Other Opportunities

To list a conference or competition open for participation by architectural educators and students, please email Pascale Vonier at pvonier@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:

  • More locations. With study centers in more than 60 cities and 40 countries around the world, you can pinpoint the ideal location that inspires students and best suits curriculum.
  • Expert resident staff. Count on our team for top-quality academics and deep local knowledge that helps students maximize time abroad.
  • Complete logistical support. Thanks to gold-standard safety protocols and security measures, faculty are free to focus on what they do best – teaching. 

Visit www.ciee.org/custom or call 1-855-214-9559 to learn more or get started. 


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...


Call for Fellows: Design Guidelines for Neighborhood Retail

The Design Trust for Public Space, in partnership with New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), will award three fellowships for Design Guidelines for Neighborhood Retail in Architecture, Engineering and Graphic Design. More information...



From XIX century onwards the effervescence produced by technological development made itself clear in Western culture. The creation of new theories, devises, systems and artifacts, all of them illuminated by the light of Science, redefined collective imaginary, with a new perspective of society’s environment and reality. In this context, light –always present in Human Kind’s history–was theorized, manipulated and rethought as one of the main subjects of the formal discourse of western culture. Representations and social forms, along with its architecture and cities, were never the same again. Under the light of such ideas as progress, welfare, hygiene, security –sometimes used correctly, sometimes manipulated for the worse, but always present throughout modernity– architecture, city planning and design have played a decisive part in this development. This and other issues will be discussed in Bitácora’s next edition. More information...


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...


2015 City of Dreams Pavilion Competition Design Competition

FIGMENT has teamed with the Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) of the American Institute of Architects NY Chapter (AIANY) and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) to host a competition to design and construct an architectural pavilion on Governors Island, the City of Dreams Pavilion. The City of Dreams Pavilion will be a gathering place for people to meet, learn about the arts programs on the island, enjoy a performance or lecture, and experience the interaction of art and the historic context of Governors Island. Our theme for the pavilion, the City of Dreams, points toward the future. If we imagine a future New York City where anything is possible, what would it look like? In our wildest and most optimistic dreams, what is the future of the city? 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...


Creating_Making 2014: Call for Posters

The University of Oklahoma College Division of Architecture invite posters for it's Creating_Making 2014 Forum in Norman, Oklahoma November 5-7, 2014. More information...

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...


WAN Product Innovation Award

The WAN Product Innovation Award will celebrate the latest architectural and construction products that will enable the next generation of buildings to incorporate more intelligent functionality, leading to higher levels of efficiency and security. Entries are invited for the following categories: Energy efficiency, Façades, Building automation/control systems, Security (locks, fittings). More information...

WAN Mixed-Use Award

Mixed-use development has re-emerged lately as a solution for urban revitalisation and sustainability. The combination of commercial, residential, business and civic spaces not only maximises land usage, but also reinvigorates communities through creating a sense of place. Open to both realised and pipeline projects, the  WAN Mixed-Use Award champions designs that take these building types in new and exciting directions. More information...



Our design community demands proof that truly sustainable buildings meet the standard of both beauty and performance. This competition will promote greater understanding of design strategies through transparency, comparative operational data, and compelling lessons learned that reveal and inspire new materials, technologies, and design solutions. In order to nourish the design community, entrants are asked to reveal the direct impacts of their projects, share the tools developed along the way, engage in the redefinition of value, and illustrate challenges overcome during the process of design and construction. More information...


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...



Imminent deep changes in the way men organized and design the physical environment
demand to architects and to all the disciplines involved to adapt theoretical, methodological
and practical new knowledge in order to improve the quality of our environment. The three settings for research where the design based upon knowledge will be developed are:
The educative setting, the professional setting and the social setting, they will include works
where the relationships between critical theories, methods and practices are relevant for the
environmental dimensions of the human life.  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.