Submit a Proposal for the 2023 BTES Conference

Phase 1: November 1, 2021
Phase 2: January 31, 2022

The Building Technology Educators’ Society is pleased to announce its call for proposals to host the 2023 Biennial Conference. The conference provides an opportunity for you to showcase your University, School, Program(s), faculty, and students to educators from other universities who share a particular interest in the teaching and research of building technologies.

The BTES conference is a double-blind, peer-reviewed conference designed
to support our colleagues as they move through the tenure and promotion
processes. The BTES Board encourages proposals that include a two-stage paper submission process in which both abstracts and papers are peer-reviewed.

The BTES Board requires that the conference occurs between the end of June and the first week of August and runs from Thursday to Saturday. The conference should occur after the completion of the spring semester for two-semester schools and after the last quarter ends for quarter schools. The date of the event should not coincide with meetings held by allied organizations, including:

  • ACSA Annual Conference (Date TBD)
  • AIA National Conference (Date TBD)
  • ARCC Annual Conference (Date TBD)
  • ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition (Date TBD)
  • SBSE Retreat (Date TBD)

The committee is accepting proposals for venues and organizers/conference
chairs in two phases.

Phase 1: Submittal due November 1, 2021
This submittal consists of a maximum two-page letter of intent, emailed to The letter should include the items listed below:

  • Conference co-Chairs, names, titles, and affiliations
  • Conference theme and concept
  • Initial statement of support from hosting institution

Phase 2: Submittal due January 31, 2022
The teams with proposals selected to continue forward based on their Phase 1 submittals will be asked to participate in a Zoom call with the BTES Board and submit a full-length proposal for Phase 2, emailed to There is no set format or length for the full proposal; however, the items listed below are to be explicitly addressed:

Conference co-Chairs: Due to the amount of effort involved in organizing a
conference, it is anticipated that this is a shared effort between two or more
individuals. All chairs must be current BTES members, and it is recommended that at least one chair be a tenured faculty member.

Conference Theme: The conference theme should be in keeping with the mission statement of the BTES:

The Building Technology Educators’ Society serves the community of academics and professionals who are involved most directly with the construction and structure of the built environment. The mission of BTES is to promote and publish the best pedagogic practices, relevant research, scholarship, and other creative activity to facilitate student learning, advance innovation, and enhance the status of building technology disciplines in the profession at large.

In the past, the BTES conference has included a broad range of topics, including construction and material technologies, environmental design, energy conservation, project delivery, digital technologies, history, theory, and education. Past conference themes include Assembling Architecture (2009), Convergence + Confluence (2011), Tectonics of Teaching (2013), Intersections & Adjacencies (2015), Poetics & Pragmatism (2017), Integration and Innovation (2019), and Out of Bounds: Crossing Disciplines in Teaching Technology (2021). 

See full RFP for more details on conference modality, cost, financial planning, accessibility, transportation, housing, keynote speakers, proceedings, and scheduling information.


The 2023 conference will be BTES’ ninth biennial conference. The BTES Board  and Officers will make available past winning conference proposals (Phase 1 and Phase 2) to help with your submission, as well as logistical information from past conferences to assist with both application and hosting. Additionally, past conference co-chairs will be available to help in advisory roles as needed. The Board will provide a recommended conference-planning schedule and checklist, a list of previous conference sponsors, and peer-reviewing support.

Thank you for your interest in preparing a proposal. The biennial conference is both a highlight and one of the most important events within our organization. Your efforts are valued and provide an important contribution to the organization.