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


Deadline: June 14, 2017

To be considered for these sessions, the author planning to present their paper should prepare an abstract of up to 500 words with up to 3 supporting images for blind peer review. After this review, selected papers will be paired into specific topic sessions by the Co-Chairs and submitted to a second blind review by AIA. Selected sessions will be moderated by a leader in the profession whose own efforts bridge research and practice. While the content of the accepted authors’ papers will help structure the discussion, each of the moderators will drive the conversation with a series of provocations. Authors will each be allotted a predetermined amount of time to summarize content addressed in their papers. Moderators will then broker engagement of all participants and authors in discussion and diagramming. This will be documented and published in the 2018 Intersections Proceedings.

A limited number of abstracts will be selected and proposed for the Intersections Symposium to the AIA Conference committee. Selected authors will be notified and will submit a final paper, which must be original, unpublished material (60% new content). These papers will be published in the 2018 Intersections Proceedings. Prospective papers should address one of these topic areas:

Technological Resilience


Billie Faircloth, AIA, LEED, AP, BD+C, Director of Research and Partner, KieranTimberlake

How can technology aid our search for design and resilience? In what ways are we proposing innovative resilient design solutions via the integration of data, sensors, biomimicry, materials development and testing, structural innovations, energy modeling, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and virtual reality? Is there current research occurring in academic studios and labs that can impact professional practices?

Social Resilience


Michael Murphy, CEO and President, Co-Founder, MASS Design Group

Communities around the world are struck with sudden shocks and disturbances due to social, political and environmental change. What does design and resilience mean for those who inhabit our built environment? How can design and construction impact educational outcomes? The spread of disease? Poverty? Policy? Security? How do we engage stakeholders in the design and resilience process?

Ecological Resilience


Sheila Kennedy & Shawna Meyer, Kennedy & Violich Architecture, Ltd.

How do we design more resilient habitats? What theories, systems, materials, and/or processes are being explored that embrace these challenges and advance resiliency and sustainable use?  What new opportunities might present themselves as we innovate and explore solutions to these critical issues?


Educators, practitioners, researchers and students are all encouraged to submit. Transdisciplinary, collaborative work spanning academia, research institutions, and practice is encouraged.

Submission Instructions

Please submit a 300-500 words abstract of your research and up to 3 images, along with…

  • How your project/research is innovative and relevant to AIA conference attendees
  • A list of learning objectives/outcomes

If you are already an ACSA member, please log into the website to submit your abstract. If you are not an ACSA member or do not have ACSA credentials, please send an email to Eric Ellis, eellis@acsa-arch.org, to request access to the submission portal.