March 12-14, 2020 | San Diego, CA

108th ACSA Annual Meeting

OPEN: Reinvented Annual Meeting


June 5, 2019

Paper/Project Submission Deadline

September 25, 2019

Call for Special Sessions Deadline

December 2019

Presenters Notified

January 2019

Registration deadline for presenters

Conference Overview

Reinvented Annual Meeting

ACSA is restructuring the Annual Meeting and implementing changes that better support the needs of architecture faculty and enhance architectural education and research. With these updates, ACSA aims to create a more inclusive, transparent, and impactful event that elevates, addresses, and disseminates knowledge on pressing concerns in society through the agency of architecture and allied disciplines.

The proposed changes are intended to meet the following goals:

  1. Broaden Participation
  2. Strengthen Community + Improve Engagement
  3. Increase Value + Relevance
  4. Enhance Transparency + Improved Quality
  5. Offer More Inclusive Conference Leadership

ACSA has created an Annual Meeting Committee, with combined representation of ACSA members, the ACSA board and ACSA staff. The new conference leadership is intended to increase transparency and inclusivity while keeping in mind effectiveness and maintaining rigor. The committee’s primary deliverable is the peer-reviewed content, along with themed sessions.

Following are the 2020 108th ACSA Annual Meeting Committee members:

Steering Committee

Responsible for the non-peer reviewed content of the conference, including a theme that guides identification of plenary talks and invited panel sessions. The committee will also curate workshops, local engagement and other conference activities.

  • Rashida Ng, Temple University
  • Antje Steinmuller, California College of the Arts
  • Ersela Kripa, Texas Tech University
Review Committee
Responsible for overseeing the peer-review process, which includes matching reviewer’s expertise with that of the submission, as well as designating sessions and moderators. Sessions will be composed of both papers and projects, when possible, allowing for scholarly and applied research to mutually demonstrate impact and inform one another.
  • Rashida Ng, Temple University
  • Lynne Dearborn, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Marcella Del Signore, New York Institute of Technology
  • Corey Griffin, Pennsylvania State University
  • John Quale, University of New Mexico
  • Shawn Rickenbacker, City College of New York
  • Saundra Weddle, Drury University
  • Nichole Wiedemann, University of Texas at Austin
Organizing Committee

Responsible for the logistics of the conference as well as for liaison with the local community.

  • Michael Monti, ACSA
  • Eric Ellis, ACSA
  • Allison Smith, ACSA

Annual Meeting Topics

The Annual Meeting Committee will maintain topics year to year in order to address the diversity of our members scholarly, creative and pedagogic interests. This consistent and we hope inclusive list of topics will also ensure an annual venue for all members to submit to an ACSA conference.

Building Science & Technology


Digital Technology



History, Theory, Criticism



Society + Community


Allison Smith
Programs Manager

Eric W. Ellis
Director of Operations and Programs