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Design for Learning Forum: Higher Education

On October 7, AIA Seattle will present a full day continuing education forum focused on the design and delivery of higher education environments.

CALL FOR SESSIONS 

Architects and allied professionals are active participants in the shifting landscape of higher education. As the nature of buildings change, the design and project delivery processes are also evolving. How do key drivers of change—like technologies, or the increasingly prohibitive cost of education—impact the present and future of design for learning? Related to this, what are the current conversations around policy, funding mechanisms, sustainable design strategies, and campus planning?

The planning task force seeks to convene a series of lightning talks and case study presentations that will deepen the audience’s understanding of the forum topic. We welcome a diversity of proposals from a variety of disciplines focused on design for learning and higher education.


SESSION FORMATS

Submitters may propose one of the following session formats:

Lightning Talk 

    1. Share a short, focused presentation (no more than eight minutes in length, limit to 30 slides) that addresses a very specific topic as it relates to the evolving nature of campus buildings and higher education. How is [YOUR TOPIC] presently impacting higher education? Can you speculate on the future of this impact?

30- or 45-minute Presentation 

    1. Share original research or a design case study that illustrates a specific challenge. How did you address this challenge? How did you resolve it? What are the implications of this research or work for the future of higher education and/or design for learning?

PLEASE NOTE: While relevant examples of projects can be used to support presentation content (and credit given to the appropriate individuals/teams), the sessions are not a platform for marketing a person or firm’s portfolio, services, products, or strategies. All presentations, including design case studies, should focus on a topic with clear, adaptable learning objectives for a diverse audience.


SESSION TOPICS

Proposals should clearly address the forum topic of design for learning: higher education. Possible subtopics are included below, but the list is by no means comprehensive and should not limit submitters.

  • Socio-political context of higher education in the U.S.
  • Funding and funding mechanisms
  • High performance buildings
  • Sustainable design & resilience strategies
  • Adaptive reuse
  • Campus planning as a microcosm of the city, or the city as a campus
  • Student life
  • Drivers of change (e.g. technologies) impacting the delivery of education & spaces
  • Accessibility
  • Affordability
  • Culturally competent design & planning
  • Project delivery & design teams
  • Pedagogical shifts & the evolution of the classroom
  • The future of higher education
  • Co-location between academia & industries
  • Design for cross/inter-disciplinary learning
  • Design for holistic well-being

SUBMISSION PROCESS + KEY DATES

Please complete the fillable submission form and return to Cassie Blair by the deadline 5:00pm on August 23, 2019.

Click here to submit

Key Dates:

  • July 24: Call for Sessions published
  • August 23: Session proposals due by 5:00pm
  • by August 30: Acceptances issued
  • September 4-5: Prep calls with all presenters
  • October 2: All final presentation files due (PowerPoint or PDF). No exceptions to this deadline.
  • October 7: Sessions presented at the 2019 Design for Learning Forum: Higher Education 

INTENDED AUDIENCE

We welcome the design imaginations and professional expertise of: architects, engineers, contractors, campus planners, landscape architects, government agency representatives, policymakers, students and educators.


ATTEND THE FORUM

Free registration is offered to all approved presenters selected from the Call for Sessions.

The final program schedule, speaker bios, learning objectives, and approved AIA CEUs will be published here at least one month in advance of the forum date. In the meantime, registration is open for the full day forum to be held at The Mountaineers on Monday, October 7.

Click here to register


SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR DESIGN FOR LEARNING FORUM SPONSORS


SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR PLANNING TASK FORCE

Brodie Bain, FAIA, AICP, LEED AP | Principal, Perkins + Will
Tim Richey, AIA, LEED AP | Senior Associate, SRG Partnership
Becky Roberts, AIA | Senior Associate, Miller Hull Partnership
Shazi Tharian, AIA, LEED AP | Associate, schacht | aslani architects
Ron van der Veen, FAIA, LEED AP | Principal, NAC Architecture


Call for Sessions or General Program Questions?
Contact Cassie Blair, Professional Programs Manager at AIA Seattle

Sponsorship Questions?
Contact AIA Seattle Managing Director Kimber Leblicq

Details

Date
October 7
Time
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Organizer

AIA Seattle
Phone
(206) 448-4938
Website
www.aiaseattle.org

Venue

The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center
7700 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, 98115 United States
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