2014 Design Conference: Borderlands

Our Third Annual Design Conference: Borderlands took place in Austin on January 31–February 2, 2014. You can see the full schedule of events below. To read more about what happened and to see photos from the conference, check out the following reports:

Reflections | Design Conference 2014

BLOG | DesCon 2014 Held in Austin



Texas is often described as a country unto itself. If it were, it would have the 14th largest economy in the world by GDP (ahead of South Korea and the Netherlands). In the national rankings, our economy sits between those of California and New York. We are second (again behind California) in population, at just over 26,000,000, and if current trends continue, we will be the largest state by the middle of the century. Architecture here provides enormous opportunities, and we have a culture of building and construction unlike any other place in the world. But we are surrounded by other states and share a border with a sovereign nation — these are a unique set of places with their own vibrant cultures and environments. They form our "Borderlands."   

During our Third Annual Design Conference, we will explore and discuss the architecture of these borderlands with prominent architects who live in those places and have prospered creating distinctive responses to their unique environments. Join us for three wonderful days in Austin, where we will hear from a world-class group of speakers, tour inspiring buildings, and enjoy fellowship with our peers.



Keynoters for our 2014 Design Conference include:

  • Marlon Blackwell, FAIA

    Marlon Blackwell Architect (Fayetteville, Ark.)

  • Rand Elliott, FAIA

    Elliott + Associates Architects (Oklahoma City)

  • Victor Legorreta

    Legorreta + Legorreta (Mexico City)

  • Victor Trahan, FAIA

    Trahan Architects (New Orleans)



Friday, January 31

2:00 PM   Rio Grande Ballroom: Rand Elliott, FAIA, presentation – 1.5 LUH
3:30 PM   Break
4:00 PM   Tour of Lake Austin Home by Lake|Flato – 1.5 LUH HSW
6:00 PM   Reception at Liz Welch Tirrell Residence
7:30 PM   Dinner at Torchy’s Tacos (1311 S. First St.)
9:00 PM   Bus returns to Marriot Austin Downtown/Convention Center

Saturday, February 1

9:30 AM    Rio Grande Ballroom: Victor Legorreta presentation – 1.5 LUH
11:00 AM  Break
11:30 AM  Rio Grande Ballroom: Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, presentation – 1.5 LUH HSW
1:00 PM    Lunch at Marriot Austin Downtown/Convention Center
2:30 PM   Tour of The University of Texas at Austin East Campus – 2 LUH HSW
5:30 PM    Dinner at Threadgill’s (301 W. Riverside Dr.)
7:30 PM    Bus returns to Marriot Austin Downtown/Convention Center

Sunday, February 2

10:00 AM  Guadalupe Room: Victor Trahan, FAIA, presentation – 1.5 LUH



Marriot Austin Downtown/Convention Center
300 E. 4th Street
Austin, TX 78701



All events take place at the Marriot Austin Downtown/Convention Center, 300 E. 4th St., Austin, Texas, 78702. All tours will depart from and return to this location. Those who are not staying at the Marriot may valet at the hotel for $16+ tax, or self-park for $9 for 3 hours, $16 for 6 hours, or $23 for 6+ hours. There is also more affordable city parking available at 379 Red River St., and at the Austin Convention Center, 600 E. 4th St.


Read a wrap-up of our 2013 Design Conference: Collections, held in Dallas on Feb. 22-24.