105th ACSA Annual Meeting  
|  Brooklyn says "Move to Detroit"
March 23-25, 2017  |  Detroit, Michigan
Co-chairs: Luis Francisco Rico-Gutierrez, Iowa State University & Martha Thorne, IE University
Host Schools: University of Detroit MercyLawrence Technological UniversityUniversity of Michigan, & Cranbrook Academy of Art

ACSA will be offering pre-conference workshops in Detroit along with the 105th Annual Meeting | Brooklyn says "Move to Detroit".

Design & Health Workshop

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 9:00am - 5:00pm | Detroit, Michigan
A partnership between the American Institute of Architects (AIA) & ACSA

Architects are uniquely positioned to help address many of the chronic health challenges our society faces today. From asthma to obesity, diabetes to depression, a growing body of practice-based evidence is clearly demonstrating the profound impact that forward-looking design decisions can have on human health for individuals and communities.

When health impacts and equitable access to healthy places become central to the design and planning process, transformational outcomes quickly appear. Architects are improving health outcomes for people and communities and enhancing well-being, safety and environmental quality through our collaborations with private businesses, health professionals, policy makers, government agencies, foundations, nonprofits, allied organizations and others.

The design and health initiative's work includes:

  • Novel approaches and developing best practices to promote health through design
  • Advocating for healthier policies and programs at the local, state and federal levels
  • Educating the public, the profession, policy makers and allied industries about architects’ unique role in promoting health equity

Registration for the workshop can also be added to full conference registration.

Before: Jan. 25
Before: March 1
After: March 1
Design & Health Workshop     
$60  $75


Housing & Community Development Workshop

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 9:00am - 6:30pm | Detroit, Michigan
Avenues of Exchange:
Professionals, Educators and Communities Building Equitable, Healthy, and Resilient Cities
A partnership between the AIA Housing and Community Development Network & ACSA

Increasingly, architectural education and practice are addressing issues of social equity and community engagement. Using Detroit as a springboard, professionals will gather to learn about and discuss how governments, community groups, and residents are planning for more sustainable and healthy neighborhoods nationally.

Workshop participants will explore the role of community design centers, both nationally and locally, with an in-depth tour to learn how community groups in Detroit have successfully worked with design centers and professionals. Other panel sessions will focus on housing and resiliency as critical factors in improving community health and well-being. Speakers will share their best practices in teaching, and participants will discuss strategies for practice and education they can bring back to the academic studio.

Up to 7.5 CEU (HSW: 6.5)  

Before: Jan. 25
Before: March 1
After: March 1
Housing & Community Development Workshop     
$120  $140  $160 



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Westin Book Cadillac Hotel


Speaker: Margaret Castillo
*These two sessions are intended to coincide with the Design & Health Workshop

Depart from Westin Book Cadillac Hotel

Bus orientation
12:00-12:30 Tour of The Alley Project, 8869 Avis Street
1:30-2:30 Tour Detroit neighborhood sites with Steve Lewis and Kimberly Driggins from the City of Detroit Planning Department

Lawrence Tech Detroit Center for Design and Technology


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Design Build Workshop

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 9:00am - 2:00pm | Detroit, Michigan

ACSA / DBX Network: Collaborative Workshop  

Design Build courses in North America are now included in over 70% of our curricula. Design Build can be as big as the entire curriculum or as small as an elective; it can take place in a school’s courtyard or halfway across the world; it can be demolished at the end of the semester or become a permanent part of a community; and it can innovate in all imaginable ways. Join members of ACSA and DBX (Design Build Exchange) Network for a half-day workshop on design building programs. This workshop will explore the potential of design/build in post-secondary education. How can we expand the potential, developing ideas to improve delivery and efficacy, and reflecting on design build as pedagogy and practice?

The workshop will study first-hand reports comparing the pedagogical contexts of design build as well as rigorous surveys ranging across many schools. From the single project as well as wider initiatives. Above all, analyzing the conditions of the project before, during, and after construction.

The workshop will encompass several related issues:

  • the pedagogies of service learning and tacit knowledge
  • field work, whether local or international
  • instigation of social change / social process  
  • administrating design build programs
  • technological innovation


Registration for the workshop can be added to full conference registration.