Summer is nearly upon us. Among all your getaways and family vacations, don't forget to schedule a few design events. Get these conferences, trade shows, exhibitions, and other events on your calendar now.

  • Open now through July 25, 2010, Washington, D.C.—exhibition: U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 Finalists: A Special Presentation. The 20 student teams for the 2011 Solar Decathlon competition have been selected and announced, and the National Building Museum is hosting this first look at the concepts for solar-powered houses each team will bring to the competition in October 2011. Models of each team's design will be on display. Visit for complete details, directions, and museum hours.
  • May 25–27, New York—Eco Friendly Expo 2010. Offering lectures and educational programs, as well as an exhibition of high-end design, architecture, transportation, travel, art, and fashion, the Eco Friendly Expo brings together public- and private-sector environmental experts in a variety of fields and offers interactive sessions, demonstrations, book signings, and networking opportunities. The expo will be held at the 7 W building in Manhattan. The first two days are for industry professionals, and the last day will be open to the general public. Visit to register and purchase tickets.
  • May 27, New York—"Eric Owen Moss: Trajan Over Nero—Vienna, Venice, Los Angeles." The Architectural League of New York will host a preview of Austrian Pavilion at the 2010 Venice Biennale's Architecture Exhibition in The Great Hall of The Cooper Union. SCI-Arc director, architect, and Austrian Pavilion commissioner Eric Owen Moss will present the program, along with Austrian Culture Minister Claudia Schmied, architect Wolf Prix of Coop Himmelb(l)au, and educator Jeffrey Kipnis. The program will include a discussion of Austrian architecture and international architecture in Austria. The program begins at 6 p.m. and is free and open to all, although registration is requested. For more details, visit RSVP to
  • June 2–3— 2010 Spring Live Event. This live virtual trade show held by, the second of the year, will feature six new educational webinars presented by thought-leaders of the green building industry, including author and architect Sarah Susanka, David Kohler of the Kohler Co., and Michelle Desiderio of the NAHB. New exhibitor virtual booths also will open, where attendees can hold one-on-one conversations with exhibitor representatives. Or visit the virtual networking lounge to discuss various green building topics. Open slots for the live webinars are limited, so register and log on to the event early at
  • June 2–6, Washington, D.C.—EDRA 41, the Environmental Design and Research Association 2010 Conference. Architects, interior designers, landscape architects, urban planners, psychologists, sociologists, and others interested in how physical environments affect human experience and behavior are invited to attend EDRA's annual meeting at the Washington Court Hotel. Discussion and session topics will include new place-focused research findings and tools; the demographic, social, and cultural forces in 2020 that designers need to plan for; and diverse design contexts. AIA, ASID, APA, IIDA, and ALSA members can earn CEUs for session attendance. For a complete program and to register, visit
  • June 10–12, Miami—2010 AIA National Convention and Design Expo. The AIA's annual conference will attract about 20,000 architects, designers, and construction professionals, along with product vendors. Attendees can choose from more than 200 educational opportunities, as well as 75 special events, and more than 100 tours of architecture and homes. "Design for the New Decade" will focus on how the modern global economy is redefining the architecture profession. Visit for details.
  • June 17 – Aug. 29, Richmond, Va.—Off the Wall: Intersections of Art and Architecture exhibition. The Virginia Center for Architecture will exhibit Off the Wall, which investigates the interaction between art and architecture and the way in which the two disciplines intersect to create an integrated experience. The exhibition explores the relationship between art and place, and how the relationship has evolved in the past 40 years. Visit for further details.
  • June 25–27, Los Angeles—Dwell On Design. Curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, the 2010 Dwell On Design show marks its third year with 200 exhibitors, several special design-forward exhibits, Eastside and Westside home tours, numerous design competitions, and more than 80 presentations and panels by design industry thought-leaders. Held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the show also will feature Dwell Outdoor, a pop-up community of prefab, small-scale structures displaying the latest in outdoor living trends. Purchase tickets for the show and home tours at
  • 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