7th ASCAAD conference: DIGITAL CRAFTING Virtualizing Architecture and Delivering Real Built Environ

Organization: Department of Architecture, Effat University in collboration with ASCAAD

Event Date/Time: Oct 12, 2012 / 3:00 pm - (GMT +3:00 hours) End Date/Time: Dec 20, 2013 / 12:00 pm - (GMT +3:00 hours)
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Virtualizing Architecture and Delivering Real Built Environment 


The 7th International Conference of

The Arab Society for Computer Aided Architectural Design

[ASCAAD 2013]


Organized by

Department of Architecture, Effat University, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


The Arab Society for Computer Aided Architectural Design [ASCAAD] is a society of those who teach and conduct research in computer-aided architectural design (CAAD) in schools of architecture in the Arab region of West Asia, and North Africa. ASCAAD is also active in Central Asia, Sub-Sahara Africa, and the Mediterranean. ASCAAD society was founded in 2001 and is one of five sister organizations in CAAD worldwide that share the same mission: ACADIA (North America, founded 1981), eCAADe (Europe, founded 1983), CAADRIA (Asia, founded 1996) and SIGraDi (Ibero-America, founded 1997). There is also CAADFutures foundation but with a world wide scope.


In decades past, the architect was the master-builder with hands-on craftsman experience to design and direct the various trades in the construction of the building. The role of digital design, computation methodologies and processes are poised to transform how we think and craft architecture to deliver today's built environment. Digital crafting methods in today's thinking process for a designer/builder/manufacturer are affecting the delivery of buildings as a final product with aspiration to create rich sensory and habitable environments 

ASCAAD 7th Conference theme is exploring the linkages among digital design process thinking, constructability, the digital manufacturing process and their impact on the practice of architecture, engineering and construction. However, through digital design computation process, one would notice that the traditional master-builder design thinking approaches are still strongly implemented in processes such as: object making, digital fabrication, design-to-fabricate, parametric technology, BIM, machining, manufacturing analysis, building performance analysis. This evolution has combined the ability of fine crafted detailing with digital design and manufacturing and put a shift towards seamless collaboration between design and construction.

ASCAAD society and committee welcome you to join us and participate in its Seventh international conference ASCAAD 2013. With involvement of researchers and professionals in the architectural community, it will be possible for ASCAAD to facilitate communication and information exchange regarding the use of Computer-Aided Architectural Design and Information Technology and how the use/ implementation would support and lead to innovative concepts, tools, systems and products on architectural, Urban/City/ regional planning, and building science levels. The conference provides opportunities for participants from many fields to share their ideas and contributions. 


ASCAAD 2013 invites submissions of original research papers, posters and exhibitions on topics related to computer-aided design, including but not limited to:

Design intelligence and cognition

CAAD Curriculum

Computational research in design education

Computational research in design practice

Generative and parametric design

Interdisciplinary computational design research

Creative Design Concepts, taxonomies and Strategies

Computer-supported design collaboration Ubiquitous computing

Virtual and interactive environments

Sensory Environments

Research, Education and Practice

Urban/ City/ regional planning and urban performance's visualization.

Digital tools in design and construction

Mass customization.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) 

Building performance virtualization


The 7th ASCAAD International Conference ASCAAD 2013 will be held at the Department of Architecture, Effat University, Jeddah, Kingdom Saudi Arabia.


Effat University is the first female educational entity in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and today, one of the leading universities in the region. It was founded in 1999 in Jeddah and named after Her Royal Highness Queen Effat, wife of King Faisal. The University aims to bring academic excellence to local women and become a community resource for future generations in their quest for progress and self-development.

The city of Jeddah is located on the coast of the Red Sea and is the major urban center of western Saudi Arabia. It is the largest city in Makkah Province, the largest sea port on the Red Sea, and the second largest city in Saudi Arabia after the capital city, Riyadh. With a population currently at 3.2 million, Jeddah is an important commercial hub in Saudi Arabia. Jeddah is the principal gateway to Mecca. It is also a gateway to Medina, the second holiest place in Islam (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeddah).


First and Second Call for papers                          10th October 2012, 10th November 2012

Deadline for abstract submission 10th January 2013

Notification of abstract acceptance 10th February 2013

Deadline for Full paper submission 10th May 2013

Notification of full paper acceptance 30th June 2013

Deadline for revised full paper submission          30th August 2013

Dates of the Conference: 16-18 December 2013


Types of papers

Two types of papers could be submitted: papers that describe well-developed or completed research (max 5000 words, or 10 pages of our template) and short papers that describe research in progress (max 3000 words, or 6 pages of our template). Abstract submission must be in Arabic or English with no more than 500 words. Upon the acceptance of the abstract, full paper can also be submitted in Arabic or English. Submissions should be sent in Word Document Format or Rich Text Format RTF. Each paper will be subject to a blind review and will be sent to two to three referees. If the paper is accepted, author(s) will be invited to present the paper and have it included in the published ASCAAD 2013 conference proceedings. It is a condition of inclusion that at least one of the authors attends the conference and pays the conference fees.

Papers should be formatted according to the ASCAAD paper template.


Dr. Mervat El- Shafie, Department of Architecture, Effat University (Site Coordinator).

Email: melshafie@effatuniversity.edu.sa 

Jeni Mihova, Department of Architecture, Effat University.

Email jmihova@effatuniversity.edu.sa 

Dr. Aghlab Al-Attili, SOAS – University of London.

Email: Aghlab.Al-Attili@soas.ac.uk.



Dr. Bhzad Sidawi (Scientific Chair), College of Architecture and Planning, University of Dammam, Email: Bsidawi@ud.edu.sa

Dr. Zaki Mallasi (Scientific Co-Chair), Department of Architecture, Effat University, Email: zmallasi@effatuniversity.edu.sa

Dr. Neveen Hamza (Scientific Co-Chair), School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University, Email: neveen.hamza@newcastle.ac.uk  

Dr. Mohammed Shokry, Department of Architecture, Effat University, 

Email: mshokry@effatuniversity.edu.sa 

Dr. Wael Abdelhameed, Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Bahrain, Email: wael.abdelhameed@gmail.com 


For more Information, please visit the conference website:http://www.ascaad.org/conference/2013 




Department of Architecture, Effat University in collboration with ASCAAD