Your Orlando checklist

Get ready to go with 15 top tips!

Here’s everything you need to have a tremendous experience in Orlando.

Any questions, contact us. Or stop by our Information Booth on-site at the Orange County Convention Center.

  1. Download the A’17 app
    Our new conference app puts the A’17 experience at your fingertips. Update your schedule, register for sessions, print your event badge, connect with attendees, and more.

  1. Finalize your schedule
    Register for the sessions you’d like to attend to guarantee your seat. That’s keynotes, seminars, tours, workshops, parties, and events.
    See the full schedule >
    Keynotes >
    Pro Series >
  1. Finish your party planning
    Get your tickets for A’17’s hottest parties, receptions, and events. Kick things off at Thursday night’s Emerging Professionals Party, hosted this year at B.B. King’s Blues Club. And don’t miss The Party!, the conference’s biggest bash. This year’s event features music by Jim Belushi and The Sacred Hearts Band. (One free ticket to The Party is included with most registrations, but you must register to attend.)
    Browse events, then register for tickets >
  1. Don’t forget book signings
    Add these high-profile author events to your conference plan. Find them at the AIA Store located in West Lobby B.

    Elizabeth Diller Thursday, 10:15–11am
    Alejandro Aravena Thursday, 11–11:45am
    Francis Kéré, Hon. FAIA Thursday, 4:15–5pm
    Robert A.M. Stern, FAIA Friday, 3:30–4:15pm
    Amy Cuddy Saturday, 2:45–3:45pm
  1. See the newest products
    The Architecture Expo is your exclusive opportunity to demo new products that are just hitting the market. Check them out, then keep browsing—there’s 170,000 sq. ft. of building products, materials, and inspiration.
    Learn more >
  1. Meet to Eat
    Network with other convention attendees over meals at some of Orlando’s favorite foodie destinations. Meet to Eat is a cool opportunity to savor the city while you meet peers and new friends. We’ll take care of the reservations.
    Learn more >
  1. Make plans for your family
    Orlando is a one-of-a-kind family-friendly conference destination. From curated family tours to theme park discounts, here are a few great options to help you make the most of their time.
    Learn more >
  1. Then, make your pop-up plans
    This year, the Emerging Professionals are hosting three cool pop-up events, one for each conference day. Follow AIA National on Twitter for event details.
  1. Know who to call
    Just in case you need it:

    For reservation changes before you arrive, contact your hotel directly. While on-site, visit
    our housing desk in West Lobby A at the Orange County Convention Center.

    Update online any time before the conference opens. Or use the A’17 app 24 hours a day. You can also visit us on-site in the main registration area located in West Lobby A.
  1. Plan your ride
    Take advantage of our free shuttle buses, which run between 15 Orlando hotels and the Orange County Convention Center. Please review the schedule for hours, frequency, and routes.
    Download the schedule >
  1. Don’t forget the AIA Booth
    We’re hosting three stunning galleries of inspiration featuring high-impact projects and unique displays. You can also participate in a mini focus group with the AIA Strategic Council, the think tank that advises our Board of Directors, and influence future areas of focus. And bring your questions about any AIA programs, products, and services—AIA staff will be on hand to answer all of your questions.  It’s all happening in Booth #2439.
  1. Schedule a film break
    3 days, 11 films, and it’s all happening in Room W303.
    View the schedule >
  1. Jazz up your Snaps
    Use our official geofilter on your A’17 photos and videos. Take a photo or video, then swipe right or left to access the geofilter. Apply the filter, then add your content to your Snapchat Story. (Make sure you allow the Snapchat app to access your location so the app shows up when you swipe.)
  1. Plan your next adventure
    China, Portugal, Spain, London, Baltic Sea Cities, Italy, Budapest, and more—explore the world’s architecture through expertly curated tours and world-class experiences through Architectural Adventures, the premier travel provider for architects, enthusiasts, and intellectually curious travelers. Visit Architectural Adventures in Hall B, outside the entrance to the Architecture Expo.
  1. Meet the 2017 Contract Documents
    Learn about the just-released 2017 AIA documents at the AIA Contract Documents booth, #2743. Major updates include single sustainable exhibits, a termination fee fill point, additional compensation, new supplemental services, and more.

If there’s anything we haven’t covered, please contact us. Otherwise, we’ll see you there!