ACSA and the conference co-chairs invite paper session topics that will generate considerable discussion related to the conference theme, The Ethical Imperative. The questions below are suggestions for areas in which ethics and power are relevant.
What are the ethical challenges and dilemmas of design pedagogy?
What are the ethical challenges and dilemmas of architectural historiography?
What are the ethical challenges and dilemmas of teaching technique and technology?
What are the ethical challenges and dilemmas of design-build?
What are the ethical challenges and dilemmas of the digital media?
What are the ethical challenges and dilemmas of visualization and representation?
What are the unique ethical challenges and dilemmas of each building-type?
How do architects escape the label of being primarily arbiters of beauty, and return to the also serious work of leadership by addressing social justice, equity and promotion of diversity and intellectualism through the lens of design?
How much power does architecture have? How much should and can it have going forward?
All authors submitting topics must be faculty, students or staff at an ACSA member school, or become supporting ACSA members at the time of submission. If you are not an ACSA member, or if you are experiencing website access issues, contact ACSA directly (202.785.2324 or firstname.lastname@example.org) for assistance.
Authors of sessions topic proposals submit:
500-word (maximum) description of the session
Brief author biography that demonstrates the author’s expertise in the proposal’s area of focus
All topic proposals will undergo a review process. Conference co-chairs review the ratings and comments from the external reviewers, the proposals themselves, and the biography statement supplied by the proposal author. The selection process takes into consideration the merits of the session topic proposals—the subject, premise, and scope of the proposed session topics should be clearly stated—the expertise of the session topic authors, as well as the importance of organizing a diverse set of sessions for the Annual Meeting. The conference co-chairs will select from the proposed topics and develop additional topics to create a well-rounded call for papers. Decisions on proposals will be announced in Spring 2017.
The authors of the selected session topics will serve as topic chairs for their respective paper sessions. Working in collaboration with the conference co-chairs and ACSA staff, topic chairs are responsible for: maintaining a blind-review process for all submitted papers; enlisting reviewers; selecting final papers for presentation; and moderating their respective sessions during the Annual Meeting. It is ACSA policy that accepted topic chairs are required to register themselves for the 106th ACSA Annual Meeting.
Call for Papers
The Call for Papers will list the final session topics and will be announced in Early Summer 2017. All papers will undergo a full-paper blind peer-review process. Session topic chairs will take into consideration each paper’s relevance to the topic and the evaluation furnished by the three peer reviewers. Typically, each session will include three or four presentations, with time for discussion. All papers will be submitted through an online interface and must meet the general criteria identified in the Call for Papers and in the submission guidelines. Each author will be limited to one submission per session topic. All authors submitting papers must be faculty, students, or staff at an ACSA member school, or become supporting ACSA members at the time of paper submission. Authors whose papers have been accepted for presentation will be required to register for the 105th Annual Meeting.
Founded in 1912 by 10 charter members, ACSA is an international association of architecture schools preparing future architects, designers, and change agents. Our membership includes 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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