The Polycentric City – 2019 AL|MS APA Conference

Call for Conference Sessions

Attention AL-APA and MS-APA members!


2019 is an important year for Alabama – It marks the State’s bicentennial, and it also recognizes the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing.  Both events have deep roots in Huntsville.  The first State constitution was signed in Huntsville, and the City has a well-known history in the “Space Race.”  With the anniversaries of two iconic events in Alabama, what better time for Huntsville to host the MS/ALAPA Convention!

Huntsville is excited to welcome planners, landscape architects, engineers, developers, and other guests from throughout Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and across the Southeast on October 16-18, 2019.  The main sessions will be held in the Von Braun Civic Center in Downtown Huntsville, and we anticipate having many mobile workshops to explore projects and initiatives throughout the metro area.  In fact, it is precisely that feature – multiple distinct nodes and neighborhoods forming a sustainable community – that informs our theme for 2019: The Polycentric City. 

APA-AL  would like to issue a call for Speaker/Presentation Proposals for the APA-AL/MS conference, and we’d call on you to share your stories and experiences that illustrate how our communities develop their identity via the interplay of varied and oft-times conflicted nodes, sub-areas, and initiatives. We are seeking interesting, informative, and engaging session proposals that attendees will find valuable and compelling. We welcome submittals from private firms, municipal entities, and educational institutions.