Call for Papers

The Expanding Periphery and the Migrating Center
March 19-21, 2015  |  Toronto, Ontario
Host Schools: Ryerson UniversityUniversity of Toronto, & University of Waterloo
Co-chairs: David Ruy, Pratt Institute & Lola Sheppard, University of Waterloo

----------------------------------------- Call for Papers Is Now Closed -----------------------------------------

ACSA invites paper submissions under the following 21 thematic session topics plus an additional open category. Authors may submit only one paper per session topic. The same paper may not be submitted to multiple topics.

ACSA 103 Call for Papers

  • Architecture’s Complexity Complex
  • Architecture’s Experimental Turn: Models, Prototypes and Testbeds
  • Are We Still Learning From...?
  • Beyond Patronage
  • Beyond Relationism
  • Beyond the Fringe: Reconsidering Architectural Citizenship
  • Coded Environments: Expanding the agency of big data
  • Design Agency by Engaging Industry
  • Disciplines and Territories: Disciplinary Centrism
  • Fictional Frontiers and Speculations on the Real
  • From Tectonic to Technique: Adventures in Architecture's Ontologies
  • How do we define architectural research today?
  • On the Use and Disuse of History for Architecture
  • Performative Architecture: Entangling new audiences
  • Resource Territories
  • Territorial Form
  • The Articulate Object
  • The Environment Schism
  • The Problem.
  • Way Beyond Bigness
  • What If? Alternative, Speculative and Counterfactual Architectural Histories
  • Open

Submission Requirements

All authors submitting papers must be faculty or staff at an ACSA member schools; Individual Members; Student Members or become supporting ACSA members at the time of paper submission. Join ACSA.

Authors may submit only one paper per session topic. The same paper may not be submitted to multiple topics. An author can present no more than two papers at the Annual Meeting. Papers must report on recently completed work, and papers cannot have been previously published or presented in public except to a regional audience.

Paper formatting requirements: 

  • Papers should be no longer than 4,000 words, excluding the abstract and endnotes.
  • No more than 5 images may be used in the paper. Images (low resolution) and captions should be embedded in the paper.
  • Omit all author names from the paper and any other identifying information to maintain an anonymous review process. 
  • Papers must be written in English.
  • Do not include an abstract in the paper file. 
  • Use endnotes or a reference list in the paper. Footnotes should NOT be included. 
  • Upload your paper in Word, RTF, or PDF formats.

Submission Process

The deadline for submitting a paper to a session for the Annual Meeting is September 17, 2014. Authors will submit papers through the ACSA online interface. When submitting your paper, you will be guided with the Web interface, through the following steps. 

1. Log in with your ACSA username and password. 
2. Click the “Submit Now” button on the conference webpage. 
3. Enter the title of your paper. 
4. Select the appropriate Session Topic for your submission. 
5. Copy/paste your abstract into the text box (no more than 500 words).
6. Add additional authors for your paper, if any. 
7. Upload your paper in Word, RTF, or PDF formats. See above for full paper requirements. 
8. Click “Complete this Submission” to finalize your submission. Note: Your paper is not submitted unless you click the Submit button and receive an automatic email confirmation.   

All submissions will be reviewed carefully by at least three reviewers. The session topic chairs make official acceptance. Selection is based on innovation, clarity, contribution to the discipline of architecture, and relevance to the session topic. All authors will be notified of the status of their paper and will receive comments from their reviewers. 

Paper Presentation

Accepted authors will be required to complete a copyright transfer form and agree to present the paper at the Annual Meeting. It is ACSA policy that accepted authors must pay full conference registration for the Annual Meeting in order to be included in the conference program and proceedings.

Each session will have a moderator, normally the topic chair(s). Session moderators will notify authors in advance of session guidelines as well as the general expectations for the session. Moderators reserve the right to withhold a paper from the program if the author has refused to comply with those guidelines. Failure to comply with the conference deadlines or with a moderator’s request for materials in advance may result in an author being dropped from the program, even though his or her name may appear in the program book. In the event of insufficient participation regarding a particular session topic, the conference co-chairs reserve the right to revise the conference schedule accordingly.



      Call for Papers announced
   Paper submission site opens
 September 17
   Paper submission deadline
   Accept/Reject notifications sent to authors w/ comments
 December 10
   Final revised papers + copyright forms due 
 February 4, 2015    Conference registration deadline for paper presenters

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Angela DeGeorge
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Eric Wayne Ellis
Director of Operations and Programs