Arc US: get the projects your products deserve

What happens when you bring America’s biggest and busiest commercial architects together with its most innovative manufacturers for 3 days and nights? Arc US is what happens. And, if you truly believe your products have a place in the best projects, you need to be here. Here’s why:

We can tell you who comes and how it works but what we can’t convey is the child-like excitement you’ll feel from all the things that can happen when you’re here. There is no other event quite like it and this is because of who comes. They are the project leaders: the Architects and Designers with the most prestigious and interesting commercial projects in North America. But they can’t make any of that happen without the inspiration and support of the most knowledgeable and capable manufacturers in the business. And they need to get to know these people properly before they consider working with them. And that’s what Arc US is all about.

Over 150 of North America’s most difficult-to-meet Principal Architects and Designers were with us in Arizona on November 17-20, 2022. That’s America’s top 100 A&D Firms represented at the highest level. The likes of Gensler (4 Principal-level architects), Perkins&Will (5), HDR (2), AECOM (4), Jacobs (4), HKS (2), HOK (4),  CannonDesign (4), Stantec (2), Perkins Eastman (1), Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (3)…you get the picture – the biggest firms sending their best people.

You really need to see the full list. Get the list. Then study it carefully. Look at the companies and job titles. And if you can find any other way to get yourself in such company for 3 whole days and nights, please go right ahead.

And then there are the projects. Every single architect at Arc US must have a portfolio of live, commercial projects throughout North America or they don’t make the cut. Confirmed attendees get access to this project info. when they choose who they want to meet. We can’t just send this project list to everyone but if you’re seriously interested in attending this year, please please get in touch with Charlie and if you ask her nicely, she may just send you the list.

Profiles and projects poured over, meetings chosen, delegates just needed to get themselves to Tucson and BOND‘s transfer team were there to meet them and get them to the hotel.

Things kicked off on the Thursday afternoon with the pre-event tour. A delve into the local architecture, it’s a natural ice-breaker, helping delegates settle into their surroundings and start making some friends before the event officially starts. Then it’s back to the hotel with time to freshen up before everyone comes together for the Welcome Dinner and a beer or two. And this is where your natural networking flair finds time to shine as you find yourself at the heart of your project community.

First year – great interface with decision makers. All of the folks we met with were open, engaging and provided excellent insight into the direction of their firms.

Michael Crowder, Kalwall Corp., National Sales

Scott and I agree that this was the best group of meetings yet. We have several architects that we’ve met with repeatedly and developed a wonderful rapport., We’ve also been able to see most all others each year at meals or cocktails and continued to engage and develop relationships.

Holly Gotfredson, American Metalcraft, Inc. Owner/President

The following two days are all business as the meetings room bursts into life and vendors get down to some 1-on-1 time with the architects they’ve been chasing for years. This can be a nervy time, particularly for first-timers but it’s also when one of the most welcome surprises hits home: these super-busy project leaders are more relaxed here, away from projects and the office where everyone wants a piece of them. They are able to enjoy a nice sit down where nobody’s bothering them so they can properly arrive and focus on the person in front of them and sales pitches get left behind as the ice steadily breaks and the atmosphere changes. People are getting to know each other and, in a business built on relationships, this is where the magic starts to happen.

Especially liked the interaction of the 1:1 sessions for the immediacy of information flow, dialogue/exchange and the ability to build relationships.

Richard Clarke, Page, Senior Principal

I have not attended before, but the event, relationship building, and product discussions were invaluable.

Brian Cook, Jacobs, Principal

Conversations continued over lunch (sunshine always seems to help here) and chance introductions inevitably spark opportunities from unexpected sources. And before you know it, it’s back to the meetings with each 30-minute slot flying by but giving architect and vendor ample time to get the measure of one another as project trails start to open up and vital connections are made. It’s intense, heady stuff but with this much talent in the room, you’ll want to make the most of your time here.

Amazing talent in one room. What more could I ask for?

Bruce Burgess, Mull-It-Over Products, President

All the architects seemed to be engaged and interested in the information we brought to them.

Mark Jacobson, Kuraray, Market Manager

And then the second of three whole evenings where everyone is together and after such an intensely productive day, it’s time to relax and simply enjoy each other’s company as the evening’s events unfold. And it’s here that you’ll find yourself right next to someone who might just be looking for that very thing that you can do better than anyone else. And you’re glad that you decided to say hello.

And that’s all you need to do. The hard work is done. The true project influencers are here, more open and relaxed than you’ll find them anywhere else. And if you believe in what you do and have something to show the people who are driving North America’s most prestigious and interesting commercial projects, Arc US is where you need to get yourself this November.

Arc US fills up quicker every year. Get the info. including the attendee list from Charlie or apply for your place online.