2010 ACSA Administrators Conference: Design, Leadership & the Public Imagination

Venue: The Dupont Hotel

Location: Washington, Washington DC, United States

Event Date/Time: Nov 10, 2010 End Date/Time: Nov 13, 2010
Registration Date: Oct 27, 2010
Early Registration Date: Oct 13, 2010
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As educators and designers, we face pressing questions about the knowledge, skill, and experience we convey to successive generations of architects. Professional education and practice are vital to the innovative management of grand challenge problems—climate change, urbanization, global economic restructuring, health—yet how deeply have we questioned the real and measurable consequences of our expertise?

We plan to meet in Washington, D.C. next fall to develop this theme and consider broadly how our discipline can more effectively project its unique knowledge and vocabulary across broad social, cultural, and political agendas. More specifically, we will explore the ways we can engage and influence the complex processes that shape public policy and by extension the integrity of built environments.

Our choice to meet next year in Washington reflects the deepening relationship between design and policy. We especially seek to use this venue to structure conversations with government leaders; to provide a productive setting for presentations, panels, and workshops that will sharpen our debate about the civic efficacy of professional education and practice; and to explore new ways in which our profession can engage and inspire the public imagination.