Design Institute | Austin, TX

Join us in Texas for a day-long seminar
and start planning the library of the future today.


Hosted by Library Journal in partnership with Austin Public Library--at its award-winning new Central Library -- this installment of our library building and design event will bring you the latest trends in library design. Dig deep with architects, librarians, and vendors to explore building/renovating/ retrofitting spaces both large and small that will redefine the relationship with your users and engage your community.

Whether you're in the dreaming and planning stages or further along the design road,
you'll find ideas, information, and inspiration, no matter your budget!

Design Institute

Friday, October 11, 2019
9:00 AM–5:00 PM

Challenge Submissions Deadline: September 6, 2019

Austin Public Library
710 W. César Chávez St.
Austin, TX 78701



We are happy to extend a special 50% off offer to you for a limited time, which brings the Early Bird rate to just $40. To obtain your discount, simply enter the promo code DITX50.





Are there any design challenges that your library currently faces?
Register to be eligible to have your library featured in an architect-led breakout session.

Registration is open only to librarians, library board or foundation members, and the library's city planners/officials.
If you are an architect or vendor and would like to sponsor, please contact Advertising Director Roy Futterman:

Is Texas too far?

We have another institute in Colorado, next month!

Take a look at Design Institute | Colorado Springs, CO.




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9:00 AM - 9:30 AM | Registration and buffet breakfast

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM | Welcome Remarks 

Rebecca Miller, Editorial Director, Library Journal & School Library Journal

Roosevelt Weeks, Director of Libraries, Austin, TX

9:45 AM - 10:25 AM | Keynote: Design with Purpose

Gail Vittori, Co-director of Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems and 2019 Board Chair, Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI) 
Buildings are a tangible representation of both values and place, says Vittori, who works at the intersection of sustainable design and human health. She'll highlight how buildings can steward the public good and serve as beacons of civic responsibility, advancing health and environmental sustainability. 

10:25 AM - 10:35 AM | Industry Spotlight: Tech Logic

10:35 AM - 11:05 AM | Expert Panel: Public Engagement.

How architects can work with you to drill down to community needs, identify and articulate the vision, and give the public the library they want. 
Panelists: Jeff Hoover, Principal, Tappé Architects
Amanda Rienth, Principal, Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture
Moderator: Mark Smith, State Librarian, Texas State Library and Archive Commission


Select your breakout at Registration and participate in an architect-led, interactive workshop.

12:50 PM - 1:50 PM | Lunch

1:50 PM - 2:00 PM | Industry Spotlight: 3Branch

2:00 PM - 2:20 PM | Keynote: The Austin PL Perspective on Sustainable Design

John Daniels, Interim Facilities Director

2:20 PM - 2:30 PM | Industry Spotlight: Easy Risers

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM | Expert Panel: The Staff Connection  

Hear how architects balance the influence of staff on design and of design on staff—taking into account staff needs like clear sight lines, new approaches to staff engagement with users, and trends in staff workspaces. 
Jeff Bulla, Principal, PGAL
Kevin Kennedy, Principal, HBM Architects
Moderator: Michelle Cervantes, Director, Round Rock Public Library, TX

3:00 PM - 3:10 PM | Industry Spotlight: Design 720

3:10 PM - 3:25 PM | Break

3:25 PM - 3:55 PM | Expert Panel: New Spaces, New Services

Whether adding pop-ups, flexible, or permanent spaces, libraries are refining, revising, and incorporating services that go beyond the traditional: kitchens, bike libraries, cafes, studios, entrepreneurial centers, and much more. Learn from architects which services might work in your community, how affordable they are, and whether they're worth the investment.
Trina Goodwin, Associate Principal, Noll & Tam Architects
Jim Kovach, Senior Associate, VMDO
Moderator: Julie Todaro, Dean of Library Services, Austin Community College, TX

3:55 PM - 4:55 PM | Design Consultations with Architects, One-on-One Q&A

HBM Architects
Holzman Moss Bottino
Tappé Architects
Noll & Tam Architects


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