October 14-15, 2021 | Virtual Conference

2021 Administrators Conference



October 14th

Virtual Conference

October 15th

Virtual Conference


This year’s virtual administrators conference will have two core days — October 14 & 15 — as well as multiple supplemental sessions designed for current and future educational leaders. The conference will be a series of face-to-face online forums to collaborate, share ideas and discuss.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Administrators Conference

11:00am – 12:30pm EDT /
8:00am – 9:30am PDT

1.5 CEU Learning Unit

Opening Plenary
Meeting the Moment: The Need for a Racial Equity Lens in Architectural Education

Heather Hackman
Hackman Consulting Group

Opening Discussion: Prospects for Change in Architecture Education

Robert Gonzalez
University of New Mexico

Anne Bordeleau
University of Waterloo

Malo Hutson
University of Virginia

Francisco J. Rodriguez-Suarez
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Sharon Egretta Sutton
Parsons The New School for Design

Discussion Break (30-minutes)

1:00pm – 2:00pm EDT /
10:00am – 11:00am PDT

1 CEU Learning Unit

Prospects for External Relations
The session will focus on administrators working with stakeholders in different ways and for different purposes. This role is not just about getting contributions and jobs for graduates. It’s also about all the people that a school needs to work with every day.

Frederick Steiner
University of Pennsylvania

Nat Belcher
Curtin University

Reed Kroloff
Illinois Institute of Technology

Carla Jackson Bell
Tuskegee University

Christine Theodoropoulos
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Discussion Break (30-minutes)

2:30pm – 3:30pm EDT /
11:30am – 12:30pm PDT

1 CEU Learning Unit

Prospects for Relationships within the Institution
The session will focus on how architecture programs fit into the broader university as colleges, schools, and departments.

Mary Anne Akers
Morgan State University


Jason Chandler
Florida International University


Sedef Doganer
Wentworth Institute of Technology

Igor Marjanovic
Rice University

Discussion Break (30-minutes)

4:00pm – 5:00pm EDT /
1:00pm – 2:00pm PDT

1 CEU Learning Unit

Breakout I
Expanding Access to Architectural Education: Working with Community Colleges
Expanding access to architectural education and diversifying the profession are issues critical to our future. Join us for a panel discussion on four year universities working with community college architecture programs. This session will provide an overview on the “who, what, where and why” of community colleges and illustrate how to create successful transfer partnerships. This session is the first in a two-part series on working with community colleges.

Mark Pearson
College of DuPage

Lynne Dearborn
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Robert Gonzalez
University of New Mexico

David Rifkind
University of Florida

Michael Ryan
Anne Arundel Community College

Breakout II
Considering Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Prospects for Future Administrators
Leadership roles are changing in architecture programs for multiple reasons, from calls for increasing equity to shifting funding models for faculty and students. New administrative positions, academic structures, and co-curricular initiatives are creating different pathways into administrative roles. Join ACSA’s Leadership Committee in a panel session and discussion about how a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion is shifting the administrative landscape for future administrators.

Elgin Cleckley
University of Virginia

Edson Cabalfin 
Tulane University


Gabriel Diaz Montemayor
University of Arkansas

Catherine Hamel 
University of Calgary

Charlton Lewis
University of Texas at Austin

Friday, October 15, 2021

Administrators Conference

11:00am – 12:00pm EDT /
8:00am – 9:00am PDT

1 CEU Learning Unit

NAAB Accreditation: 2020 Conditions & Procedures
Join NAAB for a presentation on strategies for implementation of the 2020 Conditions followed by Q&A.  This session will focus on outcomes-based assessment framework, discussion of program and student criteria, and examples of evidence for compliance.  Engage with NAAB staff and Board members around accreditation topics that are of interest to you.

Marilys Nepomechie
NAAB President / Florida International University

Rebecca O’Neal Dagg
NAAB President-Elect / Auburn University


Barbara Sestak
NAAB Past President / Portland State University


David Hoffman
NAAB Director / LK Architecture, Inc.

Gretchen Frickx
NAAB Public Director / DePaul University

Tanya Tamarkin
NAAB Executive Director

Discussion Break (30-minutes)

12:30pm – 1:30pm EDT /
9:30am – 10:30am PDT

1 CEU Learning Unit

Developing your Program & Faculty: AIA Guides to Equitable Practice in Higher Education
With the successful production of the AIA Guides for Equitable Practice in Firms, a special edition focused on equity in architectural education in underway. Done in collaboration with the AIA and ACSA, the research entails new material through interviews and focus groups, referencing of the previous AIA Guides, use of ACSA data (i.e., Where are my people? series), interaction and feedback. The guide is to serve as a foundational document and reference for architecture schools. The document does not provide “best practices,” but rather, school administrators might use it to review and assess their internal practices, policies, and processes, as they relate to equity, with regard to faculty, students, and staff in architecture schools. Join us and share your feedback.

Peter Exley
2021 AIA President /
Architecture Is Fun


Renee Cheng
University of Washington

Discussion Break (30-minutes)

2:00pm – 3:00pm EDT /
11:00am – 12:00pm PDT

1 CEU Learning Unit

Student Engagement: Post-Pandemic Curveballs
The session will focus on ways to learn from the pandemic and improve student outcomes and address disparities facing students and prospective students.

Michaele Pride
University of New Mexico

Gabriel Diaz Montemayor
University of Arkansas

Michelle Rinehart
Georgia Institute of Technology

David Theodore
McGill University

Discussion Break (30-minutes)

3:30pm – 4:30pm EDT /
12:30pm – 1:30pm PDT

1 CEU Learning Unit

Closing Plenary: Curriculum Prospects
The session will begin with a presentation from each of the presenters about prospects for dramatic changes in curricula and the role of administrators in leading and facilitating this change.

Gail Dubrow
University of Minnesota


Aaron Betsky
Virginia Tech

Erin Moore
University of Oregon

Quilian Riano
Pratt Institute

Sarah Whiting
Harvard University

Michelle Sturges
Conferences Manager

Eric W. Ellis
Sr. Director of Operations and Programs