June 6-8, 2019 | Las Vegas, NV

2019 Intersections Symposium

BOTTOM-UP SOCIAL CHANGE: Materials | Buildings | Community


July 2018

Call for Abstracts

August 8, 2018

Abstract Submission Site Opens

Sept. 26, 2018

Abstract Submission Deadline

Nov. 2018

Abstract Notifications

Conference Co-chairs:

Elizabeth Golden, University of Washington
Joshua Vermillion, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Symposium 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 2019 AIA Conference in Las Vegas, we will feature exemplary research projects which address issues related to our Symposium theme:  BOTTOM-UP SOCIAL CHANGE: Materials | Buildings | Community. Join us at the 2019 AIA Conference on Architecture. *HSW Continuing Education Credit

Community Connections: Inclusive Strategies for Urban Infrastructure

Bryan Bell
Design Corps


Sergio Palleroni
Portland State University

Courtney Crosson
University of Arizona


Saturday, June 8, 2019



For long-lasting impact on our environment and cities, architects are called on to see the bigger picture beyond singular buildings.

Bryan Bell, co-editor of Public Interest Design, will moderate a discussion beginning with water and transportation infrastructure projects in Tucson and Sacramento. Join us to explore smart strategies that make use of seemingly mundane systems to increase community well-being and resiliency.

Together, we’ll debunk myths about infrastructure projects as massive, expensive, top-down endeavors via case studies of socially engaging public infrastructure projects that create healthier, more resilient, inclusive communities.

Beyond the Building: Social Change Through Community Engagement

Dan Maginn
Dake Wells


Tadd Heidgerken
University of Detroit Mercy

Emilie Taylor Welty
Tulane University

Hans Herrmann
Mississippi State University


Saturday, June 8, 2019



A shifting economic and climatic landscape has left many properties abandoned and neighborhoods neglected. Successful community projects spearheaded by architects can rally communities to rebuild and restore their cities and towns.

Architect and podcaster for DWELL magazine, Dan Maginn, FAIA, will moderate this session to inspire architects everywhere to engage the power of collaborative design for positive change. Hear about successful projects in New Orleans, Mississippi, and Detroit that demonstrate how collaboration with local partners improved communities while developing new business opportunities.

You’ll acquire insights into successful reuse, community engagement strategies, and sustainable practices that can lead to lasting community resiliency.

Shaping Urban Development: Housing Strategies at Diverse Scales

Katie Swenson
Enterprise Community Partners


Richard Mohler
University of Washington

Sharon Haar
University of Michigan

Elizabeth Timme


Saturday, June 8, 2019


3:00pm – 4:30pm

Can design really effect social change? What role can architects play in addressing the demand for affordable housing and community needs?

Via research projects and case studies, Katie Swenson with Enterprise Community Partners, will moderate this interactive session on urban development and housing. From Los Angeles to Detroit, you’ll discover innovative ways to address environmental and economic issues related to housing equity.

Learn how to deploy cutting-edge design strategies to incorporate sustainability on a larger scale. Plus, acquire guidance to engage policymakers to improve quality of life of city dwellers at all income levels.

Eric W. Ellis
ACSA, Director of Operations and Programs

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

Image Credit: Cultural Construction, John Folan, Carnegie Mellon University & Urban Design Build Studio
2018 ACSA Collaborative Practice Award Winner