Oct. 6 – 7, 2022 | Virtual Conference

2022 AIA/ACSA Intersections Research Conference: RESILIENT FUTURES

Fall Conference


April 27, 2022

Abstract Deadline

June 2022

Abstract Notification

Oct. 6 – 7, 2022

Virtual Conference



Gail Napell, Gensler
Stephen Mueller, Texas Tech University

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) are pleased to announce the third annual joint AIA/ACSA INTERSECTIONS Research Conference dedicated to the INTERSECTION of Education, Research and Practice. This 2-day virtual conference will include dynamic presentations of current research and keynotes and sessions offering new ideas, models for practice, and challenging our profession in addressing the critical issue of climate and resilience. The conference builds on the eight-year partnership between AIA and ACSA toward these objectives. The focus of the INTERSECTIONS programs is intended to strengthen the INTERSECTION between academia and design practice, especially when it comes to research and innovation, focused on resilience strategies.

Attendees will hear about new discoveries and innovations at all scales and gain an increased awareness of research happening in both academia and practice, which will inform their work and teaching. The conference will foster opportunities for new partnerships, explore interdisciplinary opportunities, find sources of funding and collaborations. It will be a chance for both established researchers as well as those looking to enhance their research capabilities, or update their knowledge, with keynotes, sessions, breakouts, workshops and networking events.


The acceleration of climate change and climate migration has created an unprecedented diversity of challenges that our built environment and communities must face in the coming decades. This acceleration is matched by a growing diversity of research and design efforts to counteract these challenges—both in academia and practice—centered around concepts of resiliency. This conference invites practitioners, scholars, and policy leaders engaged in shaping the future of resilience to identify challenges shaping the built environment, as well as the emerging tools, methods, practices designed to address the challenges ahead. We invite projects engaging all scales and domains of environmental, architectural, landscape, and urban design, including the design of resilient materials, environmental systems, assemblies, buildings, neighborhoods, cities, and ecosystems. We additionally invite contributions on the design of resilient research methods, engagement strategies, disciplinary metrics, and public policies.

For this conference, there will be 4 tracks focused on RESILIENT FUTURES. Respondents should identify one of these 4 tracks that most relate to their research while completing their abstract submission.

A resilient future includes multiple and diverse perspectives, actively empowering under-represented populations through inclusive processes that ensure equitable outcomes for all. Contributions to this track may address strategies to promote societal, economic, environmental, and racial equity & inclusion in the built environment and public realm.

A resilient future protects individual and community health while expanding the definition of design for health to include previously under-represented topics and issues. Contributions to this track may address efforts to redefine public health, mental health, inclusion, accessibility, and mobility to incorporate resilience.

A resilient future demands new models of engagement and decision-making capable of identifying and responding to shared challenges as they arise. Contributions to this track may address trajectories for the design of robust community engagement strategies, public policies, and management strategies for building resilient teams, practices, financial and insurance mechanisms, codes, laws, and projects.

A resilient future forges new forms of partnership, enlisting new technologies and collaborators beyond the confines of disciplinary endeavors. Contributions to this track may address interdisciplinary, interspecies, and/or transhuman collaborations in the production of new resilient tools, materials, methods, workflows, and partnerships.


For reference, the AIA’s Fundamentals of Resilient & Climate Adaptive Design (AIA pdf link) are copied below:

Buildings and communities are subjected to destructive forces from natural and human-caused hazards. The forces affecting the built environment are evolving with climate change, environmental degradation, population growth, and migration. Apply these eight design principles to reduce harm and property damage, adapt to evolving conditions, and more readily, effectively, and efficiently recover from adverse events.

Melanie De Cola
AIA, Manager, Architectural Research

Eric Wayne Ellis
ACSA, Senior Director of Operations and Programs