Schedule



2012 ACSA Administrators Conference
November 1-3, 2012 | Austin, TX
Co-chairs: Frederick Steiner, Nichole Wiedemann + Kevin Alter, University of Texas at Austin


Thursday, November 1

10:30am-5:00pm                       

New Administrators Workshop 
The agenda for the workshop will faithfully follow the outline that has evolved over the past decade including changes to accommodate new voices. Topics on the agenda include: leadership, staff, faculty, students, engagement, and cultivation.

Marvin Malecha, North Carolina State University
Robert Greenstreet, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Patricia Oliver, University of Houston

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2:00pm-5:00pm                   

NAAB: Team Member Preparation
This is an interactive workshop for anyone nominated to serve as a visiting team member for 2013-2017. Participants will review the nature of team dynamics, 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, 2012 Edition in advance. Program Administrators preparing for 2013 visits are also welcome. 

Moderator: Andrea S. Rutledge, NAAB Executive Director
Panel Members: Theodore Landsmark, NAAB President

3:00pm-5:00pm                               

Optional Tours
1) Tour of the Campus: This tour will emphasize the impact that ambitious campus planning has had, not only on the physical environment, but also on the image and character on the university as an institution.  We will look at the seminal directions established by Cass Gilbert, Paul Cret, Cesar Pelli and Sasaki over the last century. 

Leader: Richard Cleary, University of Texas at Austin. Participants will board tour bus at Omni Downtown beginning at 2:30 p.m.; they will be shuttled to the campus and dropped back off at hotel by 5:15 p.m.



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2) Tour of Austin: Downtown and St. Edward’s Campus. 

Downtown - A walking tour of Austin’s  “Warehouse District” (Southwest Quadrant.) In the last ten years, the district has emerged as an extremely desirable multiuse area of condos, offices, restaurants, retail, and entertainment venues. Property values are the highest in the city. The public investment in “Great Streets” is the main driving forced and 2nd St. is the backbone reaching from the west end at Shoal Creek, to the east end at the Convention Center and Waller Creek.

St. Edward's Campus - A walking tour of the core St. Edward's campus including the historic Main building, Trustee Hall (constructed in 2003) and newly renovated Fleck Hall. The tour will examine the nature of designing new buildings within the historic context of the a university campus. The renovation of Fleck Hall, a post WWII structure  converted in 2006 to a new classroom/meeting facility will be toured as well and discussion of adaptive re-use and sustainable design will be the topic of discussion. I will also talk about how these new projects have contributed to the St. Edward's campus over the past several years.

Leaders: Arthur Andersson, Andersson-Wise Architects and Sinclair Black, University of Texas at Austin. Participants will board tour bus at Omni Downtown beginning at 2:30 p.m.; they will be shuttled from location to location and dropped back off at hotel by 5:15 p.m.

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6:00pm-8:30pm                                                       
    Welcome
Donna Robertson, ACSA President


Opening Remarks
Frederick Steiner, Nichole Wiedemann + Kevin Alter, University of Texas at Austin

Opening Keynote: Laurie Olin

Reception


Friday, November 2

 8:00am     Breakfast

8:30am-10:00am             
























   

National Academy of Environmental Design (NAED) Panel Discussion
The National Academy of Environmental Design (NAED) is a non-profit organization comprised of public agencies, private companies, and citizens formed in 2009 on the model of eminent national academies in the sciences, health, and engineering. NAED seeks to address pressing needs related to the design, construction, operations, and stewardship of healthy built and natural environments, and aspires to direct the country's best design resources to engage today’s global development challenges.

Moderator: Kim Tanzer, University of Virginia
Panel Members: Thomas Fisher, University of Minnesota, Daniel Friedman, University of Washington, and Christopher Silver, University of Florida

Pedagogy and Place
Among the paradoxes of our increasingly interconnected and palpably more complex world is that place matters more than ever. Each of own schools and colleges is defined as much by the economic, cultural, political and business practice parameters that shape our specific “places” as they are by the global forces that shape the now unavoidably global architecture marketplace. What shapes our schools and indeed the pedagogy that defines our schools is therefore often bound to place (and the expectations that arise in a specific place) and indeed to the connection of that place to other local, national and international places. In this panel, three administrators from three different architectural places--now all connected here in Austin--will consider the relevance of place to architecture pedagogy and its implications for research and practice.

Moderator: Michael Speaks, University of Kentucky
Panel Members: Javier Quintana de Uña, IE University, Instituo de Empresa, Jack Randall Seitsinger, Oklahoma State University, and Sarah Whiting, Rice University 

NAAB Team Room Preparation Workshop
This is an interactive workshop on the preparation and curation of team rooms for 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 Activities will be included. 

Moderator: Andrea S. Rutledge, NAAB Executive Director
Panel Members: Theodore Landsmark, NAAB President and Andrea S. Rutledge, NAAB Executive Director

ARCC Member Meeting
Keith Diaz Moore, University of Kansas / ARCC President

10:30am-12:00pm      Deans’ Discussion: Research, Practice, and Place

Facilitators: Charles Graham, University of Oklahoma and Andrew Vernooy, Texas Tech University

Associate Deans’ Discussion: Research, Practice, and Place
Facilitators: Peter MacKeith, Washington University in St. Louis and Alf Simon, University of New Mexico

Chairs’/Directors’ Discussion: Research, Practice, and Place
Facilitators: Nathaniel Quincy Belcher, Pennsylvania State University and Katherine Schwennsen, Clemson University 

12:00pm-1:30pm    

Lunch / Discussions on Accreditation
Donna Robertson, ACSA President    

1:30pm-3:00pm     Beyond the Traditional Credential: The Future of the M.Arch II

The NAAB does not accredit M.Arch. II degrees and has indicated that programs that offer such degrees could lose accreditation of their M.Arch. and/or B.Arch. degrees. This puts the future of the M.Arch. II in doubt.

Moderator: William W. Braham, University of Pennsylvania 
Panel Members: Marvin Malecha, North Carolina State University, Christine Theodoropoulos, California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, and Susan Conger-Austin, Illinois Institute of Technology; Kevin Alter, University of Texas at Austin

Mis-Placed Intentions: Romanticizing the Grand Tour in Times of Economic and Climate Collapse

In this session, we will consider how study-abroad programs are, or are not, evolving, and how they should respond to the needs of today’s students, pedagogies, and ethics.

Moderator: Robert Miller, University of Arizona
Panel Members: Peter MacKeith, University of Washington in St. Louis, Steven Moore, University of Texas at Austin, Mary Ann Ray, University of Michigan; SCIARCH, Max Underwood, Arizona State University, and Robert Mangurian, Southern California Institute of Architecture

NAAB 101: What Every New Administrator Needs to Know

This will be an open, scheduled time for program administrators, especially those who are new to the role, individuals interested in serving on visiting teams, and others to visit with NAAB leaders and learn the basics about accreditation, the NAAB, annual reports, and preparing for a visit. The session will be free flowing and interactive. All are welcome. 

Moderator: Andrea S. Rutledge, NAAB Executive Director
Panel Members: Theodore Landsmark, NAAB President and Andrea S. Rutledge, NAAB Executive Director

3:30pm-5:00pm     Research, Funding and Architectural Education

This session is poised to explore pertinent research trajectories, as well as their consequence on the educational model of architecture schools.

Moderator: Herbert Enns, University of Manitoba
Panel Members: Jack Davis, Virginia Tech, Keith Diaz Moore, University of Kansas, ARCC President, Nader Tehrani, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Kathryn Dean, Washington University, St. Louis, and Donald Gatzke, University of Texas at Arlington

Is Architectural Education Today Sufficient to Prepare Tomorrow's Practitioners?

If we believe that education in schools is key to success, we would recommend increasing the depth and breadth of education to achieve this goal. If, on the other hand, practice is driving change at a faster pace than academia, learning may best come from exposure to the most innovative design offices and industries.

Panel Members: Renee Cheng, University of Minnesota, Daniel Friedman, University of Washington and Michael Monti, ACSA

5:30pm-6:30pm             
    Tour of the University of Texas at Austin, School of Architecture

The School of Architecture is centrally located on campus in four adjacent buildings including the historically significant Battle Hall (1911) and Sutton Hall (1918), both designed by distinguished American architect Cass Gilbert; Goldsmith Hall (1933), designed by noted architect and campus planner Paul Philippe Cret; and the West Mall Office Building (1961). The facilities, including resources such as the Architecture & Planning Library, Alexander Architectural Archive, University Co-op Materials Resource Center, IO Central + Computer Lab, and studios will be accessible.    

6:30pm-9:00pm     

Keynote: Jeanne Gang    

Reception      


Saturday, November 3

9:00am-10:30am          

Breakfast Plenary: Future Practice 
This discussion of the profession in the next 5-10 years will address changing profiles of architecture clients, firms, and students. Prompted by the moderator and audience questions, the panelists will discuss the recruitment and retention students and emerging professionals, the global and multicultural evolution of architectural practice, and opportunities for joint action between schools, firms, and collateral organizations. 

Moderator: Donna Robertson, ACSA President
Panel Members: Jordan Goldstein, Gensler, Jeff Potter, AIA President, Francis Bronet, University of Oregon, and Urs Leonhard Hirschberg, Graz University of Technology, European Association for Architectural Education

10:30am-12:00pm      Bridging Town and Gown: Is Architectural Practice Prepared to Receive Today’s Graduates? 

This panel is set to explore the rich, albeit at times conflicting, relationship between professional practice and architectural education, and to discuss their common aspirations for advancing the built environment. Similarly, it addresses compelling models for collectively engaging professional practice and academic study in the field.

Moderator: Kevin Alter, University of Texas at Austin
Panel Members: Leslie Van Duzer, University of British Columbia, Marlon Blackwell, University of Arkansas, Hsin-Ming Fung, Southern California Institute of Architecture, and Coleman Coker, University of Texas at Austin

Teaching and Practice: A Mutually Reinforcing Combination
The relationship between teaching and practice is fundamental to professional education. This panel will inform how one reinforces the other.

Moderator: Lawrence Speck, University of Texas at Austin
Panel Members: Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, University of Miami, Scott Poole, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Brenda Scheer, University of Utah                 

Ask NAAB

This is an open session with NAAB directors and staff. Program administrators with upcoming visits; individuals interested in being on teams; anyone with a question about the NAAB, accreditation, annual reports, team rooms, APRs, or the 2013 Accreditation Review Conference is welcome to attend.

Moderator: Andrea S. Rutledge, NAAB Executive Director
Panel Members: Theodore Landsmark, NAAB President and Andrea S. Rutledge, NAAB Executive Director

12:00pm-1:30pm      Lunch / Plenary Session: The Austin Manfestos: Research, Practice, and Place   

Moderators: Fritz Steiner, Kevin Alter & Nichole Wiedemann, University of Texas at Austin
Panel Members: Kim Tanzer, University of Virginia, Michael Speaks, University of Kentucky, William W. Braham, University of Pennsylvania, Robert Miller, University of Arizona, Herbert Enns, University of Manitoba, Renee Cheng, University of Minnesota, and Donna Robertson, ACSA President

3:00pm-5:00pm            Optional Tours

1) Tour of the Campus: This tour will emphasize the impact that ambitious campus planning has had, not only on the physical environment, but also on the image and character on the university as an institution.  We will look at the seminal directions established by Cass Gilbert, Paul Cret, Cesar Pelli and Sasaki over the last century.

Leader: Lawrence Speck, University of Texas at Austin
Participants will board tour bus at Omni Downtown beginning at 2:30 p.m.; they will be shuttled to the campus and dropped back off at hotel by 5:15 p.m.

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2) Tour of Austin: Downtown and St. Edward’s Campus
Downtown - A walking tour of Austin’s  “Warehouse District” (Southwest Quadrant.) In the last ten years, the district has emerged as an extremely desirable multiuse area of condos, offices, restaurants, retail, and entertainment venues. Property values are the highest in the city. The public investment in “Great Streets” is the main driving forced and 2nd St. is the backbone reaching from the west end at Shoal Creek, to the east end at the Convention Center and Waller Creek.

St. Edward's Campus - A walking tour of the core St. Edward's campus including the historic Main building, Trustee Hall (constructed in 2003) and newly renovated Fleck Hall. The tour will examine the nature of designing new buildings within the historic context of the a university campus. The renovation of Fleck Hall, a post WWII structure  converted in 2006 to a new classroom/meeting facility will be toured as well and discussion of adaptive re-use and sustainable design will be the topic of discussion. I will also talk about how these new projects have contributed to the St. Edward's campus over the past several years.

Leaders: Arthur Andersson, Andersson-Wise Architects & Sinclair Black, University of Texas at Austin. Participants will board tour bus at Omni Downtown beginning at 2:30 pm; they will be shuttled from location to location and dropped back off at hotel by 5:15 pm

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