2013 Conference


Research and poster submissions are now closed. Proposals for self-funded projects and initiatives related to the conference remain welcome - please contact the chairs at Submission details below are retained for reference.


The following guidelines govern ACADIA 2013 submissions for the Peer and Jury Review processĀ and provide additional information on related awards. If your paper or poster is accepted, further specifications will be issued guiding preparation for publication. Authors of papers receiving positive reviews that are not accepted for presentation and publication may be invited to submit a research poster. Student submissions are encouraged. Awards will be given for best submissions.

Student Submissions: ACADIA encourages submissions by students. Student submissions follow the same content and format criteria as set out here. Student status is indicated by marking the 'student' checkbox within the online upload form. Eligibility as a student extends to those enrolled in either an undergraduate or graduate program. Individuals with long-term teaching appointments are not considered students.

Awards: Certificate recognition will be presented for best general submissions and financial awards, to support travel costs, will be given for best student submissions. Student submissions will also be eligible for general submission awards. Awards are currently planned as follows:

  • Best Paper
  • Best Student Paper
  • Best Design Poster
  • Best Student Design Poster
  • Best Research Poster
  • Best Student Research Poster

If you have any questions please e-mail the ACADIA 2013 Chairs at:

Full and Short Papers

Full and Short Papers Submission deadline: April 24,2013 (Note, changed from April 10, 2013 due to strong popular demand)

Full and Short papers will be double blind peer reviewed by experts in the paper’s specified research area(s).

Full papers describe significant bodies of research. Maximum length for a full paper is 4000 words.

Short papers describe work in progress including ongoing or developing research projects. Maximum length for a short paper is 2000 words.

Full and Short Paper Submission Contents:

  1. Paper title
  2. Abstract (200 words maximum)
  3. Paper content (4000 words maximum for full paper, 2000 words maximum for short paper). Embed illustrations together with related captions within the paper submission.
  4. References/Citations

To preserve blind peer review, the submission should not include identifying marks and author(s) name(s). Where author’s or institution’s identity needs to be referenced in the text, you may insert “[author]” or “[institution]” or other appropriate identifier (i.e. a neutral identification enclosed in square brackets).You will replace this with appropriate identifying content in the final published version. All submissions should include references and should be illustrated with accompanying captions. Papers should contain precisely identified research topics (see research topics in Call), framed by introductions and conclusions, with research context, analysis and synthesis. Abstracts should provide searchable summaries including distilled statements that summarize the content. Abstracts may appear separately from the papers they summarize.

Format: use standard letter size or A4 format saved as a single PDF.

How to Submit: upload PDF onto the ACADIA 2013 Submission Website. Your submission file size should be a maximum of 9 Mb.

If your paper is accepted a separate requirement for publication-quality images with publication releases, formats for titling and captions, image credits, reference citations etc. will be shared with you. The papers will be published in the conference proceedings and the authors will be invited to present a condensed summary of the paper at the conference. Presentation length for full papers would be approximately 15 minutes. Presentations for short papers would be approximately 7 minutes.

Research and Design Posters

Research and Design Poster Submission Deadline: May 17, 2013

Research and Design poster submissions will be peer reviewed by a jury of experts.

Submissions may contain identifying content including author names and affiliation. Accepted submissions for Research and Design Posters published in the Proceedings and will be exhibited at the conference site. Authors will be responsible for printing and delivering posters to the site prior to the event. Detailed specifications and format for accepted presentations, including print formats for exhibition and publication formats for inclusion within the proceedings will be provided to those accepted for presentation.

Research Poster Submission Contents:

  1. Title
  2. Author name(s) and affiliation(s)
  3. Research outline, 500 words maximum. Embed illustrations together with related captions within the paper submission.
  4. References/citations

Format: Use portrait-format standard letter size or A4 format saved as a single PDF.

How to Submit: upload PDF onto the ACADIA 2013 Submission Website

Design Poster Submission Contents: While graphic design layout order of elements is not prescribed for these two panels they should contain:

  1. Title
  2. Author name(s) and affiliation(s)
  3. Text and illustrations with captions
  4. References, citations and credits

Format: Provide a digital file containing the design of two 24" wide x 36" high panels per entry for exhibition. Include both panels in a portrait-format file saved as a single PDF.

How to Submit: upload PDF onto the ACADIA 2013 Submission Website.

Student Team Proposals

Submission Deadline: June 1, 2013

Teams of students are invited to attend ACADIA 2013: Adaptive Architecture. Selected teams will be provided with support in the form of free registration and catered amenities (equivalent to five full student registrations) and access to a billeting program. Teams will be asked to showcase their work, and must have at least five members and a faculty sponsor. Decision will be made on demonstration of merit and based on available funding. A subsidy for six teams is currently in place.

Proposal Submission Contents:

  1. Title
  2. Identification: list of names and contact information for faculty sponsor, and if available, proposed names of students (5 minimum); names of students may evolve.
  3. Statement of interest: one or more paragraphs, describing your proposed team and situation in brief; clarify level and background of proposed students.
  4. Proposal to showcase student work, one-page summary: a wide variety of work is acceptable, including individual research in progress, collective design and creative explorations, etc. Exhibition space can be provided and format is flexible.

How to Submit: attach document to email addressed to the chairs at

White Papers Unconventional Computing

Submission Deadline: May 31, 2013

Short essays discussing emerging paradigms for designing an adaptive architecture are invited for a book of white papers titled Unconventional Computing: Design methods for adaptive architecture, published for ACADIA 2013. UNCONVENTIONAL COMPUTING is a curated series of essays guest edited by Rachel Armstrong and Simone Ferracina. The publication explores the theme of Adaptive Architecture by investigating how design is responding to a time of cultural convergence and the possibility of disruptive technologies.

Articles are invited that provoke discussion around the themes of uncertainty, environment, design and architecture. We are particularly interested in methodologies that help deal with constant change. How can architectural and design education evolve based on our emerging understanding of responsive, intelligent, interactive, and reconfigurable environments? What kinds of collaborations might be effective for future research and professional practice?

White Papers Submission Contents:

Short abstracts, work-in-progress, descriptions and manifestos will expand on the conference theme by focusing in particular on methods of research, teaching and practice. Articles may ask how architectural education will evolve based on our emerging understanding of responsive, intelligent, interactive, and reconfigurable environments. They may provoke questions about what kinds of collaborations might be effective for future research and professional practice. Contributions will complement the material selected from an open call for participation in the 2013 ACADIA Adaptive Architecture Conference. The publication will examine open and evolving design methods through poetic visions and scientific modes of inquiry. It will offer emerging conceptions of contemporary computational design, and focus on how new organizations can combine multiple disciplines from research and practice. Editors and authors will develop specialized themes within this general approach.

UNCONVENTIONAL COMPUTING will be issued as a print and e-book edition, and will be designed as an independent book that can also function within the set of conference publications provided to each ACADIA conference registrant. Riverside Architectural Press will provide international distribution, including retail, Amazon and other online distribution. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council is providing core funding. For more about the 2013 ACADIA Adaptive Architecture Conference please visit:

Format: MSWord document containing preliminary draft of proposed essay (750 word maximum), with full contact information for author.

How to Submit: e-mail draft to Armstrong, Rachel (