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 12 to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 6. Some require walking and/or the use of public transportation. Tour space is limited; sign up early. 


Premium Tours | $100 fee

Wilsonart & the Wilson House
Ride the party bus 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 for tour and lunch included before wrapping up at the iZone Imaging facility. See the history of material innovation and how that tradition of innovation is continued today.

Standard Tours | Included

Austin by Bike (Architecture and Art)
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)
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)
This studio is where IBM transforms the way IBM designs software, applications and solutions for big data, cloud, mobile and social software. This space is designed for direct collaboration, bringing designers, developers and product managers together to revolutionize software design and the way users develop and interact with it.

Oracle Campus (EGD/Arch)
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 (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)
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 (Planning /Campus Design)
Lead by a collaborative team of designers who have been impacting the UT Campus for years. Experience the campus wayfinding and identity program, visit new projects completed and experience what makes UT a world-class campus.

Texas State Capital Architecture & Art (Architecture and Art)
Visit the Captial 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)
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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