Call for Abstracts

Intersections Symposium: DESIGN and RESILIENCE
June 21-23, 2018  |  New York City
Co-Chairs: John Folan, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Carnegie Mellon University 
                  Julie Ju-Youn Kim, RA, AIA, Georgia Institute of Technology


The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) are pleased to announce a partnership dedicated to the INTERSECTION of Education, Research and Practice. Through a series of educational sessions at the 2018 AIA Conference in New York City, we will extend the conference discussions around Design and Resilience in a symposium through the categories of Technological, Social and Ecological Resilience.

To be considered for these sessions, the author planning to present their paper should prepare an abstract of up to 500 words with up to 3 supporting images for blind peer review. After this review, selected papers will be paired into specific topic sessions by the Co-Chairs and submitted to a second blind review by AIA. Selected sessions will be moderated by a leader in the profession whose own efforts bridge research and practice. While the content of the accepted authors’ papers will help structure the discussion, each of the moderators will drive the conversation with a series of provocations. Authors will each be allotted a predetermined amount of time to summarize content addressed in their papers. Moderators will then broker engagement of all participants and authors in discussion and diagramming. This will be documented and published in the 2018 Intersections Proceedings.

A limited number of abstracts will be selected and proposed for the INTERSECTIONS SYMPOSIUM to the AIA Conference committee. Selected authors will be notified and will submit a final paper, which must be original, unpublished material (60% new content). These papers will be published in the 2018 Intersections Proceedings. Prospective papers should address one of these topic areas:  

ModeratorBillie Faircloth, AIA, LEED, AP, BD+C, Director of Research and Partner, KieranTimberlake
How can technology aid our search for design and resilience? In what ways are we proposing innovative resilient design solutions via the integration of data, sensors, biomimicry, materials development and testing, structural innovations, energy modeling, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and virtual reality? Is there current research occurring in academic studios and labs that can impact professional practices? 

ModeratorMichael Murphy, CEO and President, Co-Founder, MASS Design Group
Communities around the world are struck with sudden shocks and disturbances due to social, political and environmental change. What does design and resilience mean for those who inhabit our built environment? How can design and construction impact educational outcomes? The spread of disease? Poverty? Policy? Security? How do we engage stakeholders in the design and resilience process?  

ModeratorSheila Kennedy & Shawna Meyer, Kennedy & Violich Architecture, Ltd.,
How do we design more resilient habitats? What theories, systems, materials, and/or processes are being explored that embrace these challenges and advance resiliency and sustainable use?  What new opportunities might present themselves as we innovate and explore solutions to these critical issues?  


Educators, practitioners, researchers and students are all encouraged to submit. Transdisciplinary, collaborative work spanning academia, research institutions, and practice is encouraged.



Please submit a 300-500 words abstract of your research and up to 3 images, along with...

  • How your project/research is innovative and relevant to AIA conference attendees
  • A list of learning objectives/outcomes 
If you are already an ACSA member, please log into the website to submit your abstract. If you are not an ACSA member or do not have ACSA credentials, please send an email to Eric Ellis,, to request access to the submission portal. 


May 2017 
Call for Abstracts
June 14, 2017
  Abstract Submission Deadline
September 2017
  Abstract Notifications 
February 2018
  Full-paper Submission
June 21-23, 2018 
  Intersection Symposium @ AIA Conference on Architecture 2018, New York City


For questions please contact: 

Eric Wayne Ellis
ACSA, Director of Operations and Programs        
      Nissa Dahlin-Brown, EdD, Assoc. AIA
AIA, Director of Academic Engagement


*Image Credit: 2017 Architecture Education | Collaborative Practice Award Winner, Dotte Agency
  Nils Gore, Shannon Criss, & Matthew Kleinmann, University of Kansas