2016 AIA KS / CSR Conference: Call for Presentations & Posters

Architecture as basis, foundation, support.

Just as infrastructure is the foundation for Architecture, our profession is a vital support mechanism for the future of the built environment. Infrastructure will examine the critical processes necessary to understand how architecture is dependent on and contributes to the world around us on a sustaining basis. The 2016 AIA Kansas | AIA Central States Conference will investigate architectural practice as a cross-disciplinary support system. Conference topics will range from how we build within existing infrastructures to creating new, and more connected ones. Please join us.

Call for Presentations and Posters

The 2016 AIA Central States Regional Conference Planning Committee invite you to submit proposals for two tracks in this year’s conference, to be held in Manhattan, KS on Thursday, October 20, 2016:

– Full Presentation Sessions: presentations should be 60 minutes in length, respond to the conference theme, and offer a unique opportunity for dialogue and learning. Presentations must qualify for one AIA Continuing Education Learning Unit, to be administered by AIA Kansas. There will be concurrent sessions in three tracks. One will emphasize design; one on current research (either academic or professional) and the third will focus on health, safety and welfare. Submitted proposals must identify four learning objectives per AIA Continuing Education guidelines.

– Infrastructure Poster Exhibit: This track invites academics, students, and professionals involved in projects and research in the Central States Region (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma) to share work embodying the conference theme of infrastructure: how architecture is dependent on and contributes to the world around us as a cross-disciplinary support system. Posters will conform to a graphic format to be detailed upon final selection; poster size will be 36”H x 48”W and will be limited to a single poster. We invite projects completed since August 2013, even if previously disseminated, as long as they have not been previously presented at any AIA event. Suggested project types may include, but are not limited to:

  • Studio Projects
  • Academic Research
  • Academic Service-Learning
  • Practitioner-led courses and studios
  • Practitioner-driven service work
  • Research conducted as part of practice
  • Unrealized professional work relevant to the conference theme


The Call for Presentations and Posters opens officially on April 25, 2016 and submissions will be accepted until June 13, 2016 or until all presentation slots have not been filled. Proposal authors will be contacted by the conference committee on or before June 15.  Dates are subject to change; check this website for updates.

Review Process

Presentations and poster submissions will be subject to a blind peer review process.

Proposals for Session Presentations

Those interested in presenting in the conference sessions should prepare an abstract of the proposed presentation. The abstract should be 250 words or less in length, and provide an overview of presentation content, its relevance to the profession of architecture, and its relevance to the conference theme. Immediately following the 250-word abstract, list four learning objectives following the AIA CES format. See “Writing an AIA/CES Learning Objective” for directives on composing quality learning objectives.

Example learning objective:

Participants will be able to identify the relationship between high-end goals and budget limitations, using a completed project to compare and create a new budget that incorporates high-end goals.

All session presentations must quality for providing 1 AIA CES General Learning Unit. However the conference organizers seek a number of exceptional presentations that qualify for Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) Learning Units. In the proposal, presentations intended to qualify for HSW Learning Units must show alignment with CES HSW requirements and prospective presenters should be familiar with the criteria for HSW presentations. Proposal authors should review information regarding CES criteria in the AIA CES Provider Manual v1.0.

Proposals for Exhibition Posters

Those interested in exhibiting a poster during the conference should prepare an abstract describing the proposed poster content. The abstract should be 250 words or less in length, and provide an overview of content proposed for the poster, its relevance to the profession of architecture, and its relevance to the conference theme. For example, if the poster will present a specific project, some description of the project scope, who was involved, and the project outcome would be appropriate for the abstract. A single image will be accepted, inserted following the abstract in the submission document that assists the review committee in evaluating the proposal’s potential as part of a visual exhibit.

Final graphic layout of posters is the responsibility of the submitter, and submitters are responsible for obtaining the appropriate rights and permissions to present work exhibited on the posters in a public venue. The conference committee will organize and pay for the final printing of posters. The conference committee reserves the right, upon final receipt of all posters, to make final decisions regarding the curation of the poster exhibit according to poster quality and relevance to the conference theme.

Poster formatting guidelines will be provided to accepted poster submitters directly, at a later date.

Submission Instructions: Presentation and Poster Proposals

All proposals shall be submitted as a single PDF for initial review by the conference committee. The PDF should contain

[1] Heading

  • Complete Presenter Name(s) and Title
  • Affiliation (name of business, professional office/organization, or
  • school/institution)
  • Session Track: indicate ‘Presentation’ or ‘Poster Exhibit’
  • Email address
  • Daytime telephone contact
  • Permission to publish presentation and poster material on the conference website: indicate yes or no

[2] Title

The title of the presentation or poster should clearly represent the content of the proposed submission in less than 20 words.

[3] Proposal

The proposal abstract (250 words or less) should be given in paragraph form. For session presentations, four AIA CES learning objectives should be provided following the abstract. For poster proposals, no other information is required.

Completed submissions should be e-mailed to csrconference2016@gmail.com before 10:00p on Mon, June 13th 2016 for consideration by the review committee.


Interested presenters, speakers, or poster submitters may contact csrconference2016@gmail.com to reach the Conference Session Committee:

  • Michael Gibson, Associate AIA, Assistant Professor, Kansas State University
  • Emily Koenig, AIA, ekoe architecture
  • Brennon Randa, AIA, Clark Architecture
  • Paola Sanguinetti, Chair of the Department of Architecture, University of Kansas
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