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Call for Papers

The BTES Conference 2011
Ryerson University | University of Waterloo

August 4 - 7, 2011
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


co- hosted by:

Vincent Hui, Assistant Professor, Ryerson University
Terri Meyer Boake, Associate Director, School of Architecture, University of Waterloo

Theme Overview:

If Architecture cannot exist in a vacuum, then what can be said of its pedagogy?

Architecture is the epitome of convergence.  Throughout history architecture has made manifest  the confluence of multiple disciplines, stakeholders, technologies, and materials that have intimately responded to its context.  From multidisciplinary innovations in material technologies to unconventional appropriation of tools for teaching, it is difficult to find disciplines that do not present some impact on contemporary architecture.   Where traditional models of architectural pedagogy have been reluctant to embrace this trend towards convergence, notable educators, practitioners, and students have emerged as vanguards of a contemporary  and holistic discipline.  To witness these convergences is to witness innovation.  As architecture continues to evolve, it becomes increasingly evident that in order to educate future generations of designers, the discrete model of dissemination will be replaced with one that embraces the confluence of multiple dimensions and facets.

This conference serves as a platform for educators, students, researchers, and professionals to explore, examine, and exhibit their work that continues this trajectory of convergence among various fields.


Submission Requirements:

The conference organizers will accept papers (maximum 5000 words) for blind peer review that explicitly address the confluence and convergence in architectural pedagogy.  All submissions should also include a 250-word maximum abstract and appropriate key words defining the topics of convergence and confluence included in the paper.  Thematic presentation sessions will be determined based on the patterns and commonalities denoted by the key words.

11:00 pm, Friday, March 25, 2011
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.

For a closer look at the "keywords", please download the CONFERENCE POSTER.


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. The Awards will be constituted by a certificate and a book.

The new BTES Emerging Faculty Award will also be given out at the final conference dinner.


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