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Latest news and announcements from SCOSA


The StuCAN festival event at CAT was a great success and we would like to thank schools for nominating students and supporting their attendance.


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We are delighted to invite you to attend the 2nd TECHNICA Convention, being held on the 1st of May 2024, at Manchester School of Architecture (MSA).




The TECHNICA Convention, is a full-day event, exploring ways to advance teaching and research of the technologies subject in Architecture. The event aims to bring together all the Technology Leads from Schools of Architecture in the UK to discuss current and future challenges related to Technologies teaching and propose strategies to continuously improve our practice.




The event is composed of seminars and workshop sessions, creating opportunities for institutions to share experience on developing strategic approaches to curriculum development and innovative teaching practices across different themes.

We invite institutions to present their work on teaching Technologies around the following themes:

  • Tectonics & Constructability

  • Climatic Response

  • Structural & Fire Safety

  • Future Design Practices & Advanced Fabrication

The seminar sessions will be structured around examples of strategic revisions and interventions at a programme level, and examples of tactical pedagogical interventions at tactical level (e.g.: workshop activity, task – problem solving task, etc.).   


Please use the link below to register on this event: 

Presenting at TECHNICA

Institutions that are interested in presenting at the seminar sessions should submit a 500-word abstract, containing a general description of the teaching practice they want to showcase, in terms of scope, rationale, extent and observed results.


If you would like to show case a specific tactical pedagogical intervention (e.g.: workshop activity), the description should emphasize its place in the architecture curriculum, aims (i.e. learning outcomes), methodology, supportive infrastructure and results (e.g. discussing current challenges and future opportunities).


Abstracts (500 words) should be submitted via the link below:

The deadline for the abstract submission is 08th April 2024 5pm.




Following the event, we will coordinate with the presenters to expand these pieces into Extended Abstracts (2000 words) to be published digitally as the proceeding of the event. 


If you have any question about the event’s programme and/or registrations, please don’t hesitate to contact me via the email:



Exposé – Call for Papers

AKTLD Annual Conference in Coventry

3rd – 5th October 2024

Submission deadline: 24th March 2024

Full Info:


2024 CAA Awards


We have recently launched an online platform to accept entries for the 2024 CAA Awards programme and would like to ask for your support by circulating the news of this among your students. The awards programme comprises the following 5 categories:


1.CAA Lifetime Achievement Award

CAA Professional Practice Awards

2.CAA Environmental Award

3.CAA Social Impact Award

CAA Education Awards

4. CAA Student Award (for years 1-3)

5. CAA Presidents Award (for years 4-6)

Full details of all these awards together with the submission criteria can be found in the Award Outline which can be accessed here:


The CAA has joined forces with Award Force to help manage this year’s entry/judging process. The entry process is therefore very straightforward, and submissions can be made here: The awards are free to enter.


The deadline for the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Professional Practice Award is currently 19 April, and for the Education Awards 31 May, and we would be very grateful if you would continue to help us to disseminate details of the programme among your colleagues.


The awards programme has been advertised on LinkedIn at: and on Twitter (X) at: A video of last year’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Shattotto from Bangladesh, has also been posted here:


We are hoping for a bumper crop of first-rate entries so that we can widely share the great work being undertaken by our colleagues across the Commonwealth. The winners will be announced at the 2024 CAA Symposium and General Assembly that will be taking place in Kigali, Rwanda, from 21-23 August this year.


Thank you once again for your continuing support.

2024 CAA Awards Programme:

On Thursday 15 June - 11am NBS have a webinar featuring lecturers from Salford Uni, Liverpool John Moores and Atlantic Technological University. If you or a colleague would like to sign up to find out more the link is below:

In the webinar we will:

  1. Have a discussion around how these universities teach specification/information management

  2. Go through the free resources available from NBS (classification, BIM, digital plans of work, manufacturer info, sample specifications)

  3. Talk about the soon to be created 'NBS Academic Forum'

  4. Outline Chorus can be used with unlimited usage by students through our new package



We would like to invite you to the Conference “Urban Modernisation and Representations of the Working-Class” at the University of Salford, Chapman Lecture Theatre 4 on the 25th and 26th of May.


Speakers at the conference will discuss the development of social housing estates after the Second World War in Europe, and how this initiated in many cities the radical transition of urban environments. The plans and hopes of architects, planners, and city councils not only focussed on elevating living standards; modern housing estates were also believed to support the development of ‘new communities’ within which pre-existing and widespread social problems would dissolve. 

The keynote speaker is Prof. Miles Glendinning, University of Edinburgh. The range of papers is broad - from discussions on social housing in Salford, Vienna, and Beirut; to representations of working-class citizens by Shirley Baker, the Serbian filmmaker Želimir Žilnik and in British Cinema.

We will also screen the film “A Taste of Honey” (25th, 6:30-8:30pm) at the Working Class Movement Library, offer a guided tour of the Lark Hill Place exhibit in the Salford Museum and Art Gallery (25th, 1:30pm), and a visit to the Shirley Baker Photography exhibit at the Working Class Movement Library.


This is the link to the website:


Please book a place via Eventbrite:



Following a very successful delivery in 2022, We are pleased to announce that the 2023 European Council on Computing in Construction (EC3) Summer School will take place in Crete, Greece from July 4-8, in coordination with the 2023 EC3 & CIB W78 Conference.

EC3 Summer School is led by Dr Theo Dounas (Co-Chair, Robert Gordon University) and Dr Karen Blay (Co-Chair, Loughborough University), bringing an array of excellent professors and researchers worldwide, to teach cutting edge concepts, technologies and methods in computing and informatics for the AEC/FM sector to engineering and architecture graduate students.


Speakers include Laing o’Rourke Professor of Construction Engineering (Cambridge), Dr Iro Armeni,  post-doc researcher and incoming assistant professor(ETH Zurich – Stanford), Dr WeiWei Chen, Assistant professor (UCL), Dr Marijana Sreckovic, Senior Scientist (TU Vienna), Dr Goran Sibenik (TU Vienna), Dr Fadi Castronovo, Senior Lecturer (Brighton).

Located in the alluring island of Crete, the summer school is a unique opportunity to develop and consolidate knowledge in a range of cutting-edge themes such as digital twins, blockchain, computer vision and BIM data handling. The programme is structured around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure) and 11(Sustainable Cities and communities) where the scholars will work in groups to develop their own research position to address the  UN SDGs.

Each day is structured around one theme, for example -digital twins- with knowledge building and hands-on sessions, where the scholars will develop first-hand experience with the theme and associated methods. Additionally professional and research development sessions will reinforce the career and research planning skills of the scholars. The Summer School includes a variety of social activities and is an excellent platform to develop a network among young scholars and with the professors and researchers delivering the sessions.


Register for the EC3 Summer School here:


Please consider sharing this announcement with your graduate students or other young researchers. This will be a unique opportunity for them to be exposed to such a diverse array of informatics topics taught by high-calibre academics and industry experts.


Please contact us directly should you have any questions.


Best wishes,

The Co-chairs

Dr Theo Dounas (

Dr Karen Blay (


CfP - Architecture 101: Questioning the Fundamentals


The number ‘101’ refers to an introductory course, to the basics of a discipline. What are the fundamental questions of architecture? What were they 101 years ago, and what will they be in another 101 years? 

We are celebrating 101 years of architecture at Newcastle University by holding an international conference to ask fundamental questions of our discipline.  

Architecture continually renews itself through questioning. Many of today’s questions are shaking the foundations of the discipline, affecting every architecture school, practice, and media outlet: 

How? The Climate Emergency: the biggest challenge to humanity with architecture at the centre. How do we think the unthought, story the un-storied? Unbuild and rebuild? 

Who? Equity: Who can become an architect? Who can practise architecture? Whose voices are heard and whose actions count? Who has the power to say what’s in and what’s out?


Whom do architects serve? Whom do we include in our design work? Whom should architects work for? And whom shouldn’t architects work for?

Why? Values: What matters in architecture? Why do we design how we do? What are the values that drive our actions? What role can architects play in society? Competition or collaboration? Award-winning, bread-winning, or just endlessly plate-spinning? 

When? The Future: What will we build? What won’t we build? What will new technologies, materials, processes, language and media enable in spatial design? Artificial intelligences or intelligent artifices? What kind of architecture might shape the world? 

Where? The Gaps: Between education and practice, technologies and cultures, women and men, design and performance, East and West, North and South, rich and poor. Where should energies be directed?  

Looking to the next 101 years, we invite workshops, papers, performances, and provocations that address such questions, or ask new ones. We envisage a lively celebration of architectural questioning, in-person and online, with opportunities to create collaboratively, to make visible the unfolding commentary, to seed action and explore together. In addition to the published booklet of abstracts, we will produce an issue of arq: Architectural Research Quarterly emerging from the conference, we are in conversation with Routledge about a conference book, and we welcome proposals for alternative forms of output that reach new audiences.   

Newcastle University will shortly open The Farrell Centre – an exciting new public architecture centre and urban room – and the event will be held across the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape and the Farrell Centre.

Call for Participation

To foster discussion, dialogue and collaboration, we welcome standard and non-standard conference contributions which can seed meaningful interactions between participants. The conference will be held primarily in-person while we also offer opportunities for online participation. In addition to paper sessions, we invite proposals for a variety of interactive formats. The closing date is: Monday 22 May.

The conference website, with further information and details of how to submit, is here:


The Bursary Beyond Price is a new independent bursary scheme set up in support of students from disadvantaged and low-income backgrounds applying to a First Year (undergraduate) or Fourth Year (masters) programme in any RIBA/ARB validated school of architecture in the UK. The fund offers very generous support with 10 bursaries on offer this year, each of £5,000, for studies in 2023/24. 


The bursary has been set up in the name of architect & planner David Price (1940-2019). David was brother of architect Cedric Price (1934-2003). 


All details can be found on the website: 


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We kindly ask you to disseminate to your research network, and motivate your colleagues and PhD students to submit an extended abstract by the 23rd February to present their work at our first international conference:


This conference is celebrating the 10 years of the life of our journal, and is intended for early career researchers, doctoral students, supervisors, and young academics, and is hosted by peer-reviewed, blind refereed, Scopus-Indexed ArchiDOCT - our international journal on doctoral and early-career research, and ARU's Architecture and Planning team.

Our three-day conference in Cambridge and blended online UK, 3rd – 5th July 2023, will allow the opportunity to network with other researchers, and receive advice on publishing in peer-reviewed journals as well as key things to avoid journal rejection, whilst hearing from Keynote Speakers on the future of architectural research.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to publish their works in archiDOCT, our journal published twice a year through Scholastica HQ.

There will also be an online book of proceedings.

The first three best papers submitted will be published in ArchiDOCT and will constitute good practice examples of the three archiDOCT journals following the conference. 


The next fifteen best papers will be published in the three ArchiDOCT volumes following the conference, after undergoing a second reviewing process, if necessary.


Please follow Guidelines for Authors

The Conference will be addressed by four internationally acclaimed academics:

Prof. Peg Rawes – The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, London, UK

Prof. Dr. Maarten Delbeke – ETH Zurich, CH

Prof. Philip Plowright – Lawrence Tech University, Michigan, USA

Prof. Chris Jarrett – University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA

Looking forward to hearing from your colleagues and students.

association of architectural educators update


The Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University will be hosting the next aae Conference, ‘Productive-Disruptive’ from 12th to 15th July 2023. 

"Many of us tried to answer why the architecture course is so far away from the real world. However, a question about why the real world of architecture is so far away from the imagination and the creativity of the architecture course could be posed too. (MArch1 student reflection, 2018)"

The Association of Architectural Educators (AAE) 2023 Conference will bring together architectural academics, students, practitioners and built environment stakeholders to collectively question the productive/disruptive capacity of ‘gaps’ between architectural education, architectural practice, and current social, economic and environmental challenges.

The Call for abstracts went out at the end of September, and the deadline for abstract submissions is 16 November. 

More information, including details of the call for abstracts can be found here:

Association of Architectural Educators Conference 2023 - Welsh School of Architecture - Cardiff University 



Two issues of the aae’s peer-reviewed Journal Charrette are currently in progress and due for publication in 2023:

Issue 9(1) is titled ‘Beginning Architecture: Contextualising Thresholds in Architectural Education’, with Raymond Quek as guest editor.  Due for publication in Spring 2023.

Issue 9(2) is titled ‘Designing Architecture’s New Histories’.  The issue is being guest edited by Neal Shasore of the London School of Architecture and Alan Chandler of University of East London.  The Call for Contributions went out this month, with expressions of interest (500 words) due on 7 December 2022:

Architectural History isn’t What It Used to Be: Designing Architecture’s New Histories

To support prospective contributors, the LSA will be hosting a Symposium event on 20 January 2023.  This will be run as a workshop to explore the emerging themes, helping people to develop their papers, and bringing students into the process.  All those who have submitted an expression of interest will be invited to participate. 



The aae is seeking expressions of interest in joining the aae Committee, with a view to having a new team in place by the time of the next Conference.  If interested, please contact Hannah Vowles at

More information on the aae can be found at:

the uk association of architectural educators

Please share all of the above with colleagues who you feel would be interested and might benefit from being part of a network of educators sharing and learning from best practice at other institutions.

Welcome to the inaugural Relevance of Doctoral Research in Architecture Conference 2023

Hosted at ARU Cambridge and online, this conference will explore the state of the art of research in architecture, what current doctoral students and early career researchers are investigating worldwide, and what topics are relevant to contemporary research in Architecture now.

Our three-day conference, 3rd – 5th July 2023, will allow the opportunity to network with other researchers, receive advice on publishing in peer-reviewed journals as well as key things to avoid journal rejection, whilst hearing from Keynote Speakers on the future of architectural research. This conference is intended for early career researchers, doctoral students, supervisors, and young academics, and is hosted by ArchiDOCT - our international journal on doctoral and early-career research, and ARU's Architecture team.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to publish their works in archiDOCT, our journal published twice a year through Scholasitca HQ.

The Call for Papers, and Early Bird Registration are now open, please see our page for more information on how to submit papers and the requirements for this, here:


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