Keynotes, instructors, & more

The designed world is getting more complex. This conference delivers the path forward. Hear from some of the biggest names in architecture, design, and beyond who are shaping the future.


Keynote events

Over the years, this conference has earned a reputation for bringing some of the most exciting voices and big names to the keynote stage. We’re planning three events that attendees will be talking about long after A’22 is over.

President Barack Obama

Day 3: A Moderated Conversation With President Barack Obama

The 44th President of the United States joins us on June 24 for a moderated conversation in Friday’s final session. Don’t miss this exciting conversation!

Lakisha woods and Julia Gamolina collage with geometric shapes

Day 1 Keynote: Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE, in Conversation With Julia Gamolina, Assoc. AIA

It’s a historic moment for AIA and the architecture profession. Join us for a candid conversation between AIA’s new EVP/Chief Executive Officer Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE, and Madame Architect Founder Julia Gamolina, Assoc. AIA, on the unique opportunity in front of us and what it means for the future.


Collage of Jeanne Gang, Vishaan Chakrabarti and Renée Cheng with geometric shapes

Day 2 Keynote: Vishaan Chakrabarti, FAIA, Renée Cheng, FAIA, & Jeanne Gang, FAIA, in Conversation With Lee Bey

As society and architecture grapple with uncertainty, three visionary individualists are charting a new future. Join us for a galvanizing conversation between Vishaan Chakrabarti, FAIA, founder & creative director of PAU, Renée Cheng, FAIA, the John and Rosalind Jacobi Family endowed dean of the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington, and Jeanne Gang, FAIA, founding principal of Studio Gang. Keynote Host Lee Bey will moderate.

Portrait of Lee Bey on a collage of geometric shapes

Keynote host: Lee Bey

Chicago-based photographer, author, lecturer, and architecture critic Lee Bey documents and interprets the built environment through his work. As our keynote host, Lee will open each keynote with a rich narrative about the ability of Chicago’s architecture to drive new thinking.


All speakers & instructors

Browse the list below to see who’s leading sessions at A’22!