Pre-Conference Workshops

This year ACSA is offering two pre-conference workshops in association with the 104th Annual Meeting.


Avenues of Exchange: Tools for Shaping Stronger Conversations among Professionals, Researchers and Communities

Join members of the ACSA and AIA for an interactive workshop that will explore opportunities to increase the exchange of information and ideas between academics, communities, and practitioners to advance the teaching and practice of housing and community development. The goal of the workshop for presenters and participants to share and analyze successful examples of projects, programs, and resources, while opening the conversation up to new collaborations. The event will take place over two days with a half-day workshop on March 16th and a half-day local project tour on March 17th to look at of models of best practices in housing and community development. Earn up to 8 CEUs with the opportunity for HSW credit.   

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  Wednesday, March 16, 2016 
  12:00pm - 1:00pm
Welcome Plenary: A Vision for the Future

Sharon Sutton, University of Washington 

As a kick off to the workshop, this session will position housing and community development as a burning issue in academia. The objective is to take a critical look at current teaching and practice and address the social, political and economic challenges associated with this work.

Critical Questions: How can we build resources that strengthen education for faculty and students: How can we strengthen feedback loops between practice and academy?

  1:00pm - 2:30pm
  Fostering Successful Exchanges between the Academy and the Field

Moderator: Robert Shibley, State University of New York at Buffalo
John Folan, Carnegie Mellon University
Jeff Hou, University of Washington

This session will feature a presentation of successful exchanges. The goal is to establish knowledge trade among communities and to identify forums and tools for these exchanges.

Critical Questions: What is already working? What can we do better? How can we structure exchanges to benefit academics, practitioners and communities? How can we scale up these exchanges?

  2:30pm - 3:00pm 
  Coffee Break

  3:00pm - 4:30pm   Best Practices Around the Country

Moderator: Simon Ha, Steinberg 
Anne-Marie Lubenau, Bruner Foundation
Mike Pyatok, PYATOK architecture + urban design 

There are some incredibly innovative and exciting housing and community development projects happening around the country. This session will present many award winning projects and pick apart the best practices within these precedents.

Critical Questions: Why have these projects been selected for awards? How can these best practices be applied to an academic setting? What are people teaching? What is working/what's not working? 

  4:30pm - 5:00pm
  Next Steps

Kathy Dorgan, Dorgan Architecture & Planning, AIA Knowledge Community

In closing, this session will open up the discussion between ACSA, AIA Housing Knowledge Community, and workshop participants to identify next steps for advancing the teaching and practice of affordable housing and community development. 


  Thursday, March 17, 2016  
  9:00am - 12:00pm


Seattle Walking Tour

People with mobility issues are asked to please contact the ACSA staff in advance.

Tour Description:

We will embark on a walking tour of local sites at 9:00am and return to the conference hotel by noon. The tour is approximately 1.5 miles round-trip. 

The tour will include stops at Pike Place Market (1987 Rudy Bruner Award Gold Medalist) and AIA Center for Architecture and Design. At Pike Place we will receive an overview and tour of the market, which owns and manages nearly 350 units of housing – the majority of which are Section 8 affordable SRO, senior, assisted-living, and work force units – as well as high-end condos. At the AIA Center for Architecture and Design stop we will tour the recently opened facility and learn about the center’s programming.

Tour Itinerary: 
9:00am       Meet at Sheraton Seattle lobby 
9:30am       Tour Pike Place Market
11:15am     Tour the AIA Center for Architecture and Design
11:45am     Return to Sheraton Seattle



This Pre-Conference workshop includes two 1/2 day sessions and require an additional event along with your full registration to the ACSA 104th Annual Meeting.
Before 1/27/16    
Before 3/2/16      
After 3/2/16    
ACSA/AIA Housing & Community Development     
Pre-conference Workshop
$100 $115 $125


If you would like to add this Housing & Community Development Pre-Conference Workshop to your existing registration please contact ACSA directly at 202-785-2324.

Conference Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received in writing, no later than March 2, 2016 to qualify for a refund, less a processing fee of $50 USD. This fee also applies to PayPal purchases. Unpaid purchase orders will be billed at the full rate specified in the order unless cancelled before the deadline; Standard cancellation fees will apply. 


ACSA / DBX Network: Collaborative Workshop

Ted Cavanagh, Dalhousie University
Sergio Palleroni, Portland State University
Arlene Oak, University of Alberta
Vincent Canizaro, University of Texas at San Antonio

Join members of ACSA and DBX (Design Build Exchange) Network for a half-day workshop on design building programs. The DESIGN BUILD EXCHANGE (dbX) is an initiative to facilitate the exchange of information, knowledge, and practices critical to educational design build. It advocates for design build and aims to define the full breadth of its possibilities. It will establish a network, archive resources, host live resources, and design a peer review system appropriate to the field. The initiative was supported in principle at the ACSA 102nd Annual Meeting in Miami and developed in a workshop at the ACSA Design Build Fall-Conference in Halifax. At last years 103rd Annual Meeting, the ACSA agreed to add resources to the initiative. The dbX collaborates with dbX Europe and Live Projects (U.K.) and is funded by grants from the SSHRC Canada and ComputeCanada.This session develops the direction and content for next stage of the dbX.

      Thursday, March 17, 2016
      9:00am        The current status of the initiative.
                          The database explained with a prototype example.

      11:00am       Celebrating design build

                           Honouring pioneers Steve Badanes and Sergio Palleroni

      12:00noon    Upload your design build projects and programs.

                           Graduate students will help you upload your work.

Visit for details. This Pre-Conference workshop is included with your full ACSA 104th Annual Meeting registration.

Shaping New Knowledges

March 17-19, 2016  |  Seattle, WA
Host School: University of Washington
Co-chairs: Robert Corser, University of Washington & Sharon Haar, University of Michigan