2014 Edition of Enquiry released

Enquiry is pleased to present its 2014 edition of the journal. Readers can find articles focused on topics of architectural research by Vandana Baweja, Jesse M. Keenan, Brook Weld Muller, Robert Nelson, Traci Rose Rider and Lisa M. Tucker.

A new call will be issued in January for the 2015 issue. Article deadline will be in the summer (late June) for a late fall publication schedule.

In addition, Enquiry is pleased to be included in the Avery Index to Architectural Publications, a new index for the journal and one in which we are proud to be included. Inclusion will be completed in the coming weeks. Avery will increase the exposure of our authors further, adding this index to WorldCat, DOAJ, OAIster and Google Scholar.

Vol 11, No 1 (2014): Rhetoric, Policy and Critical Environmental Engagement

Table of Contents

Peer Reviewed Papers

Environmental Discourses and Rhetoric in the Conceptual Space of Architectural Education
Traci Rose Rider
The Courtyard Inside and Out: a Brief History of an Architectural Ambiguity
Robert Nelson
Material and Social Construction: A Framework for the Adaptation of Buildings
Jesse M. Keenan
Graphic Ecologies
Brook Weld Muller
Sustainability and the Architectural History
Vandana Baweja
The Labor-saving Kitchen: Sources for Designs of the Architects’ Small Home Service Bureau
Lisa M. Tucker


Symposium: Forum for Architecture, Culture and Spirituality

Nature and the Ordinary: Sacred Foundations of Architecture, Culture and Spirituality

(7th Annual Symposium of the Forum for Architecture, Culture and Spirituality)
Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, USA. Symposium Date:  
June 18-21, 2015
Submissions Deadline: January 19, 2015
: http://www.acsforum.org/symposium2015/

The Forum for Architecture, Culture and Spirituality invites participation in its Seventh Annual Symposium. ACS 7 will take place in the serene setting of the vast and inspiring New Mexico desert in the southwest of the United States. We selected this remarkable place to invite us to contemplate and live the theme of the symposium: “Nature and the Ordinary: Sacred Foundations of Architecture, Culture and Spirituality.”Although the symposium will focus on landscape and culture in the context of the ‘quotidian,’ we will consider submissions addressing other issues related to ACS and include them in at least one open session during ACS7. These sessions will provide a forum to present what is currently being studied, discussed, practiced, or taught in the area of architecture, culture and spirituality

As in previous ACS meetings, the symposium will be structured around several subtopics focusing on various aspects of the general theme, and the number of attendees will be kept small on purpose to secure an atmosphere conducive to personal connections and in-depth dialogue. Optional meditation will be offered each morning and there will be some free time for connecting to oneself, other people and the surroundings.


500 to 1000 words long proposalsfor either the Open or Symposium Topic Sessionswill be peer-reviewed by at least three ACS scholars/professionals. The deadline is January 19th, 2015.

For more details and information, visit: http://www.acsforum.org/symposium2015/ or email ACS7 symposium co-chair Julio Bermudez at: bermudez@cua.edu

Reminder: ARCC 2015 Abstract Deadline

The deadline for submitting abstracts to the 2015 ARCC Conference, Future of Architectural Research, is September 15th, 2014. Please consider submitting your work to the conference and feel free to forward to any colleagues who may be interested. More information about the conference themes and submission process can be found on the conference website: http://www.arcc2015.com/call-for-papers/

ARCC 38-2 Summer 2014

Year 38, Issue 2 | Summer 2014



ARCC 2015 Conference

Research in architecture, design and the built environment is currently diversifying and reaching new directions. Technological changes, such as new materials, construction techniques and design representations, have accelerated the need for research within design disciplines. Today, research is more important than ever and it is also becoming an integral component in the design practices. The theme of ARCC 2015 Conference, the FUTURE of Architectural Research, will address these aspects and will be a primary event for researchers, faculty members, design professionals, and policy makers to discuss and set the course for the future direction of architectural research. Today, interdisciplinary research approaches that address advanced materials, building technologies, environmental and energy concerns, computational design, automation in construction, design delivery methods, and project management are essential for advancing the state of knowledge relating to the design of built environment. This conference will address these topics, and will also aim to define the future course of architectural research.

Detailed Schedule, Conference Themes and deadlines can be found at the conference website:http://www.arcc2015.com/

ENQUIRY/The ARCC Journal Architectural Research

ENQUIRY,/The ARCC Journal Architectural Research extends a call for submissions for the 2014 edition of the journal, Vol 11, No 1 (2014).
The submission deadline is August 1, 2014.
Full details at:
ENQUIRY Call for Submissions

ENQUIRY/The ARCC Journal of Architectural Research has several open editorial positions including Managing Editor and Associate Editor.  Interested parties will find full details at:  
ENQUIRY Call for editors


Montana State University

College of Arts and Architecture Research and Creative Activity Symposium

This spring the College of Arts and Architecture at Montana State University hosted the second annual faculty symposium to discuss the current research and creative activity of the College. The symposium was developed and curated by Associate Professor Zuzanna Karczewska and Assistant Professor Bradford Watson, both in the School of Architecture. The symposium consisted of four sessions with seventeen faculty representing all four schools (Architecture, Art, Film and Photography, and Music) presenting and discussing their ongoing work to an audience of students and faculty from the College. The presentations ranged from theoretical propositions and commentary on the current discourse in the field of study to pedagogical methodologies being implemented on campus. Works in progress included excerpts from film, in process live performances and critical discourse on the trajectory for new exploration based on the current body of work.  There was also a panel discussion amongst the four Directors hosted by the Dean of the College, Nancy Cornwell, which centered around the value of research and creative activity in the arts. The panel addressed significant questions about the importance of the research and creative activity the faculty are currently engaged in, its impact on the pedagogy of the College and its engagement with the community at large. The discussion was highly focused on the value of thinking and provocation created by the College of Arts and Architecture situated in a land grant university focused on growing within the STEM fields. It ultimately culminated in a challenge for the College to instigate more interdisciplinary activity with the other colleges on campus.

The third installment is being planned for the spring of 2015 and will include a multi-venue exhibition of faculty work representing the diversity of research and creative activity in the College.

University of Kansas


This fall a team that includes associate professors of architecture Shannon Criss and Nils Gore received a $29,000 Tier II Research Grant from the Office of the Provost to build what they call a Mobile Collaboratory for Civic Engagement, or MoCoLab. KU’s Research Investment Council made the award. A used Airstream trailer purchased in September is the starting point for the project. During the spring semester Department of Architecture students will transform it into a community-room on wheels to “take scholars to the people.” The MoCoLab will be a resource that researchers and faculty can check out for specific projects, and driven to and set up in Kansas communities for any number of purposes: needs assessments, the seeking of opportunities, or to devise and initiate projects that hopefully will prove to be transformative.

Resilient Lifestyles Lab

The Resilient Lifestyles Lab, a collaboration of the School of Architecture and the Gerontology Center at the University of Kansas led by Associate Dean Keith Diaz Moore, has recently received two grants. One, from the Alzheimer’s Disease Center, is to retrospectively examine the correlates between objective characteristics of neighborhood and selected health outcomes in older adults that are pre-clinical dementia.  The other is a grant from the Reeve Foundation to develop an informational tool to enhance visitability in residential environments.  The Lab is also spearheading an international collaboration with Johns Hopkins University, the Centre on Ageing and Supportive Environments at the University of Lund and the Institute on Gerontology at Simon Fraser University to examine residential accessibility and its disparate impact on health outcomes in minority populations.

Mississippi State University

A+CA Grant Award $10k

School of Architecture Assistant Professors Hans C. Herrmann and Emily M. McGlohn, along with Building Construction Science Assistant Professor Michele M. Herrmann, were recently awarded a $10k grant from the Architecture + Construction Alliance (A+CA) for their proposal titled “Integrated Project Delivery Theater: A Symposium Designed to Facilitate Learning from Experts.” The award (Dec 2013) was in response to a request from the A+CA Board of Directors for proposals that address collaborative teaching/learning between architecture and building construction programs. This winning proposal centers on conducting a symposium (in the next academic year) in which industry professionals experienced in Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) discuss and demonstrate collaboration techniques and strategies. Thus enabling students (including faculty and practitioners) to gain an understanding of the individual’s role in the larger collaborative effort of Integrated Project Delivery in the construction industry.

MBCI Design/Build Bus Shelters on Tribal Lands

School of Architecture Assistant Professors Hans C. Herrmann, Alexis Gregory, Emily M. McGlohn, and Lee Carson along with Building Construction Science Assistant Professor Tom Leatham, were recently awarded a $10k grant from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (MCBI) in Oct. 2013 for their proposal to construct two  “Transit Bus Shelters” on Tribal Lands.  The ‘shelters’ were fully designed and permanently installed by the students at the conclusion of Fall 2013 semester by the 2nd Year Tectonic Architecture Collaborative Design Studio w/ Building Construction Science.

MSU Collaborative Research

Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory, AIA is collaborating on “Sustainable Solutions to Food Insecurity in the Urban South” with Dr. Joseph Witt - Department of Philosophy and Religion, Dr. Becky Schewe - Department of Sociology, and Dr. April Heiselt - Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology and the Center for the Advancement of Service-Learning Excellence (CASLE). The research will link food insecurity and agricultural sustainability through research, service-learning academic coursework, and co-curricular programming, all of which will in turn seek to implement innovative and sustainable solutions to food insecurity.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Assoc. Prof. Lynne M. Dearborn’s research in four Hmong villages in Thailand and Hmong-focused development projects in the Midwestern US, examines the role of Hmong Heritage in cultural tourism, agricultural and craft-based initiatives. Her examination of the role of Hmong Agricultural Heritage in four of Thailand’s 28 Royal Agricultural Stations will be featured in her forthcoming book Living Heritage as Economic Development: Entanglements of Hmong Modernity in Rural Thailand and the Diaspora, published by Left Coast Press.

Ball State University and Valencia College

Chevrolet Pays U.S. Colleges for Going Green

New carbon methodology monetizes campus energy-efficiency efforts.

Ball State University in Indiana and Valencia College in Florida have pioneered the application of new performance methodologies for greenhouse gas reductions with pilot projects, confirming that such funding is strategic to the realization of their greenhouse gas reductions. Ball State’s pilot involves installation of the largest geothermal system at a U.S. college. Valencia College is using the methodology for its energy efficiency program and efficient building construction. Ball State estimates an 8 to 10 percent return on incremental capital over a 12 year span. Valencia estimates a 7 to 14 percent return on incremental capital over a 10-year span. Integrated with its piloting effort, Ball State University will provide a longitudinal (three-year) Carbon Market Study of its experience using the performance methodology to leverage deeper carbon reductions as it works to help Chevrolet meet its goal.

U.S. college and university campuses can now receive money to support their clean energy-efficiency initiatives by using first of their kind carbon-reduction performance methodologies penned by Chevrolet. With 675 campuses pledging to go carbon neutral, the money can help deliver even more aggressive performance to help them reach their goals.

If a college’s LEED-certified building or campus-wide energy efficiency performance qualifies, their beyond-business-as-usual greenhouse gas reductions are verified as voluntary carbon credits. Chevrolet then pays campuses for these certified reductions and permanently retires them to benefit the climate.

Established in 2010, the voluntary goal of its Carbon-Reduction Initiative (CRI) is to prevent up to 8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the earth’s atmosphere. To achieve this, the brand has supported many carbon-reduction projects, from helping a landfill heat a hospital with methane gas to helping truckers avoid idling.

Building on its leadership as the largest U.S. corporate buyer of voluntary carbon credits by volume for the last two years according to the nonprofit Forest Trends Ecosystem Marketplace, Chevrolet hopes to spur even more carbon-reduction activities that positively impact communities, jobs and now students and their campuses.

“For cars like the Chevrolet Volt and Spark EV to fully live up to their potential, they need to run on a clean-energy infrastructure,” said GM Director of Sustainability David Tulauskas. “The Chevrolet Carbon-Reduction initiative is about supporting the ingenious ways people are reducing their footprint, like the leaders driving the higher education sustainability movement.”

To develop the performance methodologies, Chevrolet worked with an advisory team led by the Climate Neutral Business Network with support from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, the U.S. Green Building Council and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. These performance methodologies are pending certification through the Verified Carbon Standard.

Robert Koester, professor of architecture and chair of the Ball State University Council on the Environment said, “Without such third party financing of this type, most colleges and universities would not be able to capitalize the more significant investments needed to bring down their carbon load on the atmosphere.”

In addition to financial benefits for the participating colleges and universities, students also gain valuable experience and insights from initiatives such as these. They get to learn first-hand how a complex institution can make positive change, how to share such improvements with the members of their academic community and even participate in real-time academic research associated those achievements. Certainly, as they graduate and become sustainability leaders in their own communities, the far-reaching effects of these initiatives will be multiple.

Visit Chevrolet’s website for more information about the carbon reduction initiative.


Karen M. Kensek, LEED AP BD+C, Assoc. AIA

Technical Design Series: Building Information Modeling, Routledge – May 2014

Provides an overview of BIM in the profession at an introductory, but comprehensive level. This book addresses many key roles that BIM is playing in shaping professional offices and project delivery processes. The book is divided into two parts: Fundamentals (BIM overview, stakeholders and BIM’s many roles, data exchange and interoperability, BIM implementation, and beyond basic BIM) and Application case studies.  From the neophyte to the BIM-savvy, this book, from defining fundamental concepts and exploring new innovations, encourages everyone to learn more about building information modeling.


Karen M. Kensek, LEED AP BD+C, Assoc. AIA

Douglas E. Noble, PhD, FAIA

Building Information Modeling: BIM in Current and Future Practice, Wiley,June 2014

This edited compilation of provocative essays providing a forum for these leadership voices in the marketplace of ideas about building information modeling in architecture. They provide clarity and direction for thinking about the current practice and the future directions of BIM, instigating commentary by foremost thinkers about both research about BIM and speculation into the future of BIM. The 26 chapters are grouped together thematically in six sections that present both complementary and sometimes incompatible positions: Design Thinking and BIM, BIM Analytics, Comprehensive BIM, Reasoning with BIM, Professional BIM, and BIM Speculations.

In addition, full-color digital material (PDFs, PowerPoint slides, animations) is available for professors to augment the use of this book in their classes, including case studies by architecture firms an engineering firm, and contractors; two faculty bonus papers; and sample teaching material.


Richard L. Hayes, Ph.D., CAE, AIA, Editor-in-Chief

The Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice, 15th Edition John Wiley and Sons

The Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice continues to be the essential business reference for every architect who must meet the challenges of today’s marketplace with insight and confidence. Substantially updated in the 15th edition, this indispensable resource covers all aspects of architectural practice with contributions by over 120 authors. Of special note for ARCC members is Chapter 14:  Research and Practice containing essays on Research in Practice, Research Methods, Research and Practice, Evidence-Based Desig

Chapter 14 can be purchased and delivered electronically via the AIA Bookstore.

Therese F. Tierney. Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Public Space of Social Media: Connected Cultures of the Network Society, Routledge, 2013.

Social media is restructuring urban practices–through ad-hoc experimentation, commercial software development, and communities of participation. This book is the first to consider how practices contained within social media are situated within a larger genealogy of public space, one that includes communal identity, civitas and democracy, the fete, and self-expression.

Lee W. Waldrep, Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Becoming an Architect, 3rd edition, Wiley & Sons 2014.

Starting a career as an architect is an exciting prospect, but it’s important to do your research before you take the plunge. The third edition of Becoming an Architect is an update to the best-selling guide and highlights the risks and rewards on the path to a career as an architect.

Michelangelo Sabatino, Ph.D., of the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture of the University of Houston co-edited a new book entitled:

Arthur Erickson: Layered Landscapes – Drawings from the Canadian Architectural Archives (2013) published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Nickel Galleries of the University of Calgary.

Michelangelo Sabatino, Ph.D.,

Pride in Modesty: Modernist Architecture and the Vernacular Tradition was recently published in Italian translation by Edizioni Franco Angeli of Milan (2013).

Two of Sabatino’s previously published essays appeared in Andrew Peckham and Torsten Schmiedeknecht eds., The Rationalist Reader: Architecture and Rationalism in Western Europe 1920-1940 / 1960-1990 (London: Routledge, 2013).  Sabatino recently launched a new publication series entitled Canadian Modern for the Dalhousie Architectural Press in Halifax. www.michelangelosabatino.com


AIA Upjohn Research Program.

The AIA has released the call for the 2014 Upjohn Research program.

The AIA seeks proposals for research projects to be completed in an ~18-month period beginning December 1, 2014. The AIA will award up to six grants, between $15,000 and $30,000 each, for selected projects (awarded funds must be hard-dollar matched; a maximum of 10 percent of funds may be used for overhead). This grant qualifies recipients to have their findings and outcomes published both electronically and in a nationally distributed publication.

Information about AIA past Upjohn research and The 2014 Upjohn poster is posted to the AIA Research Page. http://www.aia.org/practicing/akr/AIAB102107




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 ARCC Newsletter 38-1 Spring 2014

Keith Diaz Moore, PhD, AIA (University of Kansas)
ARCC President


ENQUIRY,/The ARCC Journal Architectural Research extends a call for submissions for the 2014 edition of the journal, Vol 11, No 1 (2014).
The submission deadline is August 1, 2014.
Full details at:
ENQUIRY Call for Submissions

ENQUIRY/The ARCC Journal of Architectural Research has several open editorial positions including Managing Editor and Associate Editor.  Interested parties will find full details at:  
ENQUIRY Call for editors

GEOCON II:  Design, Drilling and Equipment April 10, 2014
To best serve the industry, we have organized a single day conference in which participants will be able to exchange technical notes, develop understandings and share experiences with design, drilling, and equipment issues related to geothermal ground source heat pump technology.

The morning sessions of this day-long event will include presentations from industry leaders followed later in the day by an interactive panel session and tours of the 47-building district-scale ground-source-heat-pump geothermal heating/cooling system at Ball State University.
Details at: http://cms.bsu.edu/academics/centersandinstitutes/cote/sustainability/conclave


ARCC is now accepting nominations for the following awards as part of its 2014 Awards program:

  • James Haecker Distinguished Leadership Award
    Recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the growth of the research culture of architecture and related fields.
  • New Researcher Award
    Acknowledges emerging figures in architecture and environmental design research.
  • Mary Kihl Distinguished Service Award
    Awarded for exceptional service to ARCC.

More details on each award, including application requirements, can be found on the ARCC website at http://arccweb.org/awards/. For full consideration, nominees must be affiliated with an ARCC member institution in good standing.

All award applications are due April 1, 2014. Electronic submissions should be sent to Dr. Michelle A. Rinehart (michelle.rinehart@coa.gatech.edu).

The Architectural Research Centers Consortium is pleased to announce the fifteenth annual:
ARCC | King Student Medal for Excellence in Architectural + Environmental Design Research.
Named in honor of the late Jonathan King, co-founder and first president of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC), this award will be given to one student per ARCC member school. Selection of school recipients is at the discretion of the individual institutions, but will be based upon criteria that acknowledge innovation, integrity, and scholarship in architectural and/or environmental design research. The award may be made at either the graduate or the undergraduate level.  Deadline for nominations is April 7, 2014.  Full nomination details at King Medal.

2013-14 King Medal Recipients
A complete list of 2012-13 King Medal Recipients with their project titles can be found at 2012-13 King Medal Recipients.  The projects represent impressive array of research in both breadth and depth.


Brad Guy, PWC Eco-Park Program $39,612 grant for calendar year 2014 by Prince William County, VA to assist development of environmental research and education center at Prince William County Sanitary Landfill.

Brad Guy, Salvage in Detroit: Opportunities for Optimization through Action Research. Funded by the Kresge Foundation via NextEnergy.


Ball State Partners with Chevrolet

Ball State and Chevrolet are partnering to validate a new methodology for verifying large-scale carbon reduction. Chevrolet has chosen Ball State University in Indiana as a key partner in their campaign to support clean energy efficiency initiatives. The auto company’s partnership with Ball State and support of campus carbon reduction projects in general is part of its broader commitment of preventing up to 8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the air over the next five years.  BSU-Chevrolet Partnership


Philip Plowright. Revealing Architectural Design: Methods, Frameworks & Tools. Routledge, 2014.

Introduces the reader to architecture from the point of view of domains and syntax, techniques of creative and analytic thinking, and issues of relevance. It is an advanced primer connecting design thinking and decision-making to constant, underlying frameworks that create the architectural design process.

Linda Groat and David Wang. Architectural Research Methods - Second Edition, Wiley, 2013.

Substantially revised and updated from the first edition. A key text for researchers of architecture and the built environment.

Kathleen James-Chakraborty. Architecture Since 1400,University of Minnesota Press, 2013.

A cross-cultural history of the built environment that highlights the diversity of design visions across the globe.

Joy Monice Malnar and Frank Vodvarka. New Architecture on Indigenous Lands, University of Minnesota Press, 2013.

This analysis of recent Native building projects in Canada and the western and midwestern United States shows how tribal identity is manifested in various distinctive ways.

Julio Bermudez, editor. Transcending Architecture: Contemporary Views on Sacred Space, The CUA Press, Washington DC. (Expected Fall 2014)

Hollee Becker. Structural Competency for Architects. Routledge. (Expected mid 2014)

Brad Guy. Design For Adaptability and Deconstruction. John Wiley & Sons. (Expected 2014)



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Call for Papers/Workshops: The 6th Annual Symposium of Architectural Research/2014 The Annual NAF Symposium


The 6th Annual Symposium of Architectural Research 2014


The Annual NAAR Symposium



Designing and Planning the Built Environment

for Human Well-Being


October 23rd to 25th, 2014

Oulu School of Architecture

University of Oulu



Call for Papers

Call for Workshop Proposals


Call for Papers and Workshop proposals also at the conference web page www.arkkitehtuuritutkimuksenpaivat.fi. More detailed information of the conference will be available at the conference web page in March 24th.

The 6th Annual Symposium of Architectural Research 2014 will be organized on October 23rd to 25th in Oulu, Finland, together with the Nordic Association of Architectural Research Conference (NAAR). The Symposium is the annual gathering for research in architecture, urban design and planning and has been organized by the Finnish schools of architecture (Aalto University, Tampere University of Technology, University of Oulu) together with the Finnish Association of Architects SAFA since 2009.*

If you are unable to see the table of Submission types and important dates, please look at the conference web page at www.arkkitehtuuritutkimuksenpaivat.fi. For further information, please contact atut.oulu@gmail.com


Theme - Designing and Planning the Built Environment for Human Well-being

The theme of the symposium will be Designing and Planning the Built Environment for Human Well-being. The aim is to discuss how to bridge knowledge gaps between the planning, design, production, use and transformation of the Northern built environment in the context of human well-being. Also, the theoretical and philosophical openings are very welcome to the symposium.

The Symposium offers international keynote lectures, high quality research papers and a relaxed arena for discussion for researchers and practitioners of the Nordic countries and broader international audience. The symposium languages are English, Finnish and Swedish. We welcome researchers and practitioners in architecture, urban design and planning, geography, cultural anthropology, the social sciences, ecology, and other fields related to architectural studies to present their work.  The subjects concern but are not limited to the themes related to the built environment and human well-being as presented in the following table.


Preliminary program

Thursday 23.10.2014


12.00             Registration for the Workshops

13.15             Parallel workshops for researchers (topics will be chosen among the proposals)

20.30             Get-together party at Apaja


Friday 24.10.2014


9.15-11.00   Closing of the workshop sessions


11.30             Registration for the Seminar

12.15             Welcoming words

12.30             Keynote lecture, Professor Kristina Nilsson,

Luleå University of Technology, Unit of Architecture


13.30             Tracks 1-4

15.30             Coffee

16.00             Tracks 1-4

18.00             Keynote lecture, Professor Doina Petrescu,

The University of Sheffield, School of Architecture

(to be confirmed)

19.00             Reception at City Hall, City of Oulu

(to be confirmed)

20.00             Evening continues at Architects’ Guild House


Saturday 25.10.2014


9.30               Tracks 1-4

11.30             Keynote lecture, Professor Paul Dourish

The Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at UC Irvine

(to be confirmed)

12.30             Lunch

13.30             Tracks 1-4

15.00             Keynote lecture, Professor Mette Ramsgard Thomsen

The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture,

The Centre for Information Technology and Architecture [CITA]

(to be confirmed)

16.00             Coffee

16.30             Tracks 1-4

18.00             Panel discussion

18.30             Closing words and drinks


Organizers reserve the right for changes in the program.


Scientific board and the peer-reviewing process

The papers to be submitted to the peer-review process will be written in English. The papers will be peer-reviewed and selected by a scientific board, which ensures the general academic quality of the conference. The scientific board consists of active post-doctoral level researchers, and its members will be selected among Nordic and international researchers. The peer-reviewing process will be double-blind. It will also be possible to publish high-quality non-reviewed articles (see Publishing).



The organizers will publish all the abstracts in the Book of Abstracts (available at the conference).

The full papers (peer-reviewed and non-reviewed; the status mentioned in the publication) will be published in electronic format via an architectural research periodical using the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies’ Open Journal Systems (OJS) -publishing platform and/or The Nordic Journal of Architectural Research (decided case by case basis by the editor-in-chief of NJAR). The aim of the publication is to fulfill the criteria of the Finnish Publication Forum Project (http://www.tsv.fi/julkaisufoorumi/english.html?lang=en) to receive recognition at Level 1 (basic). Accepted workshop proposals (organizers) will be published together with the full papers in the electronic form using OJS –publishing platform.


Registration fees

Architects and other academics, researchers, post-doctoral students with or without contribution

-                      Early bird registration before September 15th 2014,                    150 eur

-                      Registration after September  15th 2014,                                         250 eur

-                      One day registration (required for workshop participants),    100 eur


Students of architecture and other fields

-                      Early bird registration before September 15th 2014,                    50 eur

-                      Registration after September  15th 2014,                                          75 eur



Oulu School of Architecture, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland (responsible), http://www.oulu.fi/architecture/

School of Architecture, Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland http://www.tut.fi/en/about-tut/departments/school-of-architecture/

Department of Architecture, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Espoo, Finland, http://arts.aalto.fi/en/

Department of Real Estate, Planning and Geoinformatics/YTK, Aalto University School of Engineering, Espoo, Finland, http://maa.aalto.fi/en/

Nordic Association of Architectural Research (NAAR), http://arkitekturforskning.net/na/pages/view/Association

Finnish Association of Architects SAFA, www.safa.fi


The responsible organizing team will consist of members of the faculty and researchers of the Oulu School of Architecture, University of Oulu. For further inquiries, please contact us atatut.oulu@gmail.com

*) Each year, a different School of Architecture in Finland has hosted the Symposium, either as a national event or a Nordic/international research event (Aalto University, 22–23 Oct 2009; Tampere TUT, 23–24 Apr 2010, together with Nordic Association of Architectural Research Conference (NAF); Oulu University 11–12 Nov 2011; Aalto 26–27 Oct 2012, together with the 4th International Conference on Architectural Competitions; Tampere TUT 28–30 Aug 2013).

[Sbse] 2013 Building and Environment Best Paper Awards

Building and Environment is very proud to announce the 2013 Best Paper Awards and 2013 Best Paper Award for a Young Author, established in 2007 as a measure to encourage the publishing of high-quality papers in the journal. According to the review scores and the recommendations from the reviewers, there are 26 candidate papers eligible for competing the best paper awards. The Editorial Advisory Board carefully evaluated those papers according to their originality, contributions to the field, quality of presentation, and soundness of the science.  Finally the Paper Award Committee, which consisted of Tim Xu (chair), Jon Wright, and Kwang Woo Kim, all of whom are also members of the Editorial Advisory Board, selected the following awards:

2013 Best Paper Awards:
·         Jörgen Falk and Kenneth Sandin, “Ventilated rainscreen cladding: Measurements of cavity air velocities, estimation of air change rates and evaluation of driving forces,sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360132312002193>” Building and Environment, Volume 59, January 2013, Pages 164–176.
·         Peter Barrett, Yufan Zhang, Joanne Moffat, Khairy Kobbacy, “A holistic, multi-level analysis identifying the impact of classroom design on pupils’ learning,sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360132312002582>” Building and Environment, Volume 59, January 2013, Pages 678-689.
·         Cheng-Chun Lin, Liangzhu (Leon) Wang, “Forecasting simulations of indoor environment using data assimilation via an Ensemble Kalman Filter,sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360132313000887>” Building and Environment, Volume 64, June 2013, Pages 169-176.

2013 Best Paper Award for Young Author:
·         Delia D’Agostino, “Moisture dynamics in an historical masonry structure: The Cathedral of Lecce (South Italy),sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360132313000577>” Building and Environment, Volume 63, May 2013, Pages 122-133.

Let us congratulate the authors for their significant contributions to the state-of-the-art. They should be very proud of their achievements in a very competitive pool of more than 1300 submissions in 2013.

Winning papers are free to access until 31 march 2014.

Upjohn Research Initiative awards

Washington, D.C. – November 6, 2013 – The jury for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Upjohn Research Initiative, a joint program of the College of Fellows and the Board Knowledge Committee to support knowledge sharing between practitioners and academicians, has announced the five projects selected to receive grants.


The purpose of this grant, now in its seventh year, is to provide base funds for applied research projects that advance professional knowledge and practice. The 18-month long project grant qualifies recipients to have their findings and outcomes published both electronically and in a nationally distributed publication. The total award of $105,000 will be spread across the selected proposals. The jury felt the process and deliberations were fully consistent with the blind-peer review intent of the program. This blind-peer review helps add an element of rigor to the process whereby proposals are debated on their own merits. The following five submissions were selected for funding:


Project Title: Daylighting Design Performance Criteria for Alzheimer Care Facilities, Towards Evidence-based Best Practices for Improved Care

Principal Investigator: Kyle Konis, PhD, AIA, University of Southern California

Abstract: The objective of this research is to establish empirical daylighting design requirements and performance criteria for assisted living facilities serving people with Alzheimer disease.


Project Title: Tenant Engagement in High Performance Buildings and Communities

Principal Investigator: Julie Kreigh, AIA, LEED AP, CSBA, Kriegh Architectural Studios

Abstract: Design professionals have developed methodologies to predict and analyze post-occupancy energy performance in project-specific high performance design environments.


Project Title: Learning Environments Design and Diversity

Principal Investigator: James Determan, FAIA, Morgan State University

Abstract: The primary intent of this research is to provide learning space designers and educators with evidence of the link between classroom design and enhanced learning outcomes using subjects that accurately reflect the future student population.


Project Title: Sustainable Transparency: Kinetic Building Facades

Principal Investigator: Kyoung-Hee Kim, PhD, University of North Carolina

Abstract: This applied design research project advances two domains of architectural knowledge: Kinetic Facade Design and Sustainability Performance Assessment.


Project Title: Responsive Pneumatics: Prototypes for Biologically Inspired Air-Based Envelope Systems

Principal Investigator: Kathy Velikov, University of Michigan

Abstract: This proposal seeks funding to advance physical prototype-based research examining new performative, formal and aesthetic potentials of cellular pneumatic foil-based envelope systems towards low energy light-transmitting building facade applications.


The jury for the Upjohn Research Initiative includes: Jury Chair William Joseph Carpenter, PhD, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, Southern Polytechnic State University Lightroom Architecture + New Media; Leonard Bachman, University of Houston; Christine Barber, Director of Research at Gensler; Henry Hardnett, FAIA, Indian Health Service; Marlene Imirzian, FAIA, Imirzian Architects; Calvin Kam, PhD, AIA, PE, LEED AP, Stanford University; Keith Diaz Moore, PhD, AIA, University of Kansas; Burton L. Roslyn, FAIA, FARA, DBIA Roslyn Consultants, LLC. and William J. Stanley III, FAIA, Stanley, Love-Stanley, P.C. The Upjohn Research Initiative is named after Richard Upjohn, the first president of the AIA and a founding member.

Symposium: Forum for Architecture, Culture and Spirituality

The Architecture of Spirituality in a Multicultural Setting

(6th Annual Symposium of the Forum for Architecture, Culture and Spirituality)
Trinity College in Toronto, Canada. June 5-8, 2014
Submissions Deadline: January 27, 2014
Website: http://www.acsforum.org/symposium2014/

The 6th Annual Symposium on Architecture, Culture and Spirituality (ACS 6) will take place at Trinity Colege in the University of Toronto ( http://www.trinity.utoronto.ca/ ), located in the heart of Toronto’s midtown core, June 5-8, 2014.

The topic is “The Architecture of Spirituality in a Multicultural Setting” and will explore the nature of spiritual expression as articulated in form and space within a multicultural framework. This objective will be pursued in paper-project-presentation sessions responding to the themes described below. As always in ACS symposia, optional meditation will be offered each morning and there will be free time for connecting to oneself, other people and the surroundings.


IDENTITYAs global economics and conflicts accelerate intercontinental migration, many spiritual traditions find themselves striving to secure and maintain identity within a completely new and otherwise foreign context. This theme considers the dynamics of faithfully re-creating the architecture of a spiritual tradition, and/or finding expressions of form, space, and ritual that speak to their adopted landscape.

SHARINGIn many cases, it has not been feasible to carry out spiritual expression with their traditional landscape.  This theme gives consideration to such possibilities as accommodations within the workplace, the creation of multi-faith worship centres, and sharing of existing religious spaces by more than one faith tradition as a means to embrace a multi-cultural environment

CONFLICTBecause sacred sites, buildings, and iconic objects represent primary manifestations of a spiritual tradition, they are often prime targets of sectarian, interfaith, and politically motivated violence.  This theme provides opportunities to explore the nature of this phenomenon.

FORGIVENESSThis theme provides opportunities to explore the question of how design and location of spiritual space and form can contribute to ameliorating tensions, diffusing misunderstandings, and resolving potential conflicts as we seek to find wholeness and peaceful co-existence.


Compelling proposals that relate to the symposium focus but which fall outside of these themes will also be considered for acceptance.

Special Events

Two special event are planned. One is a keynote lecture by McGill Architecture Professor Alberto Pérez-Gómez. The second will be a Sacred Space Tour of Toronto buildings, gardens, and urban settings.


500 words long proposals will be peer-reviewed by the symposium co-chairs and a selected group of ACS members. The deadline is January 27th, 2014.

For more details and information, visit: http://www.acsforum.org/symposium2014/ or email us:bermudez@cua.edu 

Sustainable Structures Symposium abstract deadline extension


Sustainable Structures Symposium
The Intersections of Architecture, Structural Engineering and Green Buildings

April 17-18, 2014
Portland State University
Portland, OR

The School of Architecture in the College of the Arts at Portland State University is pleased to announce its fifth annual research symposium. This year’s theme will focus on the intersections of structural systems and sustainability. Faculty and students in architecture, structural engineering and related disciplines as well as practicing architects and engineers are invited to submit abstracts for blind peer review. Authors of selected abstracts will to be asked to submit full papers for another round of blind peer review to ensure quality and give feedback to the authors. Accepted papers will be presented at the symposium and included in the published proceedings.

500-word abstracts are due by September 12, 2013.

More information about the symposium can be found at:

The full call for abstracts/papers can be downloaded from the link below: