Additional Sessions

March 21-24, 2013, San Francisco
Host School: California College of the Arts
Co-chairs: Ila Berman, California College of the Arts; Ed Mitchell, Yale University

The list below is subject to change. Please check back for the most up-to-date schedule and information. 

THURSDAY | MARCH 21, 2013 

  • 12:00 - 1:30 pm
    SFS | 101_2 Energy Circuits + Artificial Ecologies / Reciprocal Systems: Code vs Environment
    Moderator: Jenny Sabin, Cornell University 
    Panelists: Dana Cupkova, Carnegie Mellon University; Paz GutierrezUC Berkeley; Jenny Sabin, Cornell University; Erica Swesey Savig, Stanford University
The introduction of programmatic code into architecture has radically transformed design processes enabling us to imagine architecture to emerge as a genetically- driven organism, where novel spatial typologies are produced that simulate generative patterns of form growth and development in nature. This session topic will focus on the relationship between architecture, computation and material systems—the ways in which digital technology is being used to visualize and model different types of datasets extracted from a range of material systems, and the specific methods being used within generative architectural design practices to transcode these datasets through geometry and new material organizations. Relationships between code and pattern, material and geometry, fabrication and assembly are revealed as a reciprocal and interconnected loop. How may architects learn from this reciprocity and further, how might the relationship between code and environment, matter and behavior, influence the development of future strategies for design and fabrication?

  • 12:00 - 1:30 pm
    SFS | JAE

  • 2:00 - 3:30 pm
    SFS | Design Build Behind the Scenes – Lessons and Insights from the 2013 DB Award Winners
    Moderator: David Hinson, Auburn University 
The breadth and quality of both course design and project outcomes in the submissions to this inaugural year of the ACSA Design Build Awards was outstanding. While this session will feature an overview of the four projects selected for recognition, the focus of the session will be a facilitated discussion with representatives from the four teams exploring key issues and questions they had to navigate to realize the outcomes presented in their submissions. Planned discussion topics will include strategies for integrating DB projects in program curricula, selecting projects, designing student roles in project design and execution, assembling expertise needed to complete the work, managing risk, and measuring outcomes.

  • 4:00 - 5:30 pm
    SFS | K-12 Design Education
ACSA will discuss through seven national K-12 architectural design programs, connecting DESIGN THINKING across grade levels. We will look at ACSA roles, of awareness, understanding and applications, having the potential of shifting from “STEM” to “STEAM” (Science, Technology,   Engineering, Art & Architecture, Mathematics)teaching. Our sessions will demonstrate that place-based project learning delivers:
    • Personal knowledge and experience to find design solutions to everyday problems,
    • Collaborative problem-solving and critical thinking,
    • Visualizing prototypical solutions in design,
    • Connect future generations of architecture students to K-12 classrooms and concepts through architecture and design education.

FRIDAY | MARCH 22, 2013 

  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
    SFS | Housing Design Education and Research    
    Moderators: Steve Schreiber, University of Massachusetts, Amherst & Kathy Dorgan, Dorgan Architecture & Planning
    Respondents: Cheryl Morgan, Auburn University & Gregory Luhan, University of Kentucky 
This session will explore the ways in which participatory praxis and research should inform architectural practice in the area of housing. The discussion will explore the respective roles of the academy and the profession in supporting initial professional training and life-long learning for architects in participatory evidence-based housing practice. Sponsored by AIA Housing Knowledge Community

Among the questions to be addressed to participants are:
  • How should housing research be disseminated?
  • What skills do architects require for applying research to practice?
  • What skills do architects need for listening to clients and communities?
  • What should be the roles of ACSA and the AIA in elevating housing practice AND RESEARCH?

  • 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    Architecture Education Awards Ceremony | Lunch
Please join us in celebrating your peers’ achievements and distinguished work. Each year the ACSA honors architectural educators for exemplary work in areas such as building design, community collaborations, scholarship, and service. The award-winning professors inspire and challenge students, contribute to the profession’s knowledge base, and extend their work beyond the borders of academy into practice and the public sector. This Plenary includes presentations by the Faculty Design and Collaborative Practice Award winners.

JAE Best Articles
ACSA/AIA Housing Design Education
Creative Achievement
Diversity Achievement
Collaborative Practice
Faculty Design
ACSA/AIAS New Faculty Teaching
Distinguished Professor
AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion

  • 2:00 - 3:30 pm
    SFS | 
    National Conference on the Beginning Design Student (NCBDS)
    End of/in the Beginning: Realizing the Sustainable Imagination
    Moderator: Jodi La Coe, Pennsylvania State University 
    Panelists: Jeffrey Balmer and Michael Swisher, “Sustaining the Basics: What Comes First?
    Hans Herrmann, “Opportunism in Beginning Design”                    
    Karl Wallick, “Erosive Cartographies”
If we believe that we constitute a polity of responsible citizens, where sustainability encompasses environmental, cultural, economic and philosophical considerations, then what and how we teach is paramount to the vitality of global well being. Is there a foundation of a sustainable imagination, a balance at work in projects that expose specific issues of design collaboration, integrated design strategies, and sustainable thinking? Papers in this session address innovative pedagogical practices selected from the 28th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student Proceedings.  

  • 4:00 - 5:30 pm
    SFS | Building Technology Educator Society (BTES) 

  • 5:30 - 7:00 pm
    SFS | Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC)
    China’s Emerging New Town Movement: The Work of ARCC’s New Researcher Award Winner Zhongjie Lin
    Moderator:  Michelle Rinehart, ARCC Vice President
This session will focus on the topic of Asia’s emergent cities utilizing the award-winning work of Dr. Lin as a point of focus.  Building upon his work on Utopias and the Metabolist Movement, his current research aims to shed a new light on the understanding of China’s emerging urban patterns and planning strategies in the face of unprecedented massive urbanization.  Significant audience discussion of emergent trends and future possibilities of inquiry will occur. Presenter: Zhongjie Lin, UNC-Charlotte; Moderator:  Michelle Rinehart, ARCC Vice President

  • 5:30 - 7:00 pm
    SFS | Curriculum Innovation Discussion: Public Health and Architecture
    Panelists: Nisha Botchwey, Georgia Institute of Technology, Andrew Dannenberg, University of Washington, Michaele Pride, University of New Mexico

With a growing body of research suggesting links between public health and the quality of the built environment, new dimensions of architectural practice are developing. But how can architecture programs integrate this content into the curriculum? This session is intended as an introduction and open discussion of strategies to train architects to create healthy places. Panelists will discuss their work in urban planning, public health, and architecture, including a program that recently received funding from the American Institute of Architects's Decade of Design initiative. Anyone doing work related to public health or with interest in introducing content into courses is encouraged to participate in the discussion.

  • 5:30 - 7:00 pm
    Meeting | 

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  • 5:30 - 7:00 pm
    NAAB Training Sessions: Writing the Architecture Primer
    Moderators: Andrea S. Rutledge, CAE, NAAB Executive Director
    Panelists: Ted Landsmark, NAAB President / Linda Kiisk, AIA, NAAB President-elect

This workshop is for anyone responsible for writing an Architecture Program Report for a 2013 or 2014 NAAB visit. This session will cover the basic outline of the APR, dates and deadlines for submitting it, top tips for writing and formatting the APR, and a review of the NAAB's new web-based system for managing the submission, review, and transmission of APRs

SATURDAY | MARCH 23, 2013 

  • 9:00 - 10:30 am
    SFS | Diversity – From Project to Policy | Inclusivity as Translatable Framework
    Moderator: Gregory Luhan, University of Kentucky 
    Panelists: Michaele Pride, University of New Mexico, Brian Kelly, University of Maryland, Norman Millar, Woodbury University, Nichole Wiedemann*, University of Texas-Austin, Scott Ruff*, Tulane University
     * Denotes 2013 Diversity Achievement Award Winner
Architecture programs across the nation are finding themselves at a synergistic and inclusive intersection – a crossroads that links Academic Excellence to issues related to Diversity and Equity. This special focus session seeks to advance the discussion by identifying, collecting, and making available recognized "best practices" that could serve an invaluable "how to" guide that would help schools strengthen and integrate their diversity plans. The session will have two parts, panel presentations and a looping exercise. This brainstorming session will not result in a prescriptive plan, but rather, a translatable framework that demonstrates how actionable ideas from diversity-based design projects can respond to and inform program specific policies. 

  • 9:00 - 10:30 am
    NAAB Information Session: Highlights from the Accreditation Report 
    Moderator: Andrea S. Rutledge, CAE, NAAB Executive Director 
During this session, the NAAB will present the results of its annual analysis of the data submitted by architecture programs into the Annual Report Submission (ARS) System in the fall of 2012. In addition, the NAAB will review the results of all accreditation decisions made for the 2012 visit cycle and other significant activities during the year. 

  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
    SFS | NCARB Matters!?!

NCARB programs & resources matter to you - and your students. You impart knowledge; you need to be current & knowledgeable!  Come learn about ways your students can earn supplemental experience toward completion of the Intern Development Program while still in school. We’ll also discuss the IDP Educator and Student Coordinator roles, and how you can get money for your innovative program through the NCARB Award, and more. Let’s talk - bring your questions, suggestions, and ideas about NCARB programs.

  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
    NAAB Information Session: Ask the NAAB 
    Moderators: Andrea S. Rutledge, CAE, NAAB Executive Director
    Panelists: Ted Landsmark, NAAB President / Linda Kiisk, AIA, NAAB President-elect
This is an open session with NAAB leaders and staff. Program administrators with upcoming visits; individuals interested in being on teams; anyone with a question about the NAAB, accreditation, annual reports, team rooms, ARPs, or the 2013 Accreditation Review Conference is welcome to attend. 

  • 12:30 - 2:00 pm
    Meeting Woman's Leadership Council 

  • 2:00 - 3:30 pm
    SFS | DPACSA: 

    Practicing Teachers | Teaching Practice