2011 ACSA Administrators Conference - Old School / New School

*Sessions on Friday afternoon have been pushed back by 30 minutes. Sessions scheduled to begin at 1:30pm will now begin at 2:00pm, and sessions scheduled for 3:30pm will now begin at 4:00pm. The off-site keynote will still begin at 6:30pm.

Thursday, November 10


New Administrators Workshop
      Marvin Malecha, North Carolina State University
      Robert Greenstreet, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
      Rodner Wright, Florida Atlantic University


NAAB: Team Member Preparation
      Moderator: Andrea Rutledge, NAAB Executive Director
      Keelan Kasier, NAAB President


Welcome from ACSA President, Judith Kinnard

Opening Remarks
     Norman Millar, Woodbury University
     Margaret Crawford, University of California, Berkeley

Opening Keynote Panel and Reception

Friday, November 11


6 Pedagogical Manifestos
      Moderator Alan Balfour, Georgia Tech
      Daniel Friedman, University of Washington
      Bill Braham, University of Pennsylvania
      Darren Petrucci, Arizona State University
      Kim Tanzer, University of Virginia
      Dagmar Richter, Pratt Institute
      Hernan Diaz Alonso, Southern California Institute of Architecture
Robert Somol, University of Illinois, Chicago

8:30am-10:00am ARCC Member Meeting

10:30am-12:00pm  Challenges and/or Opportunities?
      Ila Berman, California College of the Arts
      Michael Speaks, Univesrity of Kentucky
      Frances Bronet, University Oregon
      Richard Sommer, University of Toronto
      Nathan Miller, NBBJ
      Steven Lewis, RAW

10:30am-12:00pm NAAB: Team Room Prep Workshop
      Moderator: Andrea Rutledge, NAAB Executive Director
      Keelan Kasier, NAAB President


Lunch Discussions

      Speaker: Judith Kinnard, ACSA President
      Announcement of NCARB Grants
1:30pm-3:00pm Changing Academic Economies 
      Moderator, Tom Buresh, UC Berkeley
      Judith Sheine, California Polytechnic State University, Pomona
      Donna Robertson, Illinois Institute of Technology
      Andrew Chandler, City College of San Francisco
      Chris Genik, The New School of Architecture and Design, San Diego

      Amy Murphy, University of Southern California
      Wendy Ornelas, Kansas State University
      John Casbarian, Rice University

1:30pm-3:00pm  Ask the NAAB
      Moderator: Andrea Rutledge, NAAB Executive Director
      Keelan Kaiser, NAAB President

3:30pm-5:00pm  Regulatory Changes Amidst the Evolving Economies
      Moderator Patricia Oliver, University of Houston
      Kenneth Schwartz, Tulane University
      Xavier Costa, Northeastern University
      Qingyun Ma, University of Southern California
      Bernardo Gomez Pimienta, Universidad Anahuac Mexico City
      Ruth Reed, RIBA
      Anne Laird Blanton, AIA California Council
      Terrance Galvin, Canadian Architectural Certification Board

Dialogues with Gensler: Building on Partnerships
Participants: Andrew Caruso, Gensler
                     Peter Barsuk, Gensler
                     Nathan Kim, Gensler
                     Shawn Gehle, Gensler
3:30pm-5:00pm  ARCC Planning Meeting


Keynote and Reception*
      Interlocutor: Frances Anderton, KCRW
      Speaker: Thom Mayne, Morphosis 

*This keynote will be held off-site in downtown Los Angeles at the California Department of Transportation District 7 Headquarters building, designed by Thom Mayne. Join us immediately following the keynote for a reception at the Bradbury Building. Please plan to take public transportation to this event. Directions will be provided on-site at the conference.

Saturday, November 12

8:30am-10:00am  ARCC Sponsored Breakfast


Women's Leadership Council

10:00am-11:30pm  Integrated Practice Delivery in the Curriculum
      Sponsored By: Autodesk
      Moderator: Michael Jemtrud, McGill University

12:00pm-2:00pm  Blue Sky Curricula for the Next Century: A Working Session
      Hitoshi Abe, UCLA
      Monica Ponce de Leon, University of Michigan
      Javier Quintana, IE University

      Preston Scott Cohen, Harvard University
      Barbara Bestor, Woodbury University
      William Williams, University of Cincinnati


Sunday, November 13

All Day Session NAAB: Team Chair Training

Session Descriptions

Friday Sessions

6 Pedagogical Manifestos

In five minutes each speaker will deliver their argument for what they see as the key issue(s) in teaching architecture today. Theory, Social Concerns, Building Perfomance+Sustainablity, Parametrics, or Entrepreneurship?  Should these be the drivers of architectural pedagogy?

Challenges and/or Opportunities

How should architecture schools respond to the changes posed by social media, the
proliferation of data, globalization, climate change, and demands for economic and ethnic diversity?  Are our existing educational concepts and methods adequate?

NAAB: Team Room Prep Workshop

This is an interactive workshop on the preparation and curation of team rooms for 2012 NAAB visits. This is a great opportunity for administrators from any program with a 2012 visit to review the 2011 Procedures on the content and format of team rooms and to learn from the experience of team chairs and program administrators. Best practices and lessons learned from the 2011 Survey of NAAB Accreditation Activites will be included.

Changing Academic Economies

As the economic downturn challenges endowments, state budgets, and professional opportunities, how are architecture schools reacting? Are important differences emerging between private, public, and for-profit education?

Ask the NAAB

This will be an open, scheduled time for program administrators, individually interested in serving on visiting teams, and others to visit with NAAB leaders and to ask specific questions about NAAB visits, team preparation, report writing, the ARS, plans for the next accreditation review conference, or general operations. The session will be free-flowing and interactive. All are welcome.

Regulatory Challenges Amidst Evolving Economies

Are architectural schools’ ability to adapt to rapidly changing conditions supported or hindered by the regulation and collateral organizations? Should we be looking at other international models? What would be an ideal relationship between the schools and the profession?

Dialogues with Gensler: Building on Partnerships 

 We invite ACSA attendees to participate in two separate, yet related discussions during this session:

1. Trends in higher education and their impact on spaces devoted to learning

This discussion will present observations and connections between decades of research that examine how technological and social trends in work environments parallel student and progressive institutions’ expectations of their own learning environments.
2. Transitioning a generation into practice

Your graduates are the future of our firm, and we are keenly interested in building strategic partnerships and programs that advance the professional development of a new generation of design professionals.

Brief presentations will provide a context from which attendees will engage in interactive discussion for the remainder of the session.


Saturday Sessions

Integrated Practice  in the Curriculum

The next installment in a continuing series of sessions on efforts made in schools to evolve curricula in concert with changes in architectural project delivery.

Blue Sky Curricula For the Next Century; A Working Session

Building on the previous sessions, what new curricula might emerge, imagined without the constraints of the current system? A series of educators will present their Blue Sky Outlines and will then lead a work group to refine it.


Sunday Sessions

NAAB: Team Chair Training

This is an interactive workshop for anyone nominated to serve as a visiting team chair or team chair mentor for the 2012 Visit Cycle. Using case studies and actual circumstances, participants will review the nature of team dynamics, how to handle non-voting team members, how to trouble-shoot unexpected difficulties, and how to write an exemplary Visiting Team Report. Participants should plan to complete the online learning modules on The 2009 NAAB Conditions for Accreditation and The NAAB Procedures for Accreditation, 2011 Edition in advance. Best practices and lessons learned from the 2011 Survey of NAAB Accreditation Activities will also be included