ARCC 2018-2019 Summary of Activities

ARCC is happy to provide the following summary of our activities during the 2018-2019 academic year. We would like ot thank our member schools and everyone who participated in any of those activities:

During 2018-2019, ARCC was happy to welcome eight new member institutions including Cal Poly Pomona, Clemson University, Kennesaw State University, Laurentian University, Northeastern University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Universitat Liechtenstein, and Washington State University. ARCC currently has 75 member institutions in North America and beyond.

The ARCC 2019 Conference was successfully held in Toronto, Canada, hosted by Ryerson University from May 31 – June 1, 2019. The conference included three keynote speeches by Vivian Loftness, Matti Siemiatycki, and Kat Martindale, as well as 76 double-blind peer-reviewed paper presentations, selected from 229 submissions including 194 abstract submissions. The conference also included 28 poster presentations, two panel discussions, and three faculty workshops. The conference was attended by 125 participants, representing 63 academic institutions, firms and organizations from 10 countries. At the conclusion of the conference, ARCC announced our Best Paper and Best Poster awards.

Our 2020 EAAE-ARCC Conference: “The Architect and the City”, organized with the European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE), will be held in Valencia, Spain, hosted by the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia. The conference’s submissions deadline is November 11, 2019. We look forward to your participation.

We are also happy to announce that the 2021 ARCC conference: “Performative Environments”, will be hosted by the University of Arizona in Tucson Arizona, while the 2022 ARCC-EAAE Conference: “[Advanced] Technologies for Global Sustainability + Resilience in the Built Environment”, will be held in Miami Florida, hosted by Florida International University.

On May 28-29 2019, ARCC Organized the NSF-funded National Workshop on Architectural Faculty in Environmental Sustainability (WAFES). The workshop is the first NSF-funded activity to focus directly and exclusively on architecture faculty. The workshop was attended by 38 faculty members representing 30 US universities. We look forward to continuing our efforts in this area.

ARCC is also currently collaborating with the Illinois Institute of technology (IIT) in organizing the 4th International Symposium of the PhD Program, Buildings, Cities, and Performance. The workshop will be held on November 2019, and represents a new membership benefit ARCC is offering to its member institutions, in which ARCC can collaborate with a member institution in organizing focused events such as workshops or symposia that are relevant to the member institution and fall within ARCC’s mission. We are currently working with other member institutions to develop similar events.

During the Toronto Conference, ARCC was delighted to present our 2019 ARCC awards to our excellent group of awardees: Professor Linda Groat, University of Michigan, was awarded the ARCC James Haecker Distinguished Leadership Award, Professor Jacob Mans, University of Minnesota, was awarded the ARCC New Researcher Award, and Dr. Clarissa Rhomberg, University of Liechtenstein, was awarded the ARCC Dissertation Award.

In fall 2018, ARCC was also happy to award our new Research Incentive Award to Shelby Doyle and Nick Senske of Iowa State University for their proposal “Polycasting: multi-material 3D printed formwork for reinforced concrete”. The award provides $5,000 of funding to promote high‐quality architectural research and scholarship activities in ARCC member schools. The call for submissions for the ARCC 2020 Awards is expected to be issued in September 2019. We look forward to your participation.

In fall 2018, The ARCC Journal for Architectural Research: ENQ issued a call for submissions for a special edition titled: Urban Data Assemblage. We expect the issue to be published later this fall. Faculty from ARCC member schools can submit proposals for special thematic issues of the journal. ARCC has also updated our ARCC Conference Repository and continued to add papers from our past conferences. The repository is publicly available and is indexed by OCLC WorldCat and Google Scholar in an OAI compliant database. This ensures that researchers affiliated with ARCC have significant exposure of their work.

Finally, ARCC is happy to welcome several new members to the ARCC board of directors, elected during our membership meeting held during our Toronto Conference. Our new members include Professors Adil Sharag-Eldin, Kent State University, Alexandra Staub, Pennsylvania State University, and Ming-Hu, University of Maryland. We would also like to express our gratitude to Professors Julia Robinson, University of Minnesota, and Joon-Ho Choi, University of Southern California, who are stepping down from the board. We greatly appreciate their contribution to ARCC.