MDC: A Tradition of Dialogue about Design

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In 1979, AIACC President George Bissell, FAIA, scheduled a design session as part of the California Council’s annual conference. Attendees presented their work to a standing room only crowd, and in that moment, the tradition of a Design Conference was born.

In 1981 the first Monterey Design Conference titled “Monterey 101”, featured 101 presenters from the towns and cities along U.S. Highway 101, and was followed in 1982 with West Coast Design from Baja to B.C., where 500 design professionals and their families climbed aboard a two-day visual express along the west coast. Eighteen conferences later, the list of presenters at MDC reads like a “who’s who” of the architectural profession.

Since the birth of this celebration of design in 1979, more than 5,000 individuals have gathered to watch, listen, discuss, think, interact, learn and recharge their creative energies. Through this venerable tradition, of design dialogue, we take a look at a cross section of our peers to get a glimpse of why they are doing what they are doing, and where their ideas originate. This makes the Monterey Design Conference a totally unique experience not to be missed.

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Lawrence Scarpa

Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA, is known for his creative use of conventional materials in unique and unexpected ways. Ongoing research in materials and technologies as well as constant reexamination of known conditions, accepted norms, and established methods has led him to innovative solutions and stimulating new ways of approaching design. He is also considered a pioneer and leader in the field of sustainable design. His buildings facilitate best practices in the field but are particularly powerful because he meshes such components throughout design elements, not as individual criteria but part of a holistic structure.

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