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About the Conference

ASA Conference 2022

Climate emergency, global pandemic, clean and renewable energy sources, all of these are part of the discussion taking place in this year's ASA conference. Architectural science has a pivotal point to play in informing innovative sustainable and resilient outcomes.

Current technology development and trends in architectural education show an increasing interest in highly efficient solutions that closely integrate users' need and their quality of life as an intrinsic part of the design equation. This approach goes beyond building physics and shows how health, social and environmental science are shaping architectural responses. These are some of the topics explored during the ASA conference 2022 at Curtin University.

The conference includes posters, video presentations concerning the following sub-themes:

Environmental Performance

Urban Environments

Building Science Principles

Big Data

Architectural Education

Life Cycle Analysis

Beyond Building Physics.

What is ASA?

The Architectural Science Association (ASA) is an international organization, the objective of which is to promote architectural science, theory and practice primarily in relation to teaching and research in institutions of higher education.  

 It has a membership of several thousand professionals, academics and students from many countries. This Association was formerly known as the Australian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA). ANZAScA was formed on the initiative of Professor Henry (Jack) Cowan, Derrick Kendrick and other architectural science academics to enable them to meet, discuss, and exchange information about their research and teaching. The membership was drawn from architecture schools in Australia and New Zealand and was open to students and professionals who contributed to the teaching of technical subjects.

Curtin University

Curtin University is a future oriented, innovative, and global university known for its engagement with industry and community, high-impact research, and commitment to reconciliation. We are ranked in the top one percent of the universities worldwide according to ARWU (2021) and are counted among the top 200 universities according to the QS World University Rankings 2022. 

The School of DBE focuses on sustainable design and built environment and the ways in which they improve the quality of life, advance community wellbeing and enhance settlements of all sizes from rural villages to mega-cities. Through research, teaching and community engagement, the school is recognised as a global leader in fostering a sustainable, equitable and inclusive future. We strive to lead in action research, activity-based pedagogy and authentic learning. 

Our practice-based cognate disciplines focussed on impact including, Architecture; Construction Management; Design; Geography; Interior Architecture; Project Management; and Urban and Regional Planning. The quality of our learning and student experience, our creative response to emerging pedagogical and technological changes and our focus on innovative solutions ensure that we are sought out as the leading provider of design and built environment education and research. 

Our emphasis on collaborative partnerships and engagement with industry, government and our local communities will ensure that our research and teaching is recognised as salient, contemporary and of the highest quality. Building on both our disciplinary strengths and cross-disciplinary collaboration we are sought after as a partner of choice both globally and locally.

Key Dates


Extended to May 15th

Abstract submission deadline


Extended to June 5th

Abstract acceptance notification


Extended to August 8th

Full paper submission deadline


October 3rd

Paper acceptance notification & camera-ready papers and poster submission open


October 14th

Early bird registration closing


November 14th

Camera-ready papers and poster submission closing


November 14th

Registration and payment deadline


Proud to bring inspirational speakers from across the globe
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Nader Tehrani

Dean of The Cooper Union’s Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture in New York

For his contributions to architecture as an art, Nader Tehrani is the recipient of the 2020 Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, to which he was also elected as a Member in 2021, the highest form of recognition of artistic merit in The United States.


Nader Tehrani is founding principal of NADAAA and Dean of The Cooper Union’s Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture. His research focuses on the transformation of the building industry, innovative material applications, and the development of new means and methods of construction, especially through digital fabrication. Tehrani’s work has received many prestigious awards, including the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award, and eighteen Progressive Architecture Awards.


Prior to becoming Dean at the Cooper Union, he taught at RISD, Harvard GSD, Georgia Institute of Technology, and MIT. His office, NADAAA, for the past seven years in a row, has ranked in the Top eleven design firms in Architect Magazine’s Top 50 Firms in the United States, ranking as First three years in a row.

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Liz Brogden

Dr Liz Brogden is a Lecturer in Design at The University of Queensland who works to advance climate action in architecture, focusing on the role of architecture education within sector-scale sustainability transitions. She believes that education research is needed to develop climate literacy in architecture, not only through university program development, but also to inform degree accreditation standards, pathways to registration as an architect, and continuing professional development requirements. Liz leads a cross-institutional Climate Action and Literacy in Architecture Education project, jointly funded by the Association of Architecture Schools Australasia (AASA) and the Australian Institute of Architects. She is a 2022 Churchill Fellow (AV Jennings) and in 2023 will undertake an international travel fellowship to examine world-leading programs and industry frameworks, and interview architects pioneering climate action to help build climate literacy for the profession in our region.


Ross Donaldson

Ross Donaldson was CEO and Chairman of Woods Bagot from 2006-2016, leading its growth internationally to become the world’s 6th largest practice in 2014 and in 2016 named the 7th “Most Admired” firm (WA100).


He is a champion of sustainable development and has lectured throughout Australia, China, United Kingdom and United States on sustainable models for cities and their liveability.


He established partnerships with Stanford and Columbia Universities and with international engineering firm Buro Happold.


He sits on the AIA Climate and Sustainability Taskforce, has prepared Zero Carbon Design CPD modules and was lead author of the AIA Report on the decarbonisation of the construction industry by 2030.


He consults with professional services firms on strategy, is an Adjunct Professor at UWA, teaches at Curtin and also mentors mid career professionals.



Organising Committee

  • Dr. Tanja Glusac (Co-Chair)

  • Dr. Francesco Mancini (Co-Chair)


Executive Scientific Committee

  • Dr. Parisa Idazpanahi (Chair)

  • Dr. Tanja Glusac

  • Dr. Francesca Perugia

  • Dr. Francesco Mancini

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