Call for Sessions

Intersections Between the Academy and Practice: 
May 18, 2016 | Philadelphia, PA

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) are pleased to announce a partnership dedicated to the integration of education, research and practice of technologies at the 2016 AIA Convention in Philadelphia. This conference will focus on TECHNOLOGIES; specifically innovative technologies and unknown areas that will revolutionize the built environment. We invite practitioners and researchers to share their investigations on impactful technologies, ideas in testing stage, or profound mechanisms that have the potential to reform the design and building industry.




Proposals for 60-minute presentation sessions will be accepted for the following topics: 

  • Innovative Building Technologies
    That enable buildings to become self-aware and continuously anticipate and adapt to changes.
  • Innovative Design Technologies
    That will minimize their life-cycle cost while meeting their objective functions.
  • Innovative Design and Delivery Technologies
    That will increase efficiency and revolutionize the industry business model.
  • Open

Educators, practitioners, researchers and students are all encouraged to submit. Accepted session proposals will receive complimentary registration for, up to 3, presenters to the 2016 AIA National Convention and the Intersections Symposium.



August 2015
Call for Sessions Proposals Announced
September 11, 2015
  Session Proposal DEADLINE
October 2015
May 18, 2016

Intersections | Technologies Symposium
@ the 2016 AIA National Convention, Philadelphia


Submission Requirements

  • Title: session presentation title, no more than 75 characters. Copy/paste or typed into submission site.
  • Abstract: no more than 300 words describing your presentation session proposal. Copy/paste or typed into submission site.
    • Learning Objectives, a total of 4 measurable results that will be presented in the proposed session (active verbs: create, apply, analyze, compare, evaluate..). Include in the Abstract copy/paste submission field.
  • Speakers: names, affiliations and contact information of no more than 3 individuals. Each added individually into the submission site.
  • Speaker Bio’s: experience and qualifications on the subject matter, no more than 100 words for each speaker. Copy/paste or typed into submission site.

The 2016 Intersections Symposium is open for submissions to any professional, faculty, graduate and doctoral students. 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 create an online ACSA Personal Profile -or- send an email to or to request credentials for the 2016 Intersections Symposium.



For questions please contact: 
Eric Wayne Ellis
Director of Operations and Programs        
      Monique Thomason
Programs Manager
Allison Smith
Programs Coordinator
Image Credit: 2015 ACSA Creative Achievement Award Winner, POSSIBLE MEDIUMS PROJECT | Adam Fure, University of Michigan; Kelly Bair, University of Illinois at Chicago; Kristy Balliet, The Ohio State University; & Kyle James Miller, Syracuse University