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Call for Papers

BTES Conference 2013
Roger Williams University | New Jersey Institute of Technology

July 11-13, 2013
Bristol, Rhode Island, United States


co- chaired by:

Robert J. Dermody, Associate Professor, Roger Williams University
Andrzej Zarzycki, Assistant Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology

The 4th BTES Conference will be held in Bristol, RI. The purpose of the BTES Conference is to provide faculty and graduate students with an opportunity to share their teaching and research in an open forum that fosters collegiality, connections and an exchange of ideas.



The 2013 BTES Conference seeks to engage participants in lively discourse about technical teaching. BTES 2013 will focus and reflect on the interdependent realms of teaching, research and practice within the field of architectural technology. What is the relationship between building technology teaching, research, and architectural practice? The conference seeks papers that address these issues in relation to educating the next generation of designers. Three primary tracks will be presented:

Teaching – papers should focus on best practices in teaching architectural technology. What are effective teaching models that place building technology in the center of design discourse? What topics should be taught? Who should teach them? Are digital platforms helping or hurting the learning of design fundamentals?

Research – papers should focus on innovative technological research in architecture including such issues as energy, structures, construction, materials, manufacturing, and life cycle analysis. The discourse of technology in architecture which may include the role of technology in education, the adoption of technology, history of technology, technology and design, or the impact of technology on current practices.

Practice – papers should focus on the role of technical education in current modes of practice. What technical knowledge and skills do young designers need to contribute to the practice of architecture? What does it mean to be an architect with competency in technical areas that are increasingly driving design projects?

Submission Requirements:

The conference organizers will accept papers (maximum 5000 words) for blind peer review.  All submissions should also include a 250-word maximum abstract and appropriate paper category (Teaching, Research, or Practice) with keywords defining the topics included in the paper. Thematic presentation sessions will be determined based on the categories and commonalities denoted by the keywords.

Deadline: EXTENDED
Tuesday, January15th, 2013 8:00PM EST
New date: Friday, February 1st, 2013 8:00PM EST
Submissions can be made to


Detailed instructions regarding the formatting of papers is included in the document links below. We ask that all paper submissions use the WORD DOCUMENT, or WORD TEMPLATE, to ensure that the proceedings will be available at the conference. Referencing to be Chicago Style.


The paper review committee will also be selecting for a "Best Paper Award". Conference attendees will help to select a "Best Presentation Award" as it is recognized that increasingly quite a different effort goes into creating an informative and captivating presentation that often goes well beyond the scope and effort of the paper.



Poster submissions will be reviewed by a jury of scholars and practitioners, who will select posters to comprise an exhibition focused on the themes of BTES 2013. Posters should be submitted that relate directly to the three primary foci of the conference:

Teaching – submissions should focus on best practices in teaching architectural technology, including sample project assignments, innovative curricula, interdisciplinary courses, manuscript ideas for new textbooks, software, student work examples, etc.

Research – submission should focus on technological research in architecture including but not limited to building: energy, structures, construction, materials, and manufacturing.The discourse of technology in architecture which may include the role of technology in education, the adoption of technology, history of technology, technology and design, or the impact of technology on current practices.

Practice – submissions should focus on how firms are leveraging the technical expertiseof young designers.  Examples of projects and modes of practice as they relate to technical proficiencies should also be presented.

Submission Requirements:

Authors will submit a 500-word abstract and a PDF or JPEG of the poster (formatted at 24”x36” landscape orientation). Abstracts as well as posters must be formatted for blind peer review - no names or affiliations should appear on any part of the submission. 


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