Beyond the many unique places we'll experience together, you'll meet some fascinating creative leaders as we engage you in a series of conversations around livable cities in relation to adaptive re-use and urban waterfront developments.
Join other adventurers on a trip including the following highlights...
A walking tour of downtown Austin, including South Congress Avenue, Austin City Hall, Seaholm Power Plant Ecodistrict, Lady Bird Lake, the new Austin Public Library, and the flagship Whole Foods Market.
Special experiences at award-winning sustainable buildings by Lake|Flato, noted as “one of the top ten US architecture firms” by Architecture magazine and for innovative adaptive reuse in urban and rural settings, plus visits to the works by noted architects Antoine Predock and Charles Moore.
Stunning private art collections, art studios, and an artist-developed cultural hub
A full day exploring highlights of San Antonio, including the San Jose Mission (1782), the famous San Antonio Riverwalk (including early WPA-era sections and the recent expansion), the Pearl Brewery District, (Silver Ventures, 2009), and the recent evolution of the Broadway Corridor.
A delicious Texas-style banquet in a renovated grist mill (followed by two-step dancing?) in an historic honky-tonk town on the Guadalupe River
A full morning free for shopping or brunch on South Congress Avenue, walking, running or biking the Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail, the Downtown Farmer’s Market, East Austin Studio Tour, and two free evenings to enjoy Austin’s famed music and entertainment scene.
An afternoon at The Plant at Kyle, including a nature walk,
A Farewell Celebration BBQ Dinner with local architects, artists, collectors, and civic leaders.
An active, four night, three-day itinerary of architecture, art, and cultural experiences in Austin, San Antonio, and the Hill Country, limited to 21 travelers.
Meetings with architects, artists and community leaders who will share insights and expertise along the way.
One lunch and two dinners in spectacular venues
Local transport to all destinations
Tour cost is $1,200 per person for the activities noted above, which does not include hotel or transportation to Austin.
We've reserved a block of rooms at the iconic Austin Hotel San Jose, located on the lively South Congress Avenue minutes away from top restaurants, famous live music venues, funky shopping, Lady Bird Lake, and downtown, but you're welcome to arrange your own accommodations.
Activities will start with a casual (optional) welcome gathering for cocktails at 8pm on Wednesday, November 9, and tour activities begin at 9:30 am on Thursday, November 10, and continue through 9pm Saturday, November 12. Please plan your flights to arrive on Wednesday and depart on Sunday or later. We recommend you consider arriving earlier or staying longer-there's lots to do in Central Texas and we'd be glad to make recommendations or introduce you to people who can deepen your understanding and enjoyment of the area
To register, click below—spaces are “first come, first served”.
Cancellation policy: 100% refund if cancellation on or before September 10th. Percentage refund equal to days before start of tour (e.g. cancel 60 days before tour = 60% refund. Cancel 1 day before tour = 1% refund).