Summer typically is the time for relaxing and getting away from it all, but that's no reason to skip the many interesting design and architecture conferences, trade shows, exhibitions, and other events that are lined up around the country and as far away as Mexico City. We've gathered a selection sure to keep you engaged until fall rolls around.

  • July 30, Washington, D.C.—Exhibition Opening for "Investigating Where We Live 2010." The National Building Museum (NBM) will host an opening night event for the student-produced and –curated exhibition "Investigating Where We Live 2010," a visual exploration of the students' outlook on their home city: Washington, D.C. Local middle and high school students who participated in NBM's annual four-week summer program took digital photos to document and interpret the built environment of D.C. neighborhoods Petworth, Trinidad, and the Southwest Waterfront, all of which will be on display and accompanied by student writings and artwork. The exhibition runs until Jan. 17, 2011. The opening night event is free, but registration is required.
  • Aug. 3–5, Washington, D.C.—DesignDC 2010: Insight & Innovation. The Washington Chapter of the AIA, along with the Potomac Valley AIA and the Northern Virginia Chapter of the AIA, will host the sixth annual DesignDC conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Over the course of three days, architecture, engineering, and design professionals will discuss opportunities presented by the nation's new economic outlook, shifts in residential and commercial building markets, and federal stimulus efforts. Register at www.aiadesigndc.org.
  • Aug.11, Los Angeles—A+D Museum Celebration of "Come In!" Exhibitions. The A+D Museum will mark the culmination of its "Come In!" series of spatial interventions, in which artists and architects used the museum as a canvas for a constantly changing exhibition. The event will feature live music, refreshments, and a chance to visit with each of the "Come In!" artists. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Visit www.aplusd.org to purchase tickets.
  • Aug. 11–14, Portland, Ore.—American Institute of Building Design 2010 National Convention. The AIBD will host its annual convention and trade show for residential designers at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront. Several educational sessions will be presented by industry experts and leaders, and an architectural tour will be offered for attendees, along with a small exhibition of products. Find additional information and register at www.aibd.org/convention/index.html.
  • Aug. 12-13, Austin—AIA Austin 2010 Summer Conference. Held at the Norris Conference Center, AIA Austin's annual summer conference offers up to 18 hours of professional and continuing education covering many topics, including sustainability, marketing your firm, lighting, ADA design, fair housing, and more. Keynote speakers this year are Kathy Zarsky, Assoc. AIA, of HOLO, and Hugh Hochberg of The Coxe Group. For complete conference details and to register, click here.
  • Aug. 17–18—GreenExpo365.com's 2010 Summer Live Event. This live virtual trade show held by GreenExpo365.com will feature presentations, Q&A sessions, a product expo, networking events, forum discussions, AIA/CEU credited webinars, and blog commentary over the course of two days. Event begins at 7 a.m. PDT and ends at 3 p.m. each day. Log on to participate at www.greenexpo365.com.
  • Aug.18, Philadelphia—A New Era in Affordable Housing: Investing for Impact in Sustainable Communities. The Congress for the New Urbanism and partner organization NeighborWorks America will host this national symposium on affordable housing and sustainability at the Philadelphia Marriott Hotel. More than 250 national and local leaders will gather to discuss the conference's three key focus issues: social returns of housing, land-use incentives for developing sustainable affordability, and investment in housing as infrastructure. Several free afternoon workshops also will be held on Aug. 16 and 17 before the symposium begins. To register, click here.
  • Aug.19–27, Mexico City—11th Annual DOCOMOMO International Conference. DOCOMOMO, the nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting public interest in the modern movement, will hold its annual international conference at Mexico's National University in Mexico City. The workshop segment of the conference will be held Aug. 19–24 in the Colonia Cuauhtémoc neighborhood, and will focus on solving the area's parking problem and on the design of a new building for DOCOMOMO Mexico. For more details on the conference program and to register click here.  
  • Sept.9-10, Grand Rapids, Mich.—Future Cities: GreenTown Grand Rapids.  GreenTown and the West Michigan Chapter of the USGBC will host the "Future Cities: Climate Strategies for Sustainable Communities" conference at the Grand Valley State University Eberhard Center in Grand Rapids for two days of education and networking about mitigating climate change and developing greener communities. Nearly 250 attendees, including mayors, elected officials, public works directors, planners, developers, architects, builders, and many other professions, will gather to hear from 20 speakers on a range of topics. The West Michigan USGBC also will hold the largest tour of LEED-certified buildings in the U.S. on Sept. 10 and 11. Click here to register for GreenTown.
  • Sept.15–18, Asheville, N.C.—AIA North Carolina 2010 Design Conference. The AIA Chapter of North Carolina will hold its 2010 conference, themed Art+Community+Architecture, at the Renaissance Hotel in Asheville. This year's AIA NC conference offers several keynote speakers, an extensive lineup of educational sessions, tours of Asheville's vibrant downtown district, a first-ever awards ceremony under the stars on the lawn of Biltmore, and a preconference workshop on zero-energy homes. For full conference details and registration information, click here.
  • Sept. 30–Oct. 2, San Francisco—West Coast Green 2010.West Coast Green provides dynamic, big-picture, systems-thinking education, strategy, connections, and professional development to decision makers influencing the greening of the built environment. At West Coast Green 2010, 11,000 thought leaders and forward thinkers from 20 countries will gather at the Fort Mason Center to create meaningful and lasting positive change, according to conference organizers. Register at www.westcoastgreen.com.