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

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: or email ACS7 symposium co-chair Julio Bermudez at:

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:

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 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 For further information, please contact


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 ( 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),

School of Architecture, Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland

Department of Architecture, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Espoo, Finland,

Department of Real Estate, Planning and Geoinformatics/YTK, Aalto University School of Engineering, Espoo, Finland,

Nordic Association of Architectural Research (NAAR),

Finnish Association of Architects SAFA,


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

*) 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).

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

The 6th Annual Symposium on Architecture, Culture and Spirituality (ACS 6) will take place at Trinity Colege in the University of Toronto ( ), 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: or email 

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:

ARCC/EAAE 2014 International Architectural Research Conference – EXTENDED SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Dear Colleagues,

In case you have not heard already, we are most pleased to announce the ARCC/EAAE 2014 International Conference, “Beyond Architecture: New Intersections & Connections”, hosted by the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Architecture, February 12 -15, 2014. We look forward to exciting dialogue and exchange with participants from around the world.

We’ve extended the deadline for abstract submissions. Abstracts are due to the conference website by July 1, 2013, 5:00 pm Hawaii Standard Time (GMT-10:00).

Conference Summary Information
When: February 12 -15, 2014
Where: University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii U.S.A.
More Info:

Conference Subtopics:
1. Re-Disciplining: The Rise, Fall and Reformation of the Disciplines. History, Theory, Historiography, and Future Studies
2. Structures of Intersections: Reorientations of Identities and Alliances. Global, Local, Geographic, Ethnic, and Disciplinary
3. Methods: Agents of Change in Changing Paradigms. Scientific, Technological, Strategic, Intuitive, and Pragmatic.
4. Ends: The Dystopia in Utopia and the Final Cause. Forces, Causality, Ideology, Values, Myth
5. Scramble: Knowing, Structuring, Configuring, Processing, Assembling, Consuming

Important Dates:
July 1, 2013 Abstract Due
September 2, 2013 Abstract Acceptance Notification
November 4, 2013 Full paper due
December 9, 2013 Paper Acceptance Notification
January 6, 2014 Final Paper due / Early registration deadline
January 31, 2014 Accommodations Deadline / Late registration deadline
February 12-15, 2014 ARCC/EAAE Conference

We hope you will join us in Hawaii this coming February. Please pass this message along to your research networks.

And again, please note that abstracts are now due July 1st!

Call for Abstracts: NSBB 2013

The Nordic Urban and Housing Research Network (NSBB) was established in 1997 with the aim of hosting annual Nordic seminars on urban and housing research in the Nordic countries.

The host of this year’s conference is the Danish Building Research Institute, Aalborg University in cooperation with the Centre for Housing Research and will be held from September 17th to 19th in Roskilde, Denmark. This year’s theme is:

The Scandinavian suburbs have existed for a while now, and there are currently numerous ongoing initiatives discussing the future development of suburbs. This happens in the recognition that suburbs represent a significant part of the overall townscape, combined with a new interest in suburban qualities. The conference aims to discuss the ideas and ideals that form the basis of the current suburb development projects; projects which all intend to revitalize and develop the suburban everyday life.

It seems that the interest in the suburbs has occurred after several decades where they have been subjects to harsh criticism. The suburbs have been associated with environmental and social problems, and their settlements have been called poor on experiences and alienating. Efforts are therefore done among both scientists and practitioners, to elucidate the suburban issues and to developing the strategies that may be the solution to solve the very same problems.

Deadline for abstracts and registration: June 20th

Deadline for papers: August 15th

For more information:

Call for Conference Host (2015/2017): ARCC CONFERENCES

The Architectural Research Centers Consortium hosts one of the premier conferences on research of the built environment each year. In even-numbered years, ARCC co-hosts an international conference with our European colleagues in EAAE. In odd-numbered years, ARCC independently hosts a conference on architectural research hosted by one of our member organizations. Our next ARCC/EAAE Research Conference will be hosted by the University of Hawaii in February of 2014. This letter invites you to consider submitting a proposal to host the ARCC National Conference in Spring of 2015 or 2017

The attached document outlines the guidelines for an initial Letter of Intent. We ask for complete letters to be submitted by 5:00PM CT on Friday, June 28 to: hazem.rashedali -at-



The ARCC National Conference is designed to be a premier outlet for disseminating leading edge research regarding the built environment. It is designed to be a conference for 120-150 attendees with sessions structured to allow ample time for discussion. Additionally, it is to be a non-profit, self-supporting event, meaning that registration fees shall be inclusive of all costs associated with the conference, including cost of rentals, keynote speakers, included meals, production costs of proceedings, conference bags etc.

Letters of Intent are sought from member schools/organizations in good standing with ARCC (organizational dues are current before submitting; see website: Non-member organizations who wish to submit a letter of intent can do so but will need to become an ARCC member by July 10, 2013 to be considered for the full proposal phase. Letters should contain the following information and be submitted in Word format (.doc) and have page numbers:


October 17-19, 2013, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Host School: Florida Atlantic University
Co-chairs: Anthony Abbate, Florida Atlantic University; Francis Lyn, Florida Atlantic University; Rosemary Kennedy, Queensland University of Technology


Catastrophic weather events – including drought and flooding, fires and deforestation, hurricanes, and landslides - have recently affected major centers of population throughout the world’s subtropical climate zones. In coming decades, the world’s population faces the compounding problems of sea level rise and resource depletion, and the impacts of climate-related disruptions on the flow of people and resources, particularly, sustainable food supply. With the forces of climate change now acting upon us, the subtropical urban regions of the world are becoming the harbinger for “Braving a New World”, as the power of local knowledge and focused research is tested against global influences and our everyday engagements and actions reflect our position about the future we are designing for ourselves and for our future generations.

So how do the built environment design professions respond and intervene in the way the community engages with the complex problems of design of urban settlements generally, and public spaces and buildings particularly, for more powerful weather systems?

  • What paradigm shifts in design philosophy in practice and education are needed to design for a world that is likely to be 2-4 degrees warmer?
  • Is there a role in cultural knowledge and the place/identity agenda in design more for extremes and less for averages?
  • What do designers need to know in order to design for increased capacity to produce and store renewable energy or finite resources (water)?
  • How do we collaborate and with whom to design for shelter to provide greater protection for inhabitants and for their property without further exacerbating anthropomorphic climate change?
  • Why not design for centrality of urban hydrology and ecology?
  • How do we incorporate theoretical principles of adaptability to the changing climate and social environment, particularly in regard to urban settlements and food security?
  • How do we design for increasing population in our subtropical urban centers over the next 40 years to ensure a good quality of life and responsiveness to climate change?

February 2013—Submission site opens
April 10, 2013—Submission deadline
May 2013—Accept/reject notifications sent to authors with reviewer comments.
Accepted Paper Abstract authors will be required to revise/prepare full-papers for publication in the conference Proceedings.
August 2013—Final revised papers and copyright forms due
October 17-19, 2013—Subtropical Cities Conference in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Click the links below to find the most up-to-date information regarding the conference.

+ Call for Abstracts
+ Call for Design+Research Projects
+ Location

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ARCC/EAAE 2014 International Architectural Research Conference - Call for Abstracts

February 12 -15, 2014
University of Hawai’i at Manoa

ARCC/EAAE 2014 International Conference
Our increased awareness of the multiplicity of the deep and broad connections  between mental, physical and metaphysical constructs leads us to rethink the autonomy and insularity of disciplinary structure.

Considering that the formation, naming development, and institutionalization of disciplines have, and have had, pragmatic, political and instrumental purposes, it now appears that such applications are also limiting in a world demanding more
interconnectivities and transactions.

In the conference, we investigate: why is a new transformed structure of thinking and practice emerging now? What forms should a restructured knowledge and praxis take in the re-disciplining of architecture? What benefits might arise from
such new constellations of thought and action? What might we lose, or forget? What is the impact for the future profession and body of architecture?

1. Re-Disciplining: The Rise, Fall and Reformation of the Disciplines. History, Theory, Historiography, and Future Studies
2. Structures of Intersections: Reorientations of Identities and Alliances. Global, Local, Geographic, Ethnic, and Disciplinary
3. Methods: Agents of Change in Changing Paradigms. Scientific, Technological, Strategic, Intuitive, and Pragmatic.
4. Ends: The Dystopia in Utopia and the Final Cause. Forces, Causality, Ideology, Values, Myth
5. Scramble: Knowing, Structuring, Configuring, Processing, Assembling, Consuming

Abstract are due by June 10, 2013. Abstract submission opens on April 22, 2013.

Flyer for the 2014 ARCC/EAAE Research Conference

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