Research & Scholarship Committee

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.

Andrzej Zarzycki

Associate Professor
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Newark, NJ

Nora Wendl

Associate Professor
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM

Manuel Cordero Alvarado

Critic
Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, RI

Evan Richardson

Assistant Dean
Morgan State University
Baltimore, MD

Gundula Proksch

Associate Professor
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Sharon Haar

Professor
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Christine O. Theodoropoulos

Dean
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA

Victor Rubin

Vice President for Research
PolicyLink
Oakland, CA

June Williamson

Associate Professor
City College of New York 
New York, NY

2020-2021 Research & Scholarship Committee

Specific Charge

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.

Deliverables

  • 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.