Past Events

This page provides links and information about relevant past events.

International Symposium Rethinking Architectural Heritage in Contemporary Urbanism in Asian Contexts

Virtual Symposium co-organised by University of Sheffield and University of Huddersfield

February 01 2021

Virtual Symposium, Monday 1 February 2021, 9-5pm (UK)

Co-organized by Dr Yun Gao, Dr Xiang Ren, Prof. Adrian Pitts, and Dr Jan Woudstra

The University of Sheffield School of Architecture and Department of Landscape Architecture and the University of Huddersfield Department of Architecture and 3D Design, UK

Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 686 5655 9005          

Passcode: 480779






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New ACSF Research Grant Program

Lindsay Jones Memorial Research Fund

February 01 2021

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The Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum is pleased to announce a new grant program to support research on the meaning and significance of the built environment. The 2021 grant cycle will open on February 1st and submissions accepted until April 1st. We encourage applicants and proposals from a range of built environment disciplines (e.g., architecture, landscape architecture, sacred arts, urbanism, interior design, environmental psychology, material culture, phenomenology, etc.). Project proposals should identify one of the four principal areas of the fund: scholarly research, practice, service, or teaching. Successful applications might propose projects in a range of venues and media including, but not limited to, scholarly writing, film or other broadcast media, built works or projects, community engagement programs, or educational innovation.

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Virtual Symposium

September 26 2020

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The Five College Virtual Architecture Symposium Exactitude (October 2 and 3, 2020) brings together academics and practitioners to engage in critical conversations about contemporary architecture. Distancing itself from the often repeated themes of the past 20 years – sustainability, performance, formal innovation – the symposium pursues a longer narrative arc, one that places architecture back in its creative position through engagement with a theme evoked by Italo Calvino in his Six Memos to the New Millennium: Exactitude via the first symposium (2020). By opening up the field and asking questions that are mindful of the ongoing dilemmas in architecture today, the symposium is an invitation to re-engage a discipline adrift between technophobia and technophilia, confronted with escalating demands for precision, production and consumption, and mired in issues of agency and authorship while simultaneously mandated to meet countless ethical and aesthetic needs. The structure of the symposia – made up of a constellation of voices including those of theorists, historians, editors, architects and writers – reflects a genuine desire to spark dialogue and exchange.


Convened by: Pari Riahi, Michael Davis, and Laure Katsaros


Speakers: Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano with Thomas de Monchaux, Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Alicia Imperiale, Antoine Picon, Christopher Benfey, Cynthia Davidson, Eric Höweler, Francesca Hughes, Mark Wigley, Sunil Bald, and Teresa Stoppani.


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Athens, Greece

July 14 2020

Submission of proposals for papers from architects, socialanthropologists, archaeologists, architectural historians, urban planners, humangeographers, art theorists and historians and other relevant theorists until September 30,2020. Acceptance of papers will be decided until late October 2020.Languages: English, Greek.

Proposals, including name plus title and abstract of paper of up to 300 words can be sent

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Letter to ministers of education (C-19)

June 17 2020

Letter written to all six Ministers in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland from officers of 48 professional associations representing diverse research fields to express  profound concern about the future of higher education in the UK. COVID-19 has simultaneously highlighted the huge importance of university research to tackling the virus and its social and economic implications as well as the unsustainability of the current funding model for tertiary education.

Read full letter and signatories from the link.

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Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum 12th Symposium

Practice Toward a Future

Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, United States of America

May 27 2020 - May 31 2020

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The Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum invites participation in its Twelfth Annual Symposium. ACSF 12 will take place in FALLINGWATER (Southwestern Pennsylvania), Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous work, and arguably his finest house. A destination for architects, landscape architects, historians, designers, and artists, as well as the general public, Fallingwater offers a perfect context where to meditate, sense, share, discuss, and even plan new ways of thinking and acting that ultimately define practices to a more constructive and hopeful future.

As in previous symposia, ACSF 12 is structured around a main topic (in this case "Practices Toward a Future") but also open to ideas, works, and proposals relevant to the Forum's areas of interest. Given the attraction of Fallingwater, we will top the number of attendees to a number that secures an atmosphere conducive to personal connections and in-depth dialogue. Optional meditation will be offered each morning and there will free time for connecting to oneself, the surrounding woods, and, of course, Fallingwater. Keynote speakers are Frank Lloyd Wright/sacred space scholar Anat Geva, filmmaker Brent Green, and architectural theoretician David Leatherbarrow. Part of the symposium activities will include a visit to Frank Lloyd Wright’s nearby house Kentuck Knob.


Interested individuals are invited to submit proposals for either the SYMPOSIUM THEME or an OPEN TOPIC. Proposals may be submitted in one of four categories: panel, project, paper, and workshop. There are different requirements for each type of submissions. Proposals will be blind peer-reviewed by at least three ACSF scholars/professionals. The deadline is February 1st, 2020.

For more details and information, visit: or email ACSF12 symposium co-chairs at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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