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The Nautilus - Fall 2005

SOA hosts ACSA regional conference

The School of Architecture, along with Lawrence Technological University, hosted nine universities for the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) East Central Region annual conference, held on the McNichols Campus, October 7-9. Nearly 100 people from UDM, Lawrence Technological University, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of Kentucky, Ball State University, University of Waterloo, Miami University of Ohio, Kent State University, and The Ohio State University attended the conference, which was themed “interventions + experimentation.”

The ACSA, an organization with which accredited schools and colleges of architecture in the United States and Canada are members, has held conferences for the past four years with three primary objectives in mind: 1) to provide an opportunity for faculty to share blind peer-reviewed papers to a broader audience; 2) to offer a forum for the host academic and professional community to showcase its local talents and skills; 3) and to elicit critical and lively discourse about the particular themes or threads woven through the paper sessions, invited speakers, and other related events. For this year’s conference, 43 papers from 92 submissions were accepted from authors throughout the United States and Canada.

UDM Associate Professor of Architecture Julie Kim co-directed the conference and was responsible for conceptualizing and organizing the event. The program included a lecture, entitled “The Eight-Mile Divide,” by School of Architecture Dean Stephen Vogel; a panel discussion with community leaders (Grace Boggs, Jerry Herron, Lindsay Turpin, and Terrence German with Steve Vogel moderating); and a keynote address by Marc Tsurumaki of Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis, New York.