CAll for Abstracts Building Technology Educators’ Society (BTES) Conference 2023.


It is with great enthusiasm that we invite everyone from ACSA to participate in the Building Technology Educators’ Society (BTES) Conference: Beyond the Artifact: Constructability, Complexity & Constraints co-organized by Dr. Giovanni Loreto, Associate Dean of Research at Kennesaw State University & Liz Martin-Malikian, CEO/Executive Director at The Cosanti Foundation. BTES 2023 is scheduled for June1-4, 2023 and the Call for Abstracts is due on October 31, 2022. 

The BTES 2023 Conference Committee seeks papers and projects on a broad range of topics that address the external forces advancing the work in our discipline, as well as the internal inventiveness driving our research and our pedagogies. Interpreting architecture as artifact is a matter of reading a building and its environment. To best comprehend the language of buildings, designers often consider form and material grammar in terms of assemblies, details, and systems. How a building reads depends on how all these elements are composed with the intent of being realized as a built object. Today, we are witnessing a reformulation of the grammar of materials leading to a more eco-sustainable syntax of construction and building structure through experimentation and innovation. Rather than seeing architecture from the ‘outside as object’ or built artifact, we need to instead understand the built realm as a form of production ‘from within’ to create a site of negotiation.

Meeting at 2-locations: Arcosanti and Cosanti, this gathering of minds will engage architecture in its role as a cultural agent and examine the way buildings establish and organize dynamic relationships not only between site, program, and material but also architecture and ecology. Attendees will experience both Cosanti and Arcosanti that were built by hand by more than 8000 students and volunteers who came from all over the world to participate in The Cosanti Foundation’s signature multi-week workshop program.

The submission portal with instructions will open on October 1, 2022. Further information regarding the Call for Submissions can be found on the conference website:

If you are interested in serving as a peer-reviewer, you will review up to 4-paper abstracts. Please email or