AIA/ ACSA Intersections Research Conference

Starts:  Sep 30, 2020 12:00 AM (ET)
Ends:  Oct 2, 2020 11:59 AM (ET)
Associated with  Committee on the Environment

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) are pleased to announce a partnership dedicated to the INTERSECTION of Education, Research and Practice. The conference is intended to strengthen the INTERSECTION between academia and design practice, especially when it comes to research and innovation, focused on climate action and carbon management strategies.

Attendees will gain an increased awareness of research happening in both academia and design practice. The conference will create opportunities for new partnerships, sources of funding and collaborations. It will be a chance for both established researchers as well as those looking to enhance their research capabilities, with sessions, breakouts, workshops and networking events.

For this conference, there will be two main tracks focused on short-term and long-term strategies for managing carbon while acknowledging most if not all strategies will have consequences in the short and long-term:


Topics included under short-term carbon management strategies include but are not limited to:

  • building materials and construction
  • adaptive reuse and deep energy retrofits
  • embodied carbon accounting and life cycle analysis
  • commissioning, post-occupancy evaluations and the role of building occupants


Topics included under long-term carbon management strategies include but are not limited to:

  • climate responsive design in a time of shifting and unreliable climates
  • transition to electricity-based systems, on-site renewables and preparing for a decarbonized electrical grid
  • how to best reduce fossil fuel-based energy use through design
  • reliability and utility of energy modeling, predicted Energy Use Intensity (pEUI), and energy benchmarking


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