and coordinate with trusted national resources, state and local public health agencies, and the hotels/venues hosting the event. 

We will continue to assess the risks in the area local to the event and the current status in the United States. In keeping with the Association's duty of care and the responsibility as host, ACD has implemented safety requirements for the 2022 ACD45 Convening.

Attendees for the 2022 Convening must present their full vaccination card OR provide a Negative COVID test taken within 24 hours of the start of the convening's agenda start. The CDC updated their Vaccines website to indicate the status of "Fully Vaccinated" and "Up To Date".  

A Negative COVID test must be administered by a health organization. Home tests will not be accepted as proof of negative status without a full vaccination card. 

"Full vaccination" means that either 14 days have passed since receiving the second dose of FDA or WHO authorized (or emergency use authorized) double-dozed vaccines or single-dose vaccine. 

"Up to Date" means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible.

ACD is following the CDC definition of “fully vaccinated” for vaccination requirements for the event, but we encourage individuals who are eligible to receive the booster prior to attending the event.

We do encourage all attendees, regardless of vaccination status, to take a home test prior to traveling for your own individual assurance of safety. 

Attendees will be strongly encouraged to wear a mask for all indoor portions of the Convening for the protection of our community. We understand and respect personal choice and if you do not feel that you are able to commit to wearing a mask, we suggest that you wait to join us in person for 2023's Conference. Presently there are no indoor mask requirements in New Orleans or at our host venues, however, the ACD organizers will be closely monitoring numbers and virus stats as the event approaches and may enforce a mask mandate for participation based on numbers.

Physical Distancing: 
While many venues are not currently requiring physical distancing, ACD will strive to allow for physically-distant seating and event space set-up to allow individuals who wish to physically distance while in sessions to do so comfortably. Additionally, to help attendees communicate their level of comfort in interacting with one another, ACD will provide color-coded ribbons to all attendees at registration as part of the name badges:

Red = Greet from 6 Feet
Yellow = Elbows Only
Green = Handshakes & Hi-Fives


By attending this event you will be entering areas where photography, audio and video recording may occur.

Your entry and presence on the event premises constitutes your consent to be photographed, filmed, and/or otherwise recorded and to the release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction of any and all recorded media of your appearance, voice, and name for any purpose whatsoever in perpetuity in connection with the Association for Community Design and its initiatives, including, by way of example only, use on websites, in social media, news and advertising.

By entering the event premises, you waive and release any claims you may have related to the use of recorded media of you at the event, including, without limitation, any right to inspect or approve the photo, video or audio recording of you, any claims for invasion of privacy, violation of the right of publicity, defamation, and copyright infringement or for any fees for use of such record media.

You understand that all photography, filming and/or recording will be done in reliance on this consent. If you do not agree to the foregoing, please indicate so in your registration and confirm with the Association for Community Design when checking in to the event.