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Conferences & Events: ACSA Miami 2014


BTES is hosting a peer reviewed paper session at the
ACSA Annual Meeting in Miami, Florida in April 2014

The BTES Special Focus Session time TBA

ACSA 102nd Annual Meeting
Special Focus Session: Building Technology Educators’ Society

Integration Complexities: Technology Education through Collaborative Learning

Shahin Vassigh, Florida International University;
Marci S. Uihlein, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;
BTES Co-Chairs

Environmental and ecological projections anticipate that the principal driver of innovation in building technology will be in finding solutions to the pressing challenges posed by climate change, sea level rise, and population explosion.  Although these pose new challenges to technology education in Architecture, they also present an opportunity for architects to take a significant leadership role in designing sustainable and resilient built environments.

As sustainability and resiliency transcend disciplinary boundaries we must be prepared to draw knowledge from a wide range of perspectives across diverse domains. This will require an understanding of global demands and solutions as well as the ability to synthesize information across cultural boundaries.  It will also necessitate a holistic approach to understanding building systems, systems integration, construction methods, energy and material resources, and building performance.

Architects will be called upon to transcend barriers and find solutions to these complex challenges. Preparing our students with critical skill sets, therefore, will require a paradigm shift toward an integrated educational model that can eventually permeate into real world practices. Our students should be prepared to operate within a world where information is without borders.

Without a concerted effort to utilize novel pedagogical approaches that expose students to collaborative activities, technological advances, and multiple perspectives, the disciplinary boundaries will continue to stand in the way of innovative thinking that leads to transformational solutions for the most pressing issues of our time.

Questions for investigation include: How can we create interdisciplinary knowledge networks for effective communication and collaboration? How can we overcome knowledge “silos” within the schools and our disciplines? What is the unifying framework to facilitate dialog across disciplinary boundaries?  Given our need for a sustainable and resilient built environment, what is best content and delivery methods for teaching technology? What type of learning environments and pedagogical approaches promote collaborative learning? Who are our best interdisciplinary collaborators?   This session seeks to explore these questions through papers that demonstrate effective teaching and research models in this reframing of architectural technology education. 

Deadline: December 2, 2013

Papers shall be submitted by email to Shahin Vassigh [] or Marci Uihlein []. All papers will undergo a blind peer-review process. If you are interested in serving as a paper reviewer, please notify one of the session chairs by email.

*****Please use this template to format your papers*****


Accepted papers will be presented at the ACSA Conference, be published on the BTES Online Forum and be available on the BTES website. Authors of accepted papers must be paid members of the BTES and must be registered attendees of the ACSA 102nd Annual Meeting. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by email.


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