ACSA aims to create an inclusive, transparent, and impactful program that elevates and disseminates knowledge on pressing concerns in society through the agency of architecture and allied disciplines. Each year we identify a theme to serve as frame and inspiration.
With the concept of empowerment we invite our members to explore how, as architects and educators, we can help uplift disempowered communities, activate and connect with constituencies, and heal and sustain ecologies. We can do this by re-examining power relations within the academy and practice, eliminating barriers to entry into the profession, and disrupting systemic impediments to addressing social inequities. Architects and educators must be better equipped to provide leadership, advocacy and activism in realizing a higher quality of built space for all.