2020 AIA/ACSA Intersections Research Conference: Carbon

September 30 – October 2, 2020
11:00 am -6:30 pm EDT
Virtual event


American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)

AIA and ACSA are pleased to announce a partnership dedicated to the intersection of Education, Research, and Practice. This 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.

As architects and educators, we should be continually asking ourselves if current architectural practices and tools are enough to radically reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere associated with buildings. If not, what research is needed to shift the practice of architecture to restore and regenerate the earth's systems that we have so critically impacted. What more could we be doing? What knowledge, skills, and tools do we need to develop, and what are the best ways to do so?

As the first in a dedicated series of Intersections Conferences, we will share and examine the role research plays in advancing architectural knowledge and practice and education around the topic of carbon. In particular, this conference will examine how research—broadly defined—is currently driving architectural design and the built environment.

Presentations will address carbon management strategies, including but not limited to:

  • new building materials, including biomaterials, and construction techniques ​
  • adaptive reuse and deep energy retrofits, including Net-Zero projects
  • embodied carbon accounting and life cycle analysis tool exploration and research results
  • investigating urban and rural planning practices in order to create more equitable communities
  • commissioning, post-occupancy evaluations and the role of building occupants
  • climate responsive design and resilience in a time of 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 and passive strategies


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Wednesday, September 30

11am–12pm Plenary: CARBON + PEOPLE

12:15–1:45pm Research Session | Research Session | Research Session

2:30–3:30pm Plenary: CARBON + DESIGN

3:45–5:15pm Research Session | Research Session | Workshop: Embodied Carbon Tools

5:30–6:30pm Interactive Session

Thursday, October 1

11am–12pm Plenary: CARBON + CITIES

12:15–1:45pm Research Session | Research Session | Workshop: Energy Modeling & Passive Strategies

2:30–3:30pm Plenary: CARBON + MATERIALS

3:45pm–5:15pm Research Session | Research Session

5:30pm–6:30pm Interactive Session

Friday, October 2

11am–12pm Plenary: CARBON + HEALTH

12:15–1:45pm Research Session | Research Session | Research Session

2–3pm Interactive: CLOSING PLENARY


Please note: you will be taken to ACSA's website for registration and will have to create a login account, you do not have to be an ACSA member to register for this conference.

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Jane Frederick, FAIA

Catherine Flowers

Lynne M. Dearborn, PhD, AIA

Kate Simonen

Billie Faircloth, AIA

Andrea Love, AIA

Efrie Escott, AIA

Eric Corey Freed, RA

Z Smith PhD, FAIA

Lotte Schlegel

Jesse Keenan, PhD

Holly Samuelson, PhD, RA

Peter Exley, FAIA

Ryan Lobello, AIA

Douglas C. Gensler, AIA

Holly Lennihan, RA

Nadav Malin, Honorary AIA

Wil V. Srubar III, PhD

Frances Yang

Kyoung Hee Kim, PhD, AIA

Corey Griffin

Mara Baum, FAIA

Mark Fretz, Assoc AIA

Scott Deitchmann, MD, MPH, RADM (Ret)

Erica Cohran Hameen, PhD, NOMA


The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)

Pennsylvania State University


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