A tour group stands in front of the Walker sculpture in 2018.

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From public space to transformative architecture, tours led by local SEGD members will showcase the offerings that make Austin an eclectic city for design thinking, architecture artistry and innovation!

SEGD’s project tours have become a signature part of our annual gathering, giving you a chance to get out of the conference room and actually see the city! Your only problem: there are so many great tours, it's hard to choose just one! All tours have size limitations and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so please register early.

All tours will run from 1 to 4 pm on Thursday, June 6. Some require walking and/or the use of public transportation. Tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis—so don't wait to register!


Standard Tours | Included


Wilsonart & the Wilson House (Architecture and Art) sponsored by iZone Imaging
Ride the party bus with boxed lunch included for a one hour drive north to Temple, Texas to visit the historically registered Wilson House, which is a living archive of mid-century material innovation. Then visit the Wilsonart Design Center a tour before wrapping up at the iZone Imaging facility. See the history of material innovation and how that tradition of innovation is continued today. (This tour is 12:00 to 5:00pm.)

Austin by Bike (Architecture and Art) [SOLD OUT] sponsored by Jones Sign
See Austin sites on two wheels with your friends and colleagues. Take in the sites and raise your heart rate at the same time while we explore the highlights of our host city.

Austin Central Library and Public Art Walking Tour (EGD/Arch) [SOLD OUT]
Experience the newest in library technology and be guided by the designers and city official whose passions delivered a new public venue to Austin.

IBM Design Center (Design/Tech) [SOLD OUT] sponsored by Designtex
This studio is where IBM transforms the way the company works. The Austin studio is the home base for a global network of IBM Studeios, and is home to more than 300 designers who create great user experiences for many of IBM's businesses. This space is designed for design thinking, collaboration and co-creation between IBMers of all disciplines along with their clients and users.

Oracle Campus (EGD/Arch) [SOLD OUT] sponsored by Walton
Follow designers of this huge development as they guide you through this campus and let you experience how they solved experience & wayfinding challenges.

Mueller Neighborhood & The Thinkery [SOLD OUT] (EGD/Urbanism)

The home of Austin's "How & Why," The Thinkery provides a space for science and community to come together and connect through doing, making and experience. Hear from the museum team on how they achieve this and see how it happens.

Eastside Arts District (Art/Design) [SOLD OUT] sponsored by Alto Folia by SH
Take in the art and culture that is known for "keeping Austin weird." A bus tour with stops at many of the most interesting destinations in this unique district will leave you inspired and amazed.

The University of Texas at Austin Campus [SOLD OUT] (Planning /Campus Design) sponsored by Page

Lead by a collaborative team of local designers who have been impacting the UT Campus for years. Experience the campus wayfinding and identity program, visit new projects completed, hear from Landmarks art curator about some of the public art pieces along the way and experience what makes UT a world-class campus.

Texas State Capitol Architecture & Art (Architecture and Art)
Visit the Capitol of Texas to experience the art, artists and architecture that is reflected within the capital grounds.

Bullock Museum & Art of the Blanton Museum (Exhibit and Art) [SOLD OUT]
Experience a behind-the-scenes look at how the Bullock Museum, which houses the history of Texas, creates relevant temporary exhibits while managing the ongoing history of Texas. Afterward, enjoy the Blanton Museum's collection on the UT Campus.


Tours are booking up fast, so don't wait! Space is limited, and tours are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Register HEREto lock-in your tour!

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