Visionary speakers

It’s a lineup you won’t find anywhere else! You’ll hear from some of the biggest names in architecture and design, plus trend curators, new voices, and leaders from our industry and beyond.

Day 2: A Conversation With Ryan Coogler

Ryan Coogler is the co-writer and director of the Academy Award-winning film Black Panther, and the writer and director of the acclaimed film Fruitvale Station. On Day 2, we’ll talk about the power of using diverse teams to bring a vision to life and how he made a film that’s become an important cultural touchstone. See our Day 2 speaker lineup >

Reshma Saujani

Day 1: Closing the Gender Gap in STEAM

Reshma Saujani is the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, the nonprofit dedicated to closing the gender gap in tech that has already reached 90,000 girls nationwide. Reshma was the first Indian American woman to run for Congress. Don’t miss her inspiring talk on closing the gender gap in STEAM and a new model of leadership that embraces risk and failure. See our Day 1 speaker lineup >

Roman Mars

Host & storyteller

Roman Mars is the host and creator of 99% Invisible, one of the world’s most popular podcasts about architecture and design. As our host, Roman will create unforgettable on-stage experiences to introduce the topics and big ideas our extraordinary speakers will share with you. It’s going to be unlike any conference experience you’ve had before!

Our speakers

Every year, some of the most creative architects and firms share proven insights, project takeaways, and lessons learned from their best projects. Browse speakers below to see who’s leading sessions at A’19.