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September 11-13

Asheville, NC


Submissions for Aspire 2022 are closed.


Become a speaker for Aspire 2022 
Hosted by the AIA state components of Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina and South Carolina, Aspire is back in person in Asheville, NC this September! This unconventional conference will once again unite the design and construction community over three days to learn, collaborate, and find inspiration to design the future.

Speaker applications and conference themes
While speakers do not have to be practicing design professionals, presentations will focus on timely topics relevant to design, including: 

  • Community: public interest, placemaking and ecological urbanism
  • Health: healthcare, biophilic design, building performance
  • Housing: net-zero, multigenerational, and aging in place
  • Resilience: environmental, cultural, and hazard mitigation
  • Leadership: practice management, mentorship, and integrated practice
  • Equity: workplace, universal design, environmental justice

How you’ll present
Aspire breaks the traditional conference mold with its Talks+Chats format:

  • Talks: You'll deliver a 25-30 minute presentation providing an overview of your topic.
  • Chats: Following the Talk, you’ll engage participants in a smaller, one-hour breakout session for a more profound conversation on your Talk topic.

Click on the Presentation Formats tab in the menu above for more information on the Talk+Chat format.

Start your application
Click on the button below to start your submission. You will be asked to set up an OpenWater account if you don't have one already. You can save your application and return to it at any time before the submission deadline. Click on the Submission Criteria & Selection Process tab above for a list of information and uploads required to complete your submission. 

What’s in it for you
You’ll take the stage with dozens of thought leaders in the AEC industry to share your expertise with hundreds of AEC professionals in the region. You also get an all-access pass to the conference, allowing you to participate in all the exciting sessions. Travel stipends will be available for up to (2) speakers per presentation. 

March 16:                 Call for Proposals opens
May 15:                    Call for Proposals closes
May 16-27:               Review process
May 30:                    Final selection of Aspire 2022 presentations announced

June 3:                     Signed speaker agreements due 
September 11-13:    ASPIRE Conference in Asheville, NC


Click below to begin your submission.


Questions? Contact AIASC Executive Director, Adrienne Montare, FAIA at 803-252-6050 or adrienne@aiasc.org