Other Opportunities

To list a conference or competition open for participation by architectural educators and students, please email Kevin Mitchell at kmitchell@acsa-arch.org. 



CIEE Faculty and Custom Programs

As the leader in international education, CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange is uniquely qualified to help you and your institution provide students with rigorous, culturally rich, and safe study abroad programs that add relevant international components to curriculum.

Our experienced Faculty and Custom Programs team will help you create a custom Architecture and Design program that meets your academic requirements and offers a fully immersive experience for your students. We can create a program for any length of time, including short-term, summer, semester, and academic year. What’s more, by partnering with CIEE you have access to:

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Breaking New Ground: Designing Affordable Housing for the Coachella Valley Workforce

Breaking New Ground is an international design and ideas competition addressing the urgent affordable housing needs of farmworker and service worker families in the Coachella Valley. Efforts to improve living conditions suffer from a lack of funding and coordination. The competition seeks to address this by harnessing the power of design to envision new precedents, mechanisms, and policies for affordable housing implementation and development, with implications for California and the nation. Registration opens October, 2014.  More information...


Sukkah City STL 2014: Between Absence and Presence

SUKKAH CITY STL is an innovative art and design competition presented by St. Louis Hillel and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. The competition proposes a re-imagination of the sukkah, an ancient, temporary structure used by nomads and harvesters, and to suggest dynamic possibilities for traditional construction constraints with forward-thinking design and sustainability.  More information...


WAN Transport in Architecture Award: Moving Transportation Forward 

Intelligently planned transportation systems and hubs form a vital component of the modern city’s infrastructure. Not only do they enable the wheels of commerce to operate effectively by enhancing movement and access, they can also advance social mobility and reinvigorate civic spaces. More information...


WAN Urban Design Award: Making Cities Slicker

The WAN Urban Design Award is now open! We invite you to enter for both Completed Projects: finished on or after January 01 2011 and Future projects: Unbuilt/design-only projects. All sizes and budgets welcome. More information...


WAN House of the Year Award: Distinction in Domicile Designs 

Throughout 2013, the standard, quality and imagination of designs for homes have once again proved exceptional. Architects from across the globe have continued to embrace new techniques, materials and holistic sustainability in their work. To celebrate our longest running and most popular category, the WAN House of the Year Award champions the most ambitious and inspiring of these projects – sponsored once again by the Danish design icon VOLA. More information...


SAH International Travel Grants

The Society of Architectural Historians is accepting applications for the 2015 SAH International Travel Grant Program. Generously funded by a grant from the Getty Foundation, the program provides funding to scholars from countries that have traditionally been underrepresented at the SAH Annual Conference to attend the 2015 conference in Chicago. The aim of the new program is to bring international academics, museum professionals and heritage conservationists to the SAH conference and to help them build upon their international professional networks. More information...


Edilia and François-Auguste de Montêquin Fellowship

This fellowship is intended to support the research of junior scholars (usually scholars engaged in doctoral dissertation research) annually, and senior scholars (scholars who have completed their Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree) every other year in even-numbered years - 2014, 2016, 2018, etc. The research to be supported must focus on Spanish, Portuguese, or Ibero-American architecture, including colonial architecture produced by the Spaniards in the Philippines and what is today the United States. You must be a current member of SAH. More information...


Design Competition:  
Vision42design Proposal for a River-To-River, Auto-Free Light Rail Boulevard for 42nd Street in New York City

This international competition aims to rethink and redesign one of the most iconic streets in the world—42nd street in Midtown Manhattan. Remaking this dense live/work transportation corridor into a more livable space 24/7 will transform New York City at its core and become a model for major urban thoroughfares worldwide. The aim of this competition is to increase interest in and gain support for the vision42 initiative for a river-to-river auto-free light rail boulevard on 42nd Street. The competition is intended to encourage architects, planners, and urban designers from around the world to develop creative proposals for remaking this important but noisy, traffic-clogged street into an enhanced, world-class pedestrian environment and public space that is served by a high-quality, low-floor, modern surface light rail tram. More information...


LOVE is Divine:The 2014 Barbara G. Laurie NOMA Student Design Competition 

NOMA is issuing a challenge to design a Youth Based Facility that will "fundamentally change lives': The design requires entrants to generate a redevelopment plan that incorporates historic preservation, adaptive reuse, and sustainability metrics and values encouraged through SEED, all while maintaining the current vision for the city of Philadelphia.

Known as the "City of Brotherly Love" and the "City of Neighborhoods", Philadelphia is proud to boast countless neighborhoods within numerous enclaves - each one having it's own unique and distinctive qualities. North Philly is the neighborhood immediately north of the Center City (the central business district). In the early 18th century, as Philadelphia prominently grew in importance and population, then pastoral North Philadelphia became an attractive alternative to the burgeoning city and was developed as a suburb for the wea lthy Philadelphian. As the industrial age peaked in America, North Philadelphia gradually transformed into a working man's town. Years later a combination of the Great Depression, outsourcing, and "white flight" would take their toll on North Philadelphia in a fashion similar to other major US cities of the mid to late 20th century, if not in a more pronounced fashion. For more information, deadlines and requirements, see the pdf.


GDN Next Horizons Essay Contest 2014: How would you reinvent foreign aid? 

The Global Development Network (GDN) in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announces an international essay contest.  The contest invites essays on the future of development assistance.  The primary objective of the contest is to invite fresh thinking related to the future of aid that can inform the ongoing discourse on development assistance and to make this thinking available to policymakers and key stakeholders. Up to 20 winning entries will be chosen, and receive $20,000 each.  An independent panel will make the final selections of the best and most potentially consequential submissions, based on criteria defined. Select winning ideas may be promoted by GDN and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. More information...


City Labs Workshop: SocInfo 2014 Call for Papers
Barcelona, November 2014 

This workshop aims to bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss and explore the research challenges and opportunities in applying the pervasive and social computing paradigm to understand cities. We are seeking multidisciplinary contributions that reveal interesting aspects about urban life and exploit the digital traces to create novel citizen-centric applications that benefit not only citizens, but also urban planners and policy makers. We believe this topic will attract researchers from communities ranging for computational science, to social science and urban design. More info...

10/01/2014 - Submission Deadline

NCBDS 2015
National Conference on the Beginning Design Student

Conference Theme: 'Engaging Media'  |  February 26-28, 2015

Design emerges from the alignment of concept with matter, the merging of material with immaterial, and the definition of formal and spatial values through physical means.  Throughout history, design has been shaped by the continual transformation of society, culture, technology, and ways of making.  This intrinsic relationship a shifting terrain of variant influences-- illustrates the extent to which design education is inherently tied to innovation.

Expanding an awareness of the critical role of media and innovation in design education is most influential at the beginning. NCBDS2015 seeks to reveal how contemporary media are used to advance the canon of design education as well as its pedagogy, communication, technique and instruction.  The conference seeks to identify and investigate the means, methods, and materials that guide beginning design education across the design disciplines.  It will engage a discourse that considers historical and current methodologies, cross-disciplinary influences, and proposals that anticipate future media, materialities, technologies, and methods of making. The theme attempts to expand the role of media in the broadest sense, while investigating specificities relative to its impact on the design disciplines. 

NCBDS2015 is particularly interested in pedagogies that blur the boundaries of design to provoke innovative interdisciplinary potentialities.  The conference solicits papers, as well as exhibitions, installations, films, performances, workshops, and visual presentations. Topical sessions will be framed through history, pedagogy, and curriculum.  Submissions should relate to the education of the beginning design student in authentic, innovative, and insightful ways. NCBDS2015 invites participation from all design disciplines including, but not limited to, architecture, interior architecture, interior design, industrial design, graphic design, fashion design, the fine arts, performance, and the humanities.

NCBDS 2015 invites worldwide participation from all design disciplines including, but not limited to, architecture, interior architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, industrial design, graphic design, fashion design, fine arts, performance, and the humanities.  In an effort to engage various levels of beginning design scholarship at the conference, we invite five types of submissions:

In 2015, the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Houston--the fourth largest and most diverse city in the United States—will serve as the venue for NCBDS.  The College offers a platform of integrated disciplines—architecture, space architecture, interior architecture, and industrial design—from which to negotiate the complexities of contemporary design practice.  Its collaborative, interdisciplinary structure supports an inclusive environment for the conference—a forum in which to engage the agency of media in beginning design education across the disciplines.

Conference Chairs: Meg Jackson, Gregory Marinic, Lannis Kirkland

Information and Submissions: www.beginningdesign2015.org
NCBDS Website: www.beginningdesign.org 

The National Conference on the Beginning Design Student (NCBDS) is a US-based, national peer review scholarly gathering dedicated to the study and practice of beginning design education. Celebrating 31 years at the 2015 conference, the NCBDS has provided a forum for design educators to present papers and projects and hold discussions related to introductory design issues.


2015 Latrobe Prize: Architectural Resiliency

The AIA College of Fellows’ mission is to support the Institute and advance the profession of architecture. Toward that end, the College seeks to encourage research that broadens the perspective and scope of architecture to include cross-disciplinary fields and expertise through its biennial competition: the Latrobe Prize. Research proposals for the Latrobe Prize may include, but are not limited to, building materials and delivery systems, digital design, computer simulation and modeling, energy, eco-design, or integrated design-construction practices and processes. More information...


H. Allen Brooks Traveling Fellow

The Society of Architectural Historians is accepting applications for the 2014 H. Allen Brooks Traveling Fellowship. The prestigious fellowship of $50,000 will allow a recent graduate or emerging scholar to study by travel for one year. The fellowship is not for the purpose of doing research for an advanced degree. Instead, it is intended to allow the recipient to see and experience architecture and landscapes firsthand, to think about his/her profession deeply, and to acquire knowledge useful for his/her future work and contribution to society. More information...


Nelson Mandela Memorial Design Competition

The goal of the Nelson Mandela Memorial Design Competition is to elicit the most creative and exceptional designs for this significant public memorial project. We envision a memorial that will support the education and inspiration of our youth, initiating the kind of dialogue and activism that will ensure Nelson Mandela’s legacy continues to drive positive change. More info...


HABS-SAH Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship

The Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship, a joint program of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) and the National Park Service's Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), permits an architectural historian to work on a 12-week HABS project during the summer. The Fellow will prepare a written history to become part of the permanent HABS collection focusing on either a specific nationally-significant building/site, or a broader architectural history topic that will inform future HABS documentation. The Fellow will be selected by a jury of two SAH members and one HABS representative. The Fellow will be stationed in the field working in conjunction with a HABS measured drawings team, or in the HABS Washington, D.C. office. More information...


Charles E. Peterson Fellowship of the Buildings of the United States and the Athenaeum of Philadelphia

In a joint program with the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, the Society of Architectural Historians is pleased to offer an annual fellowship that will support the participation of a graduate student in the research and writing for a volume in the Buildings of the United States (BUS) series and/or SAH Archipedia, the Society’s online architectural resource. This fellowship was established in 2008 in honor of Charles E. Peterson, FAIA, founder of the Historic American Buildings Survey. The recipient will research some aspect of American architecture prior to 1860, which he/she may choose from a list of topics provided by authors of forthcoming BUS books. The prize will be presented at the Society's annual conference in April and will be announced in the SAH Newsletter following the conference. More information...


eVolo 2015 Skyscraper Competition

eVolo Magazine is pleased to invite architects, students, engineers, designers, and artists from around the globe to take part in the eVolo 2015 Skyscraper Competition. Established in 2006, the annual Skyscraper Competition is one of the world’s most prestigious awards for high-rise architecture. It recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the implementation of novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution. It is a forum that examines the relationship between the skyscraper and the natural world, the skyscraper and the community, and the skyscraper and the city. More information...



Member Publications



The Art of City Sketching
By Michael Abrams

The Art of City Sketching: A Field Manual aims to help students in architecture, and related design fields, to systematically think through drawing, and to envision sketching as a tool for storytelling. The inspiration for this book originated from my teaching experience as a field sketching instructor, there I realized that through the act of drawing, students can discover, analyze, and comprehend the built environment.

The book guides readers through the laborious and often complex sketching process, using a number of historic places and major buildings from Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and various European cities as subject matter. This field manual applies a specific theme in each chapter that will allow readers to develop their conceptual drawing skills, envision drawing as a communication tool, and illustrate and analyze the built environment. Each chapter incorporates samples, short exercises and projects with drawing tips, step-by-step demonstrations, and composition sketching techniques (dos and don’ts).

The Art of City Sketching helps readers document and analyze the built environment through a gradual sequential framework. The book is divided into three parts, based on the reader’s skill level: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.