June 15 – 19, 2020

ACSA108 Virtual Conference



May 6, 2020

Deadline for San Diego Refund &
Presenter Confirmation Deadline

June 8, 2020

Registration Deadline

June 15 – 19, 2020

ACSA108 Virtual Conference


For Actionable Spatial Practice and Research

A joint event between Asociación de Instituciones de Enseñanza de la Arquitectura (ASINEA) & the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).

The US/Mexico border is home to unique spatial practices and resources, locally grounded but geographically distributed along its 1,954-mile length. This workshop provides a rare opportunity to condense this distributed content by convening a diversity of spatial practitioners, researchers, and educators in one virtual space, in order to outline challenges and opportunities specific to the border context, to forge new partnerships, and develop shared knowledge and resources.    Workshop participation is free, but does require you to complete this online sign-up. Deadline to sign-up is June 8, 2020.

WORKSHOP Schedule & Video Recordings


Opening + Introductions    1:00pm-2:00pm ET

Border Research                  2:00pm-3:00pm ET

Border Research discussion of methodological challenges, barriers to spatial research in the borderland, identification of cross-boundary research initiatives and resources.

Leaders: Ersela Kripa & Stephen Mueller, Texas Tech University

Border Pedagogies             3:30pm-4:30pm ET

Border Pedagogies identify experimental regional pedagogies and possible institutional partnerships.

Leaders: Pablo Hernández Quiñones, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Jim Williamson, Texas Tech University, Dora Epstein Jones, Texas Tech University, & Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, Woodbury University

Border Imaginaries           4:30pm-5:30pm ET

Border Imaginaries identify common narratives, counter-narratives, and miscommunications of borderland spatial practices, challenges and opportunities for clearer communication within the region and beyond.

Leaders: Cesar Adrian Lopez, University of California, Berkeley & Nathan Friedman, Universidad Iberoamericana

FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2020

Trading Borders                  1:00pm-2:00pm ET

Trading Borders catalog capacities and nascent shifts in regional manufacturing, trades, tools and techniques, and speculate on productive and mutually-supportive alliances.

Leaders: Kathy Velikov, University of Michigan, Geoffrey Thün, University of Michigan, & Marcelo López-Dinardi, Texas A&M

Borderless                             2:00pm-3:00pm ET

Borderless identify needs and experiences of spatial practitioners working on border issues remotely.

Leaders: Paola Aguirre, Art Institute of Chicago & Nélida Astrid Escobedo Ruíz, Tecnológico de Monterrey

Borderlines                          3:30pm-4:30pm

Borderlines adopt mechanisms for the support and promotion of border-positive projects, and structures for advocacy against exploitative practices.

Leaders: Denise Luna, Iberoamericana Tijuana & Alex Santander, TIOC Think Tank, with response from Rene Peralta, University of Oklahoma

Wrap-up / Social Hour      4:30pm-5:30pm

Conference Sponsors

Allison Smith
Programs Manager

Eric W. Ellis
Senior Director of Operations and Programs