2020 Intersections Symposium



DESIGN FOR CLIMATE ACTION 
May 14-16, 2020  |  Los Angeles @ A'20 Conference on Architecture
Co-Chairs: Phoebe Crisman, University of Virginia   
                  Kyle Konis, University of Southern California 
     
    
  
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) are pleased to announce a partnership dedicated to the INTERSECTION of Education, Research and Practice. A series of educational sessions at the 2020 AIA Conference on Architecture in Los Angeles will feature exemplary research projects that address the Symposium theme of Design for Climate Action.

The symposium will explore Design for Climate Action from multiple, intertwined perspectives. In support of the recent AIA Resolution for Urgent and Sustained Climate Action, we encourage submissions of research and projects that explore intersections between the following questions and that address climate change across scales—from building, to community, to the planet.

  • How are specific issues of climate justice and environmental equity being identified, prioritized and addressed through design, architectural research, education, practice and advocacy?

  • What innovative economic models and practices might transform decision-making and hasten the decarbonization of the built environment?

  • How can the imperative for Climate Action be translated and scaled from the production of relatively few, singular works of sustainable architecture to evidence-based processes for achieving climate goals across virtually all buildings, landscapes and infrastructure?

  • What new theories, research, tools, technologies, processes, and collaborations are needed to educate and support architects in designing and implementing effective interventions?

  • How can architects help foster and realize community-based visions of equitable development and climate responsive design?




ELIGIBILITY
Educators, Practitioners, Researchers and Students are all encouraged to submit. If you are already an ACSA member, please log into the website to submit your abstract. If you are not an ACSA member or do not have ACSA credentials, please send an email to Eric Ellis, eellis@acsa-arch.org, to request access to the submission portal. 

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Paper abstracts must not exceed 500 words and include no more than three optional images. 
  • All abstracts must be prepared for anonymous review (remove author/contributor names and affiliation identification).
  • Include a brief description (max. 200 words) of how your project/research is innovative and relevant to AIA conference attendees and include a list of learning objectives/outcomes. 
  • Submissions must report on recently completed work and cannot have been previously published or presented in public, except to a regional audience.
  • Submissions must be written in English.
  • Authors may submit only one abstract to the Intersections Symposium.
  • Educators, Practitioners, Researchers and Students are all encouraged to submit. If you are already an ACSA member, please log into the website to submit your abstract. If you are not an ACSA member or do not have ACSA credentials, please send an email to Eric Ellis, eellis@acsa-arch.org, to request access to the submission portal. 

TIMELINE
August 2019
Sept. 25, 2019
November 2019
May 14-16, 2020 
       Call for Abstracts & Submission Site Opens
Abstract Submission Deadline
Abstract Notifications
Intersection Symposium @ A'20 Conference on Architecture



CONTACTS
For questions please contact: 

Eric Wayne Ellis
ACSA, Director of Operations and Programs
eellis@acsa-arch.org        
202.785.2324 
       Nissa Dahlin-Brown, EdD, Assoc. AIA
AIA, Director of Academic Engagement

nissadahlinbrown@aia.org
202.626.7449