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17 June 2019 – 19 June 2019

CfP Conference
Understanding skills in a Complex World

New York / New Jersey, US
DEADLINE Call for Abstracts: 01 April 2019 (Round Two)
Conference dates: 17-19 June 2019
• Stevens Institute of Technology
• AMPS (Architecture, Media, Politics, Society)  


The relationship between education and practice in any discipline is complex. In an ever changing world, it is also in flux. In a context such as the built environment, it is also interdisciplinary. Today, educators in the liberal arts still identify learning as an end unto itself, and designers still draw on ideas about intuitive knowledge. By contrast, the businesses behind urban development or city and regional growth call for graduates armed with the skills required in practice from day one. At the same time local government and cultural or city management firms need creative thinkers capable of continual adaptation. In the industries and sectors such as construction, transport and engineering, managers focus on a foundational baseline and value engineers and designers as both pragmatic problem solvers and visionaries.

These alternative perspectives have been reflected in multiple changes to the practice and structure of the education sector. One such example was the Boyer-Mitgang report which restructured architectural education in the US to reflect other professions. As in other areas, it resulted in a 'degree arms race', with MAs and doctoral programs multiplying more rapidly than the research and teaching methods they required. At the same time, the 'widening participation' agenda produced an explosion of research and funding for new pedagogical approaches and initiatives. Attempts to fuse education with the creative arts, industry and business through university led partnership schemes also proliferated. More recently, changes in the financing of the HE sector in places like the UK, mean universities now stress educational efficiency and guarantees of graduate jobs.

Working within this context, educators in sectors connected with the design, management and construction of the built environment have developed new and innovative ways to teach, they have embedded collaborative practices into their pedagogy, have forged unique partnerships across disciplines and outside the academy, and much more. However, research into best practice learning and teaching in the classroom is still evolving and educational initiatives can sometimes be seen as contradicting on-the-job realities in practice. The Education, Design and Practice conference explores this complex and contradictory scenario from multiple perspectives, seeking examples best practice teaching and critique in the design, management and construction sectors.


Soliciting case studies, research projects and examinations of educational practice, conference tracks will reflect the diversity of issues now facing the future of education, design, management and practice in industries connected to the built environment. Areas of interest reflect the diversity of issues proposed. These may include but are not limited to:

Best practice pedagogy | Creative exploration in the design studio | Knowledge exchange and innovation | Design as an Exercise in Finance | Urban Regeneration and Cross Disciplinary Teaching | Economic frameworks of learning and professionalism | Competitive advantage in practice and pedagogy | Experiential learning in the classroom and the workplace | Expertise and legitimacy for specialists and teachers | People and professionals in the built environment | Collaborative learning and working behaviors | Upskilling the Industry and the academy | Challenging norms through teaching and learning | Continuing education and lifelong learning. 

01 Dec 2018
: Abstract Submissions (Round One) *
→ 15 December 2018: Abstract Feedback
→ 01 January 2018: Registration opens
→ 01 April 2019: Abstract Submissions (Round Two)
→ 15 April 2019: Abstract Feedback

→ Conference: 17-19th June, 2019

→ 30 July 2019: Full Paper Submissions (where applicable)
→ 30 October 2019: Feedback for publication
→ 10 December 2019: Publication begins

(* Round One submissions allow for early review. This is open to all but is particularly useful for international delegates requiring a visa to attend the conference)


The conference welcomes case studies; design proposals, research projects, investigative papers and theoretical considerations in various formats allowing people to write a paper, attend in person or present via film and have their presentation permanently available via the AMPS Youtube channel:

Pre-recorded video (20 minutes) | Skype (20 minutes) | Conference Presentations (20 minutes) | Written Papers (3,000 words) *

(* After review selected authors will be invited to extend their initial 3000 words paper to full book chapter or journal article length).


Delegates are given the option to present their work at conference either with or without an accompanying full written paper. If written papers are submitted they should be 3000 word length. Formatting instructions will be available at the time of the conference. All papers are double blind peer reviewed and will be include in the AMPS conference proceedings series, ISSN 2398-9467.

Subject to review, selected authors will be invited to develop longer versions of their papers for inclusion in the book series and journals collaborating with PARADE, a collaboration between AMPS and multiple publishers including:

Routledge, Taylor & Francis, Intellect Books, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Vernon Press, Libri Publishing, UK, whose 2014 book, Design for a Complex World – Challenges in Design and Education, is the basis of this event.


Delegate Fee: $350 (£275)

Example of correctly formatted/named Abstract Submission Form: Charlie_Smith_Yet-Another-Apartment-Block_Abstract_NYC
Please send this fully completed document to
The document must be in Microsoft Word.
Subject line for emails: Abstract Submission NYC
File name for attachment: Name_Surname_Summary Title_NYC

For more details:
Conference Webpage:

Event schedule:

  • Start: 06-17-2019
  • End: 06-19-2019.