2018 International

Deans of the Americas and Europe | Decanos de América y Europa
at the 2018 ACSA/COAM International Conference
June 12-14, 2018 | Madrid, Spain

Conference Partner:   El Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid (COAM) 
Conference Co-chairs:   Luis Rico-Gutierrez, Iowa State University 
    Carlos Lahoz PalacioUniversidad CEU San Pablo & COAM
    Belen Hermida Rodriguez, Universidad CEU San Pablo & COAM


2018 ACSA/COAM International Conference 
June 14-16, 2018 | Madrid, Spain

Conference Partner:   El Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid (COAM) 
Conference Co-chairs:   Iñaqui Carnicero, Columbia University
    Ángela García de Paredes, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
    Julio Salcedo-Fernandez, City College of New York 



ACSA invites Deans throughout the world to meet, learn from each other, and propose alternative strategies to better prepare our students to achieve their professional and personal goals in the continuum between local and global modes of practice.


Deans of the Americas and Europe
The practice of architecture and design is, more than ever, global. As competition increases in both developed and developing nations, American firms aggressively market abroad; foreign architects compete successfully for prestigious commissions within the United States, and the creation of regional entities such as the European Union has removed long-standing barriers to practice in large multi-national regions. Global modes of practice force designers to confront the tension between cosmopolitan trends that transcend national boundaries and identities; and the need to recognize local contexts with differing cultural norms, environmental challenges, and issues of contrasting equity between rich and poor nations.

In the context of its International Conference in Madrid, Spain, ACSA invites all Deans to meet, learn from each other, and propose alternative strategies to better prepare our students to achieve their professional and personal goals in the continuum between local and global modes of practice.

Sessions will include presentations that will provide context and encourage participation from all members of the audience. Topics include:

  • Strategies for in-depth cultural immersion and understanding, as opposed to replicating home experiences abroad.
  • “Babel” classrooms: understanding each other’s cultural and experiential contributions to the increasingly multicultural studio.
  • Technology enhanced international experiences: virtual studios, etc.
  • Combining curricular offerings with local practicums or internships: opportunities and challenges
  • The pedagogy of International help: intentional and unintentional consequences of addressing real problems in real communities
  • Legal and protocolary challenges: Exchanges, Joint Degrees, dual degrees, etc. 
  • Architecture Fundamentals in the 21st Century


Decanos de América y Europa
La práctica de la arquitectura y el diseño es, más que nunca, global. A medida que aumenta la competencia profesional tanto en países desarrollados como en vías de desarrollo, los grandes estudios estadounidenses ofrecen sus servicios en el extranjero de manera más agresiva mientras los arquitectos extranjeros compiten con éxito y consiguen encargos de prestigio en Estados Unidos. La creación de entidades supranacionales como la Unión Europea ha eliminado las barreras que tradicionalmente limitaban el ejercicio profesional en extensos ámbitos multinacionales. Los modelos globales de ejercicio profesional obligan a confrontar tendencias cosmopolitas e identidades nacionales, a estudiar contextos locales de culturas diversas, desafíos medioambientales y la equidad entre naciones ricas y pobres.

En el contexto de su Conferencia Internacional en Madrid, España, ACSA invita a todos los Decanos a reunirse, aprender unos de otros, y proponer estrategias alternativas que ayuden a nuestros estudiantes a alcanzar sus objetivos profesionales y personales en el nuevo entorno local/global del ejercicio profesional.

Las sesiones incluirán presentaciones que proporcionarán el contexto y fomentarán la participación de todos los miembros de la audiencia. Los temas incluyen:

  • Estrategias para una inmersión cultural profunda frente a modelos que replican el entorno del país de origen en el extranjero.
  • Aulas “Babel:” cómo distintas experiencias y aportes culturales contribuyen al trabajo en aulas cada vez más multiculturales.
  • Experiencias internacionales apoyadas por las nuevas tecnologías: estudios virtuales, etc.
  • Suma de experiencias académicas y prácticas profesionales: oportunidades y desafíos.
  • La pedagogía de la cooperación internacional: consecuencias intencionadas y sobrevenidas del abordar problemas reales en comunidades reales.
  • Desafíos legales y protocolarios: intercambios, titulaciones conjuntas, dobles grados, etc.
  • Fundamentos de la arquitectura en el siglo XXI


Join architecture and design professionals
 throughout the world to present, discuss and propose ways architecture faculty, designers & practitioners can help resolve the multiple crises our cities are facing.


In light of the multiple crises our cites are facing, architecture is now in a position to contribute positively to salvage and invigorate the urban realm​. After a decade of recasting ourselves through cultural, ​technological, environmental and social engagement, ​we -​architects​-​ seek to deploy a newly found adroitness to address the different paradigm shifts that render our cities less just, plural, safe, entertaining, productive and environmentally proficient.

We seek to identify contributions in response to these challenges on the city:

  • Disruption: "Disruptive" digital economies and their impact of the social economic fabric of cities: "Disruptive" economies are transforming our cities. Uber, Amazon, Airbnb, etc. are changing the social and economic fabric of cities often displacing the disenfranchised. An example of which were the recent citizens'​ revolt against Airbnb as new tourist protocols are transforming cities and disrupting the essence of a community. 
    Topic Chairs:
    Shawn Rickenbacker, City College New York  
    Martha Thorne, IE University
  • Inequality – People and Capital Flows: Historical and emerging people and capital flows are contributing to the city as a stage for augmented inequalities. The growing global inequalities as generated by real estate speculation and migrations are finding in the city a territory to intensify rather than abate a sense of equality and community. The migration trends have recently intensify beyond the rural to urban migration to include a growing number of refugees of war.
    Topic Chairs:
    Neeraj Bhatia, California College of the Arts
    Josep Bohigas, Barcelona Regional
  • Public Space: The changing politics and protocols of public space. Public space in the city is being continuously contested. The most egregious of these challenges comes from the recent terrorist attacks on cities across the world. More nuance challenges and opportunities are appropriations of public space and its monuments to legitimate or question power, history, memory, gender, cultures and race. Lastly, the public space of the city has ​become a regional and global destination for celebration and protest amply augmenting is scope. 
    Topic Chairs:
    Frederick Bonet, Obras
    Momoyo Kaijima, University of Tsukuba
  • Environmental Crisis: Comprises management of environment and resources, and the challenges of consumption and resiliency. We have enumerated multiple flanks of attack​s​ on the city and we have yet to broached perhaps the most grave ones. As Houston floods, Miami sinks and Beijing chokes, the changes brought about by climate change and resource management are beyond palpable, already catastrophic. 
    Topic Chairs:
    Jane Hutton, University of Waterloo
    Andres Mignucci, University of Puerto Rico
  • Nascent material conscience has emerged aiming to empower local resources, addressing the economy of means and the need for new identities. The lack of real estate in some cases and busting economies in others, have increased the need of repurposing what already exists, reinforcing strategies of adaptability, transformation and reuse, therefore rising awareness of the behaviour and evolution of architecture over time.
    Topic Chairs:
    Sunil Bald, Yale University
    Nader Tehrani, The Cooper Union
  • Open Topic will be offered for abstracts that do not fit under one of the 5 topic sessions (above), but is consistent with the general theme of the conference, New Instrumentalities. We encourage the submission of well-crafted abstracts on topics that explore a range of issues within architectural education and practice. The selected papers will be grouped according to overarching themes that emerge from the open call. 
    Topic Chairs:

    Lesley Lokko, University of Johannesburg
    Juan Roldan, American University of Sharjah

November, 2017       Summit Announced
Spring 2018              Summit Schedule Announced
June 12-14, 2018      DEANS SUMMIT | CUMBRE DE DECANOS in Madrid
November, 2017       Conference Announced
December, 2017       Submission Site Opens
March 22, 2018         Submission Deadline EXTENDED
April, 2017                 Submission Notification 
June 14-16, 2018      New Instrumentalities International Conference in Madrid
July 16, 2018            Final Full-Papers & Updated Projects Deadline Publication