Annual Conference

Turkel House photo by James Haefner

Frank Lloyd Wright & the American City Today

September 25 – 29, 2024

Detroit, Michigan

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As Wright’s conceptions of “The Living City” developed across the decades, he came to see the automobile and modern means of communication as tools to rethink the historical tension between the city and the suburbs in American life. Detroit and our experiences with its urbanized landscape offer us a chance to examine the relationships of Wright’s work and legacy to historical and contemporary issues of American landscapes, cities and suburbs through a critical lens.

Through special events, talks, and tours of buildings by Wright and contemporaries, many not regularly open to visitors, our conferences build a community of knowledgeable, passionate advocates for the preservation of Wright’s nearly 400 extant buildings. Meet preservationists advocates, owners of Wright-designed houses, administrators of public sites, architects, scholars, and restoration specialists from around the world.

Conference Committee
Lisa DiChiera, Detroit Historic Designation Advisory Board
Audra Dye, City of Detroit
Tanya Gazdik, journalist & native Detroiter
Tim Quigley, Quigley Architects
Norm Silk & Dale Morgan, Turkel House & Blossoms
Ilene Tyler, architect, author, preservationist
Greg Wittkopp, Cranbrook

Conference Updates

More information will be added here as the conference approaches. Registration will open in May.

The deadline for presentation proposals was March 18. Click here to read the call for papers >>

Sponsorship opportunities for the 2024 conference are now available at a range of different levels. Benefits include visibility and access to events and networking opportunities. Corporate Partners enjoy many of the benefits of event sponsorship, as well as additional year-round perks.