The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning

Theme

In order to develop critical habits of mind that scaffold resilience and adaptability in students, we propose that beginning design education needs to be grounded in discussions of ethics and values, beginning not with questions of “how…?” but with questions of “why…?”

Begin w/ Why | Ethics and Values in Beginning Design

We are educating a generation of designers who will enter a rapidly changing and increasingly complex world in which the means and methods of making are in flux. Many of the prevailing pedagogical paradigms were shaped during the last century; in the Atelier or Bauhaus models of design education, where the why and the what of the discipline is known, it made great sense to begin with the how of skill building, as those particular skills were known to inform such expected outcomes. In response to situations in which the outcomes are ambiguous or the parameters unknown, today’s curricula needs to focus on developing adaptive and agile systemic and integrative thinkers rather than focusing on disciplinary adherence and skill building.

Conference Co-Chairs:

Erin Carraher

Holly Johnson

Luke Leither

Cord Bowen

Jonathan Mills

Organizing Committee:

Ashley Babbitt

Martha Bradley

Keith Diaz Moore

Stephen Goldsmith

Mimi Locher

Key Dates and Deadlines

  • Call for Submissions Announced: July 12th, 2016 
  • Conference Registration Opens: September 1st, 2016
  • Submission Deadline: October 3rd, 2016
  • Teaching Award Submission Deadline: October 21st, 2016
  • Accepted Submission and Award Notification: December 1st, 2016
  • Earlybird Registration Ends: January 8th, 2017
  • Final Material Submission for Proceedings: February 1st, 2017

Topic Area Tags

There exist numerous frameworks for the types of minds that will be best able to navigate the unknowable world of the future. To allow greater flexibility for paper submissions, and to open opportunities to cross disciplinary boundaries, we are asking authors to submit their materials along with up to three (3) “tags” from the list below. These tags should be listed in order of prominence in the subject matter of the submitted paper (i.e. primary focus listed first, secondary focus listed next, etc.). We will use these tags—rather than predefined tracks—to organize conference sessions. Our intent is to highlight complimentary and contradictory perspectives with the goal of fostering engaging dialogue at the conference.

Empathy

Integrity

Iteration

Creativity

Discipline

Mentoring

Complexity

Engagement

Systems Thinking

Education

Making

Urgency

Collaboration

Reflection

Agency

Dedication

Ethics

Responsibility

Vulnerability

Civic Engagement

Entrepreneurship

Authenticity

Trust

Gestalt

Stewardship

Research

Craft

Context

Resilience

Commitment

Innovation

Curiosity

Restraint

Congruence

Relevance

Privilege

Call for Submissions

The organizers of the 33rd National Conference on the Beginning Design Student invite you to take part a multi-disciplinary dialog surrounding current and future challenges, practices, and questions affecting Beginning Design education. We encourage professionals, academics, students, and researchers in architecture, landscape architecture, interior architecture, industrial design, graphic design, fine arts, urban planning, urban design, ecological design, and other related fields to share practices, approaches, and opinions regarding this critical introduction to the principles and process of design education. Additionally, we are specifically interested in significant current or recent research relating to beginning design education.

Authors are invited to submit application materials (abstracts, papers, tinyTED proposals) using the templates and link below by October 3, 2016. Submissions must be original and should not have been published previously or be under consideration for publication while being evaluated for this conference. Approved submissions will be notified by December 1, 2016, with final materials due February 1, 2017.

Author Guidelines PDF

Please use the following templates for your submissions:

Abstract Template

Paper Template

Poster Template

tinyTED Proposal Template

Please upload your submissions by following this link:

Click Here to Submit

Registration

Conference Location: University of Utah | Salt Lake City, Utah

Conference Dates: March 9-11, 2017

Registration for the 33rd National Conference on the Beginning Design Student is available now!

Conference Schedule

Conference Dates: March 9-11, 2017

Full Conference Schedule (PDF)

Thursday – 9, March, 2017

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Pre Conference Reception – all Attendees
Location TBA

 

Friday – 10, March, 2017

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Continental Breakfast & Coffee
Bailey Gallery, Art & Architecture Center, Campus

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Registration
Bailey Gallery, Art & Architecture Center, Campus

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Welcome, Opening Remarks, Keynote
Gould Auditorium, Marriott Library on Campus

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM: Paper Session
Art & Architecture Center, Campus

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch
Bailey Gallery, Art & Architecture Center, Campus

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM: Paper Session
Art & Architecture Center, Campus

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM: Paper Session
Art & Architecture Center, Campus

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM: Afternoon Coffee Break
Bailey Gallery, Art & Architecture Center, Campus

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Paper Session
Art & Architecture Center, Campus

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM: Tiny TED Reception and Presentation
Venue TBA

 

Saturday – 11, March, 2017

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Continental Breakfast & Coffee
Bailey Gallery, Art & Architecture Center, Campus

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Registration
Bailey Gallery, Art & Architecture Center, Campus

 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM: Paper Session
Art & Architecture Center, Campus

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM: Paper Session
Art & Architecture Center, Campus

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch
Bailey Gallery, Art & Architecture Center, Campus

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM: Paper Session
Art & Architecture Center, Campus

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Paper Session
Art & Architecture Center, Campus

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Afternoon Coffee Break
Bailey Gallery, Art & Architecture Center, Campus

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Paper Session
Art & Architecture Center, Campus

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Closing Dinner and Awards Ceremony

 

 

The College of Architecture + Urban Planning is located at 375 South 1530 East, Suite 235, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Lodging:
A block of rooms has been reserved at the University Guest House located within walking distance of the conference venues on the University of Utah campus with a conference rate of $105/night + tax.
Attendees are responsible for booking their own reservations – call 801-587-1000 (local) or 888-416-4075 (toll free) to make a reservation. Make sure to reference the Beginning Design Conference (or NCBDS) when making your reservation to get the conference rate.
For those interested in staying downtown, a map of suggested hotels is provided here (opens as PDF). All suggested hotels are proximate to TRAX, the public lightrail system, that has regular access to the university campus. Please note that there is not a conference rate at any hotel other than the University Guest House.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns regarding submission materials or conference details, please take a moment to fill out the form below and we will contact you as soon as possible.

Faculty Award

Nominations will be reviewed by at least three senior academics; selection will be based on scholarship, innovation, clarity, contribution, and impact on beginning design education. All nominees will be notified of the status of their submission and will receive comments from the reviewers. Nominations are due on 21 October 2017 via email to NCBDS2017@gmail.com.

Overview

Teaching beginning design requires special knowledge, patience, ingenuity, and enthusiasm. The conference chairs are pleased to request nominations for faculty who demonstrate sustained commitment and high level of achievement in beginning design education. Please consider nominating yourself or a colleague, whether a junior or senior faculty member, for this award. An invited jury will select one awardee from the nominations who will be recognized at the conference closing dinner.

Description

The NCBDS Faculty Award recognizes demonstrated excellence in teaching, pedagogy, curriculum development, and/or innovative project development within the formative years of architecture students’ education.

Criteria

The NCBDS sponsors this annual award to recognize sustained commitment and high level of achievement in beginning design education. Nominations should relate to work in beginning design specifically and convey how faculty have explored new ground and inspired student engagement during the early stages of students’ education.

Eligibility

Nominated faculty must teach in an accredited university with an architecture, landscape architecture, interior architecture, industrial design, graphic design, fine arts, urban planning, urban design, ecological design, or other related degree program. Full-time, part-time, and faculty and faculty with adjunct or other non-tenure related appointments are eligible for the award. Any faculty member, administrator, or student may nominate a candidate for the NCBDS Faculty Award.

Submission Requirements:

  • Nominee: name, school affiliation, email address
  • Nominator (if different than nominee): name, school affiliation, email address
  • Nomination Statement: 250 word description of why the candidate is deserving of recognition relative to the award criteria
  • Nominee’s CV: not to exceed 4 pages
  • Supporting Images (optional): up to 3 images showing significant student work and/or faculty engagement in the classroom
  • PDF digital format, limit 10MB

Submit to NCBDS2017@gmail.com by 21 October 2017. Please use “NCBDS Faculty Award Nomination – [nominee’s last name]” as the email subject line.

Review Process:

Nominees will be reviewed by an invited jury of three senior academics relative to the significance of their impact in the area of beginning design education.

Selection & Presentation: 

Applications will be assessed by a jury composed of three distinguished educators, none of whom shall be associated with any of the nominations. One nominee will receive this annual award; repeat nominations are encouraged. The jury, in any year, may choose not to bestow the award. Winners will be recognized and expected to present a short overview of their work at the conference award dinner. The Faculty Award winner will receive complimentary registration and complimentary guest registration for the conference closing dinner.

Faculty Award Submission PDF