Call for Session Topics

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 Session Topics
Submission Deadline: 
March 5, 2014

The ACSA invites paper session topics related to this conference theme. Authors of session topic proposals should submit a 500 word (maximum) description of the session, suitable for blind review, and a brief author biography that demonstrates the author’s expertise in the proposal’s area of focus. As both provocation and guidance, we pose the following questions. 

Settlers at the Frontier
What are some specific examples of radical experiments in practice, teaching, and research? In these examples, what arguments maintain their status as architecture? 

Agents, Stakeholders, and Advocates
If we envision an expanded notion of stakeholders, agents, and advocates, what implications might this have for practices and schools? Are there specific models for changing the discipline’s relationships to clients, consultants, contractors, developers, and politicians? 

Markets and Audiences
Is architecture a product for the marketplace or a performance for an audience, and what might be architectures new audiences? 

Disciplines and Territories
Is the architectural discipline singular or plural? What is tangible about the architect’s expertise? To what degree can the architectural discipline intersect with other disciplines, without losing its integrity?

Pasts and Futures
How are historical narratives harnessed and co-opted for various academic and aesthetic effects and to what ends?  Is the recovery of the historical discipline reactionary or innovative? How might we better integrate history, theory, and research into practice and teaching?

Tools and Techniques
To what degree are the modalities of practice, teaching, and research defined by tools and techniques? What role has technology, in all its guises, played in the practice, teaching, and research of architecture?

Reassessing the Core
The very first design problems assigned in studio have always contained an implicit argument about the core discipline. From history and theory, to technology and design studio, what constitutes core knowledge, and how does pedagogy assert the singularity or multiplicity of architecture?


Session Topic Submission Requirements

All authors submitting topics must be faculty, student or staff at an ACSA member school or must contact ACSA directly (202.785.2324 or to receive website access for submission. Authors of session topic proposals submit a 500-word (maximum) description of the session, suitable for blind review (no identifying information within the text) and a brief author biography that demonstrates the author’s expertise in the proposal’s area of focus.

Session Topic Selection Process

Each session topic proposal is blind peer reviewed by a minimum of 2 external reviewers. Co-chairs review the ratings and comments from the external reviewers, the proposals themselves, and the biography statement supplied by the proposal author. The selection process takes into consideration the merits of the session topic proposals—the subject, premise, and scope of the proposed session topics should be clearly stated—the expertise of the session topic authors, as well as the importance of organizing a diverse set of sessions for the Annual Meeting. The conference co-chairs will select from the proposed topics and develop additional topics to create a well-rounded call for papers. Decisions on proposals will be announced in March 2014.

The authors of the session topics selected in the first stage will serve as topic chairs for their respective paper sessions. Working in collaboration with the conference co-chairs, the session topic chairs are responsible for maintaining a blind-review process for all papers submitted during the entire review process; enlisting three blind reviewers for each of the papers submitted to their session topic; recommending final papers for presentation; and moderating their respective sessions during the Annual Meeting. It is ACSA’s policy that accepted topic chairs are required to registration for the 103rd ACSA Annual Meeting before February 2015. 


Call for Papers

Submission Deadline: September, 17 2014

The Call for Papers will list the final session topics and will be announced in April 2014. All papers will undergo a full-paper blind peer-review process. Session topic chairs will take into consideration each paper’s relevance to the topic and the evaluation furnished by the three peer reviewers. Typically, each session will include three or four presentations, with time for discussion. All papers will be submitted through an online interface and must meet the general criteria identified in the Call for Papers and in the submission guidelines. Each author will be limited to one submission per session topic. All authors submitting papers must be faculty, students, or staff at ACSA member schools, or become supporting ACSA members at the time of paper submission. Authors whose papers have been accepted for presentation will be required to register for the 103rd Annual Meeting before February 2015.


 January 2014
     Call for Session Topic Announced
 March 5, 2014
   Session Topic Submission Deadline
 March 2014 
   Session Topic Selections
 April 2014
   Call for Papers Announced
 September 17, 2014
   Paper Submission Deadline
 September 2014
   Call for Project/Posters Announced
 November 2014
   Project/Poster Deadline



For questions please contact: 

Eric Wayne Ellis                                                   Angela DeGeorge
Director of Operations and Programs              Programs Coordinator                                
202.785.2324                                                       202.785.2324