March 14-16, 2024 | Vancouver, BC

112th Annual Meeting

DISRUPTERS ON THE EDGE

June 14, 2023

Abstract Deadline

August 2023

Author Notification

October 11, 2023

Full Submission Deadline

December 2023

Presenter Notification

March 14-16, 2024

ACSA112 Annual

Conference Overview

The ACSA Annual Meeting convenes educators, practitioners, and students from around the world to share research and explore the past and future of architecture, design, and allied disciplines. The 112th Annual Meeting will provide multiple opportunities for scholarly exchange in Vancouver, BC March 14-16, 2024. 

Theme

DISRUPTERS ON THE EDGE

As we reach the end of the first quarter of the 21st century, we find ourselves well past the point of debating climate crisis, social inequity, resource scarcity, decolonization, and fair access to housing and health care. Architects and designers must rise to the task of addressing these urgencies. With the world’s population over 8 billion and heading towards 10 billion in the next few decades, it is imperative that we challenge the status quo to find effective solutions. As we look ahead to the next 25 years, we must ask ourselves, how have disruptors inspired us to address these urgencies with renewed purpose? What can outliers and the traditionally marginalized teach us about breaking away from customary approaches? And most importantly, how can we (re)organize our efforts and ourselves to implement more effective action in the next quarter century?

Conference Organization

ACSA Annual Meeting supports the needs of architecture faculty and enhance architectural education and research. ACSA aims to create an inclusive, transparent, and impactful program that elevates, addresses, and disseminates knowledge on pressing concerns in society through the agency of architecture and allied disciplines.

The ACSA112 Annual Meeting Committee, has combined representation of ACSA members, the ACSA board and ACSA staff. The ACSA112 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.

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.

  • Mo Zell, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Germane Barnes, University of Miami
  • Blair Satterfield, University of British Columbia
Reviews 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.

  • Mo Zell, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Cathi Ho Schar, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Perry Pei-Ju Yang, Georgia Tech
  • Kentaro Tsubaki, Tulane University
  • Suzanne Lettieri, Cornell University
  • Hans Herrmann, Mississippi State University
  • Alberto de Salvatierra, University of Calgary
  • Hala Barakat, University of Idaho
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

Design

Digital Technology

Ecology

Health

History, Theory, Criticism

Pedagogy

Practice

Society + Community

Urbanism

Keynotes

Opening Keynote

2024 TAU SIGMA DELTA GOLD MEDAL

Brooks + Scarpa

Brooks + Scarpa is a collective of architects, designers and creative thinkers dedicated to enhancing the human experience. Angela Brooks, FAIA, Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA, and Jeffrey Huber, FAIA, ASLA are principals. Honored with the Smithsonian Cooper- Hewitt National Design Award, the firm is a multi-disciplinary practice that includes architecture, landscape architecture, planning, environmental design, materials research, graphic, furniture and interior design services that produces innovative, sustainable iconic buildings and urban environments.

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Awarded the State of California and National American Institute of Architecture Firm Award for more than two decades of consistently exemplary work seamlessly blending architecture, art and craft, Brooks + Scarpa has also garnered international acclaim for the creative use of materials in unique and unexpected ways. The firm has also been recognized for pioneering more holistic approaches to delivering award winning environmentally responsive designs.

While the Brooks + Scarpa team practices architecture with an extremely rigorous and exacting methodology, incorporating cross-discipline research and digital technologies, we remain open-minded, so that our work can adapt throughout the dynamic process of making places for people. Each project is designed to address our client’s needs, budget and specific site conditions incorporating important global issues such as sustainability and digital fabrication.

+ Visit Brooks + Scarpa’s website

+ Read the Press Release

AWARDS CEREMONY

TOPAZ MEDALLION

Please join us in celebrating your peers’ achievements and distinguished work. Each year the ACSA honors architectural educators for exemplary work in areas such as building design, community collaborations, scholarship, and service. The award-winning professors and projects inspire and challenge students, contribute to the profession’s knowledge base, and extend their work beyond the borders of academy into practice and the public sector. This Plenary will include a presentations by the Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, FAIA, as the 2024 winner of the AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education.

ELIZABETH PLATER-ZYBERK
CLOSING KEYNOTE

Leadership on the Edge

KIMBERLY DOWDELL

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Kimberly has devoted her entire professional career to laying the foundations for architects to create positive social change on a local, national and global scale. She has built bridges connecting diverse pillars of our society, from architectural firms and their clients to professional organizations, commercial developers, government agencies and academia. As a skilled relationship-builder, she fosters a more collaborative and inclusive approach to architecture, paving the way for a brighter future for all.

Kimberly’s impact reaches far beyond HOK’s clients and partners, as she frequently speaks at conferences and events and mentors emerging leaders within the firm and throughout the industry. She co-chairs HOK’s Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) and co-founded HOK Impact, the firm’s social responsibility arm.

Kimberly’s expertise and leadership have earned her recognition and appointments from several prominent organizations. She currently serves as the 2024 President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). She previously served on the board of directors of the Architects Foundation, the philanthropic partner of the AIA. She also sits on the board of the Chicago Central Area Committee (CCAC), which works to shape the city’s growth, equity and quality of place. Kimberly is also a board member of the Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB), and Ingenuity Chicago, which increases access to quality arts education for all Chicago Public School students.

Kimberly is the past president of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) and a member of the National Organization of Minority Architects Council (NOMAC), the organization’s highest level of recognition. She is a past AIA Young Architects Award recipient and was recognized for her activism efforts by Architectural Record’s Women in Architecture Awards program.

Kimberly co-founded Social Economic Environmental Design, an organization that promotes sustainable development in 2005. She has been honored as a “40 Under 40” in Crain’s Chicago Business and Crain’s Detroit Business and delivered the 19th Annual Dunlop Lecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She was elected by her fellow alumni to serve on the board of trustees at Cornell University in 2022.

MO ZELL

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Mo Zell is the interim dean of the College of the Arts and Architecture at UWM, principal of the design firm, bauenstudio and President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). She created a number of programs at UWM including the SARUP externship, SUPERjury, the UWM SARUP Mobile Design Box, and Women in Design Milwaukee.

Work of bauenstudio has been recognized with several design awards including a Boston Society of Architecture (BSA) Honor Award, a Boston Society of Landscape Architecture (BSLA) Merit Award and an Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Faculty Design Award. Bauenstudio was featured in Architecture Record as an emerging practice to watch. Mo has presented her design research and teaching scholarship in conferences and lectures across the United States, Europe, and Latin America and has been PI or co-PI on several grants including a National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) grant.

She has degrees from University of Virginia and Yale.

Mo recently completed the second edition to her book, The Architectural Drawing Course. The new edition includes projects related to installation and the process of building at full scale. Many of the projects from her innovative studio partnership with the Chipstone Foundation can be found in the revised version. The first edition sold 40,000 copies worldwide between 2008 and 2016.

Conference Partners

Michelle Sturges
Conferences Manager
202-785-2324
msturges@acsa-arch.org

Eric W. Ellis
Sr. Director of Operations and Programs
202-785-2324
eellis@acsa-arch.org