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

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2014 Architectural Association Visiting School: Pacific Highway One - Windscreens
13 to  24th of August 2014 / Seattle to Los Angeles

The Research Team of Cinematic Operations (RTCO) continues this year with photographic observations of the moving landscape documented through car windscreens.
The Pacific Coast Highway will be our dedicated line of travel. Through the use of still cameras we seek to understand the impact of speed on the interrelation of the individual understanding and general perception of the notion of space. The supposed control of passing time lends us the opportunities for a greater visual and con-textual analysis. The constant disappearance of memory will allow us to reflect on our lived reality through still images in relation of time, place and community. We will see the collection of images as an open-ended model of articulation and an attempt to reflect on the ever-changing conditions of existence. A fleet of zero emission cars will take us from motel to motel all the way between Olympia and Capistrano Beach. On the way we will have the opportunity to talk urbanists, photographers, artists and architects. Our aim is be to project our on-going work at an event in a drive-in cinema. More information... and here.


Formations Summer 2014

CCA's Architecture Division is pleased to announce Formations Summer 2014: a series of summer week-long workshops in August that are open to students, professionals, and members of the broader architectural community. Each project-based workshop will focus on a specific set of techniques: drawing, scripting, model-making, and digital fabrication.

100 Drawings (8/4-8/8/14) - 2d digital representation with Lian Eoyang of VIF Studio
100 Scripts (8/4-8/8/14) - Parametric design / Grasshopper with Adam Marcus of Variable Projects
100 Models (8/11-8/15/14) - Physical model-making with Megan Werner of ZDP Models
100 Prototypes (8/11-8/15/14) - Digital fabrication with Adam Marcus of Variable Projects

Each workshop is 1 week long, runs from Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm and will have access to studio space, computer labs, woodshops and fabrication labs. This is a great opportunity for students or professionals who would like some additional exposure to new techniques. More information...


Call for Entries: New York New Design - 2014 Subway Show

New York New Design solicits works of all scales and types – small, large, commercial, residential, public, private, interiors, historic preservation, engineering, landscape, and urban design – presenting the scope and quality of work being done by AIA New York Chapter members both at home and abroad. In addition to commissioned and built projects, we accept unbuilt competition entries, theoretical projects, and design research. This highly-visible exhibition – to be located in the two southern corridors of the West 4th Street subway station – will offer a snapshot of current practice and celebrate the Chapter’s diverse membership. More information...


2014 HALS Challenge: Documenting Landscapes of the New Deal

For the 2014 HALS Challenge, we invite you to document landscapes of the New Deal. People from every state are hereby challenged to complete at least one HALS short format history to document the landscapes created during the Great Depression. Many of these landscapes remain in all 50 states, but their history may go unnoticed. The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS, a companion program to HALS, and the sole surviving New Deal program) was created 80 years ago in 1933, the same year as the CCC! More information...


Cornell Journal of Architecture Call for Submissions

Issue 10 of the Cornell Journal of Architecture will collect a spectrum of specters from the phenomenal to the digital, and question the role and the possibility of the spirit in architecture today. Issue 10 of the Cornell Journal invites you contribute a ghost story, a haunted house, a virtual reality, or a distillation that engages the spirit’s complex and inevitable inhabitation of architecture. More information...


Shape the Future Competition

Shape the Future is joint collaboration between Metropolis and DuPont™ Corian® and open to architects, interior designers, industrial designers, and students. The competition asks participants to reimagine Corian® solid surface as a building and design resource, with the goal of innovating new, exciting uses for the time-tested material. Entries should envision how Corian® can be applied in the design of structures, environments, installations, furniture and objects to breathe life into typologies such as Healthcare, Workplace, Education, Retail, Residential, Hotels, Restaurants, Transportation, Institutional and Cultural. More information...


The NFRC 25th Anniversary Student Film Contest 

NFRC invites students to create short films that seek to answer the question, “why do windows matter?” All genres, styles and interpretations are welcome and creativity is encouraged! You may want to address the important role windows, doors, and skylights play in environmentally responsible construction, or you may simply want to explore the artistic significance of an opening in a wall. However you choose to tackle the question, we’re excited to see the result! More information...


Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award 2014 announced for Delhi 

The Alfred Herrhausen Society, the international forum of Deutsche Bank has announced the seventh Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award, which this year looks to recognise exemplary projects which are improving the quality of life and urban environment in the wider Delhi area. 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...


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...


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...


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.


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 Travelling Fellow

The Society of Architectural Historians is accepting applications for the 2014 
H. Allen Brooks Travelling 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...


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.