Call for Session Topics


Call for Session Topics


Shaping New Knowledges seeks session topics that explore particular ways in which the discipline of architecture produces new forms of knowledge and, in turn, how architecture is shaped by research and innovation outside the field.

Of immediate interest are proposals that address:

• Innovations in Practice
• Applied Research
• New Ecologies
• Social Activism
• Material Investigations
• Fabrication and Computation
• Healthy Buildings and Sustainable Communities
• Culture and History

Authors of session topic proposals should submit a 500 word (maximum) description of the session and a brief author biography that demonstrates the author’s expertise in the proposal’s area of focus. 

Session Topic Submission Requirements

All authors submitting topics must be faculty, students or staff at an ACSA member school, or become supporting ACSA members at the time of submission. If you are not an ACSA member, or if you are experiencing website access issues, contact ACSA directly (202.785.2324 or for assistance.  Authors of session topic proposals submit a 500-word (maximum) description of the session and a brief author biography that demonstrates the author’s expertise in the proposal’s area of focus.

Session Topic Selection Process

All topic proposals will undergo a review process. Conference 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 May 2015.

The authors of the selected session topics will serve as topic chairs for their respective paper sessions. Working in collaboration with the conference co-chairs and ACSA staff, topic chairs are responsible for: maintaining a blind-review process for all submitted papers; enlisting reviewers; selecting final papers for presentation; and moderating their respective sessions during the Annual Meeting. It is ACSA policy that accepted topic chairs are required to register themselves for the 104th ACSA Annual Meeting before February 2016. 

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers will list the final session topics and will be announced in May 2015. 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 an ACSA member school, 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 104th Annual Meeting before February 2016.



February 2015    Call for Session Topics Announced 
April 15, 2015 (extended)            Session Topic Submission Deadline 
June 2015    Session Topic Selections
June 2015    Call for Papers Announced
September 23, 2015   Paper Submission Deadline 
November 2015    Project/Poster Submission Deadline 



For questions please contact: 

Eric Wayne Ellis
Director of Operations and Programs


Monique Thomason
Programs Manager

        Allison Smith
Programs Coordinator

Shaping New Knowledges

March 17-19, 2016  |  Seattle, WA
Host School: University of Washington
Co-chairs: Robert Corser, University of Washington & Sharon Haar, University of Michigan