Other Opportunities

To list a conference or competition open for participation by architectural educators and students, please email Kevin Mitchell at kmitchell@acsa-arch.org. 



2014 Architectural Association Visiting School: Pacific Highway One - Windscreens
13 to  24th of August 2014 / Seattle to Los Angeles

The Research Team of Cinematic Operations (RTCO) continues this year with photographic observations of the moving landscape documented through car windscreens.
The Pacific Coast Highway will be our dedicated line of travel. Through the use of still cameras we seek to understand the impact of speed on the interrelation of the individual understanding and general perception of the notion of space. The supposed control of passing time lends us the opportunities for a greater visual and con-textual analysis. The constant disappearance of memory will allow us to reflect on our lived reality through still images in relation of time, place and community. We will see the collection of images as an open-ended model of articulation and an attempt to reflect on the ever-changing conditions of existence. A fleet of zero emission cars will take us from motel to motel all the way between Olympia and Capistrano Beach. On the way we will have the opportunity to talk urbanists, photographers, artists and architects. Our aim is be to project our on-going work at an event in a drive-in cinema. More information... and here.


Picturing Milwaukee: Washington Park
UWM: Summer 2014 Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Field School

This summer course provides students an immersion experience in field recording the built environment and cultural landscapes and an opportunity to learn how to write history literally “from the ground up.” The 2014 field school focuses on Washington Park, a racially, economically and culturally diverse neighborhood known for its artist communities and active neighborhood groups. A recent influx of Somali and Burmese refugees has added to an existing diverse group of white, African American, and Hmong residents. More information... or contact 
Prof. Arijit Sen at senA@uwm.edu.


Restore America's Estuaries Call for Posters: Inspiring Action, Creating Resilience

The overarching Summit theme, "Inspiring Action, Creating Resilience," will explore the many ways in which restoration and management can shape communities and vice versa, identify how to effectively measure and convey these changes and how people and communities can take meaningful action such that they can plan, respond and prosper in the face of challenges. More information...


Wan Performing Spaces Award

Have you created a performance space that combines flexibility and versatility with state-of-the-art facilities? Does your project transcend the traditional boundaries of creative environments and redefine what a performance space can be? If the answer to these questions is yes, then we'd like to hear from you. Open to both built and concept-only projects, the WAN Performing Spaces Award celebrates designs that create stimulating, thought-provoking and rewarding experiences for both the performers and the audience - whether a theatre, concert hall, arts venue or site-specific space. More information...

WAN Glass in Architecture Award 2014

If any of your recent projects deliver light and transform spaces in imaginative, inventive ways, enter the WAN Glass in Architecture Award and ensure that your projects get onto the global stage and even more importantly, in front of the many prospective clients that follow the WAN AWARDS. More information...

WAN Concrete in Architecture Award 

New to our awards programme, this exciting category celebrates designers whose work exhibits exciting new directions in concrete design. Whether a private house or public building, our judges will be rewarding projects that use the latest advances in technology to explore the sculptural and expressive possibilities of this versatile material. More information...



Midtown Detroit, Inc. (MDI) in partnership with the New Economy Initiative (NEI) is seeking proposals to transform the undersides of two viaducts located in Midtown Detroit’s TechTown district with public art and light. MDI is pleased to announce that its Call for Entries is now open. The Second and Cass Avenue viaducts are two fully operational railroad bridge grade separations located between Baltimore and Amsterdam Streets in TechTown. Originally constructed in 1934, these once magnificent viaducts have been poorly maintained over the years and lack adequate lighting, contributing to unsafe perceptions of the district. This call seeks to give these industrial bridges new life—making them a choice destination rather than a place to pass through. More information...



National Academy of Environmental Design (NAED) Annual Workshop Program Committee invites you to submit an abstract for poster presentations at the 2014 NAED Annual Workshop to be held in Richmond, Virginia, September 22-23, 2014. The poster session provides a unique forum to explore water related design issues, policies, and practices that will fuel discussions during the workshop sessions. Abstracts should broadly address the workshop theme: A New Paradigm of Flows: Water in the Greater Chesapeake Watershed Region. More information...


Call for submissions for Imagine Hillandale

A charrette that seeks to energize thinking about the use of a unique suburban site for a single-family residence located in the Village of Rye Brook, in Westchester County, New York.  It is anticipated that successful entries will help to initiate creative thinking about the utilization of the site (and the re-use of existing residence if appropriate) and ideally will support the sale of the property for occupancy and/or redevelopment. More information...


Urban Omnibus Call for Essays: Common Shares

We are pleased to announce the third annual Urban Omnibus writing competition, this year on the topic of common ownership, private property, and the sharing economy. With this competition, UO invites writers to infuse the discourse around structural economic change with narrative, theory, history, or humor. In so doing, we seek to advance our dedication to redefining the culture of citymaking by questioning how we talk about what is public, private, and shared in the urban realm. More information...


5th International Congress on Construction History: Call for Abstracts     

We invite researchers and practitioners from all aspects of the history of construction to submit paper abstracts for the 5th International Congress on Construction History, to be held in Chicago and hosted by the Construction History Society of America June 3-7, 2015. The congress follows on successful interdisciplinary congresses held in Madrid (2003), Cambridge UK (2006), Cottbus (2009), and Paris (2012). More information...


SAH/Mellon Author Awards

The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) is accepting applications for the 2014 SAH/Mellon Author Awards. Funded through a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by SAH, the award is designed to provide financial relief to scholars who are publishing their first monograph on the history of the built environment and who are responsible for paying for rights and permissions for images or for commissioning maps, charts or line drawings in their publications. The purpose of the award is to help defray the high costs of image licensing, reproduction and creation of original drawings and maps for monographs on the history of the built environment. More information...



Registration is open to students and professionals alike, who are interested in participating in a 10 day design charette focused on exploring the legacy of experimental housing in LA through the lens of contemporary design methodologies. Expect to explore computational design strategies, implement digital fabrication processes, work with a global network of like-minded designers, researchers, and educators, and experience the iconic legacy of LA's mid-century modernist homes. More information...


Call for Papers: 2015 SAH Annual Conference in Chicago, April 15-19

The Society of Architectural Historians is now accepting abstracts for its 68th Annual Conference in Chicago, April 15-19, 2015. Please submit abstracts no later than June 6, 2014, for one of the 32 thematic sessions or for an open session. More information...


World Interiors News Awards 2014

The World Interiors News Awards 2014 celebrate interior design projects and products that have made the biggest impact on our material and visual culture throughout the year. For our Residential Interiors Category, we’re searching for projects that demonstrate confidence and vision in the articulation of interior space, whether a single-use home, multi-occupancy residence or country house. Projects that show an overriding commitment to considered design through the balance of light and space, quality of finish and harmony of the palette, will be particularly key to success in this award. More information...


What's the Matter: Materiality and Materialism at the Age of Computation 

The European Network of Heads of Schools of Architecture and the European Association for Architectural Education in collaboration with The School of Architecture of Valles UPV and hosted by the Chamber of Architects of Catalunya and The School of Architecture of Barcelona UPC are organising an International conference addressing the following questions:

How can materiality and materialism be rethought in the rich and multifaceted context of contemporary computational architecture, and in the systemic context of pervasive computer simulations? How can this context nourish integration, build bridges, break barriers, alleviate fragmentation and clustering and above all nourish, foster, promote and advance innovation, while paying attention to the most important social challenges we are facing regarding the deep impact of technological changes? The conference invites architects and designers, engineers, software developers, mathematicians, biologists, materials and computer scientists, philosophers, theorists and educators to present their views on the question: What’s the Matter when rethinking materiality and materialism at the age of computation in design-related practice ranging from the small scale of object design to large scale cities? More information...


Conference Call for Papers: Architectures of privilege: Inquiries on Postwar Barcelona (1939-1952)

This is the first time that professionals and researchers are invited to address architectural and urban design in the period immediately after the civil war in Barcelona. We will focus on an area largely neglected by modern and contemporary historiography due to the traumatic and gray nature of the historical context and the displacement of the most exemplary architectures and architects during the postwar period. We invite architects, designers, historians, geographers, scholars, cultural managers and students to submit proposals for papers and sessions for the conference to be held in autumn 2015 in Barcelona dedicated to the Architectures of privilege. More information...


Cornell Journal of Architecture Call for Submissions

Issue 10 of the Cornell Journal of Architecture will collect a spectrum of specters from the phenomenal to the digital, and question the role and the possibility of the spirit in architecture today. Issue 10 of the Cornell Journal invites you contribute a ghost story, a haunted house, a virtual reality, or a distillation that engages the spirit’s complex and inevitable inhabitation of architecture. More information...


LOVE is Divine:The 2014 Barbara G. Laurie NOMA Student Design Competition 

NOMA is issuing a challenge to design a Youth Based Facility that will "fundamentally change lives': The design requires entrants to generate a redevelopment plan that incorporates historic preservation, adaptive reuse, and sustainability metrics and values encouraged through SEED, all while maintaining the current vision for the city of Philadelphia.

Known as the "City of Brotherly Love" and the "City of Neighborhoods", Philadelphia is proud to boast countless neighborhoods within numerous enclaves - each one having it's own unique and distinctive qualities. North Philly is the neighborhood immediately north of the Center City (the central business district). In the early 18th century, as Philadelphia prominently grew in importance and population, then pastoral North Philadelphia became an attractive alternative to the burgeoning city and was developed as a suburb for the wea lthy Philadelphian. As the industrial age peaked in America, North Philadelphia gradually transformed into a working man's town. Years later a combination of the Great Depression, outsourcing, and "white flight" would take their toll on North Philadelphia in a fashion similar to other major US cities of the mid to late 20th century, if not in a more pronounced fashion. For more information, deadlines and requirements, see the pdf.

Member Publications



The Art of City Sketching
By Michael Abrams

The Art of City Sketching: A Field Manual aims to help students in architecture, and related design fields, to systematically think through drawing, and to envision sketching as a tool for storytelling. The inspiration for this book originated from my teaching experience as a field sketching instructor, there I realized that through the act of drawing, students can discover, analyze, and comprehend the built environment.

The book guides readers through the laborious and often complex sketching process, using a number of historic places and major buildings from Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and various European cities as subject matter. This field manual applies a specific theme in each chapter that will allow readers to develop their conceptual drawing skills, envision drawing as a communication tool, and illustrate and analyze the built environment. Each chapter incorporates samples, short exercises and projects with drawing tips, step-by-step demonstrations, and composition sketching techniques (dos and don’ts).

The Art of City Sketching helps readers document and analyze the built environment through a gradual sequential framework. The book is divided into three parts, based on the reader’s skill level: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.