Final Call for Contributions - Defining Architectural Quality

Final Call for Contributions - Defining Architectural Quality

International Conference on Architectural Quality - Call for Contributions - DEADLINE JULY 1

What defines architectural quality? Is it based on physical facts? Do the architect's intentions and ideas provide the keys to the building's evaluation? Is it a matter of cultural context? Does it lie in the eye of the beholder? Or is it a combination of all of these?

How do architects, critics or historians define architectural quality? Are there any general methods and theories of architectural quality? Do we need these at all?

Following the International Conference on Architectural Criticism of October 2021, this conference seeks papers that offer definitions of architectural quality.

Abstracts (max. 500 words) should outline a definition of architectural quality, and name two case studies of realized buildings that exemplify the method's application. Abstracts should be submitted to:

Call for Abstracts 25 April
Deadline for Abstracts 1 July
Notification of Acceptance 29 July
Conference 8–9, 15–16 October
Publication of Papers Spring 2023

Selection to the conference is based on the acceptance of the abstract. Authors will be invited to speak in one of four sessions together with four selected keynote lecturers during the online conference on 8–9 and 15–16 October 2022, hosted by the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura – Universidad de Navarra.

Keynote Lecturers:
Silvia Arango, Bogotá, Colombia
William J. Curtis, Cajarc, France
Mpho Matsipa, Johannesburg, South Africa
Rahul Mehrotra, Mumbai, India

Conference Format:
The online format of the four-session conference allows for active debate between the audience and lecturers. Presentations will be concentrated to allow for ample discussion time. Besides the four keynote lectures, there will be a maximum of 12 short papers. The entire conference will be recorded and placed on Youtube. The conference language will be English. Registration for free attendance will open on 2 September via

Wilfried Wang and José Manuel Pozo Municio

Scientific Committee:
Elias Constantopoulos, University of Patras
Manuel Cuadra, Director of CICA, Frankfurt am Main/Lima
Fernando Diez, Summa+, U. de Palermo, Buenos Aires
Hélène Jannière, Université Rennes 2
Li Xiangning, Tongji University, Shanghai
Robert McCarter, Washington University, St. Louis
Valerio Paolo Mosco, IUAV
Louise Noelle Gras, UNAM, Mexico CdMx
Şengül Öymen Gür, Beykent Üniversitesi, Istanbul
José Manuel Pozo Municio, Pamplona, ETSAUN
Xing Ruan, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Paolo Scrivano, Politecnico di Milano
Ana Tostões, Instituto Técnico Lisbon
Ruth Verde Zein, U. Presbiteriana Mackenzie, São Paulo

Supporting Institutions:
CICA International Committee of Architectural Critics
Beykent Üniversitesi, Istanbul
Hellenic Institute of Architecture, Athens
Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisboa
Istituto Universitario Architettura Venezia
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Tongji University, Shanghai
Universidad de Navarra
Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, São Paulo
IIEs, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería, Lima
University of Patras
Washington University, St. Louis

Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura,
Universidad de Navarra ETSAUN

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