Call for Drawings

107th ACSA Annual Meeting  |  BLACK BOX: Articulating Architecture's Core in the Post-Digital Era
March 28-30, 2019  |  Pittsburgh, PA
Co-chairs:    Jeremy Ficca, Carnegie Mellon University
                     Amy Kulper, Rhode Island School of Design
                     Grace La, Harvard University
Host School: Carnegie Mellon University

Submission Deadline: January 30, 2019



Drawing has long held a robust and central position within the discipline, serving as an investigative device to glance into the future, a discursive tool to convey meaning, and a notational convention to facilitate the translation of design intent into built reality. A survey of the past decade reveals voluminous discourse, and occasional anxiety, surrounding the subject, protocols, and future of drawing as an instrument in the profession and the academy. While the operative and representational basis of drawing retain prominent positions within the discipline, the increased reliance upon simulation and information modeling are reshaping how one designs, thinks abstractly, stimulates potential, and communicates. Furthermore, the universality of the live virtual model coupled with a growing arsenal of digital techniques has blurred distinctions between image and drawing to sponsor an expanding field of possibilities while challenging the language of architectural representation. Throughout these shifts, drawing has revealed a remarkable durability. If as Mario Carpo states, “drawings probe and test the limits and constraints of architectural representation itself”, then perhaps drawing is ideally situated in our post-digital circumstance. 

Building upon the conference’s theme on the current state of architecture’s core, this exhibition explores the role of drawing as pedagogical instrument. 

Through this open call and invited contributors, we seek exemplary drawings the open inquiry on the role of drawing for the design imaginary, and how such drawings might scaffold design thinking and pedagogy. While we primarily seek drawings by faculty, illustrating their work and pedagogy, we invite submissions of exemplary student work. We welcome a range of techniques that substantiate and challenge the basis of this medium. 

Submission should include: 

  • Title of Work,
  • Dimensions and Medium,
  • One High Resolution Image (pdf or jpeg, 10MB limit) Faculty or Exemplary Student Drawing,
  • Written description, include overview of relation of faculty and student drawing if submitting both (350 word limit).




Building upon the conference’s theme on the current state of architecture’s core, the conference co-chairs are curating an exhibition of drawings, which explores the role of drawing as pedagogical instrument. Accepted contributors will be required to complete a copyright transfer form and agree to allow the conference co-chairs to curate an exhibition to be held at the closing event for the 107th ACSA Annual Meeting BLACK BOX: Articulating Architecture's Core in the Post-Digital Era. It is ACSA policy that all individuals must pay full conference registration for the Annual Meeting in order to attend.



January 30, 2019
  Submission Deadline  
February 11, 2019
  Acceptance Notification
March 28-30, 2019
Drawing for the Design Imaginary Exhibition: 107th ACSA Annual Meeting



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Eric Wayne Ellis
Allison Smith
Director of Operations and Programs
Programs Manager