Call for Abstracts

2014 Fall Conference | WORKING OUT: thinking while building
October 16-18, 2014 | Halifax, NS
Host School: Dalhousie University
Co-chairs: Ted Cavanagh, Dalhousie University; Ursula Hartig, Technical University of Berlin & Sergio Palleroni, Portland State University

Submission site is CLOSED


Submission Deadline EXTENDED: April 28, 2014
The 2014 Fall Conference co-chairs invite abstract submissions for papers and presentations that address the range of topics related to the potential of design/build. Collaboration across disciplines (for example collaborations between architecture, environmental studies, landscape architecture, urban design, engineering, and other co-authored works) is strongly encouraged.  The following topic areas are suggestive and not exclusive: (1) Theory (2) Practice (3) Education


All abstracts will undergo a blind peer-review process. The conference co-chairs will take into consideration the evaluations furnished by the peer-reviewers and render final acceptance decisions. Selection is based on innovation, clarity, contribution to the discipline of architecture, and relevance to the topic.

Accepted abstracts will be published in a digital Proceedings with a printable option and delivered in fifteen-minute presentations during their respective paper sessions at the conference. 


    • Paper abstracts must not exceed 500 words.
    • All abstracts must be prepared for anonymous review (remove names and affiliation identification).
    • An author can present no more than two papers at the Fall Conference.
    • Submissions must report on recently completed work, and cannot have been previously published or presented in public, except to a regional audience.
    • Submissions must be written in English. 
    • All authors submitting projects or papers must be faculty, students, or staff at ACSA member schools, or become supporting ACSA members at the time of submission. Join ACSA.

It is ACSA policy that accepted authors must pay full conference registration for the 2014 ACSA Fall Conference in order to be included in the conference presentation and Proceedings. 


The deadline for submitting an abstract to the Fall Conference is EXTENDED to April 28, 2014. Authors will submit abstracts through the ACSA online interface. When submitting your abstract, you will be guided through the following steps:

    1. Log in with your ACSA username and password. Forgot Password?
    2. Select the Session Topic for your submission.
    3. Enter the title of your abstract.
    4. Enter (copy/paste) your abstract.
    5. Add additional authors for your paper, if any.
      * Omit all author names from the abstract and any other identifying information to maintain an anonymous review process.
    6. Click Submit to finalize your submission. Note: Your paper is not submitted unless you click the Submit button and receive an automatic email confirmation.



Accepted authors will be required to complete a full-paper, copyright transfer form and agree to present the paper at the Fall Conference before it is published in the Proceedings. Full papers (1) should be formatted to the ACSA Proceedings Template (2) should be no longer than 4,000 words, excluding the abstract and endnotes (3) should use endnotes or a reference list in the paper; footnotes should NOT be included (4) should contain no more than five images.

It is ACSA policy that accepted authors must pay full conference registration for the 2014 ACSA Fall Conference in order to be included in the conference presentation and Proceedings. 

Each session will have a moderator. 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.

In the event of insufficient participation regarding a particular session topic, the conference co-chairs reserve the right to revise the conference schedule accordingly.

In addition, given the nature of WORKING OUT, we will experiment with a presentation format in which selected projects will undergo a public review much like a “crit” with several well-respected design/build practitioners acting as critics.



February 2014

Submission site opens
April 28, 2014 EXTENDED   Submission DEADLINE
July 2014  Accept/reject notifications sent to authors with reviewer comments. 
July - September 2014 Accepted paper abstract authors prepare full papers for publication
October 1, 2014 Final papers due
October 16-18, 2014    
WORKING OUT, Fall Conference in Halifax, NS


For questions please contact: 

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