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

Call for Abstracts

Research Abstract Submission Deadline: April 27, 2022

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.

Online Submissions


Submission Requirements
  • Abstract (500-words max), Title (100-characters max) & Endnotes (optional: 250-word max)
  • Images: No more than 3 images (optional: jpg)
  • All abstracts must be prepared for anonymous review (remove author/contributor names and affiliation identification).
  • Submissions must report on recently completed work and cannot have been previously published or presented in public, except to a regional audience.
  • Submissions must be written in English.
  • An author may present no more than one paper at the conference.

Educators, Practitioners, Researchers and Students are all encouraged to submit. 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 an ACSA login, please create one online HERE. You may also request access by contacting ACSA directly at info@acsa-arch.org.

Presentation and Publication

Following the blind peer-review process, the conference co-chairs make final acceptance decisions. All authors will be notified of the status of their submission and will receive comments from their reviewers. Final acceptance of abstracts translates to presentation at the conference and inclusion in the Proceedings. Sessions will be composed of four to five accepted authors allowing for both scholarly and applied research to demonstrate impact. Accepted abstracts will be invited to expand on their research and submit a full paper, post-conference, to be included in the conference Proceedings.

Accepted abstracts will be invited to expand on their research, present at the virtual conference and submit a final full paper for publication. Full papers are to be 2500-4000 words with optional 1-5 images. Authors accepted to present at the conference will be required to complete a copyright transfer form and agree to present the research at the conference before it is published. It is ACSA policy that accepted authors must pay full conference registration in order to be included in the conference presentation and Proceedings.

Melanie De Cola
AIA, Manager, Architectural Research

Eric Wayne Ellis
ACSA, Senior Director of Operations and Programs