Intersections Research Conference


2019 Intersections Symposium

Created and hosted in 2020 in partnership with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), Intersections research conferences are intended to strengthen the intersection between academia and design practice, especially when it comes to research and innovation—with a specific focus on climate action and community engagement. The conference builds on the eight-year partnership between AIA and ACSA toward these objectives. The focus of the Intersections program is intended to strengthen the intersection between academia and design practice, especially when it comes to research and innovation. Past conference themes include carbon and equitable communities.  

In 2022, the Intersections conference theme is RESILIENT FUTURES and the four thematic tracks are: Equitable Futures, Healthy Futures, Engaged Futures and Expanded Futures. Amale Andraos will be the conference’s keynote speaker. Amale is dean emerita of Columbia’s GSAPP and co-founder of architecture studio WORKac.

To register for the 2022 Intersections Research Conference: RESILIENT FUTURES please visit ACSA’s registration page.

A call for abstracts will be announced by August of each year by the AIA and ACSA.  

Call for abstracts

Peer-reviewed research papers are presented at the annual Intersections Research Conference. From this highly competitive call, research projects bridging academia, practice, and industry highlight the important discoveries occurring around the world. Projects are presented in a highly interactive format at the Conference and a Proceedings is published following the Symposium and available on BRIK.

A call for abstracts will be announced by February of each year by the AIA and ACSA. The deadline to submit for this year's Symposium has passed. The call for submissions for next year's event will open this summer. Check out the typical timeline below:

  • February-April: Call for abstracts and abstract Submission site opens
  • April/May: Abstract submission deadline
  • May/June: Abstract notifications
  • September or October: Virtual Intersections Research Conference held

General eligibility and requirements

Educators, practitioners, researchers, and students are all encouraged to submit.

  • Submit a 300-500 words abstract of your research and up to three optional images
  • Include how your project/research is innovative and relevant to AIA conference attendees
  • Provide a list of learning objectives/outcomes
  • All abstracts must be prepared for anonymous review (remove author/contributor names and affiliation identification).
  • Submissions must report on recently completed work, and cannot have been previously published or presented in public, except for a regional audience.
  • Submissions must be written in English.
  • Authors may submit only one abstract per session topic. The same abstract may not be submitted to multiple topics.

Image credits


Timothy Niou / Portland Design Pup