Call for Abstracts

2015 ACSA Fall Conference: Between the Autonomous & Contingent Object
October 8-10, 2015 | Syracuse, NY
Host School: Syracuse University School of Architecture
Co-chairs: Roger Hubeli & Julie Larsen, Syracuse University


Submission Deadline: April 22, 2015

The 2015 Fall Conference co-chairs invite abstract submissions that address the range of topics related to ‘autonomy’ and ‘contingency’ in relation to the architectural object. Applicants submitting abstracts must specify which session they align with best and must choose a side for that particular session.  Each session will have two panelists ‘for’ and two ‘against’ the session topic. Abstracts may address architectural projects, practice, pedagogy, and research. The following session topics will be used in the distribution of abstracts:

1. Critical vs. Projective
2. Form vs. Per[form]ance
3. Representation vs. Pragmatics
4. Autonomy + Process vs. Force + Effect
5. Singularity vs. Multiplicities
6. Tectonic Expression vs. Figurative Form          

Submission Requirements

  • Abstracts & Projects must not exceed 500 words & 2-page PDF maximum.
  • All submissions must be prepared for anonymous review (remove names and affiliation identification).
  • An author can present no more than two papers/projects 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 papers or projects must be faculty, students, or staff at ACSA member schools, or become supporting ACSA members at the time of submission. Join ACSA.

    Peer-Review Process

    All abstracts and projects 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 submissions will be published in a digital Proceedings (with the option to print) and delivered in fifteen-minute presentations during their respective paper sessions at the conference.  

    Presentation + Publication

    Accepted authors will be required to prepare an article for publication (1,000 - 4,000 with up to 5 images), sign a copyright transfer agreement, and agree to present at the Fall Conference in Syracuse. Articles that are not presented in Syracuse will not be included in the proceedings. 

    It is ACSA policy that accepted authors must pay full conference registration in order to be included in the conference program and proceedings. 

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


    April 22, 2015   
    Abstract submission deadline
    June 2015 Accept/reject notifications sent to authors with reviewer comments 



    For questions please contact: 


    Eric Wayne Ellis
    Director of Operations and Programs      
    Angela DeGeorge 
    Programs Manager