Call for Submissions

ACSA 108TH Annual Meeting  –  OPEN
MARCH 12-14, 2020 in SAN DIEGO, CA


Submission Deadline: June 19, 2019


Authors may submit abstracts for papers or design projects. Submissions to the Annual Meeting will be accepted on all topics that contribute to architecture research and do not need to be tied to an overarching conference theme. While the Annual Meeting will have a theme for special focus sessions, workshops and keynotes, the peer-reviewed content presentations will not. Paper sessions will be organized through a bottom-up process based on submission content rather than a top-down approach where session topics are determined in advance in response to a theme.


All submitting authors must have an ACSA database profile. If you are not an ACSA member or do not have an account, you can create an account HERE

Abstract requirements:

  • Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words, excluding the abstract title and endnotes.
  • No more than 5 images may be submitted along with the abstract.
  • Omit all author names from the submission and any other identifying information to maintain an anonymous review process.
  • Abstract must be written in English.
  • An author may present no more than two papers at the Annual Meeting. 
  • Papers must report on recently completed work, and papers cannot have been previously published or presented in public except to a regional audience.

The deadline for submitting an abstract to the Annual Meeting is June 19, 2019. Authors must submit through the ACSA online interface. All submitting authors must have an ACSA database profile. If you are not an ACSA member or do not have an account, you can create an account HERE

Follow the steps below to complete your submission. The ACSA online interface will guide you through the remaining steps.

  1. Log in using your ACSA username and password. Click here if you forgot your password.
  2. Click the Enter Now button.  
  3. Select 108thAnnual Meeting from the dropdown menu and click Create New Submission. 
  4. Click Add Myself as Author and then add other authors, if applicable. 
  5. On the next page, fill in the text boxes for title and abstract. These are simple copy/paste text boxes.
  6. To add images, attach them by clicking Browse. 
  7. Select a primary and secondary topic including: Building Science & Technology, Design, Digital Technology, Ecology, Health, History, Theory, Criticism, Pedagogy, Practice, Society + Community, and Urbanism. that describes the focus of the research, scholarship or creative practice. To see full description of Annual Meeting Topics, see below.
  8. Add three additional ranked keywords based on ACSA’s research areas used in the Index of Scholarship.
  9. Select Either: Paper or Project
  10. On the Proofread page you have the opportunity to review your work before finalizing your submission. 
  11. Click Complete My Submission. You have completed your submission and should receive a confirmation email for verification.
Following the double-blind review process, the Review Committee makes final acceptance decisions. All authors will be notified of the status of their submission and will receive comments from their reviewers. Accepted abstracts will be invited to expand on their research and submit a full paper (up to 4,000 words & 5 images) or project (up to 1,000 words & 10-images) for a second peer-review.


The Annual Meeting Committee will maintain topics year to year in order to address the diversity of our members scholarly, creative and pedagogic interests. This consistent and we hope inclusive list of topics will also ensure an annual venue for all members to submit to an ACSA conference. The chosen topics, described below, are intended to be encompassing, relevant and predictable and, at times, may overlap with each other.

Building Science & Technology
Emerging and traditional areas of building science and construction technology including, but not limited to topics such as: building enclosures; structures; energy; materials; heating, cooling, and ventilation; acoustics; lighting; water; and the environmental impact of construction and the operation of buildings.

Processes of making architecture, including, but not limited to topics such as: fabrication; design-build; representation and media; discursive images; typologies including housing; design process; interdisciplinary or collaborative design; as well as built and unbuilt work.   

Digital Technology
Digital and computational processes related to design methods and contemporary architectural production that reflect on the potential of digital technologies in design research, practice and pedagogy including, but not limited to topics such as: computation; digital fabrication; generative design; robotics; responsive systems and environments; augmented and virtual reality; artificial intelligence; and machine learning.

Interactions of architecture with our planet’s systems and more immediate ecosystems, including, but not limited to topics such as: life-cycle analysis; landscape architecture; resilience; adaptive reuse; biophilic design; and regenerative design.

Architectural application of research findings and user-derived knowledge to tackle health inequalities and improve well-being outcomes across the spectrum of health vulnerabilities and building types, including, but not limited to topics such as: human comfort and productivity; quality of life and well-being; environmental and social determinates of health; indoor environmental quality; urban health; air pollution; light; strategies to temper water, moisture and temperature; safety; aging-in-place; and innovative healthcare environments.

History, Theory, Criticism
History, theory, or criticism as disciplines in their own right, or as tools to advance understanding of pedagogy, the profession, and design practices, broadly defined.  

Methodologies and practice of teaching in architecture and design fields; the origins, strategies, and influences on students of different approaches to instruction and learning, including, but not limited to application of new tools, methods and methodologies in architectural education and the assessment and evolution of these, as well as student learning outcomes.

Architecture’s professional focus and its intersection with construction and development, including, but not limited to topics such as: firm management and leadership; project management; interdisciplinary collaboration; ethics and professional judgement; legal issues; programming; accessibility; life safety; economics; construction; prefabrication and modular construction; building codes; and licensure. 

Society + Community
Community-engaged scholarship, also referred to as public interest design, including engagement in partnerships with non-profit organizations that support specific communities or social challenges, including, but not limited to planning; programming; housing; climate change; public facilities; public space; and other topics that address complex social relationships through architectural scholarship.

The role of architecture in the urban environment including the distinctions between private and public, individual and social spaces, incorporating buildings and public space in a variety of scales and densities, including but not limited to infrastructure and networks; smart cities; smart growth; new urbanism; urban design, geography, and planning; and transportation.

Authors accepted to present at the conference will be required to complete a copyright transfer form and agree to present the paper/project at the Annual Meeting before it is published. It is ACSA policy that accepted authors must pay full conference registration for the Annual Meeting in order to be included in the conference presentation and Proceedings. 

Sessions will be composed of both papers and projects, when possible, allowing for both scholarly and applied research to mutually demonstrate impact. Each session will have a moderator, who will coordinate with authors regarding session guidelines as well as the general expectations for the session in advance. Accepted authors will have approximately 15-minutes to present in a session at the Annual Meeting. ACSA reserves the right to withhold a paper from the program if the author fails to comply with guidelines, including deadlines and requests for submission of materials.


Online Submission Site Opens        March 27, 2019 
Abstract Deadline    June 19, 2019 
Abstract Reviews    June-August 2019 
Deadline for Full Papers    October 16, 2019 
Paper Reviews Complete    December 2019 
ACSA 108th Annual Meeting    March 12-14, 2020 


For questions please contact:
    Eric Wayne Ellis                                            Allison Smith
    Director of Operations and Programs           Programs Manager                          
    202-785-2324                                               202-785-2324