Call to Action


LESS TALK | MORE ACTION: Conscious Shifts in Architectural Education
2019 Fall Conference 
September 13-15, 2019  |  Stanford, California
Host SchoolStanford Architecture & Yale School of Architecture
Chairs  Amy Larimer, Stanford Architecture
Sunil Bald, Yale School of Architecture 
Co-chairs     John Barton, Stanford Architecture
Deborah Berke, Yale School of Architecture
Drew Krafcik, Stanford Architecture
Diana Lin, Stanford Architecture


Submission Deadline: April 10, 2019

The 2019 ACSA Fall Conference, “Less Talk | More Action,” is predicated on the urgent need and collective responsibility to consciously shift architectural education. Whether the drivers are global demands, human comforts, professional evolutions, student wishes, or simply a better and more humane pedagogy, architecture begins with education and our practices necessitate transformation. We must refocus on why and how we teach…and then take meaningful action.

This year’s call is divided into three sections, each with varying modes of presentation intended to diversify, engage, and expand the conference platform: THE WHY, THE HOW and THE NOW. Each section invites papers, discussion sessions and experiential actions that speak to the area of focus. Traditional papers* will be blind peer reviewed and presented. Discussion sessions* will also be peer reviewed, and may include papers/presentations in which the presenter leads a collective conversation with tangible outcomes intended. Action* will be experiential and may occur on or off the conference site. This hopeful invitation reflects a desire to illuminate practices, experiences, service, teachings, learnings, and inquiries along a broad and diverse continuum.

Submissions are requested under history, pedagogy, student preparation or other topics that engage the need for equality, growth, compassion, creativity, and evolution in architectural education.

Submissions may include historical precedents, studies of change underway, or actions taken in adjacent fields that may be of informative value.

Submissions are invited that provide tangible opportunities to actively change, NOW. These may include model classes, experimental approaches, activism, service learning or other methods to move us forward.

This Call to Action represents a need to be more real with our platforms, our students and our selves. We believe skilled transparency leads to more fruitful, meaningful communication and genuine relationships and experiences.

We invite those interested in submitting to this call to risk a more vulnerable, unvarnished perspective. While we respect the precise, the cerebral, and the detail-oriented nature of architecture…we equally celebrate the unfinished, the felt, and the process rich expressions of education and the profession.

To these ends, please experiment, explore and risk with your submissions. Be focused and clear, avoid jargon, and speak to a larger audience. Do not intend to read your paper at the conference: instead prepare talks, discussions and experiences that are as inspiring as they are topical. When submitting, please include a specific statement of how you intend to engage the conference attendees. We truly look forward to an exciting and collaborative experience of co-evolving architectural education.

April 10, 2019                         Call to Action – Submission Deadline 
June 2019                                Abstract Notification 
September 13-15, 2019          ACSA Fall Conference – LESS TALK | MORE ACTION
October 16, 2019                    Final Full-paper Deadline for Proceedings Publication

The 2019 ACSA Fall Conference is open for submissions to any professional and faculty worldwide. If you are already an ACSA member, please log into the website and complete your submission. If you are not an ACSA member or do not have ACSA credentials, please send an email to or to request credentials for the 2019 Fall Conference.

MODE OF PRESENTATION: Authors may submit one paper/project per mode; the same paper/project may not be submitted under multiple modes. Authors may present no more than two papers/projects at this conference.


TITLE: Paper/Project Title.

ABSTRACT: Abstracts must not exceed 500 words, include no more than 5 images, be written in English, and prepared for anonymous review (remove author/contributor names and affiliation identification).

SPATIAL/ENVIRONMENTAL REQUESTS: Authors must indicate any environmental needs for presentation or engagement (i.e. “The intended action requires a large, flat outdoor space.”)

EQUIPMENT OR MATERIAL REQUESTS: Authors must indicate any equipment needs for presentation or engagement (i.e. “The experience requires a DJ booth with dimensions and equipment as specified below.”)

INTENDED MODE OF ENGAGEMENT: Authors must describe intended engagement with the audience (i.e. “The paper topic will be “taught” in the method of the pedagogy being shared.”) No paper, session, or experience should be delivered as the author reading their paper aloud with accompanying slides.

Less Talk | More Action   


Eric Wayne Ellis
Director of Operations & Programs
       Allison Smith
Programs Manager