June 21-23, 2018  |  New York City

2018 Intersections Symposium


During the 2018 AIA Conference on Architecture


May 2017

Call for Abstracts

June 14, 2017

Abstract Submission Deadline

September 2017

Abstract Notifications

February 2018

Full-paper Submission

Conference Co-chairs:

John Folan,
AIA, LEED AP BD+C Carnegie Mellon University

Julie Ju-Youn Kim,
RA, AIA, Georgia Institute of Technology

Conference Overview

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) are pleased to announce a partnership dedicated to the INTERSECTION of Education, Research and Practice. Through a series of educational sessions at the 2018 AIA Conference in New York City, we will extend the conference discussions around Design and Resilience in a symposium through the categories of Technological, Social and Ecological Resilience.

*HSW Continuing Education Credit

Design for Social Impact and Resilience: Intersections Symposium


Alan Ricks
MASS Design Group


Michelle Laboy
Northeaster University

Whitney Moon
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee


Friday, June 22, 2018



MASS Design’s Michael Murphy will facilitate an interactive discussion of two projects presented by two architects, which provide very different examples of addressing social resilience and design in communities. Brief presentations and handouts will allow the audience to engage in the conversation. Social resilience addresses changes resulting from environmental, social or political stresses and it engages stakeholders in the process. Learn how resilient design can help communities and add to your firm’s knowledge base and reputation.

Innovative solutions to social issues in the built environment were the result of these two projects from architects, Whitney Moon and Michelle Laboy. Students at the Univ. of Wisconsin explored pneumatic technology, mobility, sociability, and environmental responsibility and designed, prototyped, and fabricated a nomadic inflatable structure in answer to community need. Our second project in Boston focused on urban resilience for the homeowner by addressing the existing urban fabric of repetitive, residential buildings that architects have historically neither designed nor studied. Through a data-model developed from publicly available information, an online tool was created to simulate comfort, energy use, response to natural hazards, etc. It is available to the public and will improve the resilience of individuals and their communities.

Technological Resilience & Design: Intersections Symposium


Billie Faircloth,
AIA, KieranTimberlake


Vera Parlac,
University of Calgary

Cordula Roser Gray,
AIA, Tulane University


Friday, June 22, 2018



Enhance your knowledge of ways you can use technology to advance your design solutions by developing your knowledge of prototyping, biomimicry, and the use of public data to inform projects. All will differentiate your practice and address public health, safety and welfare.

Noted architect, Billie Faircloth, AIA, Kieran Timberlake, will lead an interactive discussion of two projects presented by two architects, Cordula Roser Gray, AIA, Tulane School of Architecture, and Vera Parlac, University of Calgary. Brief presentations and handouts will allow the audience to engage in the conversation as they learn how technology can aid innovative solutions through the use of data, sensors, materials, biomimicry, modeling, structural innovations and more. The projects address design issues, while engaging citizens and other stakeholders, and showcases cutting edge research in adaptive building systems, material sciences, environmental, urban ecology, adaptation and embedded technologies, particularly as they relate to climate change, resiliency and sustainability.

DataField (shown below), developed in New Orleans, post-Katrina, addresses strategies for resilient communities that face challenges and opportunities to live with water. These strategies include urban hydrology management, citizen-engaged science, visualization strategies, data and sensors, and urban prototyping. Our second example (above) comes from the results of several senior research studios focused on material technologies, kinetics, synthetic biology and robotics in architectural systems and how technology can empower architecture to connect spaces, users and environment as one path to resilience. New construction materials and methods will be showcased along with benefits of research and technology in designing for the future.

Resilience, Performance, Prototyping, Fabrication: Intersections Symposium


Shawna Meyer
Kennedy & Violich Architecture, Ltd.


Julie Larsen
Assoc. AIA, Syracuse University

Sandy Stannard
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo


Friday, June 22, 2018


10:30am – 11:30am

See how NATURE can inform design and produce resilient structures that please the senses and save the planet. Noted architect, Sheila Kennedy, FAIA, Kennedy & Volich, will facilitate an interactive discussion of two projects presented by two architects, Julie Larsen (Syracuse University) and Sandra Stannard (California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obsipo). Brief presentations and handouts will allow the audience to engage in the conversation. These projects address ecological design and resilience through infrastructure, materials, fabrication, building performance, aesthetics, parametric tools, etc. Rhizolith Island (Columbia, South America), developed by architects, engineers, a concrete manufacturer, government and NGOs, combined innovative design strategies with advanced R&D concrete mixes and fabrication techniques. The resulting concrete modules encase mangrove seedlings, while concrete fins below water create new ecological habitats (won AIA NY Design Merit Award and nominated for 2018 German Design Award). Over time, the concrete elements break apart and mature mangroves control flooding and re- establish their habitat. The second research project presents student research using parametric design tools, multi-modal methods, and performative material systems as part of a larger design challenge. In each example, “performance” went beyond the basics, informed design, and identified an environmental necessity (need for water, need for cleaner air…) based on the project situation.

Questions? Please Contact:

Eric W. Ellis
ACSA, Director of Operations and Programs

Nissa Dahlin-Brown EdD, Assoc. AIA
AIA, Director of Academic Engagement


*Image Credit: 2017 Architecture Education | Collaborative Practice Award Winner, Dotte Agency
Nils Gore, Shannon Criss, & Matthew Kleinmann, University of Kansas