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100th Annual Meeting - Digital Aptitudes

ACSA 100th Annual Meeting 
March 1-4, 2012 in Boston, MA
Host School: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Co-chairs: Mark Goulthorpe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Amy Murphy, University of Southern California


The schedule below is tentative and subject to change. Check back for the most up-to-date schedule and information regarding the ACSA 100th Annual Meeting.

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PS: Paper Session   SFS: Special Focus Session

    ACSA 100th Annual Meeting



  All Day 

ACADIA@ACSA Digital Apptitudes | Synethic Landscapes Workshop



 9:00-  11:30am Digital Technology in Architectural Education

 12:00-  1:30pm

PS | Open: Community

PS | Design Computation

PS | Open History/Theory


SFS | Internship Experiences (1)



 2:00-  3:30pm

PS | The Agency of Drawing

PS | Registration and Projection

PS | Open: Sustainable Design

SFS | ARCC New Researcher Award

SFS | Internship Experiences (2)



 4:00-  5:30pm

PS | 1912: Progress, Technology and Nature

PS | Advanced Composite Fabrication

PS | Becoming Computation

A Conversation with Leo Marx

Integrate Experience: IDP 2.0


 6:00-  8:30pm

 Opening Panel and Reception
Panelists: Sanford Kwinter, Harvard University, Jeffrey Kipnis, Ohio State University, Sylvia Lavin,
 University of California, Los Angeles, Kathryn Gustafson, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Mark  Burry,
 Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology



 8:00-  11:00am

 Regional Caucuses and Business Meeting

 11:00-  12:30pm 

PS | Open: Disaster Recovery

PS | Open: Diversity

PS | Open: Urbanism

PS | Automatism, or, Post-Med Architecture 

 TSD Board Meeting (Private)

Solar Decathlon Roundtable

 12:30-  2:00pm

 ACSA Awards Plenary Lunch: Design & Project Awards Ceremony

 2:00-  3:30pm

SFS | Bachelors, Brides and Open-Source Machines

PS | Emerging Materials (1)

PS | Beyond Digital

PS | Open: Community (2)

SFS | Beginning/ Ending Design

SFS | AASL: Digital Collaborations

ACADIA@ Digital Apptitudes | Synthetic Landscapes

 4:00-  5:30pm

SFS | Scientific Horizons: Energy, Materiality, Organization

PS | Emerging Materials (2)

PS | 1988-1997: Ambitions and Apprehensions

PS | Digital Nouveau + the New Materiality

DPACSA Chancellor's Dialogue: FIT

SFS | AASL: New Frontiers in Research


 6:00-  7:30pm

 Keynote and Reception
Speaker: Tony Vidler, Cooper Union



 9:00-  10:30am

 ACSA Awards Plenary: Topaz and Career Awards Ceremony
Introduction by K. Michael Hays, Harvard University
Topaz Keynote: George Baird, Intl. Assoc. AIA

 10:30-  12:00pm

SFS | Virtual/Actual: Materializing the Digital

History for Architecture Schools Today

PS | Integration not Segregation

PS | 4D Architecture

PS | Digital Details

NAAB: Writing the APR: A Primer

 TSD Annual Meeting


 Design by Nature: How 3d Printing Adds Nature to Design: Sponsored by Objet

12:30-  2:00pm

 Project Presentation Lunch

 2:00-  3:30pm

SFS | Design, Value, and Risk: Relevance in Architectural Pedagogy

SFS | Avatars of the Urban: New Metro-Media

SFS | Where Are We Now: ArcHIVE

PS | Situated Technologies

PS | Post-parametric Environments

Highlights from the 2011 NAAB Report


 4:00-  5:30pm

SFS | Engaged, Integrated, Edited, Evolving

SFS | Bridging the Gap


PS | Teaching History in the Digital Age

PS | Theoretical Implications of BIM

Ask the NAAB


 8:00-  11:00pm 

 ACSA 100 Gala at the MIT Media Lab


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Internship Experiences within Architectural Curriculum: In the Public Interest

Moderator: Georgia Bizios, North Carolina State University
Panelists: Nadia Anderson, Iowa State University
                Len Charney, Boston Architectural Center
                Daniel Friedman,University of Washington
                Diane Georgopulos, MASSHousing
                Brandy Brooks, The Food Project

This session will explore issues and models for public-interest architectural internships established through collaborations of academic faculty, nonprofit organizations, and practitioners. A panel will introduce best practices, and will be followed by a workshop where the attendees will discuss and address the challenges and opportunities that such internships present. The goal is to inspire and assist faculty in developing public-interest architectural internships.

BTES | Diffusion Research and the Reinvention of Architecture Technology Education

Moderators: Rashida Ng, Temple University
                     Patrick Tripney, University of Utah
Panelists:     Terri Meyer Boake, University of Waterloo
                     Emanuel Jannasch, Dalhousie University
                     Erin Moore, University of Oregon
                     E. Eva Peterson,  University of Oregon
                     Ted Cavanaugh, Dalhousie University

Diffusion research considers how social systems a dapt in response to the diffusion of new information, tracing the evolution of an idea as it transforms from an original concept into widely accepted practice. This process of diffusion includes two constituencies: innovators, who invent the initial idea, and adopters, who adapt and shape the idea according to a continually expanding set of broader issues along the way. As we look forward to another 100 years of architectural education, this session will present papers that demonstrate effective pedagogies and research towards the reinvention of architecture technology education.

Internship Experiences within Architectural Curriculum: Connecting Research and Practice

Moderator: Renee Cheng, University of Minnesota
Panelists: Daniel Friedman, University of Washington
                 Jim Lutz, University of Minnesota
This session will explore issues and models for connecting research and practice through internship opportunities directed by faculty working in collaboration with appropriate industries, public and private interest groups, and practitioners. A panel will introduce best practices, and will be followed by a workshop where the attendees will discuss and address the challenges and opportunities that such internships present. The goal is to inspire and assist faculty in developing research-oriented architectural internships.

ARCC New Researcher Award

Ryan Smith, recipient of the 2010 ARCC New Researcher Award, is Director of the Integrated Technology & Architecture Center (ITAC) at the University of Utah, a teaching, research and outreach center that is an agent of change at the intersection of design, education and construction industries. Smith will present the context and content of ITAC’s industry/university integrative research, which seeks to flatten the design-to-production relationships through applied scholarship. A panel discussion on the context of research (how it comes about, how we ask research questions, its integration with teaching, its dissemination, institution support, and navigating the landscape of scholarship) will follow.

A Conversation with Leo Marx on “Technology: The Emergence of a Hazardous Concept”
Moderator: Gail Fenske, Roger Williams University
Panelists:  Leo Marx, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
                 John Bass, University of British Columbia
                 Mark Jarzombek, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
                 Adnan Morshed, Catholic University
                 Rosalind Williams, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

Leo Marx, author of the classic work, The Machine in the Garden, will discuss his recent essay, “Technology: The Emergence of a Hazardous Concept” with several panelists—experts on the history of technology and our built environment—to draw out critical questions of importance to this centennial conference’s focus on technology.  How and why has technology, a concept with origins in the mechanic arts, acquired a “phantom objectivity” as an all-purpose agent of change?   And why has this distracted our attention from the human relations—both socio-economic and political—that influence who uses technologies and for what purposes?   

Integrate Experience: IDP 2.0
Moderator: Harry Falconer, NCARB

This April, the final phase of IDP 2.0 goes into effect, culminating a three-year evolution of the Intern Development Program (IDP). Join NCARB's Director IDP, Harry Falconer, for an open discussion and overview of IDP 2.0. The final phase completes the alignment to current practice and features many benefits for interns. In this interactive session, you'll learn about supplemental experience and new opportunities for academic internships. Understand the role of the IDP Educator Coordinator and hear exciting news about a newly proposed IDP Student Coordinator position. This session is your chance to learn about the latest IDP developments and ways educators can support interns on the path to licensure.


Friday, March 2, 2011

Association of Architecture School Librarians Annual  Meeting
The Association of Architecture School Librarians (AASL) will again hold its annual meeting in conjunction with the ACSA Annual Conference.  The theme of the conference is “Collaborations within and beyond the design academy.” For the full AASL meeting program, see the AASL Conference website.

Beginning and Ending Design:  New Scholarship

A selection from some of the highlights of the most recent issues of the JAE.

Solar Decathlon Roundtable

Moderator:     Kristina Yu, University of New Mexico
Panelists:       Geraldine Forbes Isais, University of New Mexico
                       Kurt Keville, MIT              
                       Gregory Luhan, University of Kentucky
                       Marilys Nepomechie, Florida International University
                       Michaele Pride, University of New Mexico
                       John Quale, University of Virginia
                       Madlen Simon, University of Maryland
                       Michael Zaretsky, University of Cincinnati
                       Robert Dunay, Virginia Tech
The Solar Decathlon projects have been an important part of many architecture programs in the past 10 years since its inaugural competition in 2002.  Several teams, national and international, have competed in the Solar Decathlon’s short history.  We would like to invite you to a roundtable discussion to reflect upon past and current experiences related to the overall benefits, impact to curriculum, program and school culture, and the Solar Decathlon’s role in the education of the architect, designer of the future.

Bachelors, Brides and Open-Source Machines

Moderator: Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter
Panelists: Sheila Kennedy, Kennedy & Violich Architecture
                Hansy Better Barraza, Rhode Island School of Design
                John Stuart, Florida International University               
                Eric Höweler, Harvard University
                Paulette Singley, Woodbury University
                Javier Quintana de Uña, IE School of Architecture

Advocating for the empowering potential of new technologies and hybrid identities as a means of breaking traditional hegemonic practices, Donna Haraway argues “the machine is us, our processes, an aspect of our embodiment. We can be responsible for machines, they do not dominate or threaten us. We are responsible for boundaries; we are they." 

This panel seeks to debate the value of alternative ways in which technology could be learned, accessed, and deployed as a means to expand the impact of our discipline.  Looking at progressive methods of engaging technology as it interfaces with social and behavioral sciences, performance, environmental sciences, engineering, criticism, public art, construction and craft, encourages a reformulation in the ways that architecture is practiced.  How might the misuse, hacking, retooling and reappropriation of various technologies lead to operating outside of traditional boundaries of architecture by making room for diverse interests and broadening the relevance of the discipline?"

ACADIA @ Digital Appitudes | Synthetic Landscapes

Special Focus Session to discuss pedagogical implications of the workshop. Panelists include team leaders, workshop attendees, and Piet Meijs.

Using the Digital Aptitudes workshop hosted by Objet as a critical point of departure, this moderated session will focus on linking the pedagogical to the technological. Short presentations by panelists Kyle Miller, Andy Payne, Gil Akos, Ronnie Parsons, Justin Lavallee, Piet Meijs, and Gregory Luhan will frame the conceptual underpinnings of workshop as part of an embedded, participatory, and replicable art-to-part curriculum developed with Neri Oxman. The presenter’s own research into areas including flexible form manufacturing, site malleable construction, building performance, and blended materials research will align the concept-to-completion workshop outcomes as logical extensions of an otherwise technologically-driven and application-based synthetic ecology.

Beginning/Ending Design, the ACSA100 issue of the Journal of Architectural Education  
Moderator: Ellen Grimes, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Panelists :   Sean Keller, Illinois Institute of Technology
                   David Salomon, Cornell University
                   Irene Sunwoo, Princeton University

A selection from some of the highlights of the most recent issues of the JAE. 

AASL | Digital Collaborations Within and Beyond the Design Academy: The Library Transformed
This panel will explore the ways new technologies are transforming how we collect, share, teach, and experience the creative and scholarly record of the built environment.  Our panelists include librarians and faculty members who are collaborating to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by ever-evolving technologies to expand the arenas of digital exploration and scholarship. From examination of the transformed experience of the library to preserving born digital content, to the creation of new research portals and tools for integrating collections in a shared curatorial environment, these presentations all demonstrate the exciting possibilities of collaboration with and beyond the design academy.

College of Distinguished Professions (DPACSA) Annual Meeting

Second annual ACSA College of Distinguished Professors Annual Meeting. The College was founded in 2010, and is composes of members of the Associations who are awarded the ACSA/AIA Topaz Medal Laureate and/or the ACSA Distinguished Professor Award. College membership is one of the highest honors the ACSA can bestow upon an educator.

Scientific Horizons: Energy, Materiality, Organization
Panelists: Dan Nocera, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
                 Chris Nagel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
                 Marc Kirschner, Harvard University

This session will offer a speculative platform to three prescient research scientists who are exploring energy, material property and biological systems. Each area of research seems radical from the current perspective, and as such perhaps offers a counterpoint to much current debate in architecture, especially as concerns environmental issues. Dan Nocera's work on photosynthesis suggests a radical alternative to current energy perspectives, suggesting that much of global energy needs can be met by artificial photosynthesis, using only water and sunlight: pilot projects are beginning in India. Chris Nagel's work on high temperature/pressure molten metal synthetic gas convertors suggests ultra low-carbon clean coal production, with prototype reactors in process; and his startling work on atomic ordered materials suggests dynamic and broad variability of base material property in the periodic table under influence of low levels of light (in other words, real-time variable material property). Marc Kirschner is a biological researcher gaining insight into the manner in which biological systems create variation via base genetic logics, which offers vivid insight into rule-based parametric generative systems. All three perspectives would seem to require new aptitudes are their insights to be absorbed and adopted.

Women's Leadership Council

The ACSA Women’s Leadership Council will gather to discuss women’s contributions to leadership in academic and professional settings, and share approaches for mentoring current and future female faculty members.  The session will include conversation with a distinguished leader who will contribute her or his perspective.  Graduate students, junior faculty, and colleagues who care about furthering opportunities for women and supporting their success are especially encouraged to attend.  The meeting will conclude with some break out time for impromptu mentoring.

AASL | New Frontiers in Research and Pedagogy: Collaborative Approaches in Architectural Education
This panel examines how faculty and librarians have collaborated to provide innovative tools and pedagogical approaches to developing research skills necessary to navigate an array of information formats in a context-driven and design-oriented environment. Papers include presentations on the design and development of a materials collection, a GIS instruction program tailored for Architecture students, and innovative classroom and embedded studio-based faculty/librarian collaborations exploring innovative approaches to the development of research and writing skills. Session organized by the Association of Architectural School Librarians (AASL).

DPACSA Chancellor’s Dialogue:
Speaker: Robert Geddes, Princeton University  
Chair of the Chancellor's Dialogue: Lance Jay Brown, City College of New York
Respondents: Adèle Naudé Santos, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
                       Stanford Anderson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
                       Donlyn Lyndon, University of California, Berkeley

This is the inaugural Chancellor’s Dialogue, presented by the ACSA College of Distinguished Professors (ACSA), with a discussion by Robert Geddes, DPACSA (1984 Topaz Laureate). Geddes studied at Yale University and received his architectural education at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He taught design at the University of Pennsylvania and he was appointed Dean of the School of Architecture, Princeton University, in 1965. In 1954 he was co-founder of the firm Geddes Brecher Qualls Cunningham, with offices in Princeton, NJ, and Philadelphia. His work has included a broad range of designs from small houses and playgrounds, to large public and institution buildings.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Virtual / Actual : Materializing the Digital
Panelists: Greg Lynn, FORM
                 Mark Goulthorpe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
                 Mark Burry, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

The session will focus on the work of several pioneering digital architects in their attempts to materialize their work in practice, and to reflect on the ease or difficulty of the transition from virtual to actual in conceptual, technical, material, legal, financial terms. After a decade of working through the latent potentials of CAD-CAM systems, which seem to require a quite thorough rethinking of extant fabrication protocols and frequently require innovative material logics, what lubricity and what resistance has been encountered? Have we yet seen digital latency actualized materially, or are architects still constrained by the relative inertia of pedagogy, praxis and the building industry to develop a new technological aptitude?

On the Advantages and Disadvantages of History for Architecture Schools Today

Moderator: Joan Ockman, University of Pennsylvania
Panelists: Tom Fisher, University of Minnesota
                 Mary McLeod, Columbia University
                 Alan Plattus, Yale University
                 Anthony Schuman, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Respondent: Rebecca Williamson, University of Cincinnati

What, in this future-projected, post-disciplinary, digital age, can architecture educators learn by looking back 100 years? 50 years? 300 years? What is the value of history in the architecture school curriculum today? And what is the value of reexamining the history of architecture education itself? The participants in this session, all contributors to the ACSA’s centennial book Architecture School: Three Centuries of Educating Architects in North America, just published by MIT Press, will weigh in on these questions from a variety of perspectives. 

Writing the Architecture Program Report: A Primer

This workshop is for anyone responsible for writing an Architecture Program Report for a 2012 or 2013 NAAB visit. This session will cover the basic outline of the APR, dates and deadlines for submitting it, top tips for writing and formatting the APR, and a review of the NAAB’s new web-based system for managing the submission, review, and transmission of APRs.

Design by Nature: How 3d Printing Adds Nature to Design  

Sponsored by Objet               
Speaker: Neri Oxman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Architect, designer and assistant professor of media arts and sciences at the MIT Media Lab will present on her work using Objet’s 3D printing technology to bring to life her chaise lounge design. In her design Neri aimed to combine the structural performance of a chaise lounge with a sensory experience while sitting or lying down. The entire piece was designed according to the prototyping capabilities of Objet’s CONNEX 500 3D printer. The chair’s features are a direct result of the printer’s mechanical and material properties along with Neri’s artistic vision. The elastic modulus of each printing material was incorporated into the structural calculations and the type of sensation to go with it as the body rests on the chaise. Please join Neri as she details more about her experience using Objet’s 3D printers to express her artistic view in combination with digital design and fabrication. 

Design, Value, and Risk: Relevance in Architectural Pedagogy
Moderator: Daniel Friedman, University of Washington
Panelists: Phil Bernstein, Yale University
                 Kiel Moe, Harvard University
                 Billie Faircloth, KieranTimberlake

Recent trends in architecture—sustainable design, digital fabrication, BIM—allege to strengthen the professional curriculum and better prepare students for careers in and around practice, and yet a new survey indicates that architecture graduates suffer the highest unemployment rates among all majors. Meanwhile, many experts and practitioners share concern that economic recovery will not restore the architecture jobs lost in the Great Recession. These and other indicators connect the efficacy of our curriculum to the future of the profession. This panel focuses on an assumption common in our pedagogy that cost/value analysis is antagonistic to design integrity, and that design is best served by the separation of process and risk. Panelists will explore the context and consequences of these assumptions and speculate on changing conditions for education and practice in the coming decade.

Avatars of the Urban: New Metro-Media
Moderators: Dana Cuff, University of California, Los Angeles 
                 Richard Sommer, University of Toronto
Panelists: Alexander Galloway, New York University
                 Eric Gordon, Emerson College
                 Laura Kurgan, Columbia University
                 Jesse Shapins, Harvard University

This panel responds to the widening gulf between ever-proliferating techniques for describing and analyzing the contemporary city and the failure of those analyses to engender new technologies for urban transformation and civic engagement. It is time that these methods were evaluated, both in terms of their utility in projecting the urban future and in terms of their capacity to address new and existing audiences with the necessary agency to help realize the futures they project.

WHERE ARE WE NOW:  ARCHIVE Looks at How Digital Probes Precipitated Contemporary Fields

Moderator: Maia Small, Thurlow Small Architecture
Panelists: Ashley Schafer, Ohio State University
                 Andrew Vrana, University of Houston
                 Brad Bell, University of Texas at Arlington
                 Michael Kubo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

In September 2000, Architecture ran a profile of The Computer School that suggested that there was a grand experiment in digital design developing at the Columbia University GSAPP, but also Penn, UCLA, and others.  While at the time the larger community of architectural academia expressed concern over its meaning or suggested lack thereof, now, more than ten years later, ARCHIVE, the exhibit celebrating contemporary architectural education, presents an opportunity to reflect on it effects. What did the "experiment" truly yield for architecture education? The profession? How has that experience translated into career trajectories, the expansion of critical practice, or its graduates' ways of thinking?

Within its exhibits, ARCHIVE emphasizes three topics currently evident in contemporary architectural education: Second Responder, humanitarian and global issues; Being Resourceful, sustainability and infrastructure; and The Beauty Pageant, experiments in the digital, fabrication, communication and building performance. This panel will discuss these and other aspects of contemporary architectural education and how they may have emerged from experiments in the 1990s.

Highlights from the 2011 NAAB Report on Accreditation

During this workshop, the NAAB will present the results of its annual analysis of the data submitted by architecture programs into the Annual Report Submission (ARS) System in the fall of 2011. In addition, the NAAB will review the results of all accreditation decisions made for the 2011 visit cycle and other significant activities during the year.

Engaged, Integrated, Edited, Evolving: Can Architecture Schools Lead the Profession into an Uncertain Future?

Moderator:  Judith Kinnard, Tulane University
Panelists: Mark Robbins, Syracuse University
                 Nader Tehrani, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
                 Donna Robertson, Illinois Institute of Technology
Respondent: James Cramer, Greenway Group
                Ted Landsmark, Boston Architectural College

Architecture schools face pressure from the profession and regulatory groups as well as from universities and parents. In the current environment, do the schools have the flexibility and the will they need to address the opportunities and demands within their specific institutional settings? Fifteen years after the Boyer Report called for greater unity between the practice and education, are we in an altered terrain? Three panelists will discuss their experience with institutional and professional change, followed by a respondent and audience discussion.

Bridging the Gap – Opportunities for ACSA

Panelists: Walter Wendler, Southern Illinois University
                 Norm Lach, Southern Illinois University
                 Mike Waldinger, AIA Illinois

The panel discussion will focus on bridging the gap between Community College Associate Degree Architectural Programs with Schools of Architecture. It will also feature how AIA Illinois is bridging the gap between Schools of Architecture and the Profession with programs such as AIAS students and Academic Directors on the Illinois Board, AIAS faculty awards, and academic paper symposiums at the AIA Illinois Annual Conference. AIA State and Chapter dues are waived for AIAS advisors and IDP coordinators at Schools of Architecture. The panel will focus on these and other issues that can provide ACSA with opportunities of bridging the gap between education and the profession.

A presentation of selected papers from the National Conference on the Beginning Design Student (NCBDS) 27, held at the University of Nebraska, College of Architecture 2011.  Selected papers will be presented exploring issues of beginning design, sustainable pedagogy, and other issues related to the conference, Beginning of/In the End.  A discussion on future conferences and how to host a conference will be held during the session. 

Ask the NAAB

This will be an open, scheduled time for program administrators, individual 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.