Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, GA


Opportunity: AIA/ACSA 2018 Intersections Symposium

By TJewell
May 17, '17 12:07 PM EST

I am excited to share this information for the 2018 Intersections: Design and Resilience symposium. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) are pleased to announce a partnership dedicated to the integration of education, research and practice of technologies at the 2018 AIA National Convention in New York. As co-Chair for this symposium, I invite you to submit your abstract for consideration by June 14, 2017.

Through a series of educational sessions at the 2018 AIA Conference in New York City, we will extend the conference discussions around Design and Resilience in a symposium through the categories of Technological, Social and Ecological Resilience.

Prospective papers should address one of these topic areas:  


ModeratorBillie Faircloth, FAIA, LEED, AP, BD+C, Director of Research and Partner, KieranTimberlake

How can technology aid our search for design and resilience? In what ways are we proposing innovative resilient design solutions via the integration of data, sensors, biomimicry, materials development and testing, structural innovations, energy modeling, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and virtual reality? Is there current research occurring in academic studios and labs that can impact professional practices? 


ModeratorMichael Murphy, CEO and President, Co-Founder, MASS Design Group (invited)

Communities around the world are struck with sudden shocks and disturbances due to social, political and environmental change. What does design and resilience mean for those who inhabit our built environment? How can design and construction impact educational outcomes? The spread of disease? Poverty? Policy? Security? How do we engage stakeholders in the design and resilience process?  


ModeratorSheila Kennedy, FAIA, Principal and Director of MATx, Kennedy & Violich Architecture, Ltd., Professor of Practice at MIT

How do we design more resilient habitats? What theories, systems, materials, and/or processes are being explored that embrace these challenges and advance resiliency and sustainable use?  What new opportunities might present themselves as we innovate and explore solutions to these critical issues?  

We see an opportunity to leverage this symposium as a way to encourage discourse and engagement with academia. Educators, practitioners, researchers and students are all encouraged to submit. Transdisciplinary, collaborative work spanning academia, research institutions, and practice is encouraged. Submission deadline is June 14, 2017.

Julie Ju-Youn Kim RA AIA
Associate Chair, School of Architecture
Director, Undergraduate Program
Co-Chair, 2018 Intersection Symposium: Design and Resilience
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