An eclectic mix of international stars, leading American architects, and emerging voices will present their work at the Monterey Design Conference (MDC) from September 27 through September 29. Held at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, California, where Julia Morgan designed many of the rustic buildings in the early 20th century, the event offers a camp-like setting on the Monterey Peninsula for a rambling examination of the state of design both in California and around the world. The California chapter of the American Institute of Architects organizes the conference every other year, alternating it with one on practice. Architectural Record is a media sponsor.
This year, headliners will include Kengo Kuma from Tokyo, Odile Decq from Paris, Marcio Kogan from São Paulo, Jennifer Yoos from VJAA in Minneapolis, Anne Fougeron from San Francisco, Thomas Phifer from New York City, Michael Sorkin also from New York, and Marlon Blackwell from Fayetteville, Arkansas. The program combines talks by architects, with special features such as a tribute to AIA Gold Medal winner Thom Mayne, an interview with John E. “Jack” MacAllister, and a screening of the film Song 1, an artwork by Doug Aitken that was projected onto the exterior of the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., in 2012. It also includes short presentations by young California architects: Price Studio, Future Cities Lab, FreelandBuck, and Oyler Wu Collaborative.