2018 Conference Topic Sessions

2018 ARCC-EAAE International Conference
Architectural Research for a Global Community

May 16-19, 2018  |  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Hosted by Temple University in partnership with Jefferson University and Drexel University
Chair: Kate Wingert-Playdon, Temple University

Topic Sessions

The following five topic sessions aim to advance the discourse on explicit connections between design decisions, qualities of life, and the promotion of community. We invite papers and projects in the following categories:

Architectural research and advocacy:

Architectural research and advocacy considers urgent social and political issues that face the built environment. Topics include: leadership and citizenry in a changing world, the role and impact of public engagement architecture in a social setting, architectural research and design connecting space, property, and value, and the transformative nature of data driven planning and design.

Architectural research and application:

Architectural research and development considers the value of relationships between design and research. Techniques and tools that enable this reciprocity at multiple scales are of particular interest. Issues include the impact of global design and planning research on local environments and social conditions, the change in global priorities due to local innovation, and the ethics of development.

Architectural research and culture:

Architectural research and culture considers the role of built environment as an active participant in the local and global production of culture. Shifting methods of research that yield a broader knowledge base and emerging digital tools that drive the course of humanities-oriented research are of particular interest. Topics include architecture’s role in cultural change, historical research as design strategy, public history and cultural heritage, and the culture of architectural practice and research.

Architectural research and the environment:

Architectural research and the environment considers the vital symbiosis between the natural and the built world. Of particular interest are research questions and design solutions reframing this dichotomy to find transformative relationships between humanity and its environment. Topics include environmental humanities, local sustainable practices facing global issues, greening of the built environment, and resilience as tracked through the interior to the exterior and from the object to the infrastructural scale.


This category is reserved for papers and projects that may have origins not specifically related to the categories above, but offer interesting perspectives on the larger conference theme.


Direct inquiries to:
Joon-Ho Choi