2018 Administrators Conference

October 25-27, 2018 | Quebec City (Quebec) Canada

Conference Partner:


École d’architecture – Université Laval – Québec

Conference Co-chairs:


Myriam Blais, École d’architecture – Université Laval – Québec
Sharon Matthews, Wentworth Institute of Technology – Boston



Following is a conference schedule-at-a-glance and is subject to change. Please check back for the most up-to-date schedule and information.  

 Thursday, October 25th

1:00pm   Optional Tours
1:00pm Accreditation Workshop 
4:30pm PARTNERSHIPS: Student/Faculty Exchange Programs
    Jeffrey Johnson, U. of Kentucky 
Will Wittig, U. of Detroit Mercy
Kyle Miller, Syracuse U.  
Julie Kim, Georgia Tech
Paul Floerke, Ryerson U.
  What are the conditions for successful student exchange programs? How do we insure the appropriate teaching/research involvement of visiting scholars?
Bruce Lindsey, Washington U. in St. Louis
Marc Neveu, Arizona State U. 
Ken Lambla, UNCC
Anthony Schuman, NJIT
This session will draw on the expertise of a range of schools who actively recruit students from outside North America. Speakers will address recruitment at the undergraduate and graduate level, providing advice on optimizing your efforts, avoiding pitfalls, and working in partnership with your university and with foreign schools.
  EDUCATION Session 
    Francis E. Lyn, Florida Atlantic U.
Charlie Setterfield, Sinclair Community C.
Alexis Gregory, Mississippi State U.
Brigid Callaghan, AIAS
Lynne Dearborn, U. of Illinois, U-C
Ikhlas Sabouni, Prairie View A&M
Peter Laurence, Clemson U.
How do we support and encourage the scholarship of teaching and learning in architectural education? Should we expand the venues for the discussion of pedagogy, such as having dedicated conference sessions and publications?
6:30pm Opening Keynote: ANUPAMA KUNDOO

 Friday, October 26th 

    Hazem Rashed-Ali, U. of Texas, San Antonio
Marc Neveu, Arizona State U.
Marci Uihlein, U. of Illinois, U-C
Kentaro Tsubaki, Tulane U.
Nadia Anderson, UNCC
Anne-Catrin Schultz, Wentworth IT
Corey Griffin, Pennsylvania State U.
Kelly Bair, U. of Illinois at Chicago
What are the institutional measures of quality in research, as judged both within and outside the discipline? What are the ways in which architecture schools measure different research outputs?
  PARTNERSHIPS: International Internships 
    Anne Bordeleau, U. of Waterloo
John Casbarian, Rice U. 
Glen Leroy, Boston Architectural C.
Rebecca Williamson, U. of Cincinnati
Xavier Costa, Northeastern U.
In placing students in work experiences internationally, what are the goals, challenges, rewards and conditions for success?
Martin Bressani, McGill U.
Manual Blanco, U. Politécnica de Madrid
This session focuses on the success stories, best practices, and challenges in international fundraising.
11:00am AROUND THE WORLD: Research Metrics 
    Christoph Lindner, U. of Oregon
Émilie Pinard, Laurentian U.
Peter Russell, Delft U. of Technology
Robert Kirkbride, Parsons
How is architectural research evolving in response to the increasingly globalized conditions of contemporary design? What methods and competencies are needed to conduct research across geographic and cultural boundaries? Engaging these questions, this panel will debate ways of planning, anticipating, and measuring research and scholarly output in an era of transnational knowledge production.
  PARTNERSHIPS: Indigenization (a CCUSA invitation)
    David T. Fortin, Laurentian U. 
Jill L. Stoner, Carleton U.
Chris Cornelius, UWM 
Allan Teramura, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
Wanda della Costa, Arizona State U.
John Bass, U. of British Columbia
This session will explore research and partnerships with indigenous communities. It will focus more intensely on offering a critical reflection of the ways in which Universities and other Canadian institutions respond to the call for indigenization/de-colonization.
          An opportunity to share experiences developing new degree programs.   
12:30pm ACSA Lunch 
2:00pm PARTNERSHIPS: Research Collaborations 
    Geraldine Forbes Isais, U. of New Mexico
Geneviève Vachon, Laval U. 
Laura Harjo, U. of New Mexico
Jose Gamez, UNCC
Sanjive Vaidya, New York City College
What are the challenges of international / intercultural research, and in that context what constitutes meaningful and useful results?
  STUDY ABROAD: Latin America 
    Fernando L. Lara, U. of Texas at Austin 
Rodolfo Barragan, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
Nathan Fash, Roger Williams U.
This session is part of a series focusing on study abroad in areas beyond Europe. Covering details such as student/faculty visas to broader concerns such as intercultural experiences and expectations, the session will also give attendees opportunities for questions and discussion. And, there will be sources of information and connections for planning travel in the area through Education USA.
  INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Helping them Succeed 
    Ila Berman, U. of Virginia
Rashida Ng, Temple U.
Ronald Kellett, U. British Columbia
Karen Nelson, BAC
This session looks at the experience of international students coming to the United States and Canada. Speakers will focus on social, financial, and educational supports, and how faculty and administrators can help students succeed and enhance the culture of the entire architecture program. The session will also address “study within,” or the importance of providing varied cultural experiences to international students as well as domestic students not studying abroad.
4:00pm AROUND THE WORLD: ACSA Sibling Organizations 
    Marilys R. Nepomechie, FIU
Oya Atalan-Franck, Zurich U,
Chris Knapp, Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia
Marcos Mazari Hiriart, La A
sociación de Instituciones de Enseñanza de la Arquitectura
Jesus Rodriguez Zurita, Unión de Escuelas y Facultades de Arquitectura de Latinoamérica


In this session, representative of ACSA's sibling organizations - AASA (Australia and Asia), EAAE (Europe), ASINEA (Mexico), and UDEFAL (South America) - will discuss common challenges they and their member schools face in advocating for architectural education in their respective regions. Opportunities for potential collaboration will be also explored, such as mutual promotion of events and publications, participation in mutually beneficial projects, facilitating joint projects by member schools, etc.
  STUDY ABROAD: South and Southeast Asia
    Gretchen Wilkins, Cranbrook 
Mira Locher, U. of Utah
Anna Heringer, Studio Anna Heringer
Taisto Mäkelä, U. of Colorado Denver
This session is part of a series focusing on study abroad in areas beyond Europe. Covering details such as student/faculty visas to broader concerns such as intercultural experiences and expectations, the session will also give attendees opportunities for questions and discussion. And, there will be sources of information and connections for planning travel in the area through Education USA.
  PARTNERSHIPS: Dual Degrees 
    Christopher Jarrett, UNCC
Heather Woofter, Washington U. in St. L.

Daniel Friedman, U. of Hawaii
Christine Theodoropoulos, Cal Poly SLO
David Mohney, Kean U.

Schools of architecture around the world may wish to deepen their international links in order to offer their students meaningful global learning environments and experiences. International dual and/or joint degrees and cooperative partnerships may appear as a thoughtful way to address nuanced openness to the world : what are the challenges and rewards of such collaborative opportunities?
6:00pm Keynote: ANNA HERINGER

 Saturday, October 27th

9:00am STUDY ABROAD: Africa 
    André Casault, Laval U.
John Ellis, Wentworth I. of Technology
Naby Kane, CUAD-Senegal
Louis Piccon, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées-Strasbourg
Jonathan Kline, Carnegie Mellon U.
The session will feature short presentations of successful collaborations of North American schools (and others) with partners in Africa. What are the goals of our collaborations? Why and how future architects should undertake such workshops with Africa?  How do we choose our destinations? Who are our partners in Africa. What are we, on both sides, learning? The session will also cover experiences with local schools, interactions among students, as well as the social and cultural challenges facing these encounters. The presentations of the panelists will be followed by a question and answer period.
  AROUND THE WORLD: International Accreditation 
    Sharon Matthews, Wentworth IT
Harry Falconer, NCARB
David Hinson, Auburn U.
Tomoaki Tanaka, Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education & Meiji University
Junsuk Lee, Myongji U.
This session will address accreditation issues in an international context, with speakers from multiple international agencies around the world. Participants can expect interactive discussions of the implications for students, practitioners, and schools of a world where mobility is increasing, reciprocity is a desired, and credentialing has become increasingly complex.
  PARTNERSHIPS: North American Cross-Border Collaborations
    Rafael Longoria, U. of Houston
Marcos Mazari Hiriart, U. Nacional Autónoma de México
Kelley Beaverford, U. of Manitoba
Mary C. Hardin, U. of Arizona
Representatives of US, Canadian and Mexican schools will present examples of successful cross-border collaborations and the challenges they faced along the way. Opportunities for joint projects and their potential benefits will be discussed, together with the role that respective associations (ACSA, CCUSA and ASINEA) could play in fostering greater interaction among North American schools in the current political climate.
11:00am STUDY ABROAD: Dos & Don'ts 
    Michelangelo Sabatino, IIT
Kate Schwennsen, Clemson U.
Marc Swackhamer, U. of Minnesota
David Hill, North Carolina State U.
Stephen White, Roger Williams U.
Most schools offer study abroad programs, but use a variety of ways to deliver them. Speakers in this session will present a range of models for addressing the myriad issues such as local partnerships, facilities, risk management, and covering costs.
    Barbara Klinkhammer, Thomas Jefferson U.
Michael Jemtrud, McGill U.
Cathrine Veikos, CCA
Ahmed K. Ali, Texas A&M U.
Mark Mistur, Kent State U.
Anne Bordeleau, U. of Waterloo
June Williamson, CCNY

This interactive session will engage the audience with the question, what does a global network of schools look like? Following a brief (20-minute) opening panel, we will have small-group discussions facilitated by the Leadership Committee around a series of topics. The opening panelists will make 5 minute statements about how international relationships drive their program’s identity, curriculum, etc. The small-group topics could include: (a) relationships with alumni, firms and the professional community, (b) opportunities for practice / internships, (c) postprofessional degrees and specialization, (c) student recruitment and retention, (d) developing pedagogies, (e) knowledge development and dissemination.
  NAAB Session 
    Helene Combs Dreiling, NAAB 
12:30pm CLOSING Wrap-up 
2:00pm Optional Tours