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

 OPENING PLENARY  Thursday, March 28, 2019 
  The opening plenary will include the speakers in conversation with the conference co-chairs, Professors Jeremy Ficca, Amy Kulper & Grace  La. 


Peggy Deamer is the founding member and the Content Coordinator of the Architecture Lobby, a group advocating for the value of architectural design and labor. She is a retired Professor of Architecture at Yale University and principal in the firm of Deamer, Architects and before that, Deamer + Phillips, Architects.  She received a BA from Oberlin in philosophy, a BArch from The Cooper Union and a Ph.D from Princeton University. She is the editor of Architecture and Capitalism: 1845 to the Present and The Architect as Worker: Immaterial Labor, the Creative Class, and the Politics of Design.  She is co-editor of Building in the Future: Recasting Architectural Labor; BIM in Academia; and Re-Reading Perspecta. Articles by her have appeared in LogHarvard Design Magazinee-FluxThe Avery Review and numerous anthologies. 


Antoine Picon is the G. Ware Travelstead Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology and Director of Research at the GSD. Trained as an engineer, architect, and historian, Picon works on the history of architectural and urban technologies from the eighteenth century to the present. He has published extensively on this subject. He is amongst others the author of French Architects and Engineers in the Age of Enlightenment(1988, English translation 1992), Claude Perrault(1613-1688) (1988), L'Invention de L'ingénieur moderne (1992), La Ville territoire des cyborgs(1998), Les Saint-Simoniens (2002), Digital Culture in Architectur(2010), Ornament: The Politics of Architecture and Subjectivity(2013), and Smart Cities: A Spatialised Intelligence(2015). He hasedited many other volumes, in particular L'Art de l'Ingénieur(1997), and La Ville et la Guerre(1998).

Antoine Picon is also Chairman of the Foundation Le Corbusier, and a member of the French Academy of Architecture and the French Academy of Technology. 

 TOPAZ MEDALLION   Friday, March 29, 2019 


The American Institute of Architects and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture have named Toshiko Mori, FAIA, the 2019 winner of the AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education, the highest honor given to educators in architecture.

Toshiko Mori Architect (TMA) is known for over thirty years of innovative and influential work in a diverse body of projects that have received numerous design awards. TMA’s intelligent approach to ecologically sensitive siting strategies, historical context, and innovative use of materials reflects a creative integration of design and technology. Her designs demonstrate a thoughtful sensitivity to detail and involve extensive research into the site conditions and surrounding context. The work of TMA combines a strong conceptual and theoretical approach with a thorough study of programmatic needs and practical conditions to achieve a design that is both spatially compelling and pragmatically responsive.

Toshiko Mori Architect has worked on a broad range of programs including urban, civic, institutional, cultural, residential, museum and exhibition design. Recent work includes New York City theater, library, and museum projects, the Hudson Yard Park and Boulevard, and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland, Maine. The firm has also designed institutional projects for Brown University and Syracuse University, and was included on the design team for New York University’s strategic master plan.  TMA was recently chosen as the architect for the Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs at Brown University.

 Tau Sigma Delta GOLD MEDAL  Saturday, March 30, 2019 

Wang Shu & Lu Wenyu are the Tau Sigma Delta (TSD) Honor Society in Architecture and Allied Arts 2019 TSD Gold Medal.

Wang Shu & Lu Wenyu founded the Amateur Architecture Studio in 1998. This Hangzhou-based practice has grown during the past eight years into a famous name in China. The Amateur Architecture Studio’s best-known projects are the Wenzheng Library in Suzhou University, the Harbor Art Museum in Ningbo and the Xiangshan Campus of the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou.

The Amateur Architecture Studio was engaged in experimental research projects, for example Sanhe House in the China International Practical Exhibition of Architecture in Nanjing, the Ceramic Tea House in Jinhua Architecture Park in Jinghua. The projects have been shown in international exhibitions from 2001 including “TU MU-Young Architecture of China” in AEDES Gallery, Berlin (Germany), Shanghai Biennale 2002 at the Shanghai Art Museum in Shanghai, (China), Alors, La Chine?, Centre Pompidou in Paris (France), Synthi-Scapes: Chinese Pavilion of the 50th Venice Biennale in the Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou (China) and in the Art Museum of the Central Academy, Beijing (China). The projects have been published in China and abroad.

Closing keynote and reception is in partnership with the Carnegie Museum of Art’s, Heinz Architectural Center and the Carnegie Mellon University, School of Architecture.