ACSA invites project submissions under the following 8 thematic session topics + additional open sessions. Authors may submit only one project per topic. The same project may not be submitted to multiple topics. Projects should be submitted in relation to one of the following topic areas:
Architecture in an Expanded Field, from Interiors to Landscapes
Topic Chair: Kevin Moore, Auburn University
Scholarship and design-based investigations situated at the architectural scale often slip toward the space of the room or the expanse of the site. Indeed some of the most often studied projects of recent years operate within this larger field of space making. This topic seeks to provide a home for work beyond the precise scale of the building.
Topic Chair: Shane Williamson, University of Toronto
Climate change has led to an elevated interest in the sustainability and behaviors of buildings, particularly related to energy usage. In addition, lighting, acoustical responsiveness and structural stability are increasingly at the foreground of public interest.
Design Research in the Studio Context
Topic Chair: Scott Lawrence, University of Idaho
The studio is the traditional core of the architecture school. The 1996 Boyer Report on architectural education described it as the “holy of holies” of architectural education: “these studios scruffy though they may be are models for creative learning that others on campus might well think about.” Since the Boyer report was written design has become a hot trans-disciplinary phenomenon, putting the architecture studio in an enviable position relative to our peers in the academy. This topic might include research done on the design studio or research done in the design studio.
Topic Chair: Il Kim, Auburn University
Scholarship on historic architects, settings, periods and themes occurs in a variety of research modalities. In addition ideas of design epistemology are often reflected in essays falling under this broad rubric.
Topic Chair: Matt Shea, University of Colorado Denver
As the planet’s population grows it becomes increasingly imperative that housing effectively provide appropriate shelter with reduced means. Housing research varies from historic and emerging typologies to urban and social concerns to evolving family types, all set in a global arena of cultural confluences. Research and design projects in all these areas are encouraged.
Topic Chair: Erik Sommerfeld, University of Colorado Denver
In recent years the convergence of new manufacturing processes and new materials has led to a proliferation of material studies with spatial, economic and societal implications. In addition, traditional materials and their methods of fabrication continue to hold interest for researchers and offer new information to the construction industry.
Topic Chair: Kevin Hirth, University of Colorado Denver
Theories and practices of media and representation, ranging from historic drawing techniques to contemporary digital modalities, are critical to the production of architectural ideas. Scholars and designers often focus their inquiries on this key link in the design process.
Topic Chair: Jennifer Bonner, Harvard University
Designers and scholars study and engage the differences between private and public, individual and societal spaces, incorporating buildings and public space in a variety of scales and densities within an increasingly global context. Two well-developed research trajectories are smart growth and new urbanism, and we solicit posters from our members working in these areas. In addition, we are seeking proposals that redefine architecture, urban design, city planning, and life in the cyber-age, in unexpected terms. We recognize that positions taken today may be located on the periphery of the architectural discourse but are poised to make a significant impact tomorrow.
Topic Chair: Georgia Lindsay, University of Colorado Boulder
Submission will accommodate promising research posters that do not fall into any of above areas.
All authors submitting projects must be faculty or staff at an ACSA member schools; Individual Members; Student Members or become supporting ACSA members at the time of paper submission.
Authors are required to submit:
A poster (20” x 30” portrait orientation, PDF only)
Abstracts and posters must be formatted for blind peer review (no names or affiliations).
Accepted authors will be notified in early 2018 and will be included, for presentation, at the ACSA 106th Annual Meeting: The Ethical Imperative conference in Denver, CO. Authors whose projects have been accepted for presentation are required to register for the Annual Meeting.
Presentation and Publication
Accepted authors will be required to complete a copyright transfer form and agree to present the project at the Annual Meeting before it is published in the Proceedings. It is ACSA policy that accepted authors must pay full conference registration for the Annual Meeting in order to be included in the conference presentation and Proceedings.
Each session will have a moderator, normally the topic chair(s). Session moderators will notify authors in advance of session guidelines as well as the general expectations for the session. Moderators reserve the right to withhold a project from the program if the author has refused to comply with those guidelines. Failure to comply with the conference deadlines or with a moderator’s request for materials in advance may result in an author being dropped from the program, even though his or her name may appear in the program book. In the event of insufficient participation regarding a particular session topic, the conference co-chairs reserve the right to revise the conference schedule accordingly.
Founded in 1912 by 10 charter members, ACSA is an international association of architecture schools preparing future architects, designers, and change agents. Our full members include all of the accredited professional degree programs in the United States and Canada, as well as international schools and 2- and 4-year programs. Together ACSA schools represent some 7,000 faculty educating more than 40,000 students.
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