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: 26th Sept 2021, 12:45:48pm PDT

Session Overview
Date: Wednesday, 07/Apr/2021
1:00pm - 2:45pmWorkshop_W1: Phd Doctoral + Graduate Student Research

Aletheia Ida, University of Arizona, Co-Moderator

Alexandra Staub, Pennsylvania State University, Co-Moderator

Saif Haq, Texas Tech University, Respondent

Hazem Rashed-Ali, University of Texas at San Antonio, Respondent

2:45pm - 3:00pmBreak

Take a Tour or Visit an Exhibit

3:00pm - 3:30pmConference Welcome

Nancy Pollock-Ellwand, Dean, CAPLA, University of Arizona

Robert Miller, Director, School of Architecture, University of Arizona

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

Beth Weinstein and Clare Robinson, Conference co-Chairs

3:30pm - 5:00pmOpening Plenary: PERFORMATIVE ENVIRONMENTS

Beth Weinstein and Susannah Dickinson, University of Arizona, Co-Moderators

Billie Faircloth, KieranTimberlake, Panelist

Jon McKenzie, Cornell University, Panelist

Nicolas de Monchaux, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Panelist

5:00pm - 6:00pmLounge

BYOB (bring your own beverage)

Date: Thursday, 08/Apr/2021
8:00am - 9:30amKeynote: Eyal Weizman_CLOUD STUDIES
Session Chair: Beth Weinstein
Session Chair: Laura Holden Hollengreen

Eyal Weizman is Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures and founding director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. In 2010, Weizman founded the research agency Forensic Architecture, documented in FORENSIS (Sternberg, 2014) and Forensic Architecture: Violence at the Threshold of Detectability (Zone/MIT, 2017). 

Tear gas is used to disperse bodies gathering in democratic protest, white phosphorus and chlorine gas are used to spread terror in cities, herbicide is sprayed from airplanes to destroy fields and displace those whose livelihood depends on them, arson is used to eradicate forests for industrial plantations. Mobilized by state and corporate powers, toxic clouds colonize the air we breathe across different scales and durations, from urban squares to continents and from incidents to epochal latencies.

Studying such contemporary clouds necessitate a different approach to the analysis of kinetic encounters where “every contact leaves a trace”. Clouds are the epitome of transformations and their dynamics are elusive, governed by nonlinear and multi-causal logics. This is a problem that originated throughout the history of painting, when clouds were moving faster than the painter’s brush could capture them. and sometimes needed to be conceived rather than described.

Indeed, today’s toxic fog breeds lethal doubt and cloud shifts once more from the physical to the epistemological. When naysayers operate across the spectrum to deny the facts of climate change just as they do of chemical strikes, those inhabiting the clouds must find new ways of resistance.

9:30am - 9:45amBreak

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

Thematic Paper Session Tracks > C: Cultural  / O: Organizational / T: Technological

9:45am - 11:15amA: Paper Session_C1: Meaning, Memory and Place
Panel Moderator: Rima Ajlouni
9:45am - 11:15amA: Paper Session_T1: Facade Performance, Research Methods and Models
Panel Moderator: Terri Boake
9:45am - 11:15amA: Paper Session_T2: Public Health and Well-Being
Panel Moderator: Saif Haq
9:45am - 11:15amA: Seminar_S1: Forensic Architecture and Art of Accountability in the age of Neoliberalism

Beth Weinstein and Kaitlin Murphy, University of Arizona, Co-Moderators

A special focus seminar with Eyal Weizman of Goldsmiths, University of London.

11:15am - 11:30amBreak

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11:30am - 12:15pmB: Poster Session_P1
Panel Moderator: Jonathan Yorke Bean
11:30am - 12:15pmB: Poster Session_P2
Panel Moderator: Valerian Miranda
11:30am - 12:15pmB: Workshop_W2: NSF Grant Success Information Session
Panel Moderator: Rahman Azari

Lawrence Bank, Research Faculty, Georgia Institute of Technology

A presentation by Larry Bank of Georgia Tech describing the process for securing an NSF grant, from communications with NSF Program Directors to qualifications, impact and proposal submission. Q&A session to folow. 

11:30am - 12:15pmB: Workshop_W3: Publishing with Routledge Press
Panel Moderator: Philip Plowright

Fran Ford, Senior Editor and Publisher (Architecture), Routledge Press, London

A presentation by Routledge Press 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 Business Meeting

Presentation of ARCC Mission, Organization, Budget, Programs and Opportunities

1:30pm - 1:45pmBreak

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

1:45pm - 3:15pmC: Paper Session_C2: Bio-Design, Linguistics and Social Change
Panel Moderator: Laura Holden Hollengreen
1:45pm - 3:15pmC: Paper Session_O1: Performative Health, Biophilism and Well-Being
Panel Moderator: Susannah Dickinson
1:45pm - 3:15pmC: Paper Session_T3: Design Integrated CFD and Energy Performance
Panel Moderator: Adil Sharag-Eldin
3:15pm - 3:30pmBreak

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Session Chair: Courtney Crosson
Session Chair: Clare Robinson

Peggy Deamer is Professor Emerita of Yale University’s School of Architecture and principal in the firm of Deamer, Studio. She is the founding member of the Architecture Lobby, a group advocating for the value of architectural design and labor. She is the editor of Architecture and Capitalism: 1845 to the Present and author of Architecture and Labor.

This keynote talk is structured into three parts, each of which addresses three facets of political production/architectural performance: first, an analysis of how architecture is organized as a profession; second, an exploration of how architecture is organized as a discipline; and, third, an introduction to an activist organization trying to perform architecture differently.

The first section analyzes how our architectural profession in the US is organized through three aspects of our professional structure. The first of these deals with the concept of professionalism and its origins in the 19th century, its transformation in the 20th century, and current critiques of professionalism in our current socio-economic structure. The second deals with the AIA as our particular professional organization, suggesting the structural attributes that make it weak - structures both externally and self-imposed. The third looks at professional architectural organizations in other countries to see what the AIA might learn from them as well as what we, as architectural citizens, learn about the embeddedness of our profession in national hegemonies.

The second section explores how architecture is organized as a discipline, and specifically examines how our architectural education prepares us for a marginalized and unrewarding profession. It looks at three culprits of the academic construct. The first is its 19th century, Beaux-Arts approach to architectural education that emphasizes aesthetic virtuosity, individuality, and heroic programs. Its associated perspective identifies design teaching that, in the Beaux-Arts model, disengages “design” from social, economic, and political issues is the second culprit. And the final aspect focuses on the way we “perform” pedagogical instruction – a performance of intimate hierarchy.

The third section introduces an activist organization—the Architecture Lobby—and looks at the Architecture Lobby’s efforts to work-around capitalist, developer-driven forces which lead to our performing unsatisfying and unrewarding work. Amongst the issues discussed are efforts at unionization, cooperativization, and the role of architectural labor in the Green New Deal.

This analysis of the profession, exploration of the academic discipline and discussion of an activist organization will conclude with thoughts on what is really at the center of “performing” architecture.

5:00pm - 6:00pmLounge

BYOB (bring your own beverage)

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

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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

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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)

Date: Saturday, 10/Apr/2021
8:00am - 9:30amH: Paper Session_C5: Ecovillages, Urban Infill and Corner Lot Housing
Panel Moderator: Laura Holden Hollengreen
8:00am - 9:30amH: Paper Session_C6: Representation, Perception and Pathfinding
Panel Moderator: Mike Christenson
8:00am - 9:30amH: Paper Session_T10: Urban Environments, Evaluation and Assessment
Panel Moderator: Kyounghee Kim
9:30am - 9:45amBreak

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

9:45am - 11:15amJ: Paper Session_C7: Territory, Landform and Performative Infrastructure
Panel Moderator: Jennifer A E Shields
9:45am - 11:15amJ: Paper Session_O4: Mobility, Multiscalar Design and Environmental Quality
Panel Moderator: Pravin Bhiwapurkar
9:45am - 11:15amJ: Paper Session_T11: Methods of Sustainability, LEED and Performative Environments
Panel Moderator: Hazem Rashed-Ali
11:15am - 11:30amBreak

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11:30am - 1:00pmClosing Plenary: PERFORMATIVE ENVIRONMENTS

Clare Robinson and Jonathan Bean, University of Arizona, Co-Moderators

Michelle Addington, University of Texas at Austin, Panelist

Mona El Khafif, University of Virginia, Panelist

Mae-Ling Lokko, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Panelist

Gray Read, Florida International University, Panelist

Conference Closing 

Best Paper and Poster Award Announcement