Call for Papers

Architecture Connects”

Strategies for the co-production of architectural knowledge.

Architecture Connects is an international conference on architectural education and research that collaborates with people in real world contexts. This includes any external collaboration that engages academics and students in learning, practice or research in order to create new knowledge. These strategies are often inter-disciplinary, innovative, and subject to the change occurring in the world around them. This means that they are complex and closely connected to the society where they take place. The conference encourages multi-disciplinary participants and offers them opportunities to disseminate their work to a variety of audiences: multi-disciplinary panels, academic paper presentations; expertise-sharing workshops; online and physical exhibitions of project case studies and films. The conference welcomes a diversity of contributions from established and early career researchers; teachers; students; practitioners; co-professionals; collaborators and experts from other fields.aaeAlogo_sm.pngExamples include:

inter-disciplinary projects in external contexts; collaboration with external organisations, non-academic partners or local communities; live projects; design build education; public interest design; stakeholder engagement; field work; research-based education; practice-based learning; and participatory design practices.

Inter-disciplinary contributions welcomed including related fields such as:

building performance and technology; development and emergency practice; art practice; regeneration; digital craft; anthropology; sustainability; activism; pedagogy; sociology; professional practice; wellbeing; culture and heritage; related design fields; construction industry; social entrepreneurship.

Call for work that addresses one or more of the conference themes:
– Papers (3,000 – 6,000 words)
– Workshop proposals (500-1,000 word description)
– Case Studies for the Exhibition (500-1,000 word project description plus 3 images)
– Films for the Exhibition (500-1,000 word project description plus 2-3 minute film)

Submission Guidelines

Paper and Workshop proposals
Abstract of 500 words for Papers and Workshops. Can include one page of images.
Selection via blind peer review.
Papers selected will be allocated a 20 minute slot for their presentation. Findings from papers should be presented rather than simply read out verbatim. Selected workshops will be allocated a 60 minute slot. Paper presentations and workshops will take place on 7 or 8 September.

Films and Case Studies for Exhibition
500-1,000 word project description / evaluation accompanied by a completed project information form. Three images required for a Case Study and a 2-3 minute film required for a film submission. Case Studies and Films are sought as a record of excellent or innovative practice in teaching or education-based research / practice that connects with the world or disciplines beyond the School of Architecture. It could record a successful student project, field work, live build, summer school, collaboration, experiment etc.
Selection via panel of conference organising committee.
Selected Case Studies will be displayed in the exhibition accompanying the conference. Authors will be given the opportunity to introduce their work. Films will be shown at a premiere and also shown on a loop as part of the conference exhibition.


All abstracts and case study / film descriptions will be included in the ISBN online conference proceedings. Paper authors will be invited to submit a text of their paper for the proceedings. The proceedings will include a peer reviewed track for authors wishing to have their paper peer reviewed. A selection of Papers will be included in a special themed issue of the aae peer-reviewed journal, Charrette.

Submission and Notification Schedule

20 February 2017 – Deadline for abstract submission extended to 6 March 2017

6 March 2017 – Deadline for abstract submission for Papers and Workshop proposals.

18 April 2017 – Notification of acceptance for Papers and Workshops.

3 July 2017 – Deadline for Case Study and Film submission. Also for Full Papers where author wishes to join the Peer Review Track in the Proceedings.

4 July 2017 – Extended Deadline for Early Bird registration and confirmation by Paper and Workshop authors of their participation in the conference. Confirmation of participation is made via registration for the conference.

7 August 2017 – Deadline for submission of Full Papers (non-Peer Reviewed Track), Workshop descriptions and for Registration for participants who wish to be included in the conference proceedings.
Notification of acceptance for Case Studies and Films.

6 September 2017 – Publication of online Conference Proceedings. Conference launch.

Submission Instructions

Please read the style guide below and use the appropriate template below for your submission.

The aae conference 2017 uses “Conftool” as a conference management system. In order to submit contributions, authors will be required to create a free Conftool account here. You can create an account now and upload/edit your files till the deadline.

Once you have created your account go to > overview > your submissions > submit your contribution. Choose the type of contribution you want to submit and follow the instructions on that page.

>Abstract for Paper Presentation

>Abstract for Workshop Proposal

>Case Study for Conference Exhibition

> Film for Conference Exhibition

Paper abstracts and Workshop proposals

>Abstracts can be a Word document with images incorporated or a PDF including any images that accompany the text.

The text must be in English using the Abstract template and Style Guide. Please name the files using the title (or part of it) of your contribution. Please do not include your name or institution in the abstract submission. All submissions are required to be blind.

The abstract should be maximum 500 words long.

Any image references and copyrights must be cleared by the author prior to submission.

Case Studies and Films

Please use the appropriate contribution type from the submissions menu and follow instructions.

> Case Studies for the Exhibition (500-1,000 word project description. Word document plus 3 images)
> Films for the Exhibition (500-1,000 word project description. Word document plus 2-3 minute film)

The 500-1,000 word project Description of accepted Case Studies and Films will be included in the Proceedings. Authors of accepted Case Studies will be asked to complete a Poster template to be included in the conference Exhibition.

Please use the title (or part of it) of the Case Study or Film to name the files that you upload.

Style Guide

Please use the Abstract Template (below) for Paper Abstracts and Workshop Proposals.

Following acceptance, please use the correct templates (below) for your full submission: the Full Paper Template or the Workshop / Case Study / Film Description Template.

For referencing and bibliography instructions please use the MHRA Style Guide for referencing, a free copy of which may be found here:

You can include images/diagrams/drawings on your paper provided you have the copyright privileges to do so.

Click on the link to download Template for Abstracts for Papers and Workshops:


Click on the links to download Proceedings Templates for either Full Paper or Workshop / Case Study / Film Description:

AAE 2017 Proceedings_full paper template_Rev2

AAE 2017 Proceedings_workshop_case study_film description template_Rev1

Click here to submit Full Papers of accepted Abstracts,  Film and Case Study Descriptions

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