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BTES at ACSA 2012 - Call for Papers

ACSA 100th Annual Meeting
Special Session: Building Technology Educators’ Society

Deadline: October 17, 2011


Rashida Ng, Temple University,
Patrick Tripeny, University of Utah,
BTES Session Co-chairs

“Diffusion research traces the flow and change of new ideas from their originator to potential users.”[1]

At the onset of the energy crisis, American architect and daylighting consultant Steve Ternoey illustrated the relevance of theories of diffusion research to the field of architecture technology innovations.  Diffusion research considers how social systems adapt in response to the diffusion of new information, tracing the evolution of an idea as it transforms from an original concept into widely accepted practice.  This process of diffusion includes two constituencies: innovators, who invent the initial idea, and adopters, who adapt and shape the idea according to a continually expanding set of broader issues along the way. As nascent Stechnologies persist, they are reinvented in response to progressively more broad applications and considerations, undergoing additional modifications with each subsequent application.  This natural process of diffusion provokes a field of continual change until the original invention no longer embodies a unique identity and is thereby folded into common knowledge and widespread practices.

Today, building technologies are rapidly evolving due to an increasingly diverse field of innovations.  Stimulated by the global mandate for more ecologically sustainable buildings, a diffusion of emerging technologies is being invented, shaped, transformed, and then reinvented towards the production of buildings that coexist in greater harmony with nature.  As we look forward to another 100 years of architectural education, we must prepare our students to work collaboratively as bothinnovators and adopters towards the production of architecture that simultaneously delights and performs.  Architects of the future must be prepared to critically evaluate buildings both qualitatively and quantitatively as integrated processes within design.  What pedagogical methods must we reconsider as we prepare students for practice within this profession of continually shifting information?  What critical skills must future architects possess in order to provide leadership within a profession of rapid innovation and change?  How do we best engender these skills within future architects?  To that end, this session invites papers that demonstrate effective pedagogies and research towards the reinvention of architecture technology education.  Papers are encouraged from (but not limited to) the following topics:

Building Information Modeling
Design-Build Models
Integrated Design Practices
Net-Zero Energy Buildings
Performance Assessment Tools
Structures Education within Design

The session organizers will accept papers (maximum 5000 words) for blind peer review that explicitly address the theme of Diffusion Research.  All submissions should also include a 250-word maximum abstract and appropriate key words.

Papers shall be submitted by email to Rashida Ng [] or Patrick Tripeny []. Refer to the BTES website for additional information and formatting guidelines.  All papers will undergo a blind peer-review process.  If you are interested in serving as a paper reviewer, please notify one of the session chairs by email. 


Detailed instructions regarding the formatting of papers is included in the document links below. We ask that all paper submissions use the WORD DOCUMENT, or WORD TEMPLATE, to ensure that the proceedings will be available at the conference. Referencing to be Chicago Style.

Accepted papers will be presented at the ACSA Conference, be published in Connector, the BTES Online Forum, and be available on the BTES website.  Authors of accepted papers must be paid members of the BTES and must be registered attendees of the ACSA 100th Annual Meeting.  Authors of accepted papers will be notified by email.

[1] Steve Ternoey. “The Patterns of Innovation and Change,” in Rethinking Technology: A Reader in Architectural Theory, ed. William W. Braham and Jonathan A. Hale (London: Routledge, 2007), 290-293.


BTES President Elect Terri Meyer Boake appearance on "The Agenda"

The Equinox Summit
This major conference that was working to plan energy related policies to the year 2030 invited Terri Boake to represent the architectural perspective in a series of live panel discussions aired on TVOntario the week of June 8, 2011. This episide was titled "The Way We Live".


More information on the Equinox Summit.

BTES Building Technology Teaching Award - Emerging Faculty

Deadline: Thursday, May 19, 2011

Building technology education plays a pivotal role in the development of professionally prepared and socially responsible students.  It draws from an ever-expanding array of disciplines and its practice requires dedicated skill and learning to both enchant and inform.  The path to success in our challenging future lies within the seeds of invention and innovation planted through committed and creative teaching of building technology, as we both gain new knowledge and confirm the value of established practices.

This award recognizes demonstrated excellence in teaching performance and innovation during the formative years of an architectural teaching career in building technology education.

The BTES is sponsoring a biennial award that recognizes outstanding teaching ability and commitment  demonstrated by an emerging faculty member.  Faculty submissions should convey how their teaching in the specialty areas of environmental control systems, construction methods and materials, structural systems, or other building science and technology subject disciplines have breached new ground and inspired student engagement in building technology and its impact on architectural design. 

Faculty must teach at a professional program in architecture, architectural engineering, construction or allied building science program with a maximum of 15 academic semesters or 22 academic quarters of full-time teaching experience or a maximum of 10 years of part-time teaching experience.  Faculty members who have already received tenure or hold the rank of full professor or its equivalent are not eligible for this award. Part-time faculty and faculty with adjunct or other non-tenure related appointments are eligible.  Any faculty member, administrator, or student may nominate a candidate for the BTES Building Technology Teaching Award-Emerging Faculty.  

Nomination Documentation
All material must be submitted by May 19, 2011 at 5:00 pm CST, to

Each submission shall contain the following information:

  • A letter explaining the reasons for the nomination according to the established criteria, not to exceed one page (PDF file);
  • A résumé of the candidate summarizing his or her career, not to exceed three pages (PDF file);
  • Two supporting letters (in addition to the letter of nomination) from colleagues and/or students commenting upon the significance of the specific achievements of the candidate (each in a separate PDF file);
  • A letter from the dean/chair of the nominee’s institution, verifying the nominee has a maximum of 15 academic semesters or 22 academic quarters of full-time teaching experience (PDF file);
  • Supporting material illustrating or describing the candidates achievements.  This could include, but is not constrained to, representative syllabi, representative project statements, a summary of selected teaching evaluations, and student work product.  The supporting material shall not exceed a total of 20, 8.5x11 pages, in a PDF file).

Selection & Presentation
Applications will be assessed by a jury composed of one member of the BTES national leadership and two distinguished building technology educators, none of whom shall be associated with any of the nominations. One nominee will receive this biennial award; repeat nominations are encouraged. The jury, in any year, may choose not to bestow the Building Technology Teaching Award-Emerging Faculty. Winners will be recognized at the BTES biennial meeting where the BTES will present award certificates and winners will present some aspect of their teaching.  The Building Technology Teaching Award winner will receive a $1,000 stipend to cover registration, travel and lodging for attending the BTES biennial conference.

BTES President Ryan E. Smith wins ARCC and ACSA Awards

2010-11 Creative Achievement Award recognizes a specific creative achievement in teaching, design, scholarship, research, or service that advances architectural education.

  • Integrated Technology in Architecture Program (I TAP)
    Ryan E. Smith & Joerg Ruegemer, University of Utah

2010 ARCC New Researcher Award was also given to Ryan E. Smith.

Congratulations Ryan!

Wiley Faculty Network Webinars

The Wiley Faculty Network is where authors conduct free webinars to instructors to help them in their teaching.  Ed Allen and Joe Iano will be conducting and event on Graphic Statics and Sustainable Concrete Construction.  Below are links for registration and more information.  These will be posted to the BTES website as well.

Graphic Statics: Easy to Teach, Simple to Use
Ed Allen
Wednesday, March 2 @3pm EST

Book – Form and Forces: Designing Efficient, Expressive Structures (September 2009)

Form and Forces, a recent title by educator and author Ed Allen, uses the techniques of graphic statics throughout because of their power, transparency, universality, and ease of use.  Teaching these techniques is simple because both instructor and students can use a set of packaged step-by-step lessons that are available on line free of charge.  A set of interactive demonstrations called Active Statics goes a step farther to allow experimentation with the diagrams.  The same set of simple graphical tools is used to find form and forces for trusses, cables, arches, and bending moment diagrams.  It even provides a way to find out what is going on inside structural bodies for which mathematical tools are not available, including approximate forces and stresses.  Best of all, graphic statics simultaneously finds forces and efficient forms for structures, empowering both instructor and student to design elegant, exciting long-span bridges and roofs.

What Is Sustainable Building? A Case Study In Concrete
Joe Iano (coauthor of Fundamentals of Building Construction with Ed Allen)
Wednesday, March 9 @3pm EST

Book – Fundamentals of Building Construction (December 2008)

We will examine aspects of concrete production and relate them to considerations of energy consumption, waste recycling, greenhouse gas emissions, and other sustainable building concerns.  Images and anecdotes from site visits to two local cement production facilities constitute a significant portion of the talk. The goal is to encourage thinking beyond overly-simple assumptions, to develop thoughtful, informed attitudes toward green issues.


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