ARCC 2023 International Conference in Dallas

April 12-15, 2023  I  DALLAS

Conference Co-Chairs: Saif Haq and Zahra Safaverdi

The Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre (2009), Dallas, TX by REX + OMA

ARCC 2023 will be hosted by the TTU College of Architecture in collaboration with the Design Leadership Alliance (DLA), a CoA alumni organization with membership from major architectural firms in Dallas and Houston.

The Architectural Research Centers Consortium and The College of Architecture at Texas Tech University invites researchers, designers, educators, and students to submit their proposals and join the ARCC annual conference on the theme “The Research Design Interface”.

Over the past two decades architectural practice has been called on to be more ‘responsible’. This is perhaps due to global realities such as climate changes, social disparities, health inequalities, etc. on one hand, and emerging technology such as digital modeling, 3D printing, robotics, machine learning and so on, on the other that offer precise design and analysis opportunities. On these are added a new approach called ‘Evidence Based Design’, understood as design decision making with an informed client using the best available research evidence with the goal of improving outcomes and continuous monitoring for subsequent decision-making.

These conditions call for a radical transformation in design thinking where the ability to interact with technical knowledge and scientific evidence becomes necessary. As research becomes accepted as an integral part of design culture, the relationships between research results and practice applications – indeed that between researchers and designers — become paramount. While considerable attention has been given to the research component, the needs of the change agent – the designer– has been less adequately addressed.

This conference seeks to bring together researchers who explore new ideas and answer relevant questions, design professionals who understand and implement them, and organizational clients and user groups. We hope to focus on the intersection — the ‘sharp edge’ where research and design intersect and hope to create a set of ideas regarding the ‘research-design interaction’, the middle and often misunderstood ground between the mindsets of the researcher and the designer.

> Planning, Policy, and Resilience
Includes research on informal settlements and designed urban areas that include climate, policy, and economic issues. The scope of this track is at the regional and city scale. It will involve investigations on new forms of human settlements as they evolve with contemporary understandings of ecology, climate change, economics, and politics.

> Healthcare and Facilities Design
Research that looks at how healthcare buildings have been the settings for research and how design of such buildings has benefitted from evidence-based design.

> Wellness and the Built Environment
This track will address the concept of wellness in all scales. It will address issues such as the relations between design and healthy lifestyles, and the role of design to boost the balance between physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual wellbeing. More focused ideas of sustainability, green living, and pandemic responses may also be part of this track.

> Technology and Design
This track will address the role of architectural and building technologies as an interface between research and design. Topics can include high-performance buildings, building information modeling, design decision support system, digital fabrication, augmented and virtual reality, data mapping and visualization, smart materials, and other related topics.

> Spatial and Formal Analysis Including Human Cognition
This track will attract researchers who study the emergence of forms and spaces, and the processes that contribute to their change over time. It may also include the contributions from human cognition research and the social-psychological sciences.

> Architecture and the Humanities
This track will attract researchers who study the emergence of forms and spaces, and the processes that contribute to their change over time. It may also include the contributions from human cognition research and the social-psychological sciences.

> Role of Research in Practice
This track especially focuses on how research informs the practice of architecture. The track seeks case studies of how specific research findings have changed typical design approaches of groups and the culture of firms and client organizations.

> Pedagogy
This track is for those submissions that deal with teaching research design intersections. Academic projects that address the understanding and application of research derived evidence to design moves may consider applying here.

> Open Track
This track will include topics not directly addressed in the categories above but offer interesting perspectives on the larger conference theme.

April 2022 > Call for Submissions Issued: ARCC administers a double-blind peer-review process in two stages: abstract review and full paper review. Conference Proceedings are indexed by WorldCat and Google Scholar and publicly available in ARCC’s Conference Repository.

> Paper Proposals
Papers are original scholarly work that have not been presented or published elsewhere. Please submit a 500-word abstract for the first stage of review. Please also include five keywords and three learning objectives. Abstracts that are accepted after review will be invited to develop a full paper for the second blind review process.

7/11/22 > Deadline for submitting abstracts for full papers
8/15/22 > Confirmation of accepted abstracts for full papers
11/14/22 > Deadline for full paper submissions
1/30/23 > Acceptance confirmation for full papers
2/27/23 > Submission of final papers (camera-ready)

> Poster Proposals
Posters represent in-progress or finished research that lends itself to visual presentation, and/or research-informed design projects. These are appropriate for professional or student studio-based design work, or other visual research.

1/15/23 > Deadline for submitting posters
1/30/23 > Confirmation of accepted posters
2/27/23 > Submission of final posters (camera-ready)

ARCC 2023 International Conference
Wednesday-Saturday, April 12-15, 2023

Direct Inquires to:
Adil Sharag-Eldin