Conference Agenda

Overview and details of the sessions of this conference. Please select a date or location to show only sessions at that day or location. Please select a single session for detailed view (with abstracts and downloads if available).

Please note that all times are shown in the time zone of the conference. The current conference time is: 9th Dec 2021, 06:14:24am PST

Session Overview
Date: Friday, 09/Apr/2021
8:00am - 9:30amD: Paper Session_C3: Public Space, Parks and Performative Possibilities
Panel Moderator: Brian Sinclair
8:00am - 9:30amD: Paper Session_O2: Humanitarian Design, Public Health and Comparative Evaluation
Panel Moderator: Christina Bollo
8:00am - 9:30amD: Paper Session_T4: Retrofit Measures, Systems and Solutions
Panel Moderator: Rahman Azari
8:00am - 9:30amD: Paper Session_T5: Thermal Perception, Boundaries and Comfort Assessment
Panel Moderator: Luis Santos
9:30am - 9:45amBreak

Network with a cup of 'home-made' Coffee!

9:45am - 11:15amE: Paper Session_C4: Representation, Improvisation, and Visualization
Panel Moderator: Philip Plowright
9:45am - 11:15amE: Paper Session_T6: Energy, Evaluation and Material Production
Panel Moderator: Ming Hu
9:45am - 11:15amE: Paper Session_T7: Daylighting, Empirical Predictions and Environmental Factors
Panel Moderator: Ihab Elzeyadi
9:45am - 11:15amE: Workshop_W4: Developing an Architectural Research Agenda
Panel Moderator: Adil Sharag-Eldin

Katy Janda, University College London, Panelist

Julia Robinson, University of Minnesota, Panelist

Panelists will present ideas, methods and organizational strategies for developing a well-defined architectural research agenda.

Julia Robinson: Architecture is a Cultural Medium:: Application in Research

Professor Robinson’s talk will briefly introduce the research agenda she has pursued in her career and discuss what it means for architecture to be a cultural medium. Subsequently she will present three research projects and her research methodologies, first a 15-year study of the difference between institution and home,  second, the 8-year project on Dutch housing that resulted in her book, and finally, very briefly her recent work on preventing youth incarceration. She will conclude with preliminary ideas about how her work embodies a cultural approach.

Kathryn Janda: Beyond Technology: Re-Designing Sustainability Research and Social Engagement

This presentation discusses existing challenges and new opportunities for energy demand research in the built environment.  I argue that energy use is embedded in a social context, so technical potential (aka better buildings) is not enough.  We need social and organizational engagement as well, which I call “social potential.” From a research perspective, sustainability can only be achieved by continual co-production of learning between experts and non-experts, which requires inductive reasoning, open-ended questions and action research methods.

11:15am - 11:30amBreak

Take a Tour or Visit an Exhibit

11:30am - 12:15pmF: Poster Session_P3
Panel Moderator: Jonathan Yorke Bean
11:30am - 12:15pmF: Poster Session_P4
Panel Moderator: Valerian Miranda
11:30am - 12:15pmF: Workshop_W5: Initiative to Develop Dedicated NSF Funding for the Discipline of Architecture
Panel Moderator: Hazem Rashed-Ali

Lawrence Bank, Georgia Institute of Technology

Hazem Rashed-Ali, ARCC Past-President, University of Texas at San Antonio

Chris Jarrett, ARCC President, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Introduction to an ARCC initiative to secure dedicated NSF funding for faculty in the discipline of architecture, including identifying community need and basic science questions. Q&A session to follow. 

11:30am - 12:15pmF: Workshop_W6: Publishing with Taylor & Francis
Panel Moderator: Alexandra Staub

Krystal Racaniello, Architecture Editor, Taylor & Francis, New York

A presentation by Taylor & Francis describing the process for publishing a book, from proposal submission to editorial assessment, peer review, contracts, timelines and manuscript delivery. Q&A session to follow. 

12:15pm - 12:30pmBreak

Grab and Go Lunch from your very own Refrigerator!

12:30pm - 1:30pmARCC Annual Awards Program

Recognition of ARCC's 2021 Awards Program Recipients

1:30pm - 1:45pmBreak

Network with a cup of 'home-made' Coffee!

1:45pm - 3:15pmG: Paper Session_O3: Community Participation and Decision-Making Practices
Panel Moderator: Traci Rider
1:45pm - 3:15pmG: Paper Session_T8: Matter, Materials and Manufacturing
Panel Moderator: Fauzia Sadiq Garcia
1:45pm - 3:15pmG: Paper Session_T9: Thermal Performance, Energy Use and Visualization
Panel Moderator: Alison Kwok
1:45pm - 3:15pmG: Workshop_W7: Writing for Architectural Journals: Guidelines, Tips, and Pitfalls
Panel Moderator: Philip Plowright

Simi Hoque, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Green Building

Philip Plowright, Editor-in-Chief, Enquiry: Journal of the ARCC (ENQ) 

Marci Uihlein, Executive Editor, TAD (Technology, Architecture, Design)

Led by editors of architectural journals, the workshop will provide guidance on writing for academic journals including structuring the papers, evolving an argument, providing adequate literature support, and developing conclusions. Examples will be discussed and attendees will have the opportunity to solicit feedback on their work. 

3:15pm - 3:30pmBreak

Take a Tour or Visit an Exhibit

3:30pm - 5:00pmKeynote: Michelle Addington_RESEARCH REDUX
Session Chair: Aletheia Ida
Session Chair: Beth Weinstein

Michelle Addington is dean of The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, where she holds the Henry M. Rockwell Chair in Architecture. Originally educated as a mechanical/nuclear engineer, Addington worked for several years as an engineer at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center and for E.I DuPont de Nemours before she studied architecture. 

Material and performance research in Architecture is often entangled in a methodological network constrained by missing knowledge, unsupported by foundational methods, clouded by conflicting domains, and untethered to meaningful impacts. The robust academic structure that both undergirds as well as overarches the research enterprise that forms the fundamental core of most disciplines, and should be that which frames and guides our research activities, is all but missing from our field. There is no consistent development and progression from undergraduate to graduate to doctorate to post-doctorate to faculty; what we have instead are small ad hoc fragments scattered about the world—a bespoke independent study program advertised as a research master’s degree, a funded special initiative that is singularly self-contained either as a unit or as a faculty member’s lab. While canon in architectural history is certainly being questioned, we know the extents of the field and what it considers as its principles and governing criteria. We cannot say the same about material and performance research in Architecture. Academic research both governs canon and is governed by canon. Without canon, there is no stable ground from which to launch an investigation, to open up an inquiry, to dismantle an accepted belief. Without canon as stable ground, then the starting point becomes that which we do and that which we are familiar with—aka practice and precedent. 

Much of what we call research is thus incremental and relative, which is not to discount it as incremental research is certainly considered a worthy undertaking. But we are often left without a clear and meaningful beginning and ending point for what drives the iteration other than the desire to try something or to make something. Even when research is intended to tackle a grand challenge, such as climate change, we tend to allow precedent and practice to co-opt the starting point and the ultimate question, keeping us bound to the way that we do things, albeit with some possible improvements. Big questions devolve into minor adjustments if we even are able to implement the results. More often than not, we aren’t able to implement results beyond prototyping or demonstration 

A robust research structure allows for questions large and small, enables methods that are repeatable and verifiable, establishes paths for dissemination that range from knowledge building to implementation to definitive (and verified) contribution. But we don’t have such a structure, and we don’t have the critical mass or canonic foundations to build one. For too long, we have tried to cobble together some semblance of a research structure for investigating materials and performance: a grant here and there, a few dozen doctorates, some experimental work carried out by firms, a scattershot of engineering-like papers appearing in numerous journals. For too long, many of us have been critical of what we perceive as the lack of rigor in how we educate architects in the questions and methods of research as well as in what qualifies as the products of research. Maybe it is time to stop trying to fit into the normative research structure that is the backbone of the more atomized disciplines, and build a research ecosystem that truly capitalizes on what knowledge we do bring to the table, what unique skills and capabilities we can bring to bear, how we fluidly collaborate and embrace enormous breadth across disciplines. What could and should it be?

5:00pm - 6:00pmLounge

BYOB (bring your own beverage)