Professional Affiliates

MODA is a hub where designers from a wide range of disciplines are able to meet, to share ideas, and to network.

The museum is supported by some of Atlanta's most active design organizations which make financial contributions and/or partner with the museum to create exhibitions and events that put design front and center in metro-Atlanta. 

The Great Chair Hack Hosted by MODA & IDSA Atlanta

Every year, MODA partners with IDSA Atlanta to host the Great Chair Hack during Atlanta's annual Dogwood Festiva. Teams of students, professionals, designers, artists, and/or hackers are invited to explore what a piece of IKEA furniture can become. Teams are given a boxed IKEA chair, three hours, and tasked with making anything but a chair. Prizes are awarded by a jury of professional designers! 


Annual Panel Discussion with Design Collective

Each year, members of Design Collective, an organization for Interior Designers, gather at MODA for a special panel discussion organized collaboratively by the museum and Design Collective. In 2015, the group discussed the ways in which the design of physical environments impact health and well-being, a topic that was examined in our concurren exhibition, Design for Healthy Living. Panelists were:

  • Moderator: Laura Flusche of MODA: Executive Director
  • Kyle Brooks of Blackcattips: Artist
  • Dan Hourigan of Midtown Alliance: Director of Transportation and Sustainability
  • Garnie Nygren of Serenbe: Director of Operations
  • Basak Alkan of Perkins+Will: Urban Designer

Additionally, members of Design Collective are given a unique opportunity to purchase a joint Design Collective / MODA membership each year, insuring that they never miss any of MODA's design-centric events.


100 Years of AIGA

In 2015, MODA partnered with AIGA Atlanta to curate an 100 Years of AIGA, an exhibition celebrating 100 Years of the American Institute of Graphic Artists (now known simply as AIGA). The exhibition was curated by Douglass Grimmett, Founder and President of Primal Screen, a member of the AIGA Board of Directors, and of the MODA Board of Directors.