Virginia Design Forum XIII | April 6-7, 2018 | Taubman Museum of Art

BLUR: The Shifting Boundaries between Art, Technology, and Architecture… and why they matter for the practice of the future

As boundaries blur between traditional art/architecture and mechanical assembly and reproduction, it is essential that we stop to assess the way in which this changes the creative process, the built environment, and the profession altogether. This year’s Design Forum XIII: BLUR will explore the way in which technologies are reshaping the boundaries between experiential, art and architecture, creating new links between artists and architects and enabling the exchange of ideas and techniques in new ways. Registration is now open>>

The Design Forum two-day conference will showcase dynamic figures in art and architecture who have embraced the blurring of lines between the disciplines. Presentations from Eric Höweler, Doris Kim Sung, Nathan King, David Freeland and Refik Anadol, among others, will offer insight into how we can utilize the ever growing and changing resources that expand the limits of design. Learn more about the speakers for Design Forum XIII>>

With the Taubman Museum for Art, southwestern Virginia’s preeminent art museum, as the venue and Virginia Tech right around the corner, the location will undoubtedly serve to inspire us as we explore the intersections of art, architecture, and technology. Participants can earn up to 7.5 AIA/CES learning units.

5 p.m.        Registration Opens at the Taubman Museum of Art
5:30 p.m.  Opening Remarks, Keynote Address featuring Eric Höweler of Höweler + Yoon
7 p.m.        Reception


8:30 a.m.    Registration Opens at the Taubman Museum of Art
9 a.m.          Opening Remarks, Doris Kim Sung, Nathan King
11:30 a.m.  Break for Lunch
1 p.m.          David Freeland, Refik Anadol, Panel Discussion
3:50 p.m.    Closing Remarks
4 p.m.          Optional tour of the Taubman Museum of Art (space is limited)

For the convenience of our attendees, room blocks at the following hotels have been secured. Both are within walking distance of the Taubman Museum of Art. Space is very limited, so secure your rooms early.

Hotel Roanoke ($179)
Hampton Inn and Suites ($169)

Become a sponsor for Design Forum XIII and enjoy many benefits. Contact Judy Cheadle, for more information.

The 2018 Virginia Design Forum is sponsored by:


College of William and Mary
Clark Nexsen

Moseley Architects

Ascent Engineering Group, Inc.
Mark S. Orling
Pella Windows of Virginia
HBA Architecture + Interior Design, Inc.

Dunbar Milby Williams Pitman Vaughan
Reader & Swartz Architects
PMA Architecture
Pyrok, Inc.
Shade & Wise, Inc.

Questions? Contact Rhea George,