CMU SoA is Host University for ACSA Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh March 28-30


School of Architecture Associate Professor Jeremy Ficca is co-chair of this year’s ACSA Annual Meeting taking place in Pittsburgh March 28-30, 2019. The event, titled Black Box: Articulating Architecture’s Core in the Post-Digital Era, will be hosted by Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture in conjunction with the SoA Spring Lecture Series and CRIT Live: AIAS Research Symposia.

SoA Lecture Series:
Toshiko Mori and Wang Shu & Lu Wenyu


F 29 Mar | 5:30pm | Westin Convention Center
ACSA Topaz Keynote
cosponsored by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture

On Friday 29 March, Toshiko Mori will deliver the ACSA Topaz Keynote at 5:30pm at the Westin Convention Center. Mori is a principal of Toshiko Mori Architect and Professor of Practice at Harvard GSD. Mori’s work combines a strong conceptual and theoretical approach with a thorough study of programmatic needs and practical conditions to achieve design that are both spatially compelling and pragmatically responsive.


Architectural Education Experiment Pointing to the Real Social Reality
Sa 30 Mar | 5:00pm | Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland
Reception immediately follows
ACSA Gold Medal Keynote
cosponsored by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the Heinz Architectural Center at Carnegie Museum of Art

Wang Shu & Lu Wenyu will present the ACSA Gold Medal Keynote on Saturday 30 March at 5:00pm at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. Wang Shu is Dean of the Architecture School at China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, and co-founder of the Amateur Architecture Studio, which he established with his partner, Lu Wenyu, in 1997. This unique combination of traditional understanding, experimental building tactics, and intensive research defines the basis for the studio’s architectural projects. Wang Shu is the recipient of the 2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize.

CRIT Live: AIAS Research Symposia

Sa 30 Mar | 8:00am-9:00pm
Westin Pittsburgh Hotel / CMoA / CMU SoA

The Carnegie Mellon University AIAS chapter (American Institute of Architecture Students) is proud to host the 2019 CRIT Live: AIAS Research Symposia this spring. Taking place on March 30, 2019 from 8:00am-9:00pm, this research-based program supported by the AIA provides a platform for AIAS members to present research projects to their peers, and trains AIAS members in best practices related to funding, conducting, and presenting research. Visit the AIAS website for schedule and registration information. Deadline to register is March 6, 2019.

ACSA Conference Overview

In his final essay, written while on life-support and published posthumously, the prolific architectural critic Reyner Banham attempted to draw a distinction between architecture and other modes of design. Banham’s essay likened the discipline of architecture to a black box – a device known only through its inputs and outputs, but never through its content. The elusive and absolute quality of architecture that Banham wanted to articulate resided, for him, in the how rather than the what, in the performance of architecture rather than its meaning. Learn more about the conference on the ACSA website.