The Research & Scholarship Committee leads ACSA’s efforts to support faculty in scholarly endeavors. The committee monitors and assesses ACSA programs involving peer review and recognition, and recommends actions to advocate for support for architectural research and scholarship.
Advancing Scholarship on Equity and Justice in Built Environments. The Research and Scholarship Committee is charged with assessing scholarly work in the discipline on the intersection of social equity and justice in built environments. The committee will collect data on scholarly activity, identify case studies, and consult experts in the field to create a report and recommend strategies by which ACSA can support future research and creative practice.
Survey of ACSA faculty and schools identifying existing interests, activities, partners;
Online discussion to share results/solicit feedback
Develop three to four case studies of relevant scholarship conducted at ACSA schools that follows up on current status, assesses impacts.
Second online discussion to share results/solicit feedback.
■ Case Studies: lessons learned
■ Expert Interviews: advice received
■ Expanding ACSA’s partners and sponsors
Final report on all findings.
Summary of Previous Relevant Work
The report on Research and Scholarship for Promotion, Tenure, and Reappointments in Schools of Architecture (2017) was designed to be a comprehensive document on policies for tenure and promotion that member programs can use as a reference point for the development of their own tenure policies, based on local conditions. The document addressed multiple forms of scholarship, including the scholarship of design, the scholarship of engagement, and evaluating faculty practice projects.
ACSA’s White Paper on Architectural Education Research and STEM (2018) examined the role of STEM in architectural education and research. The report outlined STEM-designated degree programs and their potential benefits. It also presented survey results describing STEM in current architecture programs and provided case studies and resources related to STEM.
ACSA’s White Paper on Assessing the Quality of Architectural Research & Scholarship (2019) responded to the growing need in schools of architecture for a more standard disciplinary approach that objectively assesses quality within the wide range of outputs found within the work of architecture faculty. This report is intended to assist faculty in framing their work within a disciplinary context to demonstrate its quality to various internal and external audiences.
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Founded in 1912 by 10 charter members, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit association of over 200 member schools in several categories. These include full membership for all accredited programs in the United States and government-sanctioned schools in Canada, candidate membership for schools seeking accreditation, and affiliate membership for schools for two-year and international programs. Through these schools, over 5,000 architecture faculty are represented. In addition, over 300 supporting members composed of architecture firms, product associations and individuals add to the breadth of interest and support of ACSA goals.
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